Cheshire Aerial Championships (2nd year running)
The 2nd Cheshire Aerial Championships Was on Sunday 21st May 2017
This event raised money for Annie's trust fund and the Mind Charity
From Craig's family:
"Thank you so much for the £851 you raised for Annie's trust fund. Craig would be both overwhelmed And grateful for the support and hard work that has gone into this amazing event. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you so very much. Craig was lucky to have you as a friend and I know he would be very proud of you. Once again on behalf of Annie's trust fund and Craig's family, thankyou x"
From mind charity:
Annie is the daughter of a student from Body Couture who sadly took his own life. I want to show people what he loved and why he loved it and at the same time raise money for his beautiful daughter who, at the age of 2 watched him at class and admired him. His amazing sisters Angel and selby are taking lessons in his honour to guest performs at the competition. There will be NO video heats. Please support Craig and Body Couture and be a part of this amazing event.
Venue Address: Park Rd, Congleton CW12 1DP
Photos From 2017 Event - Courtesy of Simon Hutchinson
Entries Now Closed
Cut off date for head shots:
1st January 2017
Could all competitors please send their head shot to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 30th December
Cut off date for Music:
1st January 2017
Application Fee to Enter Competition
2x 40mm X Pole light stages
From audience view it will be the spinning pole on the right, static on the left
pole distance apart: poles are 3.5 metres apart from each other, inclusive of the base of the x-stage and 3 metres high.
Single Strap Aerial hoop suspended from a beam
I will bring a smaller one for anyone who needs it:85cm
Height: Bottom of the hoop 5 feet from the ground (a small step will be provided for any juniors that need it).
The hoop is on a swivel which will be rigged hoop; carabiner; strap; carabiner; swivel; carabiner; strap; therefore there will only be one carabiner at the top of the hoop to make moves using the top more comfortable.
You can bring your own hoop however please note this MUST be a single point hoop.
Each winner will get a trophy and a goodie bag; runners up will get goodie bags. All competitors will get medals. Goodie bag prizes are yet to be confirmed; however we are in talks with many local businesses that are willing to donate some brilliant prizes in honour of such a good cause.
The overall adult winner will receive:
A block of 5 free lessons at Body Couture Well Being Centre
£100 Fire Toys Vouchers
A place on Danny Charge Master Class
Many more amazing prizes, please keep upto date with this on facebook and the brochure
(Some of these may differ as we get donations and new companies giving as the date gets closer)
Spin City have donated a Pole Bible
Pole Fit have donated prizes
Blush Beauty have donated prizes
X pole have donated a powder coated x pole sport
£20 gift card for top shop
£25 for halfords
£25 for M&S
A tool box
A bottle of whiskey
The companies who donated are Cromwell tools, SMI clothing, meon and Arco.
Bath and body hamper
Wooden treasure chest filled with luxury food items
7" colour LCD TV/Monitor
Cordless hammer driver drill and more.
A Mobile Phone
A Digital Camera
A set of watches Men and lady
Lesson and earings from Lotus flower studio
Lessons and private tuition from Pole Perfection
Aerial Lessons from Judge Sonia Allcocks Studio
A place on Judge David Skowronek Masterclass
The Comperes are Becky Hampson and Jenny Parkin
Watch the Competition
PRIZES FOR CONTESTANTS, WHICH JUDGES WILL BE JUDGING WHICH CATOGARIES AND ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL HEAD SHOTS ARE AVAILLABLE IN THE FULL COULOUR 56 PAGE PROGRAMME ; ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY AND NUMBERS ARE LIMITED SO PRE ORDER YOURS BEFORE THE DAY TO BE SURE YOU GET ONE AS A SOUVENIR.
PLEASE PAY HERE AND YOUR PROGRAMME WILL BE WAITING ON THE DOOR (please give your name in the comments section or we will just save your paypal name if not)
SOME SPONSERS HAVE GIVEN MONEY OFF CODES TO GO IN THE BROUCHURES SO DON'T MISS OUT , YOU WILL EASILY GET YOUR £5 BACK WHEN YOU USE THEM
Competitors get to see what they can win win win
Ticket to Watch
Programme 21/05/17 £5.00 GBP
All judges have kindly agreed to donate their fee to the charity fund.
Judge: David Skowronek
David Skowronek was born in Poland 1983.
All his life he loved music and dancing. He never though had a chance to develop it into something more than just his hobby which could make him feel like he couldn’t fulfill himself in life.
In 2008 he decided to leave Poland and moved to Ireland, Dublin where he finally succeeded in finding himself.
It’s in 2009 when he was invited by his friends to the show where first time ever he saw the way of expressing emotions and feelings through dance and art which was pole dancing. From the very first moment he realized that was exactly what he would like to do in his life. Without having any professional dance background he got himself into a hard training straight after seeing the show.
