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What a weekend!  2 girlfriends and I drove up to Chicago for this Competition and Convention and had a blast!  We attended the following stuff and STILL had time to run to Trader Joe’s and IKEA. (There were additional showcases on Sunday but we were driving back.)

  • Choreography (Seminar: Kelly Yvonne)
  • Dancing through your transitions (Workshop: Michelle Mynx)
  • Performances and Competitions (Seminar: Annmarie Davies)
  • Stretching and Flexibility (Workshop: Amy Guion)
  • Essential Pole Division (Competition) – static poles only, no climbs/sits/inversions
  • North American Championship Elite Division (Competition) – North American pros
  • North American Masters Division (Competition) – over 40 years of age, no compulsory moves or restrictions
  • Regional Elite Division (Competition) – Midwest pros
  • VIP showcases (performances by the judges and presenters):
    • Alethea Austin
    • Amber Fleur Richard
    • Estee Zakar
    • Fawnia Dietrich
    • Karol Helm
    • Lizz Schofield
    • Annemarie Davies
    • Kelly Yvonne
    • Leigh Ann Reilly
    • Lindsey Kimura
    • Michelle Mynx
    • Nadia Shariff

We also got to play on the”Fly Gym” that was set up, so that was fun!  Here’s me! http://www.flygym.com/

You know, this event was on the same weekend as PoleArt 2012 in Sweden and although some of the big names in pole were over there, this is a HUGE list of of some of the top performers in the industry.  Very exciting to see them perform live and meet some of them. Met a few vendors and got to suggest things to them too, such as encouraging Mika Yoga to make sports bras for busty women.

Lots of info including who won can be found on the organization’s site.  The Results page also shows the playlists for the 2011 performances but not for the 2012 ones yet.  http://www.midwestpoledancing.com

Here’s a Youtube playlist I’m starting of performance videos.  I’ll add more if I come across them.   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBB28CB3959A412E0&feature=view_all

Summary – I MUST DO THIS MORE.  When and were is the next one??