From Aug. 9-10, 2013, pole dance artists gathered at the Tropicana to participate in the 2013 U.S. National Pole Championships. The winner received the title of 2013 U.S. National Pole Champion and a $10,000 grand prize sponsored by United Pole Artists. The championships are part of an event series created by Pole Sport Organization in 2012 and founded by Amy Guion and Bayleigh Pettigrew. Amy is a United States Pole Dance Federation pro, BeSpun instructor, USPDF 2011 Amateur silver medalist and California Pole Dance Championship 2011 bronze medalist. Bayleigh is an attorney, one of Amy's artistic coaches and a former ice skater.