Back in 2012 we saw the need for a platform where pole dancers of all skill levels, dance styles and genders could perform. To perform for the sheer fun of it, for the experience, for creativity’s sake! On top of that, we wanted to set the standard and provide paid performance opportunities.
The Encore! Sydney Pole Show was born to unite the spectrum of pole dancing, where pole dancers could express their individuality and creativity. This was a show for males and females, solo, double and group performances and the diversity we see every year continues to delight us!
Sarah and I have worked together on pole events for over 10 years, and Encore has been our most satisfying and successful event. As co-producers of the show we work seamlessly together, even though we’re located in different states. We both bring different personalities and skills to the partnership and that’s been the perfect blend for us, enabling us to experience a fun and smooth process each year.
This Saturday the 19th January will be our 9th and final show. While we still love what Encore! brings, both of us have families now and want to put more time back into them.
In 2012 we ran our first show and it was incredible to see first-time pole performers making their stage debut and getting hooked! Encore was the start of their pole careers and many of them went on to become title holders and professionals!
The first year lineup also included professionals such as Travis Scott, Kristy Sellars, Lisa Dee, Deb Roach, Karry Summers, Bendy Kate from the UK and David Aeon Helman.
Travis Scott was there performing in heels before boys wearing heels in pole was a thing and his video is one of the most popular on our YouTube channel. David’s “Dancing for Diversity” routine was a moving and creative piece in response to the topical issue of discrimination. Set to a cinematic backdrop, this was the first of many Encore performances that introduced the use of multimedia to accompany pole dance.
Since then we’ve had so many great memories. Pole performances have been melded so creatively with other skill sets and we’ve had people perform ballet barre, acro balance, lyra, burlesque, ballroom dancing, tap dancing, fire eating, cage dancing, magic tricks, Broadway numbers, musical instruments, with live singers and with live animals. Last year our MC Amber Ray had to babysit a carpet python side-stage after its cameo in the previous act! Never work with children or animals? No way! We had our first junior poler, 7 year old Chilli, performing that same year and it was a dream!
Encore has given amateurs and professionals alike a creative outlet and very supportive environment. One of the biggest compliments we get each year is from the performers who experience so much support back stage and develop new friendships with other performers. It’s a completely different vibe to a pole comp, on stage and off stage.
On stage, performers aren’t restricted to the latest tricks or the pressure to perform for anyone other than themselves. As an audience we get to enjoy a new level of creativity.
Our 2nd show saw a unique creation, a production called “Train”. Kristy choreographed a show for Encore! that featured some of Victoria’s top pole dancers from different studios – Kristy Sellars, Fontaine Bradbury, Gracie Buntine, Sally Hately and Lisa Dee. With a video background setting the scene for the train journey, this performance was comedic, theatrical and filled with pole talent!
Andrea James Lui has been another trailblazer with many comedic and dramatic performances at Encore! She loves having the Encore! stage to experiment on. She blew everyone away with last year’s “Wentworth” pole piece that she debuted at Encore! then went on to turn into a film.
Every Encore! seems better than the previous one, and it’s heartwarming and awe-inspiring for us to see the performances on stage, after having only read the performance concept at the audition stage. We see so much growth between auditions and the show!
This year is bound to be no exception with some old favourites lined up to knock our socks off… Deb Roach, An Dre and Andrea James Lui to name a few.
So please, come and experience what Encore! has to offer, and be part of it one last time! Tickets available from The Factory Theatre.
Kym and Sarah
‣ Images by Brad of Vertigo Photography