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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

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

Your First Pole Lesson

March 20, 2018

So you’re about to take your first pole dancing class. You’re a bundle of nerves, unsure what to expect or how your body will respond. Here’s the basics you need to know to make the most of that first pole dance experience.

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Before you set foot in the studio, do your research, check out the studio’s websites, reviews, and their social media platforms. There are countless studios around, particularly in larger cities, each with their strengths and weaknesses, and varying levels of experience. Recommendations are always a great way to find a foot in the door, but remember you are uniquely you, and what works for one student may not work for another, so research and even pop into the studio for a chat with the instructors. If you are unsure, ask if you can sit in and watch a class. Most studios are open to having prospective students pop in for a peak before they take their first class, as it often helps to calm the nerves.

When you are booking your first class, try to be as honest as you can with the studio staff. Any injuries you may already have, no matter how insignificant you may think they are, must be noted by the studio. It is likely they will also ask your level of experience, or background. Have you taken any dance lessons, gymnastics lessons, cheer maybe? This is not to make those who have not tried before feel un-prepared. Quite the opposite. Having a clear idea of your background will help your instructor tailor their teaching style to you a little and hopefully help you pick up the pole moves a little easier.

Before your first class, there are a few little things you can do to make your first lesson easier. The most important one is please do not moisturise! Lotions and moisturisers will transfer to the pole and make it near impossible to grip. If you need to moisturise, try to shower before you come to class. This will remove as much of the lotion as possible and minimize your difficulty in your lesson.

In terms of what to wear and bring along, things are pretty straight forward. Wear what you are comfortable in! Gym gear is best so you are free to move and not restricted by fabrics that don’t stretch with you. Tights generally work in for your first lesson or two, but as you move along and learn new things, shorts will make your life a whole lot easier and open you up to some exciting new moves! They don’t need to be teeny tiny booty shorts, but something form fitting will help. Bring on the Lycra!

Most students start out barefoot, but as you move along, if you feel like a challenge, you can look into pole heels! These babies are not only gorgeous but add a little extra weight to make this an even more efficient workout! However, if heels aren’t your deal then feel free to stick to barefoot pole as it has it’s own unique beauty!

Most importantly, before your first class please, if you are ever unsure of anything, reach out to your potential instructors! Whichever studio you are looking to attend would love to answer any questions you have and help guide you into your first taste of pole dancing!

Written by Toni Hearn

Common misconceptions to Starting Pole Dancing

March 13, 2018

 You might be thinking…

Prior to starting pole dancing, there are many thoughts that may run through your head, so we thought we would help you bust down some of those misconceptions and clarify just what we do here at one of the cities longest standing pole dance studios, mPole Newcastle.

You might be thinking… “Pole dancers are so sexy, I could never do that”.

Woah girlfriend hold up! First things first, no matter your shape, size, or background, you are sexy as hell in a way that is just uniquely you! Secondly, there is no rule that says pole has to be sexy, just like there is no rule that says it can’t be. Pole dance has come from roots in both the exotic world and the acrobatic, and both sides have their merits. The key is to find the right fit for you, and to do this you simply have to try! We have seen students who are painfully shy bloom into sex kittens when they dance, and girls who are no stranger to a body roll fall in love with the strength and overall fitness benefits of pole dance. Trying a style doesn’t at all mean that you have to stick with it, it simply means you are approaching something new with an open heart and mind, and are pushing your own boundaries, which is such a healthy thing to do! Many studios will tend to sway one way or the other. Some encourage high heels and lingerie, while others prefer barefoot and active wear, and then there are those who meet in the middle, who showcase a little bit of everything and encourage you to rock whichever style you are feeling at the time! It might take a few tries, but you will eventually find your place and will fall head over heels in love with how you feel about yourself!

You might be thinking… “I’m so weak, pole dancers have to be strong”.

Simply not the case! To begin with, most pole dancers start out with very little upper body strength, or if it is there and developing, muscle memory is equally challenging. Don’t forget, pole dance is not a style of movement practised throughout the rest of our lives. This poses a challenge in your initial lessons, but there is nothing more satisfying than looking back at how far you have come, whether in the hour of your first lesson, your first week, your first term or your first year. By gradually immersing yourself in the world of pole and training safely and efficiently, you will see incredible results, both physically and mentally! We always say you don’t have to bring the strength or flexibility, we will help you find that along the way.

You might be thinking… “Wow I can’t wait to be flipping and flying through the air in my first term”

and we can see why you are so excited, but hold your horses, missy! You crawled before you walked, and walked before you ran, and while you may not remember it, you had a ball at each exciting new stage. Pole dance is no different! We will introduce you to some basics to help build strength and familiarity with pole before gently building up to harder tricks and higher heights. That is not to say your teachers will hold you back, however curriculums are in place for a reason, and that reason is you! We care about every student’s health and wellbeing and the last thing we would ever want is to see you injured, not only causing pain and disruption to your life but also forcing you to take time away from your new found passion. There is nothing more heartbreaking, so be sure to bring that enthusiasm, but remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint!

You might be thinking… “I’ll be the worst student this teacher has ever seen”.

This one actually makes me laugh out loud because, in all honesty, a lot of teachers actually struggled so much more when they started training. Many of us are now adept at pinpointing technique issues and troubleshooting because throughout our own pole journeys we have found every single way to fail at a move before finally nailing it. We have all been students. We have all had our own setbacks and mishaps so please, never feel self-conscious on our account. We are so proud of every single achievement you make, no matter how small it seems to you, and are just so thrilled to be helping you find your way to a new passion and strength that we will take the road with you no matter how many bumps there are.

And finally, you might be thinking… “Pole dancers all love to perform and I don’t feel up for that yet, maybe I shouldn’t try”.

While many studios and teachers encourage students to perform or compete, this is generally because they simply love to see you shine up there on stage. However, you would be hard pressed finding a studio who forces students to compete or perform if they don’t want to, and in fact, there is quite the shift towards letting students seek out their own opportunities to compete and perform, rather than steering them towards shows.
From a studio perspective, this means students will be more committed and will enjoy the process far more, not to mention they won’t feel pressured into something they may not have wanted. We know that as you form a bond with your instructors it can be easy to want to impress them and make them proud, but we promise, we are so proud of you each and every day you show up, whether you show up for class, show up for your loved ones or show up in any other way. Every time you push yourself to keep moving forward, whether at pole or in the outside world, we beam with pride, whether you are a stage-loving performer who simply lives to dance or an in-class only poler just looking for a few hours of “me time” each week. We love you all!

So next time you catch yourself thinking any of these things, remember, the only thing standing in your way is you, we are always here to help and are proud of everything you achieve from that first spin around the pole to your first major competition win, and whatever may come in between!

 

 

Been thinking about trying something new just for you? mPole has been nurturing beginner pole dancers for over 10 years in Newcastle, making us one of the longest standing studios in the area. We have seen thousands of beautiful women, just like you, take their first leap into a new passion for pole dance and we can’t wait to help you find your place!

We have Pole – Intro classes 4 nights per week at our Tighes Hill main studio, and these are the perfect place to start your journey! With a maximum of 4 students per class, you will receive plenty of one on one attention from our experienced and qualified instructors, to ensure that you have your basic skill set perfected before moving into our beginner’s classes.

Our boutique studio specialises in intimate classes, where every student has the opportunity to work closely with our teachers to perfect their technique and find their own unique style, so get in touch and we will help you find just the right fit, whether you have never tried pole dance before, have a little experience or have had some time off, or are a long-standing pole dancer just looking for change. We can help!

Written by Toni Hearn