Thank you to everyone who auditioned to be part of the 4th Encore! Sydney Pole Show! We had an overwhelming response but can’t showcase everyone unfortunately, so this year’s show will be featuring the following performers…
Andrea James Lui
Andrea is the current Pole & Aerial Rising Stars 1st Runner-Up and Ontario Pole Fitness Semi-Pro Champion in Canada. She has a university degree in theatre and a college diploma in performance, as well as training in circus, martial arts, and stage combat.
Baby Dolls Elite
(Emilie, Bianca, Saalia and Zoey)
Emilie has been pole dancing for 2 1/2 years and is an ex-gymnast. She loves the tricks and flips on pole! Bianca has been pole dancing for 1 year and is also an ex-gymnast and loves scary tricks on the pole! Saalia has been pole dancing for 4 years. She is a dancer and loves choreographing routines. Zoey has been pole dancing for 3 years and had no prior training to pole!
Bethany was a gymnast at the high performance centre Melbourne and trained at an elite level for Beijing Olympics until she had to have hip surgery. Since falling in love with pole, she became the 2013 Australian Pole Fitness Women’s Champion and in 2012 she won Battle at the Australian Pole Championships. She loves taking pole to a new level and trying to scare and intrigue people with the crazy acrobatic side of pole.
(Deanne, Tilly, Linda, Jennifer, Claire)
Blush Masters are a group of ladies that have been poling for over 3 years together. They are a unique group of dancers with a variety of dance styles between them, from burlesque to hip hop, classical to lap dance they have tried it all.
Elyse has been pole dancing since mid-2010. Prior to pole dancing, Elyse trained in artistic gymnastics as well as various genres of dance, including jazz and contemporary.
Elyse won the title of Amateur Pole Champion at the PPS Aerial Performance Tournament 2013 in Hong Kong. She has also won 1st place 3 times in the Amateur Night pole competition organised by Bobbi’s Pole Studio Singapore.
Eve has a background in dance, and also toured Hong Kong for Cheerleading in 2004 which is one of her dance highlights. She started pole dancing in 2003, but then took a few years off prepping for a sports model comp within the body building federations and doing crossfit. When she injured her back, she came back to pole as a way for rehab and to keep fit. She won the Grand Final of the Princess of the Poles Comp at the Pier Hotel in Botany as well as People’s Choice each week of heats.
(Melissa, Kellie, Emma and Karly)
With a combined dance experience of over 10 years, Em, Kellie, Karly and Mel all currently train at Jamilla Deville Pole Studio, Sydney. Performing regularly at each end of term Showcase and JDPS Christmas Parties, all four dancers have a variety of experience with both group and individual performance in both the studio and public arena.
(Dylan & Jonathan)
Dylan was a finalist in the 2013 ACT Pole Dance Championships, and has just been selected as a finalist for the 2014 ACT Pole Dance Championships. She has no dance or gymnastics background, but a background in drama, writing and performance.
Jonathan Griffiths has been playing percussion since he was 6. He developed as a musician and performer during high school in various styles and ensembles, including jazz orchestras and symphony orchestras. Jonathan then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music majoring in classical percussion at the ANU.
Lizzie & Lozzie
After dedicating nearly three years to doubles in an aerial hoop, Lizzie and Lozzie decided it was time to get back to their roots and back up a pole. This time, together.
With a combined 16 years experience in pole, the troublesome duo have been having an absolute blast moulding their experience in partnered aerial onto the pole; blending tricks from their hoop repertoire, and using their one brain to forge new ones.
With a taste for storytelling, comedy and theatre, these two are here to entertain you.
Malinda & Isis
Malinda and Isis met at Pole Dance Academy in 2012, with Malinda’s background in latin dance and Isis’ personal training history they saw how they could compliment each other as a doubles pair. They are passionate about pole dancing and especially enjoy combining acrobatic elements into their performances. They first competed in 2013 and placed 1st at a Pole Dance Academy competition, Once Upon a Time.
