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Pole World News (PWN) Co-Founders Eileen Shoals and Klaus Price hosted the 2nd Annual PWN Awards, Saturday night, May 9, 2015 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

Stars from the pole community included Sienna Spalding, Nicole “ThePole” Williams, Brynn Route, Pink Puma, Amy Guion, Adrienne Strauss, Mina Mortezaie, rock singer Kelly Maglia, and many more.  Several hundred people mingled and schmoozed before the show started.

Sheila Kelley S Factor

Hosts Natasha Wang and Nicole Williams kicked off the night after five performers opened the show with the “Wow Award,” or most physically, fit won by Carlie Hunter.
Pink Puma received the night’s second trophy, the “Picture Perfect Award.” She also won PCS Event 2: Miss Pole Dance America in April. Five dancers from Sheila Kelley S Factor were showcased next, wearing head-to-toe black outfits dancing to “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace featuring G-Eazy.

The third award was the the “PWN Pick,” given to Greta Pontarelli.

Next up was the Studio of the Year Award, won by Body & Pole in New York City, home to several of today’s pole stars, such as Dalijah Franklin and Michelle Stanek.

Pink Puma brought the crowd to their feet with a strong, slow performance to Hayden Calnin’s “I Corrupt.”

The fifth award was “Hot Legs” won by Leigh Ann Reilly, who was away performing in Europe.  Her husband Chris Reilly accepted the award on her behalf.

Sheila Kelley won the “2015 PWN Original Gangster Award” for her industry leadership as owner of the studio S Factor.

Award seven was the “Gear It Up” Award, won by Bad Kitty and accepted by Mina Mortezaie from Bad Kitty.

Diana Pardo took the “Representin” Award, which went to the most positive role model in the pole and aerial community.

The eighth trophy was given to Nicole “ThePole” Williams for “Sensual Artistry.”

Sienna Spalding, Katherine Lee, Brynn Route

X-Pole U.S. took home the “You Rock” award with X-Pole’s head of social media Armen Zabounian accepting.

The “Got Your Back Award” followed and was won by Bad Kitty.

Natasha Wang was awarded the “Inspirational Artist of the Year Award” and gave a great speech about how she started pole late and overcame many struggles while learning pole.

Kim Goldberg from Strength United, which works to stop domestic violence, family, and sexual abuse spoke next and thanked PWN for supporting this CSUN agency and cause.

X-Pole won the 12th award—and their second of the night–the “Revolutionary Award.”

Leigh Ann Reilly won the “I Love Pole” award for her annual event Pole Show LA, which brings together pole stars for a night of jaw-dropping performances.

Felipe Mendoza took home the “International Artist of the Year” Award and had fun on stage thanking his “Latin people” along with his mother in advance of Mother’s Day.

Seth Meyer from NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyer” won the PWN Media Award for mentioning the first annual Pole News Awards on his show last year.  Look for Meyers to most likely mention the PWN Awards again after he finds out he won this year.

Pink Puma

“Showcase of the Year” Award was won by the Australia Pole Championships.
Diana Pardo took her second award, “New and Up Coming Artist of the Year.”

The PWN Special Honors Award was won by Kym Johnson from the ABC program “Dancing with the Stars.”

Eileen Shoals took the stage at the end of night to thank everyone for coming to the PWN Awards along with sponsors and fans.  There were over 75,000 votes for this year’s awards, up from 2,000 votes for last year’s first show.

Leigh Ann Reilly had a big night winning her third award, the “Choreographer of the Year” award.

Felipe Mendoza won the “Male Performance Artist of the Year,” his second win of the night.

Seanmichael Rau presented the “Female Performance of the Year” award, which was won by Kate “Bendy Kate” Czepulkowski.

Natasha Wang gave a powerful and inspiring performance to the Civil Wars song “Dust to Dust.”

Nicole “ThePole” Williams closed the show with a slow routine that generated plenty of applause to “Make It Rain” (from Sons of Anarchy) by Ed Sheeran.

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