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End of Term 4 Party & Comp

September 4, 2019

Friday 23rd August saw mPole Studios host the 3rd EOTP & 2nd EOTP Comp for 2019.

EOTP is a great way to celebrate the term coming to an end, a week of gradings with food, some pole friends, some pole challenges & our EOTP Comp.

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The kicked off at about 7 pm with the ever funny to watch & frustrating to participate in No Hands, Pants Dance. It as tough heats, in which the girls needed to get on a pair of supplied pants with using their hands, it’s always a great way to get our Parties Started & the bodies warmed up. A pair of pants quickly became “the cursed” pair & as they were unsuccessfully put on without hands the whole night. The event was over too soon for some & not so promptly for others. Our fastest time being 2:51 minutes by Gabrielle, which is a massive improvement the previous winners time of 6:32minutes by Ebony in the EOT1P challenge.

No Hands, Pants Dance

No Hands, Pants Dance at mPole’s End of Term 4 Party 2019

We followed the No Hands, Pants Dance Challenge with our EOTP Comp. With the most significant line up all year with four competitors, each with four completely different & unique routines & all excellent in their own ways. Making it a tough job for our Judge Principal Instructor Leeanne, but with only a few points between them all we sashed 2nd Runner Up – Miss Moxie, 1st Runner Up Gabrielle & Winner – Sian.

End of Term 4 Comp Competitors & Winners

End of Term 4 Comp Competitors & Winners Right to Left – 1st – Sian, 2nd – Gabrielle, 3rd – Miss Moxie & 4th Tory

We ran the last of the two challenges for the night the Sitting Master & the Rope Climb Master, running two heats of each. With Shirley taking home both Master Sitter with a time of 15:14 Minutes (Previously Recorded time 3:29 by Tiana) & Rope Climb Master with a total of 10 Climbs (Previously Recorded Number 9 by Amie).

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Finishing up with announcements & award, with each of our EOTP Challenge Winners taking home a little certificate & goodie bag — our EOTP Comp Place Getters taking home a sash & certificate.

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We want to make a special announcement for outstanding attendance of the following students during Term 4 2019.
Chloe – 35 Classes
Tory – 30 Classes
Grace – 28 Classes
Melissa – 27 Classes
Eryn – 22 Classes
Teagen – 19 Classes
Jessica B – 18 Classes
Gabrielle – 18 Classes
Tiana – 18 Classes
Brooke – 18 Classes
Georgia – 16 Classes
Elizabeth – 15 Classes
Amie – 14 Classes
Rose – 13 Classes
Jade – 13 Classes
Renee – 13 Classes
Melinda – 13 Classes
Shirley Z – 12 Classes
Emily M – 12 Classes

We hope everyone had a great time & we are grateful that you chose to spend your Friday evening with us.

A massive congratulations to all the ladies who participated in the Challenges & Comp. And congratulations to those who took home prizes & awards. We hope you can come back on the 19th October 2019 for EOT5P to defend your titles or smash out some new records.

EOT5 Comp Entries are now open if your keen to get up there and have some fun with your routine.

End of Term 1 Party & Comp 2019

March 11, 2019

Saturday 9th March hosted the very first EOPT & Comp at the beautiful mPole Studios Newcastle.

While lightly attended, due to the sudden downpour of rain, those who attended had a great night of fun, food, dances & challenges.

The night started with 2 x Heats of the No Hands, Pants Dance, which was the first time challenge ran at mPole studios & our students were nervous & keen to give it a go. This challenged involved pulling on a pair of pants without hands & it got fascinating and weird looking for those who were unaware of what was going on. These were timed, with each getting a time, with the fastest time being taken out by the inventive Ebony taking home the title & goodie bag with a time of 6:32 minutes.

