It’s that time again! Time for you to reflect on the year just gone and while you do, have a think about who YOU feel played a major role in the growth of the Australian pole community during 2016.

It’s time to have your say in creating the APDM Top 50 for 2016! 


What is the APDM Top 50?

MPDA 2017 finalists
MPDA 2017 finalists


The APDM Top 50 is a list of the fifty most influential people in the Australian pole community for the year as voted by members of the community. It is an endeavour by Australian Pole Dancers Magazine to give recognition and appreciation for members of the pole community who have been instrumental in the growth and development of our local industry over the past year.

We would like this list to be compiled in a fair and respectful manner. Thus, there are a few rules in regards to the voting process. The list should be a true reflection of how each member of the pole community feels, not a campaigning exercise. If you have been a strong contributor, your presence will speak for itself.


Who can I vote for?

chilli-emceeThere is no shortlist, and voting can be for any member of the community. Performers, Studio Owners, Industry Small Business Operators, Competition Organisers, Event Organisers, Producers, Photographers, Bloggers, Innovators, Movers and Shakers. Please try and consider who has really contributed specifically to the local community in 2016, as opposed to “of all time”.

  • You must vote for at least five people, and no more than ten
  • You must not vote for the same person more than once
  • You may not vote on more than one occasion



Anyone who has been living in Australia for a minimum of 6 months during the year is eligible – they do not need to be an Australian citizen.

Campaigning is not considered fair play.


What is campaigning? Do’s and Don’ts:

  • DO share and mention the Top 50 voting, post links to vote and even include something like “if you feel I deserve a mention in this list, please include me in your vote”.
  • DO vote for yourself if you feel you deserve to be on the list
  • DON’T spam people or aggressively campaign on social media “vote for me!” style – or get others to campaign on your behalf.
  • DON’T send bulk emails asking for people to vote, or hustle votes from your friends outside the pole community
  • DON’T use technology tools for mass voting


How will it be regulated?

rpac-17We will be monitoring the back end for signs of corrupted voting and discounting anything that looks like the result of unfair play. Any evidence of aggressive campaigning via social media or emails may result in disqualification.

Voting will be open from late December until midnight January 22nd, 2017. We will publish the Top 50 list in our Autumn 2017 Issue. Results will also be published on our website.

So, start thinking about who YOU think deserves to be on the list. Stay tuned, voting opens next week!

Credit to 21st Century Burlesque for inspiring this process

Check out the results of APDM Top 50 for 2015