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.
We will be revealing the Top 50 in parts, ten people at a time. Here is the second installment.
In 2017 Peita’s biggest milestone as she reports it was helping her best friend open Pole Dance Addiction in VIC, where she worked to build and create classes and courses that helped every student reach their goals and fly straight pass them! Peita’s passion lies in coaching and teaching, she has strong background in human movement and loves seeing her students do things they thought they would never be able to do. She also had several students place in competitions which made her very proud. Aside from this, Peita was awarded first place in the Open division at FRISK, and was a finalist in MPDV.
39. Renee Nos
Renee Nos teaches pole classes regularly at both Addictive Pole Fitness Underwood and The Pole Gym Capalaba in Queensland. Despite going travelling for 3 months of the year, she still managed to compete in various competitions including MPDQ, Pole Theatre Amateur (Classique), Kiss it Dirty where she won first place in the professional division, and FloorPlay where she won first place in the Semi Pro division with a group called ‘Hot Mess’.
38. Ruby Lai
Ruby had a huge year in 2017, featuring in Sinsuality 2 which was awarded Best Circus at Fringeworld. She also was awarded Pro first runner up at MPDD, was the FloorPlay QLD Pro first runner up, and got wildcarded for MPDA. She judged and did a feature show at Risque amateur pole competition, was in the Amateur Pole Queen opening act and did various workshops locally and interstate or overseas when she travelled. Ruby literally lives, breathes and loves pole dancing, teaching twenty classes each week at Bobbi’s Pole Studio in Perth. She also teaches 15-25 private lessons per week and manages a small business called Polekadot, which specialises in pole shoes and pole photo shoots with her best friend, Nina Otranto Photography.
37. Justine McLucas
Owner of internationally renowned pole studio Ecole de Pole, in 2017 Justine was awarded the MPDQ Industry Person of the Year. She judged Pole Expressions, MPDSA and MPDQ, and created a highly successful pole camp in the beautiful Phuket, Thailand. She taught regular classes for four different QLD studios as well as travelling all over Australia to host workshops. She coached many professional polers as well as amateurs in their competition preparations. She also released her Ecole de Pole Instructor Training Courses, to share her knowledge and experiences from a ten year career in pole and pole teaching. Justine is passionate about helping create a new generation of highly skilled pole instructors for the rest of Australia to learn from!
36. Katy Eve
Owner of The Brass Room in the ACT, Katy expanded her studio last year and created two student showcases, on top of a hefty teaching schedule and managing the studio. Regardless, she also still managed to create Risque, an amateur sexy style pole competition, represented Australia in Pole Theatre World, competed in the finals of MPDA, judged and guest performed at Miss Pole Queen NZ, Hunter Valley Pole Perfection, and Step Up, along with judging Pole Theatre Sydney. She won Australia’s best pole dancer in the Pole Dance Video Awards, and came 13th in the UPA Poler’s Choice Awards.
35. Simone Wood
Simone is an x-pole protégé as well as the studio manager for The Pole Boutique in South Australia where she helps to encourage and support the students in achieving their pole goals — sometimes she feels as if she is the studios unofficial therapist! Simone has co-produced many events in SA including Slay It, MPDSA, SAPC and various studio soirees throughout the year. In 2017 she did a shoot with The Black Light, took some private lessons to increase her skills in the exotic style of pole, and took to the Pole Candy stage in the amateur division for her very first national competition.
34. Dallas Dee
Dallas Dee is the owner and head instructor at Show Pony Pole & Burlesque. She teaches around fifteen hours of classes per week and on top of that teaches privates and coaches her students for upcoming shows and competitions. She won Sponsors Choice at both Miss Pole Dance Australia and the Australian Pole Championships last year as well as winning the UPA Sexy Back poster model contest. On top of all of that she was a finalist in the Asia Pole Championships in Singapore and judged multiple comps – including FloorPlay Sydney, Miss Fit Halloween Showcase and Pole Superstar. Last year Dallas produced some exciting events for emerging performers, Tassels & Tease which is a showcase for emerging burlesque performers and Glitz, which is an in-house competition for pole and burlesque students.
33. Bella Stella Rowland
Bella Stella Rowland is an X-Pole Australia doubles protégé and featured athlete for ASN Hunter. She owns and runs Bella’s Pole Studio in two different locations and teaches over thirty hours per week of pole, lyra, silks and stretch classes. On top of classes, last year she taught over twenty privates per week for students and instructors who were competing. In 2017 she ran NNSWPC, competed in the Semi Pro division of Pole Candy, held an in-house competition called ‘Carnival’, performed at the Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Charity Ball fundraiser for Variety Children’s Charity Newcastle, and last but not least presented the end of year concert for her studio!
32. Jasmine Zapka
Jasmine is the co-owner of The Pole Room where she regularly teaches and coaches a number of her students for competitions. In 2017 she competed in Survivor and MPDV, she ran ‘Shine’ The Pole Room student competition, and released ‘Zero to 180’, a progressive online course for achieving front splits. On top of all of that, Jasmine and her partner Andy appeared on Network 10’s, Shark Tank where they pitched their pole studio franchise opportunity to the investors, and were lucky enough to get business mentoring with Janine Allis.
31. Kennetta Hutchens
The fearless leader of the famous Pole Divas franchise in VIC, Kennetta is also the driving force behind the Australian Competition Organisers group, and their creation of the national eligibility standards. In 2017 she continued to update the eligibility standards list, as well as maintaining the national competition calendar (head to https://teamup.com/ks033863228e23294f/ if you don’t know it!). In 2017 she ran four events: Rising All Stars; Unleashed; Aerial Unleashed; and FRISK. These competitions hosted over 140 competitors, and she produced two opening acts, as well as adding an extra location to the Pole Divas network.
Stay tuned! We will be releasing the next ten names in the APDM Top 50 2017 next week!