Pole Dancing Competition Coming to Arlington

by ARLnow.com April 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm 9,023 44 Comments

A statewide pole dancing competition is coming to the Crystal City Hilton (2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy) later this month.

The Virginia leg of the Southern Regional Pole Dance Fitness Competitions will take place at the hotel from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. More than 20 women will compete for the title of Ms. Virginia.

Emphasizing fitness and form over eroticism, the competition is drawing both professional competitors and amateur competitors from pole dance fitness studios across Virginia. The finalists were chosen via YouTube video submissions.

Three women will judge the competition: pole dance instructor Jane Allen, former exotic dancer Trixie Lovett, and Torwa “Fiya Starta” Jo.

The general public is welcome to view the competition, but tickets start at $25.

Screen grab of Ms. Virginia competitor via YouTube

  • Mr T

    Fitness and form folks, fitness and form….

    • JamesE

      As much as the posts in here joke, it does take insane amounts of strength, training, and control to do what they do, I applaud them.

      • Mr T

        I agree.

        On another note, I’ll be sure to add pole dancing to my exercise regiment.

      • DSS10

        Well then you should show your appreciation by perhaps offering the competitors, that you feel have demonstrated superior effort and skill, a token dollar for their efforts during and after their performance.

        What I really want to see is the obvious spin off, competive lap dancing.

        I feel that in the future this, like the use of lead pipes in ancient Rome, will be seen as the harbinger of the decline and collapse of modern western culture.

        • Melissa

          I understand the jokes about stripping and lap dancing….however, this is an actual sport and does require an insane amount of strength at the competitive level. MANY woman – doctors, lawyers, teachers, SAHM’s – take pole dancing classes bc it’s FUN, it’s great exercise, and yes, it’s a little sexy. I don’t see what is wrong with that. Dancing on a pole does not make you a stripper. STRIPPING makes you a stripper.

  • Joehoya

    Are they nekkid? No? Count me out

    • awh hells bells

      Single mothers out there need your support!

  • FairlingtonD

    The location should read “Crystal City Restaurant.”

    • nunya

      i can think of no better place for this.

    • South Awwwlington


    • Melissa

      Perhaps you should actually see what the competitors do before passing judgement…you just might be surprised.

  • DarkHeart

    Shouldn’t this be held at Boeing’s new HQs?


    More than 20 women will compete for the title of Ms. Virginia.

    There is a Ms. Pole Dancer from each state? FREDTERP

    • Skeptical

      Presumably they then go on to regionals and nationals. Yowza.


    • Richard Cranium

      Yes. Because there IS a God.

    • The Southern Regional Pole Dance/Fitness Competitions website lists state competition in Virginia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida and Georgia.

      • Richard Cranium

        OK – so God is taking His time with His work. I stand corrected.

  • Clarendon

    Object lesson – you name your daughter “Trixie Lovett” and chances are she’ll be dancing with a pole at some point.

    • nunya

      Dixie Normus, please.

    • JamesE

      I am naming mine Lexus or Porsche

      • Richard Cranium

        Or any state or mountain range. Sierra Lynn. Sasha Hawaii.

        • Transplant

          Ridge Virginia

        • JamesE

          Mercedes Appalachia

          • AllenB

            We have a winner.

  • Mr T
  • Geezer

    Is Torwa “Fiya Starta” Jo from Newcastle?

  • Rick

    Is flash photography permitted, or just mental images

  • They better not let that guy from the crime report who was outside of the convenience store anywhere near the Hilton.

    • SomeGuy

      Are you calling attention to the fact that he shares a last name with one of the competitors listed above?

      Convenience store guy has not yet been convicted of those charges, so he could still get off.

      • Cymbal crash

        I thought he already got off.

        • drax

          Thank you for saying that before I could.

          • SomeGuy

            I hope you both realized that was an intentional pun/setup.

          • drax

            Works either way.

    • Four Mile Runner

      Yea, that Lovett guy. He’d have a good alibi for being there, though. I can picture him saying to the Cops: “…here’s my ID…just here to see Trixie Lovett.” And Trixie later saying: “..ain’t got no jerk-off brother named…”

  • Swag

    This is relevant to my interests.

  • John Fontain


    I trust that you will be providing in depth coverage of this event for your loyal readers. ??? !!!!

    • JamesE

      I can lend them my Nikon D700 + zoom lenses

  • Fry

    One art please!

  • Arlington Cat

    No contestents from Arlington? Come on Arlington women! Chantilly, Sprinfield and Leesburg are represented, where are the pole dancers from Arlington? Geesh Arlington women, get on the ball… I mean pole, for God’s sake.

  • Ricky

    I’ve got an obvious question that hasn’t surprisingly been asked. Why are three women judging it?

    • Melissa

      The female judges are all involved in the pole fitness industry (instructors, studio owners, etc). Though there are men that participate in pole fitness, it is predominantly women. My guess is the majority of the spectators will be women as well. The sport of pole is VERY different from dancing at a club (not that there is anything wrong with stripping, it’s just different from pole dance fitness).

      • Lindsay

        Good point Melissa! I can’t wait to attend the competition!

  • Leonardo

    I hear the Artisphere has plenty of available space…and this might actually generate some revenue.

  • Poler Bear

    I’m wondering how many of you have actually watched the videos. I’m one of the competitors, and it’s actually much more akin to a gymnastics meet than a night at the strip club. Pole fitness takes an incredible amount of strength and flexibility. Obviously I’m aware of the comparisons to strippers, and I’m fine with them, but you may be surprised if you actually do a bit of research.


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