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 second instalment.
40. AN DRE LE
An Dre is known for his sexy choreography, and intricate floorwork. He’s also known for his love for stretching and his flexibility progress! He works for multiple studios around Sydney, including Miss Fit, Vertica Dance, Sydney Pole and LA Pole. Teaching pole is An Dre’s biggest passion, he loves seeing the amazing impact pole has on his students and nothing brings him more joy than to be a part of their pole journey. An Dre pushes his students to their max to make them the best, most sexy, strong, badass pole version of themselves they can be and loves to see their progression more than anything else. Besides spending all his time in a pole studio, An Dre competed in some of his favourite comps in the last year – including Mr Pole, Floorplay and just recently at Exotic Generation.
39. CHRISTINA MAHONEY
Christina spent 2019 finishing her degree in nutrition and food science, so had to take a step back from teaching and competing. However, she still taught regular classes and privates at her home studio The Pole Boutique in Adelaide, judged Slay It student competition, and did some comp coaching for her competitive students.
38. TAMMY BAM BAM
2019 was a busy year for Tammy! On top of teaching at two Brisbane studios (Addictive Pole Fitness Underwood and Sydney Pole Capalaba), she also became an instructor for PoleSphere online learning platform (dream come true!) and realised her passion for educating instructors by becoming an Ecole De Pole Master Trainer. She judged multiple competitions including Floorplay Queensland and several local amateur competitions. Somehow on top of all this she managed to win the Queensland Pole Championships with a very unique and emotive piece.
37. YUNGIE DANG
Yungie is a full time Sydney-based instructor at Pole Dance Academy, Love Pole and Just Pole Fitness. Over the last year, Yungie toured around South East Asia teaching workshops and mini terms in Singapore, Malaysia and Bali. In 2019 she competed as a finalist in Miss Pole Dance Australia and Pole Theatre Sydney, and also did guest performances and judging at Midsummer Nights, Pole Club and Risque. While she loves performing, her real passion is in teaching and inspiring her students to grow and push themselves beyond their limits.
36. RUBY LAI
Ruby’s year started off with feature shows for Fringe Festival Perth. She competed for the first time in WAPC and placed 2nd Runner Up which saw her go through to the APC finals. Then her debut Britney act saw her take out 2nd Runner Up in MPDWA, also taking her through to the MPDA finals. When Ruby isn’t performing, choreographing routines, teaching/coaching fifty hours per week at Bobbi’s Pole Studio Perth, or managing her small business Polekadot, she’s working behind the scenes on photo shoots with her bestie Nina Otranto Photography.
Owner of G Force Pole and Fitness, and the brains behind the annual Pole Cruise adventures, last year Gem organised the seventh East Coast Pole Cruise and the second Pole Cruise USA. She had the pleasure of judging Sexy’s Back and the Poletique student showcase. She coached and choreographed 29 routines for various comps around Australia. She competed in Pole Theatre Sydney in the Professional Drama category with Phoenix and won! She was also a finalist in the central coast business awards in the fitness industry, ran multiple charity fundraisers in her studio and raised over $2000 for various charities. She taught approximately 15-20 hours per week and held two successful studio showcases at G Force Pole and Fitness.
34. KRISTY SELLARS
This busy powerhouse of a woman had another super successful year in 2019, when she took out first place in Australia’s Got Talent! This was a giant win for pole dancing – both nationally and internationally. On top of that, she continued to lead her PhysiPole family, which has now grown to include seventeen locations.
33. ALLY CAT
2019 was a challenging but busy year for Ally. She was forced to reduce her teaching load due to health problems, however she continued to take a handful of regular classes at her home studio, The Pole Room Mitcham. She also taught privates, coaching sessions and workshops both locally and interstate. She judged the Victorian Pole Championships and the Australian Amateur Pole Championships heats and finals. She also took over as editor and owner of Australian Pole Dancers Magazine, and spent many hours behind the scenes at PoleSphere as one of its Co Directors.
32. JOANNA LITTLEWOOD-JOHNSON
Joanna had another huge year in 2019, starting with a win at the Arnold Pole Championship Series, which was her third Australian professional title. It was her sixth year running the WA Pole Championships with a record breaking state heat, and an amazing opportunity for so many aspiring dancers. August was a massive month, as she opened her brand new custom built studio, Core Fusion Pilates and Pole (after ten months of building) where she teaches over twenty classes each week. August also saw Joanna turn the milestone age of 50! She joined the teaching team at PoleSphere online learning platform and was thrilled to be invited to teach at the inaugural Masters Only Pole Retreat in Chicago.
31. KRISTY LEE
Owner of Pole and Aerial Divas Caroline Springs, and owner of APDM’s Cutest Pole Pet – Ollie, Kristy Lee taught over 900 hours of pole, lyra and silks classes in 2019! This is on top of working full time, running her studio and competing in seven competitions. These competitions included: PCS (where she won the Semi Pro category), Rising All Stars, Hardcore Pole Championships (taking third place in Semi Pro), VPC in both the Professional Solo and Doubles categories (placing first in doubles), APC in doubles (placing third), and Frisk Pole Dance Competition (winning the Professional category). What an outstanding effort!