When and why was pole dance invented
Pole Dance - The CrazyPole Battle - What is it?
The CrazyPole Battle is a new kind of pole dance competition that does not yet exist in Germany! The focus is on the freedom of design for the dancers, but of course the CrazyPole Battle cannot do without rules. In addition, a dancer measures himself or herself in a direct comparison dancing and performing on the same song with the competition opponent.
How did you figure this out?
Nadine Rebel:Well, the idea of battles is not entirely new! Of course, I didn't reinvent the wheel, and yet reinvented it. In almost all existing competitions, including the already existing battles in other countries, I have personally found time and time again that there are a lot of regulations that restrict the dancers.
The list of compulsory elements is long, some figures (keyword flexibility) are classified under “beginner figures”, but can hardly or not at all by real beginners who may dare to compete for the first time. In addition, there may be the obligation to use royalty-free music, topped by more or less understandable clothing rules.
In my personal opinion, this combination leads to the fact that newbies hardly dare to enter a competition and that only what counts is life-threatening, or that you cannot express your personality through dance because it is so regulated .
If you have to collect as many points as possible in the shortest possible time and the most difficult figures get the highest points, then it is also clear to the audience that they will only see a handful of figures for a whole evening, which in the worst case simply turn into be processed at a mad pace. For me, that's not what I mean by dancing, yes - what I mean by pole dancing. So I was wondering how to get out of this dilemma.
Who should it address?
Nadine Rebel:Pole dancers! In my opinion, dance and the expression of feelings and moods by means of dance - here by means of pole dance - has only limited to do with the degree of difficulty of figures.
As already explained, with this concept we would also like to address people who are perhaps not yet that agile, who do not yet have a huge amount of power reserves or who cannot yet master such a broad repertoire of figures, but who can still dance.
Of course, all pole dancers who have been with us for a long time or who can justifiably call themselves professionals are also welcome. We hope for a good mix.
Oh yes: By the way, all pole dancers (over 18 - or with the consent of their parents) from Germany, Austria and Switzerland are allowed to take part!
What's new about this concept?
Nadine Rebel:What is new is that the people who get involved in the CrazyPole Battle have to be able to improvise and that they have to be able to dance. Dance should be understood here as a flowing transition of movements using all available levels (with pole dance, also the air). A feeling should be expressed. What is also new is that the competitors do not know who they are going to compete against and also do not know which song they have to perform on.
I have now been able to observe a lot through my jury work: There are people who are incredibly talented. One tough figure chases the next breakneck figure, followed by drops, flips and garnished with inhuman snake skills. Impressive, but - that's my opinion - no dance! The feeling falls by the wayside and only rarely do these people conjure up goose bumps in the audience.
And there are people who may not be able to do so much, are not so agile and not so fast, but they dance! They allow a glimpse into their soul, they abduct the audience for a few minutes into their world and thus conjure up art on stage. Why should that be worth less? That was always my question! In the CrazyPole Battle, that's exactly what can lead to victory under certain circumstances.
Can this type of competition be compared to other competitions?
Nadine Rebel:Limited. Battles already exist in different forms, so the concept can be compared. In the existing battle competitions, however, it is either that - as already mentioned - the compulsory elements and the generation of points are clearly delimited, or, if they are freestyle battles, that there are no regulations at all and no jury at all and that only the audience decides by means of the "applausometer". I didn't like that either, because then the person who has the biggest fan club wins. That can be fair, but it can also be very unfair.
What will the framework conditions look like?
Nadine Rebel:There will be four categories that describe the emotional world that the dancer should bring to the stage: humor / comedy - sensuality / romance - sadness / longing - anger / anger.
For each category there is a pool of songs that can already be viewed on the website. Every competitor can exclude a category that he or she is not really interested in.
On the day of the competition, the order of the competing people and against whom you will battle will be determined. This is important so that everyone knows when it's his or her turn and can warm up properly. The category and the song will be decided by drawing lots directly before the performance. That’s extremely exciting! Then the first person begins and interprets the first 1.5 minutes of the song. An acoustic signal sounds and the second person continues the performance for the next 1.5 minutes of the same song. Preparing or memorizing choreos is therefore unnecessary. You can't prepare for so many songs and you don't know whether you will get the first or the last 1.5 minutes! But that is exactly what it is supposed to achieve.
Of course, each competitor has his own pole on the stage, so that no cleaning time is lost, in which the second competitor could perhaps think about something and so that the second competitor can of course also have a fresh and clean pole. X-Pole has already guaranteed sponsorship and so we will have 2 X-Pole competition poles, each 4m high (standard diameter 45mm).
In addition, the bars will stay on static, which is another challenge! When choosing the location, I made sure that a warm-up room was available for the competition participants, which has a complete mirror wall and in which a pole (not a stage) can be set up, so that the participants can practice well here!
Do you expect a lot of participants?
Nadine Rebel:Since the "CrazyPole Battle" competition will take place for the first time in 2017, we are initially assuming an evening event because we are actually not yet sure whether there are so many pole dancers who are ready to take on this challenge.
But you also have rules in the CrazyPole Battle, don't you? And the decision should be fair in a certain way, how is that supposed to work?
Nadine Rebel:In any case, we will work with a jury, not let it be decided by public voting! In addition, we have divided the dance area on and around the poles levels and we will also evaluate different tempos (fast and slow). I am doing a few examples so that you can better imagine:
In any case, different levels and different speeds have to be built in. This means that the floor represents a level (lowest level), that standing on the pole with ground contact or turning represents a level (middle level) and that up in the air (holding figures without ground contact) represents a level.
Tempo: slow and fast
Slow and upper level = for example a power figure,
fast and middle level = for example a rotation, or a combination rotation.
Each person entering has to incorporate all three levels and both tempos. Whoever can do it in the most dance-like manner and most fluently, and who also looks clean, wins.
It doesn’t matter how difficult the figures are - and this is the highlight - so there are no difficulty categories. It may well be that an amateur competes against a professional, but this does not mean that the amateur has fewer chances! Because an amateur could, for example, combine a nice floor scissor with two combination turns and a thigh hold or a wrist seat / lean back etc. and it looks so soft and suitable and fluid, because slow elements match the slowness of the music etc., which the professional does with a Spatchcock, a Janeiro or a handspring might not work at all!
Mandatory elements would be the use of all three levels and the showing of movements at different speeds (slow and fast).
What counts is NOT how many great figures someone can work through one after the other, but whether someone uses the levels in a suitable and as evenly distributed manner as possible (so that no one can win who only lolls on the floor for 1.5 minutes) and whether someone also participates can work at different speeds (so that no one can avoid turning, or simply build in a figure for each level and then hold it for 30 seconds).
Since the characters do not know whether they are drawing "humor", "sadness", "sensuality" or "anger", costumes or props are also irrelevant. They can be used, but if they are used then they have to fit the topic! If someone thinks he has to wear a skull and crossbones mask and brings up the topic of "sensuality", that could be difficult - it is not impossible, but it will be difficult. The competitor can decide for himself ...
Who will be on the jury?
Nadine Rebel:At this point, of course, I can't say exactly, but I've already contacted Pantera Blacksmith, Air Candy may be on the jury, then we'll have a trained actress on the jury who really knows what stage presence and emotional expression on stage means. But I also hope to be able to generate jury members from the dance sector and showbiz. The jury will of course be based on people who, in turn, can describe themselves as experts in pole dance. I am particularly pleased that Alina (Schmidt-Buttke) has immediately agreed and supports me in this concept from the very first minute.
Where will this event take place?
The event will take place on April 22nd, 2017 in Bobingen near Augsburg in the beautiful Singoldhalle! A wonderful stage that really offers everything to the audience and competitors. The hall is very good and easy to get to, lots of parking spaces are available in front of the hall and the stage is a dream!
And who do you win, then what?
Nadine Rebel:The winners of the respective category automatically qualify for the CrazyPole Gala Cup in the following year! Because the battles are open to people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, we also work across borders!
How can I apply?
Nadine Rebel:We are of course already looking forward to numerous registrations!
Since anyone can compete against anyone in the CrazyPole Battle, no video is necessary!
The entry fee is due with the registration, you can register on our website
Is there already a website or a Facebook presence?
Of course there is also the possibility for sponsors to present themselves at the event: SponsorenFormularCPB (1) www.facebook.com/CrazyPoleBattle/
Well that sounds really exciting, let's see who sees himself as a dancer and is ready to face this kind of competition! Thank you very much for the interview! Photos by Sandra Reichel
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