Introducing one of our incredibly talented Pole Art Elite Showcase performers.
Joanna Pawelczyk will be competing during our daytime Pole Sports event (NPSC 2016) AND performing in Pole Art SA 2016 that same evening!
We look forward to our epic celebration of the art and sport of pole in SA. Thank you Joanna for being a part of it.
Joanna has been doing pole dancing for about 5 years. She started her journey in Cape Town in 2011, and after almost a year moved back to Durban where she began teaching at a studio, then took over management, and eventually opened her own one, called UniQ Fitness. She has no previous dance or gymnastics background, but has put in a lot of hard work, long hours and lots and lots of love into this sport to make the most of it.
Joanna started competing not long after starting pole dancing, but, not being a natural born performer, it took some time to work through the performance nerves and feel confident on stage. In 2014 Joanna won the advanced category of Durban’s provincial competition East Coast Pole, as well as highest overall score. Later that year she won Pole Theatre 2014 Drama and overall winner, which gave her automatic entry to Paragon 2015 in Australia. This was her first international competition where she won her category, highest overall score and best choreography. Her prize included the opportunity to teach a workshop at Pole Festival 2015, and the opportunity to go to Los Angeles and train at The Choreography House (owned by Kelly Yvonne).
Joanna also went on to compete in Pole Theatre 2015, where once again she won Overall and Drama category, which has given her automatic entry to Pole Theatre World in Prague, 2016.
She is a static pole fanatic, and feels most at home tumbling around the static pole and making her combos like they’re spinning and flowing around the pole. She also loves putting herself out of her comfort zone by trying different types of dance and different disciplines of training. It is never too late to get better at something or learn something new – your only limit is your mind.
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