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Sunday 23 November 2014

Video: Pole dancers bid for All-Ireland crown in Belfast

Northern Ireland- 8th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.

All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Student Union in south Belfast. 

Nawel mameche from Dublin
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Joanna Robinson
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Double act Beth Randall and Georgina Milne from Lisburn and Belfast
Dance group Pole Kicx
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in Belfast
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
A shadow dance take place at the start of the competition
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Left to right: Judges El Fegan, Nico Modestine, performer Holly Foy from Dungannon along with judges Nia Pearce and Nanette Cottle
Double act Beth Randall and Georgina Milne from Lisburn and Belfast
Over forty category
Claire Marie Murray
Claire Marie Murray
Claire Marie Murray
Claire Marie Murray
Over forty category
Double act Beth Randall and Georgina Milne from Lisburn and Belfast
Dance group Pole Kicx
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandale Hall in Queen's Student Union in south Belfast
Shadow dance
Over forty category
Over forty category
Dance group Pole Kicx
Dance group Pole Kicx
Shadow dance
Dance group Pole Kicx
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Joanna Robinson
Hazel Scorer from Donegal
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Joanna Robinson
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Linzi Thompson from Castlereagh
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
Joanna Robinson
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Student Union in south Belfast
Joanna Robinson
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Student Union in south Belfast
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Student Union in south Belfast
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Student Union in south Belfast.
Joanna Robinson
Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
Joanna Robinson
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall in Queen's Students Union in south Belfast
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships at Mandela Hall
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Stephen McMahon from Warrenpoint and Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
Dance group Pole Kicx
Dance group Pole Kicx
All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships in Belfast
Shadow dance
Hazel Scorer from Dungloe in Donegal
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Claire Marie Murray
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
Claire Marie Murray

Pole dancers defied gravity in a series of eye-watering moves as they battled it out at the All-Ireland Pole Dance Championships in Belfast on Sunday night.

Some of the 13 scantily clad female competitors wore sequins, others were more conservatively dressed – but all demonstrated incredible agility as they spun several feet off the ground in a variety of burlesque and aerial routines.

Running late into the night at the Mandela Hall at Queen's University, the judges were on the look-out for a range of tricks, transitions and floor moves, to demonstrate all-over body strength, endurance and flexibility.

The pole dancers were also judged on how they interpret the music they perform to.

The colourful championship was organised by El Fegan (33), from Hilltown, who runs Polercise in Belfast city centre.

It opened in Donegall Street in 2005 to meet a growing demand from women, and a few men, to learn pole dancing.

In her youth El dreamed of being a firefighter and even studied fire safety management at Preston University, obtaining a first class honours degree.

But during a year out in Australia she discovered pole fitness.

JOANNE FLEMING

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