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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.

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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.

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

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