From the red dot on the world map known as sunny Singapore, Michelle has been pole dancing for 3 years. She fell in love with the sport the moment she took her first spin and has developed an individual style since then, stepping beyond conventional boundaries – she likes to be different.
Michelle was recently a finalist and competed at SG Pole Challenge 2014, a national pole competition held annually in Singapore. She is also a Committee member of the Pole Dancing Bloggers Association (PDBA).
Miss Elle trained in Jazz, hip-hop, cheerleading and acrobatics before starting pole. She competed in the 2007 and 2009 World cheerleading championships in Disney World Florida with the Outlaws and was on the world’s cheerleading teams in 2011 and 2014.
Miss Elle is training hard under the guidance to the amazing Taylor Grace (pole dance artist) and the amazing Luke Ha (Chinese pole specialist). No stranger to the stage, Miss Elle has performed all of her trained dance styles to audiences that are left wanting more.
Oryx loves pole dance because it can be so radical, powerful and positive. Because it resists absolute definition it’s a space where we can express anything, because it’s so new it’s where we can be pioneers, and because it is loved by delinquents & outsiders it is where diversity is celebrated. Some of her dance heroes are Alethea Austin, Pina Bausch, Oona Kivela & Felix Cane.
Penelope P Pitbull
Lauren Barker (Penelope P Pitbull) started her pole dancing journey in 2009 as a knee-jerk reaction to a break up with an ex boyfriend. Simply “looking for something to do” to occupy her time, she found a life changing experience. From the first spin she fell head over striper heels in love with pole dancing and everything it can offer to a person.
Through the confidence she has gained from pole dancing Lauren has developed her passion of twerking and shaking her ass at every opportunity she has.
PhysiPole Studios Elite
(Jenny, Danielle, Jade, Jem, Mandy, Shae)
PhysiPole Elite girls have been poling for 3-4 years and are trained by Kristy Sellars. They each have their own diverse background and skill set that they bring to the team. From dancers to gymnasts to no prior training, these girls have worked hard to get where they are and are continuing to better themselves all the time. They love a good laugh and so are bringing you a fun piece for Encore 2014.
After training as a gymnast, Poppy trained in contemporary dance, jamaican dancehall, and hip hop until finally finding her way to pole dancing and is now a complete convert. Poppy is a lover of all dance styles but has a particular soft spot for lyrical and contemporary pole. More than anything else, Poppy loves how pole dancing encourages students to be proud of their bodies and see their own ability to rise to a challenge.
With a strong background in classical ballet Porsche commenced her classical ballet studies at the age of 5. In 2001 after deciding to finally hang her ballet shoes Porsche turned her interest to Pilates and teaching ballet. Studying with physiotherapists, Porsche gained a vast knowledge in the areas of the anatomy of movement, rehabilitation and corrective exercise therapy.
At the end of 2012 Porsche took out the prestigious title of Miss Pole Dance Australia 2013. She currently teaches at Bobbi’s Pole Studio Sydney and regularly teaches workshops nationally and internationally. Porsche is a permanent member of the El Circo cast at Slide in Darlinghurst, Sydney, where she performs as a pole performer and aerialist.
Tamara’s passion of pole combined with her love of metal music has always made for an entertaining performance – bringing a fresh approach to the sport.
With no previous background in dance or gymnastics, Tamara has developed her own unique style of pole, becoming known for ‘standout’ performances – always looking for a point of difference in her performances.
In 2005 The Raven decided to enrol himself in the dance academy of Bedroom mirror. Let’s just say he graduated top of his class! In 2008 he took his dance career to the next level and found himself in an urban hip pop crew called Night Shade. They mostly did small flash mobs and owned the nightclub dance floors. They had a range of difference dancers from ballet to pop and lock and even tap.
Last year he found what he was looking for – a style of dance that he could make unique, that challenged him mentally and physically beyond anything he had ever done – pole dance.
(Bec, Molly, Tayla, Krystal, Brooke, Kim)
The Vertica Bellettes are a team of students who have just commenced taking the Performance class at Vertica. There will be a cameo appearance from Vertica’s teachers Brooke & Kim.