The results are in for the APDM Top 50 for 2017! This is a list of the Top 50 most influential people in the Australian pole community for 2017 as voted by you.
Our aim with this list is to create a platform which allows you to show your appreciation for members of the community who have influenced you in some way. Be it through opening/running a studio, putting on a pole competition, coaching you, creating wonderful and inspiring costumes, taking beautiful images, being an inspirational performer, or even being the friendly receptionist always ready to help. So many people are making amazing contributions to our local community!
For this reason you may not know all of our Top 50, but rest assured they are doing great things in their corner of the country, and have touched many people with their work. We are proud to give you this opportunity to show them how much people appreciate their tireless efforts.
While we were flooded with votes we also know that not everyone will agree with the results. With so many contributors in the Australian pole community it is impossible to pay tribute to them all! Many small business owners, studio owners, event organisers, photographers, performers and teachers will not feature in this years Top 50 although several hundred people received votes.
A note about doubles partners
We received several votes for doubles teams, and also votes for the individual members of the teams. To keep it fair, the points from the doubles’ vote was split in two and allocated to each member of the team.
We will be revealing the Top 50 in parts, ten people at a time. Here is the first instalment.
50. Rockit aka Jacalyn Williams
Jacalyn is described by her friends as fearless, passionate and fierce on and off the pole. She truly cared about the safe progression of her students at TrainStation Pole & Fitness and they loved her as a teacher. She was an avid competitor and in 2017 competed in MPDV, VPC, Survivor and Sexy’s Back. She wore her heart on her sleeve and always treated the people around her as equals regardless of who they were or where they came from. On September 28th 2017, Jacalyn sadly passed away. It was a loss that greatly affected the pole community, especially those who knew and loved her. To honour Jacalyn’s memory her mum, Jenny, recently started the Rock-It Foundation to help those struggling with suicidal tendencies and depression.
49. Cynthia Xu
One of the most beautiful and fierce performers in Australia, Cynthia is well known for her beastly strength, fluidity and grace. In 2017 she was awarded First Place in Pro division at NSWPC and First Runner Up at Pole Candy Pro, also competing as a finalist at APC, and performing at showcases for Encore! and Pandemonium. She became studio manager for Sydney Pole Penrith, as well as teaching for both Sydney Pole, and Just Pole Fitness. She was teaching up to twenty-five hours per week!
48. Jane Blair
Jane is the founder and co-owner of Australian Pole Dancers Magazine, the first and only pole magazine in Australia. She is an IPDFA qualified instructor and teaches Exotic Pole, Stretch and Spin at Artistic Pointe Studio in Victoria. She loves to see her students achieve things they never thought they would and taking them to the next level in their pole and flexibility goals. Her favourite thing to do is roll around on the floor feeling sexy in her 8 inch heels and she has created a name for herself as a “sexy” pole dancer. In 2017, Jane received the “Sparkliest Dancer” Sponsors Choice Award at Dance Filthy Sydney and the Bling It Heels Sponsors Choice Award in the semi pro/pro division at Floorplay Melbourne.
47. Monique Grace
With a background in classical ballet, Monique teaches Pilates, barre, and pole at The Pole Room in Victoria. She is in her second year of competing – in 2017 she competed in Vortex (open category), Pole Theatre (in the Semi-Pro Pole Art category) and Felix Cane Amateur Pole Championships where she was Runner Up! Outside of this she loves to be behind the scenes creating routines and choreographing any style of dance on and off the pole, helping other fellow dancers in the community bring their concepts to life! She also coached many students for their own competitions, including routines for Survivor and Floorplay.
46. Jolie Piper
Jolie is an instructor at Addictive Pole Fitness Underwood in Queensland, and assistant to the director Karla. With her love of theatrics and storytelling, 2017 saw a big year of teaching choreography classes and creating a student showcase for Halloween called “Cabaret of the Damned”. She performed in the opening showcase for Pole Expressions, and competed for the first time in “Kiss it Dirty”, placing 2nd in the Advanced category. With a background in film editing and sound design, she has enjoyed editing the competition music and soundtracks for many pole sisters and brothers in the pole community. Between working behind the scenes in the studio and teaching, pole is a full time job for Jolie – so she’s living the dream!
45. Scarlett Rose
Scarlett Rose has 15 years’ experience in lyrical dance and ballet but fell in love with pole because it gave her the freedom to be herself and truly grow as an artist. 2017 was a big year for Scarlett, she placed 3rd in SAPC and opened her own pole studio, Sky High Pole & Fitness in South Australia. Her goal with the studio was to create a comfortable and welcoming space where everyone can be themselves. Scarlett is also a firm believer in safe teaching practices and successfully completed the IPDFA instructor training last year.
44. Jedda J Jordan
This hot bitch requires no introduction! While she says she “laid low” in 2017, Jedda was certainly busy – between teaching at Pole Catz Gold Coast and Addictive Pole Fitness Underwood, she also was running her label Bad Bitch Empire, and managed to sponsor MPDASA and the Australian Pole Festival. She also flew over to Adelaide to judge MPDASA, and just casually won Floorplay QLD Professional Division. She became an instructor for Cleo’s Rock’n’Pole, and flew to LA to teach at the first Rock’n’Pole High School.
43. Bebe Sparkle aka Bec Collins
Bebe has over ten years experience in pole dance instruction, last year adding an IPDFA certificate to her qualifications as she is passionate about safe teaching practices. She is the brains behind Diamond Class Pole & Fitness studio which recently celebrated its tenth birthday. A journalist by trade, in 2017 she wrote several articles on pole dancing for various mainstream Tasmanian publications as well as for the Australian Pole Dancers Magazine. Bebe is very active in the Tasmanian pole community and organised many photoshoots, workshops and performance opportunities for polers to help create a tight knit and supportive community down there!
42. Melly J aka Melissa Comb
Melly J is the owner of Pole Dance Addiction Studio in Victoria which she built and opened in August 2017 with the help of her husband Andrew. In March last year she took out first place at Survivor Pole Championships in the Advanced Division with her Willy Wonka inspired routine. She loves to pass her passion for pole onto her students, so they can experience the same feeling of accomplishment from pole as she does. She aims to learn and grow as an instructor and studio owner as much as possible in the coming months and years.
41. Rosie Walsh
Last year Rosie decided to move to Adelaide from Perth to teach at The Pole Boutique. It was one of the best decisions she ever made because since moving she says she has learned a lot about herself as a pole dancer and an instructor. She teaches a lot of exotic classes as well as all levels and stretch – flexibility is her main interest when it comes to teaching. She loves taking stretch classes and teaching bendy moves on the pole. She was also seen around the traps doing performances at various venues, and has been teaching herself lyra to add another string to her bow. She is obviously well loved by her students at The Pole Boutique who are very happy she made the move!
Stay tuned! We will be releasing the next ten names in the APDM Top 50 2017 next week!