Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 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
Nawel Mameche from Dublin
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. 

Hoop Claire Marie Murray
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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