What SRPDC is and Why We Should Care!
It’s come to our attention, that Moses Carroll hasn’t been getting the proper amount of attention. Duty called, and told us to tell you, this guy has got it going on, and his competitions are “groovy”. For those of you who don’t know, Moses Carroll (MC) has been working on all the Southern Regional Pole Dance/Fitness Championship (SRPDFC) competitions. The first was the Miss Georgia Pole Dance Competition. which took place in October of 2010, and following, in May of 2011, was the Miss North Carolina Pole Dance Competition. Next was Miss Texas, Miss South Carolina, and last, again, was the Miss Georgia Pole Dance Competition 2011, which took place the weekend of October 22nd and 23rd. All of the winners of these competitions will compete in the Championships in New Orleans on March 24th, 2012. MC is the first person to take professional pole competitions to several different states, and the first to combine winners to compete for championships, but he’s not done yet. Carroll is adding to the 2012 competition schedule the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia, making it a total of 14 states. How exciting! He’s quite possibly on the way to doing this in all 50 states, making the first official national pole dance championship. The process of these competitions that are put on, are slightly different from what we are used to, but then again, with professional pole being so new, who’s to say that anything at this point is typical? One of the things that sets the SRPDFC’s apart from other competitions is the way they determine the difference between amateurs and professionals. Amateurs are decided by whether or not they make money, in any way, by pole dancing. The definition of “amateur” is: “A person who engages in a pursuit, esp. a sport, on an unpaid basis”. (google) Another difference is the way the Compulsory Round is conducted. The first, and most obvious difference is that the competitors have to perform their routine to no music, silence. Awkward, you make think. The first time I saw this, I thought it would be awkward, but, once it began, I found that it seemed normal. The purpose of this round is to focus on only the technique of the performer. Listening to music and seeing personality come out through lyrics and instruments can not only be a distraction, but may sway judges to “like” the performer, and quite possibly award higher points. Another round that is different, and not done before in professional pole, is the Personality or themed Round. During the Personality Round, performers come out to music and a costume to create a theme. They are not to touch the pole, but to do more of an act, bringing to life their theme. For instance, in the Miss South Carolina Pole Dance Competition in late August of 2011, Kristen Novosad, the Third Place Winner, came out in baby pink boxing gear and had “Your the Best” from the Karate Kid sound track playing. She jumped rope, did some clap push-ups and threw some air punches. This lasts for about 30 seconds, then the Q & A round immediately follows their short routine. Carroll typically asks questions about pole, “How did pole change your life?” or “How important to you is training outside of pole dancing?”. The judges are looking for someone who can speak fluidly, with out saying “Um” too much and answer clearly with confidence. After all, the winner is a representative of the entire organization, including judges, hosts, other competitors, studios involved, etc., When potentially speaking to the press, or others in the pole industry, they want to ensure that this is done properly. As mentioned in one of our latest articles, “Another Missing Piece of the Puzzle”, which talks about creating standards in competition stages, MC is as thorough as can be in this area. Every state that his competitions are held, Carroll gets in touch with truss companies and has professional riggers come to the venue and build, the day before the event. This ensures that the stage is ready for competitors to practice on, nice and early, the morning of the event. The poles remain the same in size, (14′) and in circumference (50mm). The pole on stage right, spins, on stage left, remains static. He takes the flooring with him everywhere, not relying on other venue’s stages. He uses the same 2 judges in every competition, David C. Owen and Trixie Lovette, leaving the other judging spots as variables. For the Personality Round, Carroll brings in pageant judges. Competition day is literally that, it lasts all day. They usually start at 10 a.m with the Compulsory Round, immediately following with the Personality Round, a long break, finishing with the Optional Round, where the competitors finally get to really dance and kill it on the pole to music. In between each round, Carroll announces the scores to the audience, and does the same when calling the winners at the end of the day, creating transparency. On top of 3rd, 2nd and 1st place are superfluous awards, including Miss Technique, Miss Flexibility, Miss Fitness, Miss Personality, Miss Creativity, Miss Echo and People’s Choice. Miss Echo means the judges couldn’t take their eyes off this performer, and People’s Choice is by vote on the SRPDFC website. The great thing about People’s Choice, is that anyone who couldn’t attend the competition, who don’t even know the competitor, can vote based on the performances they see live on the internet. Miss Texas, South Carolina and Georgia (2011) were all live-streamed, and on March 24th, 2012 the championships will also be live-streamed. The schedule for the 2012 SRPDFC’s is in the making. Now is the time to take part in this amazing organization, created and run by Moses Carroll and backed by MC Healthcare, Carroll’s other company. (mchealthcare.org) United Pole Artists has watched these events grow and spread like wildfire throughout the South since the first Miss Georgia in 2010. It’s only a matter of time before it starts spreading Nationwide. ***To top it all off, Carroll is in the process of starting a record board that will hold records for the longest time a dancer can stay in different positions. The positions included on the current record board are “Pencil”, “Pole Climb”, “Armpit Hold-Fang”, “Iron X True Grip” and “Straight Leg Flag”. Click here to view the record board (which is currently blank! get your name on the record board first!) or click here to apply for one of the records! As Moses would say, that’s “groovy”. We are excited to see where MC will go next. Stay tuned to the following Facebook pages for more information on air dates and times for upcoming competitions, and for the overall growth of the Southern Regional Pole Dance/Fitness Competition empire. http://www.facebook.com/UPArtists http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Southern-Regional-Pole-Dance-Fitness-Competitions/192312904118168?ref=ts&sk=info