2017 Judges & Emcee

Alik Tsiupa: Technical Judge

Alik Tsiupa hails from Ukraine, but has lived and performed in several other countries. He is a professional pole fitness dancer who started his training in Russia in 2010. Some of his notable winning titles include:

  • 1st at US National Pole Championship, in Doubles with partner Candace Cane (2017)
  • 1st at Pole Dance & Fitness Russia (2012)
  • 3rd at Pole Art Italy (2015)

Candace Cane: Technical Judge

Having been a dancer for most of her life, Candace Cane was a natural when introduced to the pole. Over the years she has built up her strength and flexibility through training in modern, ballet, jazz, lyrical, & hip hop. She started teaching pole in 2013 and has since taught at several studios across the United States. Candace's passion for pole dancing has landed her several music video gigs where she displayed her talents in music videos for artists like Nicki Minaj & Rae Sremmurd, Rihanna, Maroon 5, G Eazy, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, & many more. One of today's top pole dancers, Candace has won numerous awards including:

  • 2017 USNPC Level 5 Exotic Gold
  • 2017 USNPC Doubles Gold
  • 2015 PPC Professional Championship Bronze
  • 2015 Pole Olympia Bronze, 2014 USNPC Level 4 Jr Gold
  • 2014 PPC Level 3 Gold
  • 2014 Girls Next Door Best Duet w/ Sasja Lee

Walt Grassl: Emcee

Walt Grassl is an award-winning radio personality and the host of Stand Up & Speak Up on the Radio Star Worldwide network. Since retiring from a 37-year career in the aerospace industry, Walt has become an actor, writer, and motivational speaker. He also enjoys hosting events and looks forward to being a part of the OG Pole Fitness Classic.

Kelly Maglia: Artistic Judge

Kelly Maglia is a rock singer and pole dancer who first made her name in the pole industry as a costume designer to the pole stars. She has designed for many pole celebrities, including Natasha Wang, Anastasia Skukhtorova, Nadia Sharif, Jenyne Butterfly, Marlo Fisken, Bendy Kate, and Marion Crampe. She founded Kelly Maglia Vertical Theatre in 2010, through which she produced cutting-edge pole dance musicals, including the full-length rock operetta, Once Upon a Pole, which featured Kelly's original script and showcased her unique brand of pole-dance story-telling.

Even more than theatre, Kelly has always loved writing and performing rock music, and so in 2015 she launched her first EP, entitled "Just Enough Rough" as well as a dramatic music video that showcases her in a Chinese pole duet in the Mojave desert. She is currently at work on a brand new EP as well as more pole-tastic music videos! Kelly is honored to be an official OGPF judge, and she wishes for all the competitors to dance with passion, not logic, and to know that true "winning" is the joy we take in presenting our artistry to the world.

Vladimir Sizov: Stage Judge

Originally from Russia but now living in LA, Vladimir Sizov is a former gymnast who trained with Russian Olympics team. He is both an IFBB Pro League bodybuilder and a former Cirque Du Soleil performer. Vladimir's extensive resume includes:

  • Tour of Gymnastics Superstars 2008 in USA
  • The Celebrity Circus TV show member 2008.
  • Several roles in Hollywood movies, including Tom Cruise's “Jack Reacher,” “Water for Elephants,” and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
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