About Us

GMWPJMidwest Pole Dancing was launched in August, 2010 when the first regional pole jam was hosted outside of Chicago. In addition to a 3-hour jam, workshops and showcase attended by more than 60 pole dancers, the desire to network and inspire other pole dancers was obvious and became the focus of MWPD for future events and communication.

Midwest Pole Dancing was developed to foster continued networking and establish supportive relationships among schools which will enable growth and a positive image within and outside of our pole dance communities. The website will serve as a resource for events held within the Midwest United States.

Competition and the future:

in August 2010, Midwest Pole Dancing announced plans for the first professional pole dance competition to be held within the Midwest region. While other smaller competitions had been run, the Midwest competition was the first to use internationally recognized pole judges, to be sanctioned by the Pole Fitness Association and the international Pole Dance and Fitness Association, as well as to use judging standards recognized by both organizations.

The first Midwest Competition was held in August 2011 and due to it’s immense success expanded to an international event in 2012 and grew to include up to 14 divisions and candidates from around the world under the title of the North American Pole Dance Championships.

NAPDC was retired after 2018 and Midwest Pole plans to proceed with other events such as pole jams, workshops and community showcases.


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Past events were hosted at the Tinley Park Convention Center from 2011 through 2013. From 2014 through 2018 the Midwest Convention and North American Pole Dance Championships were hosted at the Pheasant Run Resort in St Charles, IL.

In 2019 The Midwest Pole Festival and Exotic Showcase Seduction will be hosted by Movement Evolution Fitness, Inc in Chicago Heights, IL
712 South Halsted Street, Chicago Heights, Il 60411




Crop bMidwest Pole Dancing is managed by Empowerment Through Exotic Dance, Ltd

Mary Ellyn Weissman
Hometown: Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA