Pole Passion are proud to announce the following judges for Miss Pole Dance UK Amateur Semi Pro Championships 2021
Emma Simmonds - Judge
I started dance lessons from the age of four, and started with the B.T.D.A from the age of 10 which isknown as The ‘British Theatre Dance Association’ dance syllabus styles in Ballet, Tap, Modern an Acrobatics. I completed the highest levels of achievement in these discipline gaining dance scholarships at B.T.D.A head office in Leicester.I trained until I was 18, then auditioned for my first dance contract, and got the job. Thankfully many dance contracts followed after this, and I travelled as a Professional cabaret dancer in places like Madeira, Portugal, Spain, Denmark and more. One Contract I had to learn 35 routines in 2 weeks! So at times it was very challenging, but I’ve always enjoyed a challenge, and loved every minute.I also found love for freestyle, podium dancing. I went to Ibiza, and took along my dance show reel, I went into the top dance clubs, auditioned and got the dance contracts! I was so happy, I performed as a professional podium dancer in Manumission, Eden, Es Paradise, and Bar M and more, I was over the moon! Dancing in front of 6,000 people at times with music by the Top DJ’s in the world. I made lead podium dancer.
I went to Ibiza 8 times, it was such a great experience, I named my daughter’s middle name “Eden” one of my main resident clubs I performed at. A typical high season night would be, arrive at the club around 10pm and perform around 8 sets of 20 minutes high freestyle gymnastic club dancing around the clubs dance podiums till approximately 5am! I also enjoyed doing promotion work, I went for a promo modelling job when I was back in England, but it turned out to be a dancing job, erotic dancing ! Little did I know this would shape my life forever. I started erotic dancing/stage dancing, where I found the love for Pole Dancing. Proud to say
I’m a self-taught pole dancer, my stage name was ‘Peaches’. I was an erotic dancer on and off between other dance contracts for 5 years where I taught myself the art of pole dance. I worked around the clubs in the UK including in London, Southampton, and
Bournemouth, FYEO “for your eyes only” Where I also did many photo shoots, radio, TV, dance choreography, and promo work, newspapers “The Sun” “Daily Mail” and many others, and various magazine work. At work I was contently asked by fellow dancers to teach and choreograph there pole tricks and stage routines. Here is where I started teaching pole dance classes, I fell in love with teaching and my
life completely changed. After teaching around 6 months at my main club F.Y.E.O in Southampton, There was a demand for me to start teaching in gyms so I opened my pole dance classes to the general public at Fitness First in Southampton, I had freestanding poles manufactured and opened my school called Pole Performers Dance School Ltd in November 2004, I was the first professional pole dance fitness school to open in Southampton.
From opening Pole Performers Dance School in 2004 to present date, over the years, I’ve taught 1000’s and 1000’s of students and many teachers in the world of pole dance. I’m very honored to teach many other teachers and help them achieve their goals, also personally still have the same passion and drive to teach and perform from when I first started. I created and foundered pole dance levels from beginners to professional, a few years ago, I made a Pole Performers Dance School Fitness DVD and to date have sold over 2,000 copies. I’m in process of filming volume 2. I love choreographing routines for students and fellow teachers to compete their routines in
competitions at all pole levels and categories. I also became a mum in 2010, to my girl Lilygrace, who loves to pole dance and was my inspiration to start children’s pole, circus, and aerial classes.