Navigating Pole Con
Posted on 31 May 2017
Are you attending your first Pole Con and feeling overwhelmed by everything? Maybe you're a returning attendee, but still aren't quite sure how to navigate everything? No worries! We're here with our top 6 tips to help you get the most out of your Pole Con experience this year!
1. Sign up for workshops:
Workshops at Pole Convention are a special treat because they're just $90 for 90 minutes. You can't beat that deal! Not to mention, they're hosted by some of the best Pole Stars in the industry. How often will you be able to say that you took a workshop from the likes of Heidi Coker, Marlo Fisken, or Ashley Fox? Three of our own brand ambassadors, Crystal Belcher, Nia Burks, and Archer are teaching incredibly unique workshops that you won’t want to miss. Some workshops on the schedule might be a once in a lifetime chance that you'll definitely want to take advantage of, especially if the instructor doesn't reside in the United States (like Kapi Huria).
2. Clear your phone:
We guarantee that you will be taking hundreds of photos all weekend long, which means you won't want those pesky notifications alerting you of low storage. Make sure to clear out your phone of any unnecessary photos, videos, or apps by saving them to your computer. It would also be wise to bring a battery pack with you so you can keep your phone charged on the go!
3. Make a budget:
One of the best things about Pole Con is all of the incredible vendors that will be present selling some of your most wanted merchandise (including us!). Admittedly, this can pose a problem for several convention go-ers because there are so many great things available for purchase, but you'll have to make some tough decisions about where to spend your money. Come up with a set budget of how much you plan to spend on merchandise so your wallet won't be aching after Pole Con is over. It's also useful to make a budget for other expenses like workshops, food, drink, and outside entertainment.
4. Pack accordingly:
Packing for Pole Con is actually pretty simple, considering that pole shorts, sports bras, and leggings are small and incredibly easy to fold. Make sure to bring comfortable pole or athletic wear for your workshops and roaming around the vendor floor. Bring 2 or 3 nicer outfits for the Opening Reception on Thursday night, the Pro Show at SPC, and for other nightly outings with your friends, and a few casual outfits for exploring all that Atlanta has to offer. If you know you'll be buying a lot of merchandise, save space in your luggage so you can pack it upon your departure. Also, make sure to bring comfortable shoes, as you'll be doing a lot of walking all weekend.
5. Visit major Atlanta attractions:
The awesome thing about Pole Con happening in Atlanta is that you won’t run out of things to do or places to visit. If your schedule and budgets allow, make it a point to check out some of the major attractions like the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke, or the High Museum of Art to name a few. And, of course, a trip to Atlanta just wouldn’t be complete without a strip club run. For the best, most comprehensive experience, join Torwa Joe and Lux ATL for their Queens of ATL Party Bus Tour happening Friday night after the Black Girls Pole Showcase.
6. Follow Pole Con and Sponsors on social media:
Pole Con and its sponsors (including us!) will be posting updates about cool things happening all weekend including the latest schedule updates and main stage performances, so you'll want to make sure to stay in the loop. You can also share photos of your Pole Con experience all weekend long using the hashtag #polecon2017. For Artista related news (including merchandise and our exclusive fashion show), follow us at @artistaapparel or like our Facebook page.
Did we miss anything on how to make your experience great? Let us know in the comments! And make sure to come visit the Artista Apparel booth for some of your favorite pole wear. We'll see you in Atlanta!