STRONG, sexy and superfit – and now these two women can add national champions to their long list of attributes.
Dance instructors Angela Hawkes and Zorena Roe won the doubles category at the UK Professional Pole Championships – the UK’s biggest competition for pole athletes.
Angela, who runs Paradise Fitness in Fareham, said: ‘We were pleased just to get through to the finals. It was amazing.
‘We go each year to the competition and you don’t ever imagine that it’ll be you on the stage.
‘It was hard work but it was well worth it.’
Angela and Zorena, who runs Southampton Aerial Arts, performed a routine to Lady Gaga’s Telephone at the competition, which took place in Telford.
The pair struck poses around the pole wearing stars and stripes and their routine won acclaim from the judges who scored them highly.
It was the first year the competition had featured a doubles category and the pair said they will be looking to retain their title next year.
Angela, 28, and Zorena, 23, met at a competition last year and the two have been regularly practising routines and swapping techniques ever since.
See the girls’ showreel video here
Angela, from Fareham, started pole dancing four years ago after seeing a pole fitness class in action.
Until that point she had no gymnastic or dance experience, but seeing the sport inspired her to take it up, finally leading her to set up a Fareham studio last year.
Her group has become so popular that she moved in to larger premises last month in Blackbrook Business Park, in Fareham, where she teaches pole, aerial hoop, trapeze, yoga, stretch and lyrical dance – a blend of jazz, ballet and contemporary dance – full-time.
She encouraged women to visit the studio and try out a class.
She said: ‘It’s fun and a great way to get fit.’
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