World Champion Pole Dancer Marlo Fisken
photo: New York Times

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Polesque 2010 Review

On October third I had the supreme honor and pleasure of judging New York City's top pole dancing competition created by Kyra Johannesen of Body and Pole Studio. Music was provided by DJ Thunderkunt a.k.a Eeah Kaiju - NYC DJ/Producer, dedicated to progressive underground dance music for 15 years. The event was held at Galapagos Art center in Brooklyn.

Polesque was Won by RicaVeeka de Ocampo. Rica has always been a performer and an artistic person. She is a classically trained singer and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Pole dancing found her 2 years ago and she has been addicted ever since.

The runners up were Ariel Iasovoli, Carolyn Chiu and Amy Kim.

The other competitors were Jillanne, Kat Freeman,Alicia Heaney, Cyd Sailor, Gigi, Tracee Kafer, The Diva (Roz), Alice, Kelly McLaughlin, Meritza Chang and male competitors Roland Brown and 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion Steven Retchless.

Additional non competitive pole performances included 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion Marlo and Kyra.

And Tokyo Dolores

In addition to pole dancing, Polesque would not be complete without burlesque which included musical act Molly Does Not Approve, a high-energy, burlesque-inspired ensemble playing original tunes rooted in vintage American music, like jazz, rock, and roots. Also performing were The Silky Sirens are a musical burlesque company that was started in 2008 by founder and choreographer Ashley Monroe. Not only do they dance while stripping, but sometimes sing and or perform spoken word striptease.

The Show was hosted by Sultana and the other judges were:

Lauren Goldstein who first discovered pole dancing when she was invited to a bachelorette party,and it was love at first swing! She took second place in the USPDF East Coast Regionals in 2009 and has performed with Pole Superstar. She has served on the advisory board of the APFA, and has judged Miss Xpose.

Marty E. (accompanied by burlesque performer Arden Leigh)isa 100% New York City Rock N' Roller, Drummer for the Dirty Pearls, writer, dj, occasional singer, occasional actor, frequent drinker, and a very avid wiseass.

Kimberly Prosa is trained in classical ballet and modern dance and is a graduate of the Purchase Conservatory. She has performed works by Dance Theatre of Oregon, the Eugene Ballet Company, Purchase Dance Corps, Stephanie Tooman, Bettijane Sills, Angela Harriel, Pascal Rioult, and as a company member with HT Chen and Dancers. Kimberly has served as a teaching artist and choreographer throughout the country and can be seen in the upcoming film the Black Swan.

Odessa was the pole tech for the evening and performed the task with expert precision.

Everyone did an amazing job and huge thanks to Kyra for letting me be a judge!

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