We always get the very best of the best involved with the Pole Factor Cape Town – none of it would be possible without the commitment of our very brave contestants, our experienced judging panel and our awesome sponsors!

You all know Kathy, the event organiser and owner of The Pole Project studio.

You’ve also met the dancers competing in the event’s four categories for titles this year… read our blog here.

Now meet the people who will be selecting our winners…

BENITA BOUWER

Benita started out as a professional Ballet dancer at the State Theatre and then turned pole dancer / pole athlete; exchanging her tutus, pointe shoes and blisters for a pole, grip aid and pole kisses. With knowledge and experience gained from both sides of the stage, Benita regularly instructs, competes, choreographs and judges events. She also holds the title of International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) 2017 Female Athlete of the Year and 2017 World Record Holder in the Masters 40+ division.

As Head Judge of the competition, Benita says; “It is an immense honour for me to be invited to be part of The Pole Factor 2017 as Head Judge, as I was the first “Artiste” winner back in 2015. There’s a tremendous amount of trust placed in competition judges – by organisers and competitors – to give the best account of everyone’s performances. If I am not on stage myself then this is the best seat in the house… the hottest seat (meaning we see the best go head to head, or rather toe to head).”

CEZANNE CARSTENS

Cezanne has over twenty-seven years’ experience in the world of dance and fitness; from ballet, modern, jazz and tap, to acrobatics. For much of her career she was based in Italy, working in international showbiz and theatre extravaganza but she has been back in South Africa for some time coaching, mentoring and choreographing.

Cezanne is one of the biggest names in pole dance choreography and has judged previous editions of The Pole Factor Cape Town. Amongst other achievements, she can boast being the coach of the winning doubles act that won SA Nationals in 2013 and second place at the World Championships. She coached the elite soloist win for Western Province 2014, the soloist win for Pole Art 2015 and the soloist win for Pole Championships Series (PCS) Africa 2016.

TRACEY ECCLESTONE

Tracey has been involved in the pole industry for over a decade. Over the past ten years her focus on conditioning, strength and control has earned her a reputation as a specialist technical judge at a wide variety of state, national and international competitions.

Not only does Tracey own WA Aerial Fitness – the largest aerial studio in Western Australia; she is also the author of the Pole & Lyra Handbook 101 Collection, the producer of seven SWA pole competition’s, director of IPDFA Polepro instructor courses, the Vice President of the IPDFA and the head judge for the International Pole Championships 2018.

And meet the people who will be showering our winners with goodies this year… Of course, we’re thrilled to have X-Pole and Fria’s Superfoods on board as sponsors once again!

X-POLE

X-Pole has led innovation in pole and aerial dance equipment around the world for over a decade and continues to be the driving force behind pole fitness as a mainstream phenomenon, supplying the world’s top dancers, studios and pole dance competitions with the best in pole technology.

They’ve chosen to sponsor The Pole Factor (for the third year running) because they truly believe that pole fitness revitalises people’s lives, stimulates minds, rejuvenates bodies and nourishes the soul.

FRIA’S SUPERFOODS

Fria’s Superfoods is an affordable and locally owned delicatessen specialising in healthy treats – born from a passion for cooking, but at the same time trying to maintain a healthy eating regime. Fria is a health enthusiast, but like many of us, struggles to always eat the right thing and has fallen off the health wagon numerous times. Inspired by healthy eating, Fria calls her nutritious snacks little “works of art”.

Fria has chosen to sponsor The Pole Factor competition for the second year running because she believes that pole dance has made her a stronger woman, comfortable with herself and her body. Fria also wants to contribute to the pole dance community’s showcase of the amazing artistic capabilities of pole dancers.

In short:

Saturday, 2 December – 7PM – Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School in Newlands – Tickets at Quicket – Follow us on @thepoleproject and @thepolefactor on Facebook, @thepoleproject on Instagram, and #ThePoleFactor #TPF2017 across social media – See you there!