Thursday, 26 March 2009

And Breath


Well what can i say. The world is a mad and wonderful place.

I have to state first this blog is very much my own personal space and my own personal views of things. I hate when people mis interprite it even though the blog is called x-pole fun, a bit contredicting i know but hey i have lots of fun on my x-poles :) and yes i work for them so it was natural for me to call it the name. Anyhow my opions on these blogs are myn and not the companies just needed to clear this up first........

Well what a few weeks.

Well to start on the 13th March my partner and I went over to Amsterdam for a lil break and to watch the world finals.

Got to the hotel and how lucky we got an upgrade for free to an apartment LUSH... just what we needed a day and some time to chill. Had only 1 meeting that day with the lovely leanne from Pole N tone so just mooched round amsterdam untill the meeting.

Amsterdam is a lovely place very relaxing and very chilled me thinks most people are stoned lol but it was very relaxing either way. I myself don;t smoke as i find i am crazy enough without adding wacky backy. But hey all to there own.

Along Paul and I trot to the Dam square in front of the giant willy lol waiting for Leanne.

Bouncing around like a teenager i really had never had a proper long chat with Leanne and after 4 hours and a LOT of drink realized that this lady is a pretty awesome girl. She is very bright and has some amazing ideas and really is looking to progress the industry and loves it as much as me. Like i said we drunk our little hearts out and did great things in those 4 hours.

All will be reveiled in the next few months the outcome :) but all very exciting stuff and i am very pleased that i get to work with such a down to earth lovely girl....

Anyhows. After our alchol fueled meeting Paul and I decided to mooch back to the hotel to a phone call from Sally Ann. Sally and I have been friends for a while and i respect this girl as a dancer and as a person, She is very down to earth. When i had spoken to her before she was very very exited about competiting and hey we had come to Amsterdam to watch her as she is one of my pole heros...

The phone call was not a good one. She had had a call from the guy running the Worlds telling her it was cancelled. I was so shocked. how can you cancel a huge competition 2 days before it was due to happen. there were so many of us here.... So i got on the phone to a few of my friends and did some research just in case, i was in such shock i think both CJ and i needed more confirmation. After 4 phone calls and quite a few upset people it was confirmed. NO WORLD FINALS....

I rung CJ and told her to come over as i did with all the other girls and said we would sort a big night out :) Hey we were in Amsterdam and i knew about 40 people out there so i wasn;t going to pass the opportunity of having a ball.....

Saturday came and Cj arrived at the airport, she was pretty angry needless to say we all were and just needed to chill a bit. So off Paul I went to watch the footy in an Irish Bar. If some don;t know my other half is a mental Man U suporter so was not best amused when liverpool er wooped there butts lol.
During this time i recieved a call from Christian from Chalans school in Netherland. this dude is a legend in himself. He and Natasha had already gone to the sportshallen and had booked a room for us to use and wanted my help. Of course being an organization freak i said yes and the fact that so many had come to Amsterdam to watch pole. I think after the news everyone just wanted to make the best of a bad situation.

When i went to the hotel to meet the girls who had been stranded there were quite a few upset ladies. I was in shock the fact that i was in the same room as 8 of the WORLDS BEST pole dancers, this for lil old me was an honour and well i was like a school kid.
On the sunday at the show we managed to get X-poles ( thanks christian ) and put on a show. After being dropped in the deep end and asked to English Compere lol it was pretty fun.. I forgot what an exhibitionist i am lol and really pretend to be shy but love the lime light hahahah. I was still terrified.
We also had concerns that people who had organised the World finals would show up and cause trouble. the girls were pretty scared.

No one showed up and the show was AMAZING and anyone there will know how emotional it all was. After 24 hours of being Knackered, emotionally stressed and a phone bill the size of well.. you can imagine.

It was great to see everyone working together. ALL of the girls, X-Pole, Polercise, Challans, Pole 2 pole had a stand there and especially my lovely Joel and Phill from Mighty grip who i have to say ladies is a diamond and i have so much love and respect for Joel.. xxx

The evening went aswell as the day and the girls performances were amazing.

Now to the nitty gritty. There has been a lot of going back and forward with rumours of what happened and what didn;t happen in Amsterdam. I for one am not interested in the bitching or back biting. Between ALL of us we made a bad sitation good and prooved that even though we were stuck, many had lost thousands of pounds we could all still pull together to create something amazing.

I have attached some pictures there in my little montage thing

But also have some on my facebook
If you can;t find me i'm under Stacey Pope add me and be nosey. It was such fun.

The outcome of Amsterdam has been the forming of The World Pole Dance Committee this is a NON Profit committee and is still in the early stages of building. Once we have finished forming this we HOPE to all work together to stop this from happening again. I will keep you updated on the progress.

In the mean time I have been in discussions with Sam from the Art of Dance and highly reccomend any instructor performer in the UK joins the Equity. Hopefully good things will come of all of these and finally the pole world can pull together and work together to progress the industry.

