Back in the UK! What a week it’s been. Happy to report that I won third place at the World Pole Dance Championships on Wednesday evening in Tianjin, China! There was some pretty fierce competition and it was a pleasure to share the stage with @olena_minina and @violaine.richard.kashiwagi Congratulations ladies!
My routine was quite personal to me, so being able to perform it on such a platform was an incredible opportunity that I feel grateful to have had. It came from a very emotional place, and during my months of creating it and practicing, I was able to heal from a lot of mental trauma (and some physical) that was lingering from our accident at the end of last year. I’m sad to say goodbye to this routine, but it was therapeutic and necessary, a journey that had to be taken. Pole continues to be the thing that lifts me up, pushes me to be a better athlete and performer, connects me to wonderful people and feeds my soul. Let it forever live on.
Thank you to everyone who’s always supported me. I couldn’t do this without my husband by my side, and I’m more thankful than ever that we could share the memories in China together. Thank you also to my Pole families @ecoledepole and @polefitlondon for the encouragement and well wishes. Teaching brings me so much joy and I truly felt the presence of my students and friends in the audience. Big big thanks to @samkingpole who really acted like my coach! You helped me during this process so much and I’m always grateful for your critical eye and tough love. Thank you also to @lylililac who inspired the dance/floorwork, for your contemporary insight and awesomeness. To @fibourkedesign for my beautiful costume! Your work is incomparable and I loved the design of this stunning piece. Thanks for always making me look great onstage.
I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and inspired by all the great athleticism I saw. Congrats again to @heidihildersleylyle and @lisilvio !! It was so fun representing the UK with you both and thanks for the laughs. Special thanks to @kaypenney01 and her amazing team for creating this platform for pole dancer athletes. Looking forward to next year! Onwards and upwards...with my feet off the ground ❤