Twenty-eighteen was host to the first ever Pole Varsity. This was a production showcasing the skills of pole dancers from the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). The event was hosted by Pole Flex Arts of ARU at The Academy and was definitely a night to be remembered.
The night started with an opening act by all the performers to The Greatest Show (from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack) and was followed by 19 performances including solos, duets, trios and larger group numbers.
Nine CUPS members performed; with duets from Liat & Kasey, Liam & Lily, Julie & Ruby and Helen & Katy. Helen & Katy are both new to pole and had their first ever pole performances; you would never have been able to tell. Katy went on to do a solo to Despacito (Luis Fonsi), showing off her crazy foot work and dancing skills. Liat & Kasey’s performance was a very romantic duet to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, such strength and beauty in their performance, with customized costumes by the ever talented Kasey. Liam & Lily performed an extremely fun and upbeat routine to I Need A Hero – Jennifer Saunders (Shrek 2 Soundtrack) – fairy wings and tiaras were present. Julie & Ruby did a lovely slow routine with flowy skirts and some impressive acro moves. The FOMO was all too much for Jemima to just be a spectator and after the first half she jumped on stage with an impromptu solo to Chandelier by Sia.
The night ended with guest performances by Hazel and James from Wings Arial Fitness.
It was a brilliant showcase highlighting the true art and strength that is pole dance and the diversity of people and performance type it attracts. So proud of all of our performers! We look forwards to next year!!
Pole Love <3
PS a big shout out to Maggie from ARU for bringing this wonderful evening together.
Photo Credit: Stefan Palmer Photography