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Pole Expo 2015

By on October 19, 2015

Pole Expo just completed its 4th year and without a doubt this incredible event has grown to become the biggest affair in Pole Dance Fitness. Once a year pole dancers from all over the world come together to share their passion. With about 1500 attendees this year had a spectacular schedule filled with competitions, shows, performances, workshops, seminars, vendor booths, contests, parties, and more. There were 52 vendors, 165 paid workshops, and 61 free workshops and seminars.

Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sarah Scott teaching a workshop at Pole Expo. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sarah Scott teaching a workshop at Pole Expo. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sam Star speaking on a panel along with SeanMichael. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sam Star speaking on a panel along with SeanMichael. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Pole Expo Vendor Booth Floor
Pole Expo Vendor Booth Floor

Let’s take a look at some of the event’s big highlights, starting with the Pole Classic which was held on Thursday Sept 10. This event was held at the Joint Theatre at the Hard Rock hotel and admission was included with a Pole Expo pass. The night started with a ground breaking Twerk performances by the ladies from ATL’s Vertical Joe’s.

Torwa Joe and the Ladies from Verticle Joes. Photo by Chris Donald.
Torwa Joe and the Ladies from Vertical Joes. Photo by Chris Donald.

 

Twerking was followed up by the Pole Classic competition female and male divisions. The level of talent in the house was through the roof and included the reigning PCS Champion Jazzy Alix and big time pole stars such as Hanka Venesaar, and Dakota Fox. The champion of the night for the female division was Maggie Ann, performing her dramatic rendition of Roxanne. The male division winner was Slava Ruza.

Pole Classic Champion Maggie Anne. Photo by Chris Donald.
Pole Classic Champion Maggie Anne. Photo by Chris Donald.

Following the Classic Competition was the showcase of the stars featuring amazing performances by Kelly Maglia, Steven Retchless, Oona Kivela, Carlos Franca, and many more.

Carlos Franca. Photo by Chris Donald.
Carlos Franca. Photo by Chris Donald.

On Friday, after a full day on the Expo floor, the ladies of Be Spun put on a spectacular show full of sexy, seductive performances also held at the Joint at the Hard Rock hotel. Another star by the name of “Carlos” (aka Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Carlie Hunter) graced the audience with his presence showing his sensitive, vulnerable (and always comedic) side. Another crazy hot performance came from Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Michelle Shimmy who crawled out of a treasure chest and was accompanied on stage by two shimmery mermaids.

Carlos (Carlie Hunter) performing at Pole Show LA
Carlos (Carlie Hunter) performing at Pole Show LA. Photo by Ferry Teunisse.

Saturday was a big day for Pole Expo and Bad Kitty®. The Expo room floor was filled with excitement for the highly anticipated Bad Kitty® Fashion Exhibition featuring performances from Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassadors Lindsay Green, Michelle Shimmy, Sergia Louise Anderson, Flying Laura, Sarah Jade, Amy Hazel and more. The Brand Ambassadors were modeling all the new PoleFit® Exclusives prints and styles. The show was hosted by Bad Kitty® Brand Director Mina Mortezaie and ATL Twerk Queen Torwa Joe.

Bad Kitty® Fashion Exhibition Hosts Mina Mortezaie & Torwa Joe
Bad Kitty® Fashion Exhibition Hosts Mina Mortezaie & Torwa Joe. Photo by Chris Donald.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sergia Louise Anderson performing at The Bad Kitty® Fashion Exhibition wearing the PoleFit® Stained Glass Exclusives set.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Sergia Louise Anderson performing at The Bad Kitty® Fashion Exhibition wearing the PoleFit® Stained Glass Exclusives set. Photo by Christopher Donald.

In addition to full performances there was a Fashion CatWalk where all the Brand Ambassadors came out on stage to show off the latest new and unreleased PoleFit® Styles.

Bad Kitty Brand Ambassador Michelle Natoli wearing an unreleased PoleFit® Pinstripe Set.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Michelle Natoli wearing an unreleased PoleFit® Pinstripe Set. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Lynn Green sporting the new PoleFit® Whiskers top and Side XX Shorts.
Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassador Lynn Green sporting the new PoleFit® Whiskers top and Side XX Shorts. Photo by Christopher Donald.

The Fashion Exhibition included fun games and giveaways such as the Twerk Contest, Trivia, and Pole Mamas giveaway. For the finale Ms. B Kitty herself, Trisha Stone, came out on the stage to thank all the fans and pose for a photo with all the kitties.

Bad Kitty® Co-Founder Trisha Stone and all the Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassadors. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Bad Kitty® Co-Founder Trisha Stone and all the Bad Kitty® Brand Ambassadors. Photo by Christopher Donald.

There was no shortage of pole performances during Pole Expo. On Saturday night Suwasit hosted a pole & aerial burlesque showcase off the strip called Birds of Paradise.

Birds of Paradise. Photo by Christopher Donald.
Birds of Paradise. Photo by Christopher Donald.

By Sunday everyone was pretty exhausted from workshops, parties, late nights, Vegas heat, and the overall excitement of Pole Expo. But it was still Sunday which means there was still time for an epic #SundayBumday photo. Michelle Shimmy lead a Sunday Bumday pic on the Pole Expo stage and then another group of Pole Expo attendees started their own #SundayBumday impromptu photo shoot at the Hard Rock Pool.

Sunday Bumday. Photo by Jack Gaffney.
Sunday Bumday. Photo by Jack Gaffney.
Sunday Bumday at the Hard Rock Pool.
Sunday Bumday at the Hard Rock Pool.

Pole Expo was a great success and we look forward to seeing everyone there next year. The team at Bad Kitty® would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Bad Kitty® booth! #BadKittyPride =^.^=

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Mina Mechanic

Director of Marketing at Bad Kitty
Mina has been pole dancing since 2007 and has competed in many professional pole dance competitions and showcases. Her titles include USPDF 2010 Amateur Champion, 2012 Pole Masters Cup Doubles Champion, and 2013 IPC PoleFit Doubles Champion with partner Nadia Sharif. Mina teaches in Los Angeles at Jagged Vertical Dance and Fitness.
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