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Marion Crampe

Marion CrampeMarion Crampe, born on March 31st, 1983 in Lourdes, France is a professional Pole Dancer, Contortion Performer, Dance Instructor and Competitor. She started her career with classic ballet & ballet jazz.

Then she learned street jazz and hiphop and was part of the NIKE team as a dancer for 2 years in France. In addition, Marion also performed in cabaret and burlesque shows in Paris.

Marion is incredibly passionate about dance and movement. She is originally from France and began pole dancing in Paris at the age of 25.

She has been travelling since then sharing her passion for movement, spirituality, love and humour with students and other performers all over the world through her masterclasses, shows and competitions.

Marion is often described as the "Pole Fairy", a name that you will understand completely once you meet her.

Her classes are uplifting, empowering and make people feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Marion CrampeShe is a firm believer that everyone is different, everyone will tell a different story with their body and in their dancing and she embraces and develops this diversity in her classes.

The impact she has on her students has led her to win titles such as; Pole Idol 2013 and the Representin Award Most Positive Role Model in the Pole Community in 2014 and 2016.

Some of her career highlights so far have been winning the French National Championships in 2012 and coming in third in the International Pole Championships (IPC) 2012.

Performing in Show Me at Friedrichstad Palast Berlin, the biggest cabaret theatre in Europe, and performing in The Trip at the GOP theatre Hannover and Ladies Night Variety show.

During her travels she has been featured in various blogs and documentaries internationally, most notably in a documentary for the ESPN Sports Channel.

Marion CrampeModelling for unique photoshoots and photographers all around the world is another way Marion express her creative soul. She has collaborated in many original projects with clients such as the French fashion magazine Forêt Vierge.. Marion is dedicated to teaching, performing and modelling and also has a strong sense and interest for business.

She has helped to create and expand Milan Pole Dance Studio since 2010.

She is currently working on more business ideas and concepts too so stay tuned to see what Marion will have to offer in the future! Marion's pole style is a mix of dance, contortion and emotion.

"How do I feel when I dance...? Alive!"

The Pole Dance is a discipline that combines dance, gymnastics and acrobatics around a bar, combining strength, endurance, flexibility and sensuality.

This dance , performed originally in circuses where dancers danced around poles between numbers to entertain the audience and by the strippers during the 50s, was out of its erotic environment during the 90s.

Marion CrampeThe dancers can simply hold the bar, or use it to perform acrobatic figures. By 2016, there are nearly 200 pole dance schools in France.

The bar was then used as a simple support without making real figures. Even today, the Pole Dance suffers from this image.

It seemingly was born in fairground tents of Canada during the Great Depression in the late 1920's and early 1930's, when a group of dancers began dancing with use of the pole of the tent to the delight of the audience.

Burlesque made its appearance in the 1950s, but it was not until the 1980s that this discipline began to flourish and spread to many countries. In the 90s, Fawnia Mondey begin teaching the subject and produced a DVD teaching how to pole dance.

Little by little other dancers like Tammy Morris, Kelly Kayne and Katie Coates followed her example with each of her own style and fought to get the Pole Dance out of the image of strip clubs.

During their career, they strove to make this discipline known as a fabulous way to develop muscularity, flexibility, artistic sensitivity and self-confidence.

Today, Pole Dance is practiced by more and more male and female athletes from dance, gymnastics, circus and fitness professionals.

Marion CrampeThe bar is circular, hollow steel or brass , that goes from the floor to the ceiling. Fixing to the ceiling certainly gives more stability, but it does not always exist, especially in clubs with high ceilings or transportable devices.

In the United States, the diameter is generally from about 2 inches or 50.8 millimeters, the most comfortable to the hand. In Asia, the diameter is usually slightly lower than 45 mm or less.

Several versions are available and can be used for practice or aerobic . Among the materials, there is the stainless steel polished, chrome steel, "light poles" with light effects LED , coated titanium or brass.

Each of these materials has a different gripping capacity. Polished steel allows faster and smoother dance; The brass bars provide more friction which allows a better grip.

The bar attaches to the floor and ceiling. However, there are also "portable" bars which enable the dancers to ensure their performance, whatever the room in which they are to occur - such as false ceiling, ceiling too high to fix a bar and other situations.

In pole dance, the bar can be used in static or rotary ( "spinning").

Marion CrampeThere are several types of pole dance figures whose main families are:

The trick: figure fixed on the bar;
The inversions: the figures made on the bar but the head upside down
The spin: figure made in motion, which rotates around the bar
The transition: figure that allows to make a choreography by allying spin and trick
The floorwork: figures made on ground like handstand

A growing community is trying to get pole dance seriously as a sport and art. Participants meet in Australia, France, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

They are strictly reserved for non-nude participants - the aim being to focus on this dance as a sport and an art.

The first "Miss Pole Dance World" contest was held in November 2005 with Reiko Suemune of Japan winning the 2005/2006 season.

In Australia, the contest of "Miss Pole Dance Australia" was created in 2005.

Marion CrampeIn France, annual competitions take place in Paris ever since 2009.

The winners of the first edition were Laurence Hilsum and Keem Martinez. In 2010, it was won by Prana Ovide Étienne and Edouard Doye.

In 2011, Laurence Hilsum won a second title, and Saulo Sarmiento came first among the men.

In 2012, Marion Crampe and Simon Heulle won first place.

In 2013, the winners are Doris Arnold and Guilherme Wandersen.

In 2014, Prana Ovide Étienne won as well as Keem Martinez for men.

In 2015, Cyd Sailor and Nicolas Casanova won the Women's and Men's titles.

Marion CrampeThe project of making the pole dance an Olympic Games discipline is also supported by the International Federation of Pole Dance, which would thus like to recognize the discipline independently of any sulphurous connotation.

There are many federations Pole Dance internationally but none have been recognized by the Sport Accord 16 , the gateway to access the Olympic Games.

In Belgium, the quadruple champion of the country, Sarah Cavenaile, created a new form of competition in 2014 - the pole fusion competition.

The concept of fusion means the combination of pole dance and other kinds of dance, performing arts and / or theatrical performances as well as the mixing of ages, genres and sizes.

It encourages group choreographies of any kind and looking for a new way of conceiving the pole dance and interaction between artists and the public.

How does Marion Crampe define Pole Dance...?

"I used to say to people who had never tried it, that there is nothing really like it. You will discover parts of you, both soul and body, you never expected or thought you'd lost. It makes you feel so alive. Go for it..."


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