The Pole Dance Community (PDC) is an advisory and awarding body for the pole dancing industry.
The Pole Dance Community was established in 2009 to help self regulate the ever growing number of pole dancing instructors and studios.
As well maintaining good practice within the pole dance industry the PDC also provides you with:
insurance - for both pole dancers and pole dancing instructors
- advice and support for PDC members
a universally recognised grading syllabus
information on pole dancing events
pictures and videos
a blog featuring leading pole dancers and promoters
referrals to recognised teaching resources
news flashes covering the whole pole dancing industry
The PDC was the brainchild of husband and wife team Sid and Sam Remmer who are both administrators on the site. Sam was aware of many pole dance schools who were not offering best practice to their students and so the PDC code of conduct for pole dancing instructors was created to form industry recommended standards for the tuition of pole dancing.
The PDC now approves and registers individual instructors checking that they have professional indemnity and public liability insurance as well as an up to date first aid certificate. All PDC approved instructors have to comply with the PDC code of conduct e.g. no more than 3 students per pole.
Schools that have all their instructors approved can boast approved pole dance school status.
The Pole Dance Community is made of approved instructors from across the globe who each have an equal vote in how the community is run and how it evolves.
As instructors develop their skills they can start to climb the approval ladder gaining additional recognition and success from continuing professional development and the positive promotion of fitness pole dancing.
The PDC has now implemented a scheme where dancers as well as teachers can monitor their progression using the Advancement and Accreditation Programme. Under the Advancement and Accreditation Programme pole dancers can undertake gradings to chart their achievement and progression.
The PDC also approves pole dance teacher training courses to identify clear pathways for the progression from student to instructor as well as offering pole dance specific insurance that includes both professional indemnity and public liability cover.
The PDC currently has 5 Pioneers, these are nominated by PDC members for outstanding contribution to the industry. They are Pantera Blacksmith, KT Coates, Mary-Ellyn Weissmann & Elena Gibson.
The PDC Syllabus Committee currently lists its members as Ally Franklin, Robyn Rooke, Julie Fowler, Bexiita Pole and Cindy Cooijmanns. The PDC Syllabus committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who help the evolution of the PDC Syllabus abnd advise competition organisers on both legal and illegal moves.
Our current team of online grading asessors are Mary-Ellyn Weissman, Karen Currie, Jane Cole & Alex Copley.
The PDC Features writers are Elle Austin and Becky Till.