In 2012 with so much love to pole dancing he decided to become a pole dance instructor and open his own studio in Dublin. The next step in his career was:
*Workshops all around the Europe ( Italy, Poland, UK, Estonia, Latvia, Spain, Canary Islands, Hungary).
- The All Ireland Pole Dance Championship 2012 - 1st place Male Category.
- UKPPC Grand Final participant 2012 - Professional Category.
- BPSC - British Pole Stars Championship 2013 - 2nd place Male Category.
- UKPPC Grand Final participant 2013 - Professional Category.
- The All Ireland Pole Dance Championship 2013 - 2nd place Male Category.
- Polenastics Championship 2013 - 1st place Male Category.
- Mr Pole Fitness UK 2014 - 1st place Male Category.
- IPAAT - Grand Final participant 2015 - Champions Category.
- Miss and Mr Pole Globe Grand Final 2015 - 4th place Male Category.
- The All Ireland Pole Dance Championship 2015 - 1st place Male Category.
- European Pole Sport Union Championship 2015 - 1st place Male Category.
- POLE POSITION Italian Pole Dance Contest - Italy 2013 & 2014
- Pole Art of Poland - Poland 2014, 2015
- Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur and Semi-Pro 2015
- Miss Pole Dance UK and Mr Pole Fitness 2015
Judge: Faye Chatterley
From an early age Faye has attended dance classes. When Faye found pole dancing in 1998 she loved how her dance ability allowed her to move so freely around the pole. After many years of self-taught pole dancing Faye began to look for classes, and sadly couldn’t find many, so Faye bought her own pole for her home and practiced there.
With Faye’s dance and fitness background, it wasn’t long before she got better and clubs and friends started to ask her to teach them. She set up Pole Fit in 2005, devising her own syllabus which suited her style of teaching and everyone loved it (she still has students from 2005).
In 2006 Faye opened her own studio, one of very few in the UK and started to train her own Pole Fit instructors. Pole Fit expanded into Nantwich and Crewe, Cheshire and Faye started to train aerial silks and hoop.
In 2009 Faye started to compete and perform more. That year she dance alongside three other pole dancer on Britains Got Talent as a backing dancer for DJ talent. A week later her Pole Fit Studios first Dance show was held at The Victoria Hall, Stoke on Trent with over 100 students taking part. Faye that year also made it as a Miss Pole Dance UK professional finalist and took part in Miss Pole Dance doubles. In 2010 Faye concentrated on her very own Pole Fit troupe, they opened the Pole Divas Competition and got through to the shortlist for the TV show Got to Dance.
Since 2011 Faye has concentrated on building up her studio in Longton, Stoke on Trent, it is 13000sq ft and houses pole and aerial teaching areas. She has gone on to produced yearly pole and aerial dance shows for her students to showcase their talents; And along with Faye judging and performing at many pole competitions, Faye has choreographed various competition pieces for other performers/instructors/students in pole and aerial disciplines.
Judge: Paul Brickerton
Competitor at miss pole dance 2014
IPAAT 2015 - second place advanced aerial silks and best costume winner
Fantasia 2011 and 2012
The moat house, christmas charity ball 2014
Pole2pole heats in Manchester
Pole2pole authentics in wigan
Judge: Sonia Allcock
Sonia has been pole dancing for 10 years and is well known by her signature move – The Noodle.
Sonia won the North Wales Pole Dancing Competition 2010, claiming the Professional Champion title.
She loves to perform & for the last 4 years running has been a resident pole dancer at the Glastonbury Festival even appearing in the Q review magazine & on the TV in the official documentary.
Sonia is a seasoned professional, dedicated to providing top class, high quality lessons. She has also actively pursued and established herself amongst the UK’s top pole performers, having being asked to teach, compete and perform around the country.
Sonia thoroughly enjoys judging competitions, her favorite elements of a well rounded routine include performance & stage presence
NWPC Professional Champion 2010
- British Isles Championship Finalist 2010.
- AWPC 2nd Place 2011
- UKPPC Elite Finalist 2011
- AWPC 2nd Place 2012
- UKPPC Elite Finalist 2012
- European Championships 2011, 2012 -representing Wales.
Pole Divas Championships 2009, 2010.
Welsh Heat Pole2Pole Cup 2011
All Ireland Pole Championships 2012
Scottish Heat Pole2Pole Cup 2012
Emma’s Pole Dancing Competion 2013
Sally-Ann Giles Free Style Awards 2012, 2013
Miss Wirral Pole Dancer 2013
Emma’s Pole Dancing Championships 2014
International Pole & Aerial Tournament 2015
Pole2Pole Amateur & Professional Manchester Heat 2015
Judge: Kat Bailey
Kat is expecting her first baby in July, and will be competing in the Pole Theatre UK Professional Finals in May, 7 months pregnant!
