The Art of Vertical Takes Centre Stage This October

Saturday, 19 October will see the South African pole dance community from amateur to professional levels gather in the Mother City as competitors go head to head in the fifth installment of the annual competition, The Pole Factor.

The competition will see finalists showcase their gravity defying acts in four categories of the dance form; namely Pole Acrobat, Pole Artiste, Pole Provocateur and Pole Duets. Pole Acrobat demonstrates the sporty side of pole, Pole Artiste reveals the artistic side of pole, Pole Provocateur shows off the exotic side of pole dance and lastly, Pole Duets is a performance of doubles on the pole.

Organiser of the competition and owner of The Pole Project studio, Kathy Lee says, “Each year The Pole Factor is open to amateur and professional levels, male and female, national and international contestants. It’s important to us to host a fully inclusive event and, as a community, to learn from each other. We want to show the country what pole dance is really all about and to prove that it’s an open community for people from all walks of life.”

Anelma Eksteen at The Pole Factor 2018. Image by Nardus Engelbrecht

This year 24 finalists were selected across the amateur and professional divisions of each category but in the end only eight contestants will take home winning titles.

Leigh Stefanski and Robynn Deedat at The Pole Factor 2018. Image by Nardus Engelbrecht

They will also receive prizes sponsored by Wazoogles Superfood, Forever Living, Go Brown Spray Tanning and Luxe Basics. In addition, the highest scoring champion from the professional divisions (Acrobat, Artiste and Provocateur) and the champions of the Pole Duets division will gain automatic entry to the next International Pole Championship (IPC) taking place in Cape Town in November 2020. The IPC is one of the most prestigious pole dance competitions in the world, attracting the best pole dancers from across the globe.

Lauren Nesbitt at The Pole Factor 2018. Image by Nardus Engelbrecht

Scoring the event this year is a panel of esteemed judges including Benita Bouwer, Cezanne Carstens, Simone Hodgskiss and Tracey Ecclestone.  Lee adds, “We’re delighted to have some amazing new sponsors on board this year as we see the pole community grow, and we’re honoured to be affiliated with the International Pole Championship once again.”

“Performing at the IPC is the ultimate opportunity for our local pole dancers to show the world what South Africa has to offer, to nurture relationships with world-class performers and to gain recognition on a global stage. To make it through to the IPC affirms that our dancers’ skills are on par with the same international performers that we have taken inspiration from on social media for years”, Lee concludes.

The Pole Factor will be held at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone from 19h00 – 21h00 on Saturday, 19 October 2018. Tickets are available pre-event on Quicket ( at R250 per person. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night.

David Rutherfoord-Jones at The Pole Factor 2018. Image by Nardus Engelbrecht

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