POLE SHOW L.A.
POLE SHOW LA 2012 AT BE SPUN STUDIO
by Lori Myers Photography by ALLOY IMAGES
If the world ends in 2012, many can die happy after witnessing the performances at BeSpun’s third annual Pole Show LA, which was held on January 28, 2012. Even a few technical issues could not spoil the excitement of the hundreds of pole fans who crammed into BeSpun and Legends MMA gym for the event. The show was sponsored by X-Pole, The Pole Dancing Shop, Mighty Grip, Dew Point and Pole Expo Las Vegas.
Between each performance, dancers performed a short solo while the pole cleaners worked. The soloists included Ariel Jacobs, Alice Hodge, Lena Lockerby, Josiah “Bad Azz” Grant aka Sir D’Lorian Fox, Becca Armijo, Jess Leah, Amber Richard, Kelly Maglia, Breezelle Fox, Margarita Evans, Jennifer Strand, Tiffany Hayden, and Dana Davidson.
The show featured many BeSpun instructors and students and began with “The Honey Fall Girls,” which was choreographed by BeSpun’s owner, Leigh Ann Reilly. The performers were Andrea Britz, Kate Chanthanakaew, Emma Danoff, Yvonne Huffman-Lutz and Cash Roses. BeSpun’s former manager, Amy Guion danced in a piece called, “A Long time ago, in a desert far, far away.” It also featured David Garcia and contortionist Fiona Luna. “Gemini 3000” included BeSpun dancers Sergia Louise Anderson, Tami Brandel, Jennifer Jim and Lacy McGarry.
Leigh Ann Reilly was next with “In the Night.” Alex Catalano, Pamela Morency and Angela Relucio were Leigh Ann’s backup dancers. “Ligature” was based on Amy Guion’s 2011 California Pole Dance Championship routine and featured Paula Cavajal, ChristineFields,TraceyMuellerandLisaWilhoit.“Wonderland”was performed by Audra Bennett, Lindsey Kimura, Sienna Spaulding and Adrienne Strauss. Adrienne also wrote and performed the music for the piece.
The first headliner was Prana, who hails from Paris, France. She performed a very strong, beautiful and cat-like routine. Zoraya Judd took it to the next level when her husband Nic joined her on stage and she took a spin on the pole with a python around her neck. Flying Laura Martin pulled out a completely unexpected hip hop routine with backup dancers, Marta Karwowska and Isabella Konald.
Estee Zakar began her routine hidden by a cat mask. The strength in her moves was inspirational. Steven Retchless’ routine was ballet-based and so beautiful. Natasha Wang based the character in her performance on a spider that conquers the pole. Amber Kittle amazed everyone in the room by starting her routine on the ceiling in a 20-foot death lay. Karol Helms and Alethea Austin teamed up for “Education.”
Their school girl-themed doubles routine included backup dancers Andrea Britz, Ariel Jacobs, Valarie Miller, Lana Sales, Melissa Schrader and Jennifer Vigil. Jenyne Butterfly closed the show and proved she earned her title of “Pole Queen”!
BeSpun is known for creating champions and Pole Show LA was the perfect showcase. Every year, the show gets bigger and better. One can only hope that the world doesn’t end this year, so that BeSpun can show us how it’s done again next year.