Individually timed heats of climbing a the top of a single 4m pole in the PT area of the studio followed. with the fastest climber being Grace who took out the title in 7:12 seconds

We then moved upstairs to the Pole Studio & ran throughout class routines & Ran the 1st ever EOTP Comp & our instructor’s Solos with the 1st EOTP Comp being taken out by Grace with a run through of her Competition piece for the Arnold Classic – Pole Championship Series.

Following this, we ran the last two challenges for the night the Sitting Master & the Rope Climb Master, and we were able to run single heats of each of these with Tiana taking home Master Sitter with a time of 3:29 Minutes & Amie taking home Rope Climb Master with a total of 9 Climbs.

We finished up announcements & award, with each of our EOTP Challenge Winners taking home a little certificate & goodie bag — our EOTP Comp Place Getters taking home a sash & certificate.

We also announced the winner of the 6 Week Challenge & Most Attended Student, who was the absent Sian.End of Term 1 Party Challenge & Comp Winners

We want to make a special announcement for outstanding attendance of the following students during Term 1 2019.

Sian 22
Jade 21
Tiana 18
Emily 16
Gabby 16
Amie 16
Grace 14
Ebony J 14
Liz 13
Beth E 13
Eryn 13
Mel V 12

We hope everyone had a great time & we are grateful that you chose to spend your Saturday evening with us, a massive congratulations to all the ladies who participated and took home prizes & we hope your able to come back on the 4th May 2019 for EOT2P to defend your titles & maybe even do better.
EOT2 Comp Entries are now open if your keen to get up there and have some fun with your routine.

It’s Comp Week

March 11, 2019

And like pretty much everyone else competing at the Arnold Classic Australian Pole Championship Series – I am freaking out. Which means I have a whole week of freaky out to do, as I don’t get on stage till Sunday Lunchtime.

Training for a comp is physically & emotionally demanding work, some are better cut out for it than others, I use to love it, I think. I do not remember for sure. I remember the feeling of nervous, mostly at the comp, just before I hit the stage. Before that, I was pretty cool, calm & collected (but I am sure others will tell you different & maybe they are right), but I do remember the adrenaline rush I use to get coming off stage & if we are honest that’s the feeling I am chasing. I haven’t been on stage as a pole soloist in such a long time, I haven’t tested myself out or pushed myself hard enough in a long time. And the few occasions that have presented themselves since then haven’t resulted in that rush like I thought they would. Maybe it’s because the opportunities weren’t similar to what I had done before, maybe it’s because I know where I use to be physically and I am no way close to that, perhaps it’s just gone. My life has changed so much, since the last time I did a pole comp & maybe I need to find a way to get that new rush. Either way, I am hoping to find out Sunday.

Training has been something of a challenge, particularly the Semi-Pro category. I knew it was going to be hard & that was the aim
To push me
Get myself fit again
Find my passion for pole
Get one of the creative concepts out of my head & on to the stage ( been sitting on a few for a while due to me being on the sidelines for such a long time)

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Where I am at now
Disappointed that I have had to modify my routine from what was in my head twice now to what was physically possible
Worried that I will look very out of place in a semi-pro category, but at this stage I am hoping for a clean run through of a modified routine
Worried about my grip on 45mm Brass Poles (I haven’t trained on Brass in a long time & it wasn’t great then)
However, I am happy with the progress I have made – fitness wise.
Love my costume & it’s looking good, even if not quite finished & works well with the routine, even with a few pins still in it from my run through on Saturday Night at mPole’s End of Term 1 Party.

Wish me luck.

Written Leeanne Taylor

Emotions, the Workplace & Training

February 12, 2019

Yesterday I was asked to resign from a casual job that while I enjoyed working in, the lack of organisation & the hours didn’t suit me so well.  I wasn’t too concerned about being pressured into resigning, but it still had me spinning as it was unexpected. I know that I did everything I could to do a good job & see that on some level I will be missed. But I am also one of those fortunate people who could resign. I didn’t need to be there, and my lifestyle wasn’t dependent on the hours I worked or the money I got paid. I enjoyed being there, doing work, having a bit of structure to my life, that pushed my hand to a very structured training schedule (Which was working very well). But it did make me think of all the women I know (young women) who work jobs were they get bullied or treated inappropriately & cannot leave because they need those hours to put a roof over their head,  food on the table & fuel in their car, there may have even been some within this company.

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Although the more I think about it,  the type of people I worked with & the environment, I should have realised that my time with this company was going to be limited. My desire to do a good job didn’t extend to dealing with office politics, conforming to an employee level on duty and as my husband put it, they “threw me under the bus” when I brought up the upgoing rostering issues & follow up items, which seem to be pretty commonplace long before I arrived.

I cared too much about these issues for  me to enjoy the job outside the actual position and I am most disappointed in myself for this & for bringing it up, with the people I did
but if I hadn’t, I would still be very unhappy with these issues & just lowering my standards to do a less than satisfactory job.

Putting in my resignation was pretty easy when I think about the effect this was having on my life. However, I now have free time – free time as a business owner is a loose term, but a more a relaxed schedule & thinking about the motivation & dedication I am going to need to keep up my training is going to be the toughest part of the whole thing. I had used the job as a great way to push myself & my limits in my running fitness, with the ultimate goal of running from the studio to the post & back.

Still reeling for the shock of all this,  I got up this morning, feeling flat, depressed & unmotivated to push on with my usual Tuesday training schedule which included a CrossFit & pool session followed by some Routine Work & Pole Training at the studio before class. So I have given myself a day to grieve the loss of a job, the new companionships I was starting to create, and to be disappointed in both myself & the company. I will hopefully get motivated enough to map out changes to my training schedule to suit a more relaxed agenda & come up with a game plan to tackle it, but not convinced it will still be achievable on my end, without the added commitment of having to be somewhere.

I am proud of my decision to put my family first & saying “no” to continuing in a role for a company that couldn’t see value in me. Also incredibly grateful to be in a position where I could say “no”, and it not really have that much effect on any part of my life, with the expectation of my training nudge

Written by Leeanne Taylor

5 Top Tips for Poling in Hot Weather

December 5, 2018

We all know that the Australian Summer can turn on some beautiful warm days for hitting the beach and enjoying the outdoors. But often summer days go bit too far & you’re sure you could open your own pool with the amount of sweating your body does. So, the thought of going to pole, where you very life can depend on not having sweaty hands, becomes a scary thought

Here are our top 5 tips for making it through summer your Pole Classes

Air Con & Fans
It’s generally not the first thing on your mind when booking a class, however come the summer months in Australia this is a pretty hot topic, does your studio have Air Con (lucky you) &/or Fans, some studios are lucky and have both, which allows for the instructors to create a balance between cool air & moving air the room needs for your class.

Grip Aids
The Pole community these days are blessed with the amount of options we have in the name of grip aids, which is wonderful, however they are called Grip “Aids” and should be used as such, an aid to help you get through to the next – class, move, etc however not all aids handle warm weather & sweat well, so be sure to talk to your instructor about your needs & see if you can try some products before buying something.

Pack 2 Towels
One wet/damp & the other dry, this is particularly affective in studios with fans, as you wipe down your hot body with the wet/damp towel than dry off with the dry towel & stand in front of the fan to air dry. This allows you body to cool down for a moment, you will need to repeat often, but is affective & cheap.

Hot Shower Trick
If you have time & facilities at your studio, try having a hot shower, this tricks your mind into thinking it’s cooler (cooler outside a hot shower) and this brings your body temperature down

Working on the Basics
We mean, work of some of your more basic stuff that you’re a bit more familiar with, this will help build your grip strength, and eventually you will be able to grip through a little bit of sweat.

This is just a really quick list of things that will help you get the most of you Pole Classes & Workshops throughout the Australian Summer.

 

Written by Leeanne Taylor

Floorplay – Sunday 2nd September 2018

November 26, 2018

On the Sunday 2nd, September 2018 (Yes Father’s Day) Toni & I tripped all the way down to Sydney to compete in the Semi-Pro Division of FloorPlay as a Doubles Act.

This was Toni & My first ever Floorplay comp but also our 1st ever duo together in a comp, but I was my first comp in a very long while, although not our first dealing with Floorplay a Pole Industry Competition without Poles, as mPole has had a few ladies represent us a Floorplay over the years.

In 2016 Miss Kitty Blue in the Semi-Pro Division taking the Miss Congeniality award

In 2017 we had the Blue Babes in Semi-Pro & the beautiful Ebunny in Amateur

But 2018 it was Toni & my turn to represent & we decided to go with a less theme styled routine and danced to a song called “I Get Off” by Halestorm. Here are some photos of us up on stage.

Our fun facts included that Toni and I usually have the costume designed long before we ever finishing the choreography to any routine, we don’t usually finish many, life tends to get in the way. But surprisingly we didn’t have a costume planned for the routine, until the week of the comp, which I was madly sewing together the week leading into the competition.

Floorplay is a great fun comp that allows you to focus on just dancing rather than the added pressures of getting your grip, spin & everything else just right for a Pole Competition.

Be sure to check to check it out next year.

Written by Leeanne Taylor

Top 7 Reasons for making it to Pole Club Classes

November 7, 2018

Yes, 6.30am classes aren’t for everyone, but we have 7 reasons why you should give it a go.

1. It’s Cooler, meaning less slippery.

Yes, what better way to beat the summer heat, than by getting up early, when it is much cooler, outside but also in the studio, the poles also haven’t been used overnight, giving them a chance to cool down. Making 6.30am Pole Club Classes perfect for those who struggle with the summer heat & sticking to the pole.

2. Will help keep you consistent

Particularly if your good at talking yourself out of coming to class, doing it first thing in the morning, means getting in an getting it done, before getting on with the day, whereas doing it later in the day means you have a full days’ worth of stuff banking up that you might feel you must achieve, or do first, therefore, your Pole Classes start getting pushed to another day, or not at all.

3. Improve your physical & mental energy

Being activity is a great way to kick start the day, by creating energy that will keep you going all day long. Making you feel alive & ready to take on whatever your day has installed for you. By improving your focus & mental abilities for the entire day.

4. Get better sleep

Yeah getting up early to do Pole Club is tough but will give your body a healthy sense of fatigue at the end of each day, which will be allowing you to enjoy better, longer, deeper sleep of a night. Making you well rested, for doing it all over again the following day.

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It doesn’t take rocket science to work out that if you can practice self-discipline by getting up early & coming to a Pole Club class, then it will get easier to practice self-discipline in other aspects of your life, such eating better. The great thing about self-discipline it gets easier the more you do it, so the sooner you start doing Pole Club the easier it will become.

6. Achieve goals faster

Something about giving up asleep in, makes us feel like we have made a sacrifice. That sacrifice will, whether we know it or not, makes us subconsciously work harder, so be it lose weight, get fitter, get more flexible achieve that crazy ass move, where you are hanging on by just your knees, you will push harder in Pole Club Classes.

7. Plus it’s fun

Pole Club classes are a standard outline, we focus on obscure moves that often aren’t part of any teaching outline, for loads of reasons, but we pick 4 crazy moves each week to focus our attention one, Monday we learn the Moves, Wednesday we work out if we can whirl them & Fridays we try to find some flow with them. Then its 4 new moves the following week & the best is you can do all 3 classes per week for just $25/week.

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Written by Leeanne Taylor

 

 

 

Mindset Matters

May 18, 2018

I know what you’re thinking. Positive thinking, visualizing success, blah blah blah. But seriously, the gurus aren’t far off! When it comes to pole, at least, I can attest to that. With every training session, the attitude you carry through the studio door can make or break your success in that session.

Heading into your training session, try to imagine the moves, transitions and combinations you are hoping to achieve. Picture yourself achieving them, feeling confident and strong. Now keep it realistic, no amount of positive thinking will allow you to safely achieve a move which is far beyond the limits of your current strength and flexibility level. But within reason, a positive mindset will make a remarkable difference to the outcome of all your hard work.

Keeping yourself accountable with a prepared and organized approach to training will also help. If you are training alone, try seeking some advice from your instructor or fellow dancers when planning out your pole goals and training to do lists. Committing yourself to a plan, whether a loose idea of aspirations for the session or a strict set of goals and timelines, will help you stay accountable and avoid hours scrolling Instagram. And in my opinion, a killer playlist is another important key to solo training sessions.

On the other hand, a negative mindset is a hard one to set right. Try as you might, sometimes a bad day is just that, a bad day. Not every training session can be a raging success full of flawless Instagram videos and new tricks and transitions. Sometimes it is more important to celebrate the small wins. Maybe you pointed your toes throughout the entire transition, maybe you managed to breathe and smile throughout a particularly painful move. Whatever the accomplishment, be sure to celebrate and revel in it. Pat yourself on the back for showing up and trying, and endeavour to do better next time. After all, trying our best is all we can expect from ourselves.

Written by Toni Hearn

Pole – Rest – Balance

March 27, 2018

So you’ve fallen in love with pole. You’re twirling and flying through the air with grace a few times per week. But don’t forget, the key to long term, healthy progression in pole dance is balance. A balance of rest and hard work, strength and flexibility, and pole and pole-less classes! But how do you choose the right mix of classes?

Most studios now offer a variety of classes designed to work together to help you build strength, fitness, flexibility, dance ability and many other skills, and it is a great idea to take advantage of these as much as possible. Pole requires such a variety of skills, and if abused, can easily create some serious compensations and injuries. By incorporating a variety of classes into your training schedule is not only amazing fun, but will also help you develop as a well rounded, healthy and strong pole dancer.

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A few classes you might consider…

High cardio classes! A huge part of pole is stamina and cardiovascular fitness, though many of us are drawn to pole for its supposed lack of cardio. A student recently put it as bluntly as “I love pole because running sucks”. But love it or hate it, cardio IS important, not only for your life in general but especially to get you through those pole routines you love so much. Whether you take a fitness class like HIIT, maybe a booty boot camp class, or try your hand at a pole grooves style choreography class, any way you can get your cardio fix is great!

Strength classes! Strength and conditioning is an incredibly important part of pole, and building strength in a balanced way is vital to maintain healthy posture and avoid injury. If your studio offers strength and conditioning classes be sure to try some. Taking even one of these classes per week along side your pole classes will greatly improve your performance and help you on your way to a long and prosperous pole “career”.

Stretch classes! Think back to those famous pole dance moves you always remember. Chances are most of them are deeply rooted in flexibility, and even more flexibility than it appears to the untrained eye. Flexibility is also vital to help you avoid injuries throughout your training and to recover faster and more completely.

Dance Classes! It’s no secret pole is hard, and pole routines are possibly the most exhausting 3 minutes of your life! So, a crucial element of every routine, and sometimes the hardest area to put together is the dance. Whether you’ve been a dancer since tiny tots or have never tried choreography without a pole in hand, dance classes are a crucial element of your training. Not only is it incredible fun to try new styles of dance and movement, but the experience will enhance your pole performance more than anything else.

Finding the balance between these and any other classes you may have at your finger tips is a very individual process of trial and error. So do just that, try different classes, try different combinations, and take note of how the mix of classes effects your training, recovery and performance. Maybe you will benefit most from 2 pole classes, a dance and a stretch class. Maybe you need as much focus on flexibility as you do other classes to help you recover. Or maybe you have your classes down pat but need to find the best way to incorporate rest into your schedule. Whatever it is, try to dedicate some serious attention to it, try chatting with your instructors about your future goals and how best to achieve those, and most importantly, avoid comparing yourself to others. This balance is purely about you!

Written by Toni Hearn