Tokyo Hosts International Pole Championships
The pole community was buzzing with excitement as another successful International Pole Championships came to a close this past weekend. International Pole Championships (IPC) is organized each year by International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IDPFA), the first organization to host an international competition “where winners are credited solely for their dance skills, trick techniques and overall showmanship”. IDPFA was founded by Anna/Ania Przeplasko in 2007 and was created to organize pole dancing on an international level for both men and women. For the first time in history disabled competitors joined the competition, bringing pole dancing one step closer to being recognized as a sport worthy of the Olympics. Many of the IPC competitors are winners of national championships however, others can submit entries online to IPC’s Pole Idol. Pole Idol entries are voted on and the winner of Pole Idol receives sponsorship to the championships. This year IPC hosted 87 competitors: 67 semifinalists entries, 17 granted entries (national championship winners), and 3 disabled entries. Several dancers were awarded titles in three categories: Ultimate Pole Champion 2010 (the highest score of Pole Art and Pole Fit categories), Pole Fit – Fitness Routine, and Pole Art – Artistic Routine. The results are as follows: Ultimate Pole Champion 2010 (Disabled) – Eri Kamimoto Ultimate Pole Champion 2010 (Female) – Mai Sato Ultimate Pole Champion 2010 (Male) – Duncan West Pole Art Champion (Female) – Zoraya Judd, Runner Up: Giulia Piolanti Pole Art Champion (Male) – Adam Tan, Runner Up: Derick Pierson Pole Fit Champion (Female) – Rafaela Montanaro, Runner Up: Michelle Hafner Pole Fit Champion (Male) – Chris Measday, Runner Up: Loic Lebret Several news stories were written about IPC. Read them here: USA Today, abc News, CNN, Fox Sports, Calgary Herald Find pictures of IPC 2010 winners here! Look out for videos coming soon!