The results are in for the APDM Top 50 for 2018/19! This is a list of the Top 50 most influential people in the Australian pole community for 2018 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 almost 500 people received votes.
We will be revealing the Top 50 in parts, ten people at a time. Here is the second instalment.
30. Simone Wood
Simone Wood is the studio manager and “best counsellor ever” at The Pole Boutique (TPB). 2018 was a massive year for the X-pole protégé as she was stage manager for not one, but two of The Pole Boutiques in house student competition- Slay It. As well as that, she also helped put together and run SAPC and MPDSA, worked at TPB stand at Sexpo and The Wellness Expo in Adelaide to promote pole dancing to a non-pole crowd. To top off the busy year, Simone did her second photoshoot with The Black Light, did a private with Roz Mays and was voted the People’s Choice Winner for the APDM cover model search!
29. Lorna Shado
Lorna spent much of 2018 teaching, coaching and co-creating pole routines for her students and the studios she works for in Sydney, Love Pole and Sydney Pole. Lorna is a chiropractor and has her own clinic (The Chiro Co) which she opened last year. She specialises in treating pole dancers, so she also rehabbed and supported a lot of polers through injuries or comp prep during 2018. Last year she won Sponsor’s Choice at Pole Theatre Sydney, she was awarded 2nd runner up at Pole Candy Pro and was a finalist at MPDNSW. She was also invited to compete as a champion at PCS, and asked to do an injury prevention seminar at Pole Con.
28. Bella Stella Rowland
Bella Stella Rowland is the owner of Bella’s Pole Studio Morisset and Adamstown and has had an extremely busy 2018! She currently manages both studios with over 300 students and teaches over 30 hours of pole every week! On top of running two studios, she is also in charge of the North NSW Pole Championships, has hosted a bunch of national pole stars at the studio throughout the year and is a pole Mumma to 20 instructors who have competed, won and placed at national pole competitions. She was lucky enough to get a well deserved break at the Bali Pole Retreat in May!
27. Christina Mahoney
Christina is a much loved instructor at The Pole Boutique in Adelaide where she teaches and coaches around 15 hours each week. In 2018 she competed in the Asia Pole Championships and held international workshops while she was there. Nationally she competed in MPDSA, and MPDA, she won SAPC and was awarded Best Technique at APC. When she’s not teaching, training or competing, she’s studying nutrition and food science at Uni!
26. Tammy Grindlay
aka Bam Bam
Bam Bam is a very passionate instructor who regularly taught at two Brisbane studios, and hosted workshops at various other studios during 2018. She assisted in the running of the Pole Expressions amateur competition in Brisbane, and she judged Miss Pole Dance Queensland as well as four other local competitions. She also mentored students for their own competitions (not the competitions she judged!) and taught at the Indi Pole Retreat in Bali.
25. Jasmine Zapka
Jasmine had a massive 2018. After featuring with her partner Andy on Shark Tank in 2017 with a view to franchise her studio The Pole Room, last year saw TPR expand to four locations, and she grew her staff to 50 strong. On top of this she put on a student competition Shine showcasing over 40 performances to a full house. Jasmine also performed in a tribute show at Survivor Pole Championships in memory of much loved pole artist Jacalyn Williams aka Rockit, as well as competing in the Semi-Pro division there.
LaDean is the owner and creative force behind Toes On Pointe (TOP). Since launching in early 2018, she has been very busy creating custom handmade designs and sending them worldwide. LaDean also trains at Pole Divas Moonee Ponds and Aerial Dance studios Ballarat, and has competed in several comps including Survivor, AAPC & Unleashed. When LaDean isn’t creating amazing custom heels, she is also a professional tattoo artist at LaDean Tattoo with over 10 years experience. She also sponsors several competitions through both of her businesses, and is basically just an all round babe.
Daisy is the brains behind The Peach pole studio, Floorplay and Sexy’s Back. She teaches around 12 hours per week and spends the rest of her time managing the studio. In 2018 she taught at Pole Festival, ran the 4th annual Sexy’s Back competition, Co-ran Floorplay in Australia and London, performed in the opening of Miss Pole NSW and Miss Pole Austalia, performed regular shows for Wendy Brown Production stage shows including at The Bird Cage in Sydney. On top of all that she also judged Dance Filthy Amateur and North NSW Pole Championships and ran some workshops at a few different studios!
22. Gemma Bardsley
Gemma Bardsley is the owner of G-Force Pole and Fitness and The East Coast Pole Cruise. 2018 was an exciting year for Gemma, she ran the East Coast Pole Cruise for the 5th year in a row and the biggest one to date with over 200 attendees she then went on to run the first ever Pole Cruise USA. She performed in the Dance for a Difference opening number, fell pregnant and gave birth to her second Son in October and focused on coaching for the rest of the year choreographing 25 routines for students in competitions around Australia. In addition to all of that she also added Fit Minis – a class designed for 1-5 year olds to her timetable and to top of the year was voted 17th Most Influential in the Central Coast!
21. Miss Dani
Dynamo Dani tore through 2018 all guns blazing. Owner of Studio Pole where she teaches and coaches, founder and producer of Hardcore Pole Championships for the fifth year running, and co owner of Blak Apparel, this babe certainly is a high achiever! She started out the year opening Dance For A Difference, before competing in MPDNSW and MPDA. She also judged Mr Pole Dance, SAPC, NSWPC, Pole Expressions, Halloween Heaven, Glitz-mas among others, and taught workshops around Australia. What a woman!