Pole dancers flock to Bethnal Green for world championships

Japanese perform Masayo Okamoto and Kazuya Naka perform at the Mixed Double's finals of the Interna

Japanese perform Masayo Okamoto and Kazuya Naka perform at the Mixed Double's finals of the International Pole Championship 2013, in York Hall, Bethnal Green. - Credit: Archant

Acrobatic pole dancers smashed stereotypes as they showed off their breathtaking skills at world championships this weekend.

British Natasha Payne dances at the Master 40+ finals of the International Pole Championship 2013,

British Natasha Payne dances at the Master 40+ finals of the International Pole Championship 2013, in York Hall, Bethnal Green. - Credit: Archant

York Hall in Bethnal Green hosted more than 150 of the world’s finest dancers as crowds flocked to see them show off their skills.

The World Pole Sport Championships attracted more than 1,000 spectators as competitors from 28 countries around the world came to ply their trade in the East End.

Vice president of the International Pole Sports Federation Kate Whitley described the event as “amazing”, and said spectators left stunned after seeing the competitors’ skills.

“They are absolutely gobsmacked,” she said. “There are less and less misconceptions. People are recognising it is a sport, and we take it to a different level.”


You may also want to watch:


The Federation, set up in 2008 reported that there were 159 entrants to the competition, with 15 per cent more male competitors than at last year’s championship.

They will return to York Hall, in Old Ford Road, for the championships next year.

Most Read

See the link on the right hand side of the page for our picture gallery.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter