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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.

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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.

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Miss mPole 2019 Results

July 9, 2019

Saturday 29th June 2019 at 6.00pm saw the return of mPole’s in house Pole Dancing competition.

Miss mPole has much history within the Newcastle Pole Dancing competition world, run by Leeanne the owner of mPole Pole Dancing Studios and has been run every other year since in creation in 2012. Many of the ladies Taking out the title of Miss mPole have gone onto be top local instructors in the area.

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2019 was a small event that reflected the number of ladies who registered to compete in this in house Pole Dancing competition. The Pole Dancing competition has many divisions in which the ladies ca compete,
Three individual – Beginner, Intermediate & advanced plus the added fun sections Doubles/Groups, Silicon & Floor. The girls can compete in 1 of the individual and/or as many of the fun divisions as they like.

2019 saw competitors register for
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced & Doubles/Groups & the take home titles were
Miss Congeniality – is the title that goes to the competitor/s that were a pleasure to deal with during show preparations, throughout the show & were support & helpful throughout the whole Miss mPole Process.

Miss Trickster – is the title that is giving to the competitor/s who show a great display of tricks & execution of skill throughout their perform.

Miss Best Dressed – is the title that goes to the competitor/s who have placed an above-average amount of effort into costume – looking for unique & exciting costumes.

Miss Musicality – is the title that goes to the competitor/s who show a great interpretation of music, making full use of the highs & lows in the music, with unique & interest choreography.

Miss Showgirl – is the title that goes to the best all over the package, the show, music & costume.

And the 2019 Miss mPole Winners are:
Miss Congeniality – Bethany & Ebony
Miss Trickster – La Bella
Miss Best Dressed – Miss Moxie
Miss Musicality – Georgie
Miss Showgirl – Jade

For Photos & Video of the event, be sure to check out http://www.missmpole.com.au, more and more stuff is getting added every day.IMG_3129

3 Performance / Comp Tips that you might not have thought about

July 8, 2019

Know Backstage
I know this may sound simple, but when you arrive, find out where your charge/warm-up areas are. Find out where the bathrooms are, and find and get familiar with the backstage staff (if there is a dedicated one/two). Be genuinely lovely to your fellow competitors/performers; they are as nervous as you are & having a great vibe backstage, will significantly affect your performance.
Not a particularly social person, that’s ok, ask them questions, you have “Pole”, ask things like where they Pole, how far they have come to perform, what keeps them coming back, ask about their performance piece, costume, shoes, hair & makeup and take an interest in what they offer in return, so you can use that to lead the conversation. You never know you could hit it off & make life long friends.

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Keep track of your stuff
When backstage with any number of other people, its always a good practice to put all the stuff you take off, back into your bag & keep your costume-related things together. I like two bags within my gym bag, one that has my general warm-up/every day wear & the other Costume & Costume related stuff. Then as I take off items, I place back into the appropriate bag than, I can quickly find it, without having to the empty the contents of my entire lout, and run the risk of losing or misplacing, particular costume items before your big performance.

Water & Snacks
Have a water bottle, filled with water backstage; this will help keep you hydrated. However, I am betting that the first thing you will want, when you step off stage after your performance is a drink of water. So keep it handy.
Take all the snacks, a selection of stuff, sweets, savoury, items of substance & light snacks. You will never know what you will want & these events tend to go all day/night and to have a selection of things to pick over when you feel up to it, means you won’t have to go looking for food and miss important information or place additional stress on your time.

Hope these help you make the most of your time on stage.

Written by Leeanne Taylor

What’s in the day of Polation

April 8, 2019

Polation – Diamond 2019 has come and gone & just like that we are planning the very next event Polation – Sapphire 2019 on the 21st September 2019.

It starts with a 10 am meet at the venue, the unpacking of the mPole Trailer & the start of the build process of the Polation stage & backdrop which takes about 2 hours to assemble.

Rehearsals kick off at 12 pm with 15minutes allocated to each competitor to run through, mark out & get familiar with the stage, the poles, talk to our ever-present and amazing Pole Fairies Amie & Tiana about clean, grip & prop needs for later that night, to ensure the best conditions for comp run through.

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As rehearsal take up most of the day, our mPole ladies, dress the rest of the room, with our traditional White Chair Covers & Pink Sashes.

Rehearsals wrap up about 4 pm, making way for our Guest Performances to do a tech run & our mPole Ladies to do a final set of the room.

5 pm Doors Open & 6 pm its showtime; we start a little behind schedule. However, we are easily able to get us back on track after the 1st Intermission.
7 pm kicks off the 2nd set, with another seven performers, each performer bringing their strengths & creativity to life on the Polation Stage.
End the end of the 2nd set; Audience Vote Cards & Judges Score sheets collected
Audience Vote Cards than sorted into piles of those which have been completed correctly. Feedback for each performer, initial at the top of front page, signature on the bottom of the last page & tallied – We have a winner, but it’s close, it’s recounted to make sure.
Judges scores are double checked & counted this takes longer

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We are still counting at 8 pm when our Guest Performers Mischka & Miss Filly take the stage showing us what professionals look like & they didn’t disappoint. We finally have a Judged Winner; we recheck it with the Judges & it’s given the nod.
8.30pm we go live on Facebook & Instagram to announce the Winners of Polation – Diamond 2019
Audience Winner was taken out by La Bella
Judged Winner was taken out by Gray Ace

 

8:45 pm Announcements are done & the stage is taken over by competitors Judges, Family & Friends to get those all-important post comp photos & that is honestly the best part of competing.
Secretly at the back of the room mPole’s support crew start the pack up process, starting with table numbers, pens & other bits, packed away into boxes & containers.

Table clothes, Chair covers & sashes, start to come off, and I noticed a stranger, getting involved & following the lead of our well-practised support crew. Farewells & hugs follow those photo moments on stage & we start to see competitors collect their family & friends, including the gentleman who was helping out & make their way home for a well-earned rest or party. The Judges decide they need food & make their way to find it. The room is now empty & we can start the all-important pull away of the polation stage, the mPole trailer is brought into the loading zone, opened & the mPole crew without asking, take the bits of the stage as its pulled apart & load it. It’s a team of young women, welding pieces of stage bigger than they are, some of it heavy & awkward to carry; they carry it in two if needed. They laugh & joke about it being giant handbags & in no time at all; we are packed, the Venue left, free of all the things that mPolified it & it’s now ready for the team at Wests to set it for the next event, we close the tailgate & say our congratulations to each other & say our goodbyes.
10 pm Polation – Diamond 2019 done.

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Polation brings together the mPole Pole Family together like no other event. The way they work together is seamless & you would think they do this every day. They seamless work & support together to bring together this event, this is a credit to mPole Studios. Were Pole Dancing Classes & environment bring such dedicated & giving young women together, who without their help, this event would come to a screaming holt. Each member gave what they could, mPole Studios & Polation Competitors appreciate all the help they were able to offer. For some ladies that was the whole 12 hour day, for others it was most of the day, most of the night or a couple of hours here or there.

We couldn’t be prouder of the level of support & time given from each of the ladies & how well they worked together, stepped up to provide help & were all-around awesome in roles that were outside their comfort zones.

Thank You & Congratulations on your success.

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

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

Miss Pole Dance Australia 2019

November 12, 2018

MISS POLE DANCE AUSTRALIA LeslieLiuphotoThe Pole Dancing event that shouldn’t be missed by any serious Pole Dancer. I love going to Miss Pole Dance Australia! I have been almost every year since it started running & often try to make it an event for all the ladies at our studio to attend, however, I have also gone on my own. It doesn’t matter who you go with or how you do it, you will never be disappointed by the show that comes from all the artists that perform on the Enmore Stage.

This year we trekked from Newcastle (or my case Maitland) to Sydney & back in the one trip. Which makes for an epic trip, 2 & a bit hours of driving each way & sitting through an epic 23 sparkling, prop-filled performances, performers dancing, spinning & flipping they’re all, in order to take home, the crown & title Miss Pole Dance Australia. The amount of skill these ladies have is unreal, topped with the time, energy & training to make these performances, the results are just spectacular.

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look, be sure to grab a copy from the Bobbi’s Pole Studio website when it comes available, it won’t be the same as being there, but you will get to see all the shows.

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With so many new names on the list this year, some I had heard of, but not seen perform, some I never of heard of, I was excited to see what these ladies would get up to, but for some of my old favourites like Joanna because the few times I saw her perform, you can feel the energy that she is channelling & she didn’t disappoint with an energy-filled routine that had you bopping along with every crazy pole move. The women beside me, whom I didn’t know, was like wow, that was awesome, after her performance.

I think my favourite performance of the night was Natty’s performance which was simple setup in comparison to many of the other performers, but I loved it, was a simple routine without a theme or obvious story. Natty come out and danced with her incredible dancers who supported her performance in such an understated way that, highlighted Natty’s Pole Work & added value to her floor work, it had a flow that you couldn’t help admiring. It was one of the few performances of the night that used backup dancers that did add to her performance. Some of the dancers I feel like they think because they allow human props, they feel they must & it doesn’t always work so well.

I also loved Miss Sang, a newcomer to the Enmore stage again because of her use of dancers throughout her routine, it was also a style we haven’t seen on the Enmore stage, which was refreshing, which am sure scored just high with the Judges.

You can see I have a love of group routines, there is something truly amazing & unique to watching groups of dancers come together on the stage & bring the music to life with a dance that is so very satisfying to watch.

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Obviously, a massive congratulations are in order to all the performers for making it to the finals of Miss Pole Dance Australia 2019, that is a feat in itself but to our new MPDA Champion Gracie, your routine was epic
1st Runner Up Miss Sang
& 2nd Runner-Up Coco

Hope all of you are able to take pride in all your achievements & a few moments to rest before starting comp training all over again in 2019.

Photography Credits
Opening Photo: Sunday Bumday Leslie Liu Photography
#td Image: The Championship “Gracie” Vertigo Photography

Written by Leeanne Taylor