Interview with Elena Gibson from the Pole Dancing School

Posted: Dec 09 2011

With the UK Professional Pole Championship finals taking place at the weekend, we caught up with Elena Gibson who is one of the event judges, a top professional pole dancer in her own right and founder of the Pole Dancing School in London. 

1.You’re judging at this years UKPPC finals. What will you be looking for from the competitors performances? 
I always like to see competitors who create original pieces to non commercial music in which they combine dance and gymnastics in an artistic and interesting way, I like characters, emotions and story lines.  

2.What do you think makes a good judge?
A person who has substantial achievements within the industry, is respected by his/her pears, is impartial and honest when marking, understands and agrees with the rules and regulations of the specific competition and has previous experience as a judge.

3. How and did you first get interested in pole dancing and what made you become an instructor/performer?
I have always been a performer so pole dancing was just another style for me.  A natural evolution for a performer is to become a choreographer and or instructor/coach.  I like to pass on all my knowledge to everyone, but especially to those who have great potential and like to work hard.

4.What is it about pole dancing that you enjoy the most?
The freedom to express oneself through movement and the combination of elements which constitutes pole dancing.

5.What pole performers do you admire or inspire you? 
I admire Laurence Hilsum and Edouard Doye for creating artistic and beautiful performances which move me.  I admire Jennyne Butterfly for her ingenuity to create new technique. 

7.What are the main fitness benefits of pole dancing and how have pole dancing improved your fitness, strength or body shape?

Professional ballet dancers are incredibly fit, lean and have great endurance but for me, pole dancing has helped me increase my upper body strength. 

8.Pole performers are athletes like in any other sport. What is an average day’s training for you?

I am a workaholic: I train myself, I teach others, I choreograph, I perform, I run my business, I travel as a guest performer, instructor and international judge.  My life is my work, it never stops.  Each day is different and most times overwhelming. 

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