The Auckland pole scene and why you should get involved!
There are so many really great pole events in Auckland you really should know about and go along not just to get inspired and see what it's all about, but also to support those on the stage. Getting up on stage is not an easy thing to do - there is so much that crosses the mind of a poler contemplating performing, be it in a showcase or a competition. It takes a lot for most people even in the first instance, to go to their first pole class because despite all its benefits in fitness, health and wellbeing along with the fun and friendships that develop, it is still a little bit scary. But it's actually not, and that's why more and more people are doing it, and loving it and shouting about it.
Sarah Cuthill, Altitude Pole & Fitness Auckland co-owner and operator, recently discussed why her students should perform at an upcoming showcase. She recognised the challenges; "we get it, so many things that your brain might come up with" - not feeling ready, not being able to do said move, not feeling strong/flexible/coordinated enough, fear of looking foolish, limitations in time or money, fear of judgement, not having it done before/being scared. She then smashed those out of the park –
Think back to when you started at Altitude. You would have had the very same thoughts going through your head before you finally decided to come and give us a go. But you overcame them right? This is your brain's way of keeping you safe. Keeping you away from fear so you can stay nice and comfortable. But we all know that comfortable place is not the place for growth, achievement, goal getting or that really awesome feeling of satisfaction which you MUST go through to gain that air of confidence that you came in looking for.
She went on to conclude that in fact, "performing and competing is the PERFECT opportunity for you to grow as a person, a performer and create strong, solid relationships with the rest of your pole family". Boom.
Now that you have a feel for the behind the scenes thought processes of those who take to the stage and can perhaps appreciate some of the performer angst, you might like to consider heading along to support those on stage!
Here are some events you should probably add to your calendar (and be aware of for next year).
New Zealand Amateur Pole Performer competition: this has been running for several years now and is focused on giving the amateur the stage. There are heats around the country (including Auckland) and the finals are in Christchurch. This competition has just finished but the AKLD heat was May 26th so keep an eye around this time next year. Find out more here.
Carnaval de la noche: A pole dance and cirque arts showcase, featuring performers of all levels that is held 3-4 times per year. Next show: 15 July at Mangare Arts Centre. Find out more here.
Pole Legends: This is the crème de la crème of pole dancing in New Zealand. It is New Zealand's elite level pole dancing competition and is held at the Sky City Theatre, November 3rd. Find out more here.
Altitude Pole Showcases: Our studio runs student showcases twice a year. Next show: September 3rd at Altitude Pole & Fitness studio. Watch out for more info here.
Pole Industry Awards Ball: if you need of a reason to get really dressed up then this is a fab opportunity to do so. The NZ Pole Industry Awards aims to unite and recognise all those that are a part of the NZ Pole community. This event is held the night after Pole Legends at the Crown Plaza November 4th. Find out more here!
Other events: other pole dance studios run showcases or fundraising shows too. Like this one happening on Sunday June 18th.
There you have it, no excuses and all the dates you need to know. Go along and see what the world of pole is all about, maybe we'll see you there!
The Altitude Team