By profession Kat is a Dr of Psychology, and also owns PoleKat Fitness – Nottinghamshire’s first mobile pole company.
Her team run 120 classes in 10 different venues throughout Nottingham, with the emphasis on making pole fitness available to all.
Her close ties with the BBC have helped her goal of pushing pole in to the fitness industry, and away from negative stereotypes sometimes still associated with the sport.
Kat started pole during her PhD and was addicted from day one. Due to a degenerative spinal nerve damage, Kat has no sensation in her right leg, so taught herself to pole blindfolded in order to know where her body was in relation to the pole.
Kat was the first person to pole on top of Ben Nevis, and part of the team to first pole on The Great Wall Of China.
Kats competitive achievements include:
Miss Pole UK Doubles 2012 - Best Tricks Award
Miss Pole Dance UK Doubles 2013 - Entertainer of The Year & People’s Choice Award
World Pole Championships 2014 - guest performance
EPDC 2014 live finalist, Elite category
Polenastics Aerial Hoop championship 2014 - overall winner
Miss Pole UK Doubles 2014 - joint 1st place & Entertainer of The Year
International Pole & Aerial Tournament 2015 - 1st Place & Best Costume
The World Pole Dance Championships 2015 - live finalist in Beijing & placed 5th in world.
The Guest Performers
Angel Alexander & Becky
Becky Hampson (Owner and director of Body Couture)
Surprise guest performers
Lucinda (Body Couture Junior)
Craig’s family and Becky Acro Piece
(MORE AND MORE ADDED DAILY BUT HERE ARE A FEW: BECKYS DAY RETREATS, WINK DESIGNS, POLE FIT, PHOENIX, POLE PERFECTION, IPAAT, LOTUS FLOWER STUDIO, NORTH EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS, DANNY CHARGE, LAUREN BOUGHEY DANCE, SHARP ART TATOO STUDIO, WOOD FIRE SMOKE, FIRE TOYS, SIMON HUTCHINSON PHOTOGRAPHY.
Frequently asked questions and answers for competitors
Can anybody else use the same music?
Not in your category, it will be first come first served, so if you chose the same song as someone else but entered after them you will be asked for your second choice.
What time do I need to arrive to compete?
Between 10am and 11.15am
When will we find out the running order?
You will find out the funning order 21st May 2017 . Juniors will be announced after all juniors compete and adults after all adults compete.
Will I need a ticket if I am competing?
Yes as this is held in a theatre, there cannot be people standing therefore you will need a ticket to watch.
Can I watch my own category?
This is your choice, however you will need to be backstage 8 acts prior to your own.
Can I bring my own hoop?
You are welcome to bring your own hoop. Must be a single point.
Where/When can I rehearse?
Body couture is offering rehearsals to all competitors for a donation to the charity. Times for this are generally Monday's, Tuesday's and Sunday's however more days / times may apply contact Becky to book
what will the flooring be like?
normal theatre wood stage flooring, crash mats for junior categories if requested.
In intermediate hoop at the comp you can’t do drops but can you do things like single or double knee slide down from top bar?
Yes this is allowed as long as your legs stay in contact with the hoop all the way down.
Does inside out splits/noodle count as using the strap?
The strap can be used to hook a foot or leg in a move however it MUST NOT be used to invert, hold with hands or hook why both hands are not in contact with the hoop.
Intermediate pole states no shoulder mounts, does this also mean no dismounts or poses held from a dismount position.
YES nothing shoulder mount related in intermediate.
Words from Craig's Family
Angel Alexander is Craig's sister, she will be guest performing on the aerial hoop.
A note from Angel - Craig's Sister:
I am performing today on the aerial hoop in memory of my brother, Craig. He was a really good friend of Becky's and she was so good to him, and continued to inspire him with pole, hoop and silks. Craig was amazing at this, and I hope that one day I can be as good as my brother.
I have been training on the aerial hoop, on and off since September 2015, I hope you like my routine.
Craig's mum Bev:
Craig was so fond of Becky , and more importantly he trusted her as she never let him down, she is one of the few people he could talk too, and I know he did. He used to read me his texts to you to check they were ok! Bless him. I miss him so much.
I don't know what to say about myself, except that I was proud to be Craig's mum and it was an honour to have such a kind and caring son. Pole was something he did that he was good at but even then he needed reassurance as he had so little confidence in his own ability.
Selby - Craig's little Sister:
I wanted to do this performance for Craig... because I wanted to show him how much I love and miss him and how proud that we all are of him. My brother is the bravest person I know and also the strongest and I will never stop missing him.