UKAPP Manchester Heat 2013 preview with Karen Chaundy

Posted: Jul 29 2013

The final heat of the UK Amateur Pole Performer competition will soon be upon us with the finals set to take place in September.  We talk to World Pole Sport Championship runner up Karen Chaundy to find out more about the upcoming Manchester heat...

1.The Manchester UKAPP heat will take place next week. How is the event shaping up? What can we expect?
We are ready for the Manchester Heat to raise the roof! I am looking forwards to dancing with my troupe The Bombshells to open the event with a fun performance using poles and our favourite prop, a lips sofa!

2.Tell us about the categories and competitors.
We have so many categories! Performer, Intermediate, Expert, Doubles and our brand new category; Hoop.

3.As well as all the amazing competitors you also have a panel judges. Tell us about your judges and how the competitors will be marked.
Our judges will want to be entertained! UKAPP promotes pole performance at its best, it is all about fun and daft props.

4.How is UKAPP different and what do you hope to contribute to the pole dance community with the event?
UKAPP is a platform for amateurs to perform. This is a super friendly and super fun competition, it is fuelled by giggles!

5.How did you first get interested in pole dancing, what made you try it?
I was working in a gym and told it was about to hit the health club studios. I already taught dance fitness and this sounded great because it was so different, so I was placed on one of the first ever Pole Dance instructor courses back in 2005.

6.What is it about pole dancing that you enjoy the most? 
As a child I was a gymnast, I used to stand and jump myself up into the air and backwards somersault - there is nothing better that dancing through the air! Pole has brought back my inner gymnast, even though I can no longer just stand and somersault, with the help of a pole I can pole somersault!

7. What are your 3 favourite pole moves and why?
3 fav moves: I love flying a true grip chinese flag around on the static pole and making it spin. I love all pole handstands and I am a huge twisted grip lift addict!

8. What are your favourite strength training moves on the pole and why?
8. I love all power pole moves. I like to practice lifting my handstand from sitting on the floor up to against the pole and see how slowly I can lower it back down. Handstands are awesome training for shoulder and back strength and core control.

9.What pole dancers do you admire or inspire you?
I am always inspried by mens pole, my current fav is Derick Pearson as I love how he explores unique pole transitions and floorwork, and he is so creative and fluid with the floorwork and dance links.

10. How do you think pole dancing has evolved over the past few years?
I think pole has become very challenging, so many crazy moves now, but still as enjoyable as ever!

11.Three words that mean pole dancing to you.
Glitter, Guns & Glory.

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