I really do mean ALL of us as one. I'm very hopefull this will happen and those with the right attitude will develop...

Anyhow i would like to thank all the lovely ladies and guys i met in Amsterdam.
The ladies that introduced themselves to me . Kate from the berkley centre...... Your wicked.

Leona brolan.

The Polercise Girls,
Natasha and Chritian from Chalans
Joel and Phil from Mighty Grip
John from Pole 2 Pole Mag ( ohh thanks for my double page spread lush )
Leanne from pole N tone
Annie from pure Pole
Gabrilla Albon
And of course my Very Very Patient Fiance paul lol who put up with a hell of a lot in Amsterdam........

right will come back later with San Fran and LA.... Argh so much to say not enough time....

Monday, 23 March 2009

Stacey travels

OMG what a mad week.... or 2

i am still in LA but have lots and lots to tell you all with Amsterdam, San Fran and LA

but for now i am still here just need to write stuff down..

be back soon :)

Friday, 13 February 2009

UK Amateur Pole Performer
A competition organized for Pole Dancers, by Pole Dancers.
Pole dancing, when it was mentioned to me 5 years ago i laughed and said yes right a girl my size no chance, but after my sister started up her school and encouraged me to try it i was immediately hooked. Not being your typical slim gym girl having struggled with weight all my life i found that it gave me the buzz i needed to get my confidence back after quite a few bad blows that had happened in the past.
After going to Erotica 2004 to watch my sister perform it was amazing, the grace and skill these girls had and wow how hot they looked doing it, i never thought i would be dancing anything like these girls.
Meeting Clive from Vertical Leisure and working for my sisters dance school certainly changed my way of thinking and indeed my way of life.
Many people still think of Pole dancing as stripping, lap dancing, ect and in some cases it is. It is still popular in lap dance clubs that the girl/ boy pole dances to bring interest to them so they can give lap dances, hey no one is going to take that away. Pole dance is so many different things now. So many different dance genres it really can’t be categorized...

After 4 years in the industry and travelling worldwide to watch different performers, work different shows and promote Vertical Leisure, i received a phone call from my best friend, Kat has had a similar experience to me but for her the other way, she had issues with bulimia and dancing really changed her way of thinking, Her confidence and overall attitude to life. Crazy as it sounds and as corny as it may sound but it changed both our lives and certainly brought 2 people together who usually would have never met.

After receiving this call from Kat who seemed very chirpy and hyper about an idea the UK amateur pole performer was born.
Both Kat and I had travelled to quite a few competitions watching the pros and the amateurs, it always seemed so unfair that the amateurs would have to take the same stage as these world class dancers. So we decided that as teachers we wanted to give our students and others a like to take the stage for themselves in an environment that was just for them.
The UK Amateur Pole Performer has 3 levels

Level 1 – The Performer However long they have been dancing, they will be judged on costume, spins and dance. THE MORE OUTRAGEOUS THE BETTER THE MARK.
Level 2 - The Intermediate :This level is for those slightly more advanced.
Level 3 – the ExpertAnything Goes

We felt that adding 3 categories gave everyone from complete beginners to pole nuts the chance to compete in the right category and for none of them to feel intimidated by this.
Remembering that this is an amateur competition, one of the strict rules is that you have not earnt any money from pole dancing, teaching or performing.

We have been very lucky that we have been backed by some of the top Burlesque and Pole performers in the industry, within the judging panel we have renowned Burlesque star Miss Ivy Paige and the UK’s number one Pole dancer Sally Ann Giles, Along with Glamour model and Pole dancer Annie Norris. Sponsoring us is Vertical Leisure and Mighty grip.
Its amazing how a short phone call can then turn into a national event.
The UK Amateur Pole Performer will now be running 3 heats and an online section

18 July – Batch woods St Albans
25th July- Tokyo Huddersfield
08 August – Chameleon Wokingham
With the GRAND final in Mango Reading on the 12th September.
There will be performances from Ivy Paige, Tess Taylor, Poles Apart, Pure Pole and many more.
Tickets will be available to buy on line from 7th March 2009 on

Thursday, 5 February 2009


Right i know i said i would start with the history but its taking longer than expected lol writing these blogs is not as easy as it looks.

So the big news today in the office is the x-stages being nearly here. Sitting at my desk with a jucie and a wisper ( so healthy for a fitness instructor ) I fianlly get to tell people their here. Its funny how mad people have gone for the product, I have been lucky enough to use them for the last couple of years and see them develop from a small idea to this amazing stage.
Its quite mad to think that in a few weeks all these people will finally have the Stage that has taken nearly 2 and half years to develop and get here. Very very long awaited but as they say all good things come to those who wait.

Right i will def come back with more on the stage and the history .....

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

So after much persuasion i decided to finally blog the X-Pole movements. So thought that the first blog should be on how it all started...
I am going to write this tonight so hold tight.....