In desperate need of empowerment, Jane started Pole and Burlesque dancing in 2010 at Bottoms Up! Burlesque and Pole School. She quickly fell in love with the sense of achievement she felt when she conquered a new pole move.
After 3 years of pole dancing the bored Beauty Therapist decided Australia needed a magazine to celebrate this growing sport. With a dusty Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing up her sleeve and her head exploding with ideas, she felt like she was the right person to make it happen. She became the Editor of the Australian Pole Dancers Magazine in October 2013.
It was just before the release of Issue #1 of Australian Pole Dancers Magazine that Jane competed for the first time in the Rising Stars competition at the end of 2013. This triggered her hunger for performing and she went on to compete in VPC 2014, MPDV 2014/15, Dance Filthy 2015 + 2016 and Floorplay 2015 where she placed 3rd in the Semi-pro division.
Jane loves that pole dancing allows you to express yourself no matter who you are or what style you choose.
Ally is a restless entrepreneur and passionate creative with a Piscean idealism and an aversion to authority. Having practiced as a Naturopath and Massage Therapist for 6 years, she abandoned clinic work in 2014 to spend more time doing what she loved most: working with her pole family at Bottoms Up! and teaching 80’s dance fitness under her own creation RAD Fitness.
It didn’t take long before her creative juices led her to conjure up Pandemonium Events, and under this brand she produced and co-ordinated eight pole, aerial and variety performance nights in the space of 18 months.
Besides teaching and producing, Ally loves being on stage. She competed in the Victorian Pole Championships in 2013 and then again in 2015 where she won the amateur division and went on to compete in the national finals. She also joined Jane and their Bottoms Up! family in a Rocky Horror group performance at Encore 2016.
Having toyed with the idea of starting a pole magazine herself in 2011, Ally watched the growth of Australian Pole Dancers Magazine with much interest, contributing articles to the publication before formally becoming a partner in November 2015. She loves being part of APDM as she feels it is something that the entire pole community can use as a means of connecting with one another, learning from one another and growing together.
Pole is Cecily’s communication and expression, art & dedication.
She became obsessed with pole about 5 years ago in the middle of her masters degree – up until then her main experience in movement was yoga, which remains a strong interest of hers. It didn’t take long after graduating that she quit her new position at a big fancy accounting firm to go work for the ‘little guys’ – ie, pole companies, as they represent exactly what she is passionate about. She loves working for the people she shares her obsession with, and hasn’t looked back since.
There are few studios in Melbourne Cecily hasn’t taken at least one class at – her passion has taken her all over the city in search of new moves/styles/studios (there’s no pole discrimination here!). Throughout her pole journey she has enjoyed using all styles of pole dance to express herself, and that’s what she loves most about pole – it can truly be whatever she wants it to be. It can help her to gain confidence, to self-heal, as well as to challenge herself and open her mind. It seems whatever mood she’s in on any given day, or whatever she’s in search of, expression through pole helps her get there. Overall, the best thing pole has brought Cecily is a sense of support, friendship and acceptance, and it is truly an honour for her to be able to offer her skills in numbers to the amazing pole community.
Cecily currently lives in Melbourne with her partner Daniel and their fur-baby Bear. They don’t have any chairs or a living room, just 3 poles and a fly gym.
Damien is our resident web genius. He’s the one you will be contacting when you hit any kind of online snag and need help.
He’s a shy and retiring type of fellow, but we are pretty sure he dreams of being a rockstar (he’s not bad on the old guitar), and he moonlights as a radio personality in the hills (he’s got a super sexy voice – you might never hear it but take it from us, it’s dreamy).
Damien is the magician behind all the design features of APDM online. He’s a wealth of knowledge, and takes pride in his work – so if you like the site, say it out loud (well, write it somewhere)! He will see the praise and have a silent moment of glowing pride.
He’s worth his weight in gold so we like him to feel appreciated.