Of flexes, moves and grooves: Glimpses from 5th US pole-dance championship

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Claudia Renee competes during the Amateur Division Competition at the 5th Annual US Pole Dance Championship at the Symphony Space Theater in New York City. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Claudia Renee competes during the Amateur Division Competition at the 5th Annual US Pole Dance Championship at the Symphony Space Theater in New York City. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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The United States Pole Dance Federation (USPDF), founded in 2008, was the very first organization in the States to host professional pole dance competitions. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

The United States Pole Dance Federation (USPDF), founded in 2008, was the very first organization in the States to host professional pole dance competitions. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Zoe Kantor performs during the Competition USPDF requires compulsory moves for their Amateur and Professional levels including mandatory times on spinning pole and breaks points down to the quarter scale judging on elements such as ‘flexibility and extension’ as well as ‘smooth and unique transitions.’ (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Zoe Kantor performs during the Competition USPDF requires compulsory moves for their Amateur and Professional levels including mandatory times on spinning pole and breaks points down to the quarter scale judging on elements such as ‘flexibility and extension’ as well as ‘smooth and unique transitions.’ (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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A dance pole cleaner's shoes are seen during the 5th Annual US Pole Dance Championship. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

A dance pole cleaner's shoes are seen during the 5th Annual US Pole Dance Championship. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Liz Epp of the US performs at the Symphony Space Theater in New York City. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Liz Epp of the US performs at the Symphony Space Theater in New York City. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Claudia Renee shows her moves during the Amateur Division Competition. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Claudia Renee shows her moves during the Amateur Division Competition. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Candice Jabur shows off her skills. Its all about strength, agility, and out of this world flexibility. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Candice Jabur shows off her skills. Its all about strength, agility, and out of this world flexibility. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Competitors seen bare foot, rocking through her compulsory moves the no-hands jade, outside leg hang cocoon and body spiral . (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Competitors seen bare foot, rocking through her compulsory moves the no-hands jade, outside leg hang cocoon and body spiral . (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Lara Michaels of New York dangles effortlessly. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Lara Michaels of New York dangles effortlessly. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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Olga Branson does an incredible mid-air split . (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Olga Branson does an incredible mid-air split . (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

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