I missed the live stream of Pole Art 2012, courtesy of Pole Ranking (was at a wedding that day), but THANK GOD they have the videos up on their blog!! For a comprehensive video listing of all of the performances, head over to their site – there is written commentary/breakdown of each performance, too.
I am going to embed the top two female competitors – Oona, because she’s awesome and took first place, and Natasha, because she’s so beautiful and came in as the runner up! I love both of their performances – Oona’s athleticism and musicality always blows me away, and I loved that Natasha had a different vibe to what she did in this performance (compared to some of the other performances I have seen).
Oh, and those toe points to flexes on Natasha? LOVE. She nails those little flourishes like nobody else.
The full list of winners:
Female Winner: Oona Kivelä (for the 3rd time!)
Female Runner up: Natasha Wang
Male Winner: Saulo Sarmiento (the backward jump into the shoulder mount he does at 1:02?! Holy. Crap.)