The results are in for the APDM Top 50 for 2019/20! This is a list of the Top 50 Most Influential people in the Australian pole community for 2019 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, teaching you, 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.
This year we had an unprecedented number of votes. With so many contributors in the Australian pole community it is impossible to pay tribute to them all! Many incredible and much-loved people will not feature in the Top 50, although over 700 individuals received votes.
We will be revealing the Top 50 in parts, ten people at a time. Here is the fourth instalment.
20. Megan B
Megan had a huge year in 2019, which saw her taking out the title of Australian Pole Champion in November, which followed her second place title at the Victorian Pole Championships in June. She also judged many state and national competitions including Hardcore, MPDV, MPDSA and RPAC. An instructor for Kylie J Pole Studio as well as online tutorial platform PoleSphere, Megan co-owns Blak Apparel with sister Dani. She also owns a hip hop dance school BC Beatz and spent many hours in 2019 working her muggle job as a nurse!
19. Dallas Dee
Dallas Dee is a pole dancer and teacher and the proud owner of ShowPony Pole & Burlesque located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 2019 she was once again lucky enough to be a finalist at Miss Pole Dance Australia after coming second in the NSW heat for the second year running. Dallas also co-produced the annual ‘Glitz’ competition and ‘Tassels & Tease’ showcase. Both of these events allowed up and coming dancers the opportunity to perform in front of supportive crowds and receive feedback from industry professionals. 2019 was a big year for ShowPony – a move to bigger premises, new teachers and classes and lots of students achieving their dance goals of performing and representing the studio. Dallas couldn’t be prouder!
18. Katy Eve
Katy Eve had a huge 2019 travelling the world performing, teaching and judging. In total she performed seven guest shows and three competitions, including her iconic Light Up Queen show at Miss Pole Dance Australia. On top of her huge performance schedule she opened a second city location of her studio The Brass Room in Canberra, and hosted Risqué Pole Competition for the third year. Katy says “I’m so thankful for all the support and love from the Australian pole dance community.”
Over the past year Gigi has continued to share her unique style with others. She competed in Pole Theatre Art Sydney- showcasing her Latin & Urban style fused with pole. Achieving her previous years goal to teach internationally, Gigi took her signature dance workshops around Australia as well as to Bali and Japan where she was able to dance with so many more beautiful pole dancers from all over! With the current state of things she has been focusing on doing her part to maintain the pole community and share the love online with students from around the world. She can’t wait till all of this quarantine business is over and she can travel, meet and dance with everyone again!
16. Miss Dani
Miss Dani had another huge year in the pole community as a performer, teacher, multiple business owner, and event producer. As co-creator of Blak Apparel, creator of Hardcore Pole Championships, and studio owner at Studio Pole, Dani was asked to teach at Australian Pole Expo and the East Coast Pole Cruise, as well as running workshops around Australia, guest judging many competitions and coaching a large number of competitors! Yet, she still found time to compete at MPDNSW and on the Enmore stage at MPDA.
15. Olivia Oates
The past year of pole saw Olivia take out first place at Miss Pole Dance South Australia and following this she competed on the Enmore stage at Miss Pole Dance Australia for the fifth time! She was a judge for Slay it – The Pole Boutique’s in-house student competition, and she taught her regular ten classes each week to her awesome students throughout the year. She is also an amazing photographer (she works as a Real Estate photographer in her muggle life), and using these skills Olivia photographed SAPC and the Miss Lyra SA and WA heats.
14. Natty stephens
Equal 12. Maddie Sparkle
Maddie Sparkle had a super busy 2019. Not only was she teaching at and running Pole Dance Academy alongside her sister Michelle Shimmy, she also co-produced Pole Theatre Sydney, Dance Filthy and Dance Filthy Amateur, as well as Pole Clubs for amateur students to try their hand at performing. Together, they released a new range in their Shimmy and Sparkle pole apparel range, filmed online tutorials, and held Pole Dance Academy Instructor Training and the Shimmy and Sparkle Classique Certification.
Equal 12. Michelle Shimmy
After being proposed to on stage at Dance Filthy in front of the live-streamed world, Shimmy got married in 2019 (with the one and only Chilli Rox as her celebrant)! However, this didn’t stop the businesswoman powerhouse from cramming her year full of activity in the pole community. Not only was she teaching at and running Pole Dance Academy, she also co-produced Pole Theatre Sydney, Dance Filthy and Dance Filthy Amateur, as well as Pole Clubs for amateur students to try their hand at performing. Alongside sister Maddie, she released a new range in their Shimmy and Sparkle pole apparel range, filmed online tutorials, and held Pole Dance Academy Instructor Training and the Shimmy and Sparkle Classique Certification.
11. Gracie Buntine
2019 was perhaps the busiest year of Gracie’s life to date! As the reigning Miss Pole Dance Victoria AND Australia, she judged and performed at most of the state heats as well as the finals in Sydney. Aside from regularly teaching classes at Pole Divas in Melbourne and instructing for Indi Pole App, Gracie was the APDM cover model in Spring and became a featured writer for the publication. She headed off for a mini international performance and workshop tour in Singapore, Poland and France – yet still found the time to get sashed in the two Aussie competitions she entered! Her coaching business The Institute of Stardust continued to grow and develop and steal her heart, her dancers pushing and improving themselves, and even won some Stardustian sashes! Gracie says: “I get exceptionally proud every time I get to see one of my dancers or my choreography on a stage.”