Pole dance and pole fitness enthusiasts -women and men of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and body shapes- come roaring into Forth Worth when they gather for the 6th annual International Pole Convention (PoleCon) at the city’s Convention Center.
Open to the public, the convention provides attendees with all-star performances; seminars; workshops with international stars; opportunities for instructor certification; plenty of time for networking and access to vendors representing the best products and services in pole, fitness, nutrition, wellness and glamour apparel.
“The entire pole industry is rapidly expanding from traditional pole dancing into the aerial, acrobatic and circus arts,” PoleCon CEO Colleen Jolly noted. “The convention will celebrate the diversity of the industry — the sport side, fitness side, art side, theatrical side and of course the sexy side.”
PoleCon offers events that range from non-stop diverse, pole performances including “Dangerous Curves” (for plus-sized male and female pole dancers) and a “Men of Pole” showcase to seminars on how to build your fitness business for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The perception of pole dancing is changing and it has gained increasing popularity as a fitness exercise and mainstream entertainment.
“Forget the old stereotypes,” Jolly said. “There is new acceptance of pole as something anyone can do as a fitness outlet. The popularization of pole dancing and pole fitness has flooded the media, including being featured on TV shows like ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ the MTV Music Awards and ‘Ellen.’”
“As a result, fresh blood is pumping through the pole community daily with new students coming through the doors of new studios opening throughout the country and the world,” Jolly added. “The embracing of arts like aerial silk, aerial hoop and hand balancing can now be found in many studios which also offer classes in lyra, silks, aerial yoga and hammock. There is a steady flow of new artists and choreographers bringing new ways to interpret the apparatus.”
A convention highlight will be a seminar called “The Future of Pole Fitness”. A moderated panel discussion, it will feature some of the biggest names in pole. Pole stars, personalities and selected vendors will talk about where they see the industry going.
“PoleCon’s aim is for everyone to appreciate the many facets of pole,” Jolly said. “The convention is a place to come together, see all kinds of performances and learn from one another.” Enthusiasts, instructors and interested persons from around the world will attend.
The Weekend Pass ($175) provides an entire weekend of free access to all events.
The fun kicks off Thursday night with a welcoming party hosted by 123Poling.com, the leader in online pole dance lessons where complimentary drinks and snacks will be provided. Free lunches will be served Friday and Saturday and a free breakfast Sunday. People under 18 can attend with a parent or guardian at a discounted rate of $85 for the entire weekend.
To learn more about PoleCon or to purchase tickets, please visit www.poleconvention.com or call 1-844-TRY-POLE.