The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships

Last weekend I got the chance to get dressed up fancy and attend the All Irelands. I’ve attended the competition a couple of years ago and I am always blown away by the talent that is shown there. As someone who has done pole for 4 years I can appreciate the work that goes into it and even just the courage to perform on stage in front of everyone.

It was a good night and it was fun to get dressed up for an event that wasn’t a wedding. I have always loved the idea of being able to dress in black-tie attire for various events – my dream life is one pictured in the likes of Gossip Girl where you have an event to attend every week and also one packed with all the drama.

On the other hand, I am also glad my life is a bit boring at times because all the events and drama can be exhausting…but still it’s nice to dream.

I don’t know when the next time I will get dressed up like this will be, probably my friend Jasmine’s wedding next year so I thought I would enjoy this moment a bit longer by posting it all over my social media lol. And even so special it makes my blog lol so enjoy!

My Pole Family!

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After trying to organise the night out for weeks, we finally got a night when we were all free!

This is my pole family, aka the people I have been taking pole dancing with for the past year. We have never hung out outside the pole studio together before so it was really exciting to see everyone fully clothed lol.

It took me the longest time to learn everyone’s name in pole class. It’s partly because when you first go to a class you don’t really talk to anyone but then as the weeks go on, you start giving each other looks when the teacher wants you to do crazy tricks that you know you can’t do. You also start showing off your bruises and complaining to one another when a trick you’ve done burns lol.

But after a year together, we’ve learned the names and we’ve spent a good amount of time together. So when it came to the night out it was really comfortable and conversation flowed nicely.

It turned out to be a really fun night with lots of laughs so I definitely hope that we get to do it again! At least we always get to spend time together in class 😛

~ Courtney x

My Pole Anniversary!

This day last year was the day that I went to a pole dancing class for the first time. I was with my friend and we were both nervous, but it was something we had always wanted to do so we decided to take the chance and go for a taster class.

After that one class, I was hooked, it was super fun and everyone was really supportive and so I kept going back.

Flash forward to now and I am more than ready to start another year of pole. I think it’s crazy the amount of progress I have been able to make in just a year. When I started, I felt like I would never be able to do any of those crazy spins/moves I had seen my teacher do countless times between classes. But slowly I have been making progress and getting stronger and I think today it really shows.

The video above was taken today, and honestly, if you had told me last year that I would be able to do something like that? I probably would have laughed you out of the room. So I’m really proud of all the progress that I’ve made and I can’t wait to see how far along I get this year!

I’ve been sharing weekly progress updates on my Twitter for the past year, and I think I might start taking to my blog to post more in-depth updates depending on the week, so definitely look out for more pole posts in the future!

~ Courtney x

The All Ireland Pole Dance Championships 2018

I started pole dancing in January and since then I have always wanted to go to a pole dancing competition. It’s one of those things like cheerleading, where you wonder what a competition is like because you don’t really see it as a competitive sport.

So when the time came to get tickets for the All Ireland competition I decided it was time to find out what it was all about.

First of all, it’s a long competition. I feel like this is something that’s not talked about. Depending on the number of people performing in the categories it can go on for a long time. I was at this competition for roughly six hours. Yeah. Insane. I originally thought it was a couple of hours kind of thing. But no.

I didn’t have a problem with the competition being long, but I would have liked to know roughly because I would have planned accordingly and brought snacks or something lol.

Second, the performances are incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it. I mean I know what people normally think of pole dancing but this is next level. And as someone who is new to the pole world, I appreciate the performance even more because I know the work and strength it takes to even get to a level where you can perform a routine like that.

I applaud anyone who has the confidence to compete like that because it’s amazing. I was awed by every single person that performed, their techniques and elegance. It’s definitely something I would recommend seeing.

And finally, would I ever do it?

Probably not. I have only been doing pole for a little less than a year and I am definitely nowhere near confident enough in my skills. That, and seeing the amateur category at the competition made me feel like I knew nothing about pole.

I think it would be really fun to perform though, even just when we do dance routines and things in class it gives me confidence and makes me feel sexy. So I think it would be fun to do routines…but probably within the privacy and safety of my own pole class lol.

But I guess we see what happens, maybe in a few years I’ll keep up the hard work and be competing before you know it! 😛

Until then, I’m just content with going to class and leaving the performing/competing to the professionals 🙂

~ Courtney x