Pole Expo Competition Is an Exploding Unique Sport of Fitness

Fawnia Mondey

Fawnia Mondey

Written and photography by Nikki Artale

The Pole Classic competition took place Sept. 7-11 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and it drew pole fitness enthusiasts from all over the world. Fawnia Mondey created the pole competition five years ago and she has once again put together an outstanding five day seminar which included competitions, seminars and workshops. Emcee for the opening night event was Leigh Ann Reilly of Pole Show along with Fawnia Mondey.


Leigh Ann Reilly

The competition consisted of eight women and nine men who were selected from the many video tapes that were submitted for the final competition. Attendees from all over the world were there and they attended the workshops that were taught by the industries best instructors. Just to name a few countries represented, they were from England, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Australia. <photo195>

Fawnia Mondey produced the first instructional video on how to pole dance and has a total of seven instructional DVDs. Fawnia has judged pole competitions around the world including
World Pole Dance Championships, the World Pole Sports Championships and the International Pole Championships.  She organizes and produces the annual Pole Expo and has once again produced a fabulous event. www.PoleFitnessStudio.com  


Fawnia Mondey

Judges for the Pole Expo were Cindy Cooijmans, Daniela Baumann, Jamilla Deville, Mary Ellyn Weissman, Suwasit, Zoraya Judd and Score Tabulator Jim Weissman.


The evening kicked off with a welcome reception, Champagne and hors d’doeuvres, followed by the opening act of MJ the Legend which featured Jalles Franca and Jennifer Romas, star of Sexy the Show. The show was fabulous and it was a great and exciting way to start the Pole Expo event.

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Ruel James a world renowned sculptor and artist was commissioned to create a one of a kind trophy to present to the first place winners. In honor of Fawnia the founder, Ruel sculpted the face of Fawnia on the female statue. Ruel’s work is beautiful and breathtaking. www.rueljames.com RuelJames49@gmail.com 


Ruel James


Nikki Artale and Ruel James

The athletes were judged on technical presentation, artistic presentation, stage p0resentation, confidence, interpretation, choreography and performance. The winners of the Pole Classic Championship each received $1,000 and an original trophy designed by artist Ruel James. In the women’s division the first place winner was Kira Noire, second place Ashley Fox and third place Paulina Zamora.


Kira Noire


Ashley Fox


Paulina Zamora

Winners in the mens division were Alberto Del Campo first place, Christopher Saez second place, Markus Schloegl third place. Alberto Del Campo also won the overall championship of the Pole Expo.



Markus Schloegl


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Also appearing at the Expo was Tomoko, a 70 year old woman who was on Italy’s Got Talent and who inspired everyone in the audience. The entire Pole Expo was inspirational and a joy to experience how pole dancing is changing the world.  Video    

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Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer  – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100% of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.

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2 Responses to Pole Expo Competition Is an Exploding Unique Sport of Fitness

  1. Nikki! What a fantastic summing up of the event. You know exactly what to feature and your “insider” reporting is a pleasure to read. Loved all the photos and video!

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