Meet our Amazing Instructors Team!
All of our Pole Instructors have a minimum 2 year pole dance history
Sophia has a life long history in dance and performance, with experience in many and varied styles of movement and body work including Acro Floor Dance, Aerial Hoop, Bellydance, Burlesque, Cabaret, Can Can, Fan Dance, Yoga (22 years!) and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Soon after embarking on what became an 16 year/continuing career in Pole Dance she realized how fantastic it made people feel to dance and be affirmed for it, and also how quickly it shaped and toned her body and those of the women and men around her – in all the right places!
Sophia has trained with Circus Oz and NICA (the National Institute of Circus Arts), Fat Chance Belly Dance, Body & Pole and many of the worlds most renowned pole, circus and burlesque performers including Felix Cane, Suzie Q & Toby J, Pantera T Blacksmith, Jamilla Deville, Zoraya Judd, Remi Martin, Marlo Fisken, Michelle Stanek, Michelle Natoli, Kristina Nekiya, Sergia Louise Anderson, Oona Kivela, Natasha Wang, Kelly Yvonne, Imogen Kelly and Willow J just to name a few!
She has coached students into numerous awards including
She was a Finalist in the 2013 Cairns Business Women’s Club Awards and part of the team who won the 2014 Cairns Post Hit Award for Best Stage Show or Theatrical Production for Scandal – A Radical Burlesque
She is a qualified X-Pert Pole Fitness Trainer and manages, directs and instructs at Pole Play Studios with the aim of helping others experience the fabulous feeling of getting fit and body proud in this unique and very rewarding way.
Having worked full time as a Pole Dance and Fitness Instructor since 2005 Sophia has become the leading professional in her field in North QLD. She has taught in places as far and wide as Northern NSW, Thailand and The Netherlands and is known for high quality instruction and for being able to ‘fast track’ both students who are purely after some fun and fitness and also those who are looking to work in the industry.
Sophia performs and produces both individually and collaboratively with other local and international artists. Keep your eyes open for her inspiring shows!
Dani had no background in dance or sport before she started poling at PPS in June 2013. She initially came along to a class just to keep her friend company and was reluctant at first as she thought it would be like stripping. She was pleasantly surprised by the reality and fell in love with pole as such a great fun and unique form of exercise. She trained hard and soon dropped from a size 18 to a size 10!
“I love the Pole Play community, everyone is willing to help each other out. I have made some great new friends and have had many people help me get my hand to my foot, give me hints, or spot me while I am practicing a move. I love pole for the whole body fitness and burlesque because it’s amazing for increasing your self-confidence. It’s about loving the skin you are in no matter your size or shape, which it is exactly what it did for me!“
Dani is excited to have joined the PPS Instructors Team and is looking forward to helping her students grow and achieve!
She has an extensive background in gymnastics where she trained and competed for 11 years, reaching level 10 and representing NSW and Australia at the National Level Championships 4 years in a row. She then went on to coach gymnastics for a further 10. Amy has been poling at Pole Play for 4 years, is also a Primary School Teacher and has joined the PPS Instructors Team to share her awesome skills with us!
Fast becoming an intrinsic part of the PPS family, Sandra is a dedicated student and quickly became one of our top performers.
A natural teacher she has a passion for fitness and freestyle and is currently training for pole competitions and showcases.
She holds Certificates 3 and 4 in Fitness, is a Certified Metafit Instructor, a Level 2 Certified Animal Flow Instructor, a Certified Calisthenics Instructor, TRX Suspension Training Instructor and is working on a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science.
Sandra has performed at Encore! Sydney Pole Show, The Cairns Casino and Center of Contemporary Arts and is building a career as a performer and personal and dance trainer.
She is a brand ambassador for Just Live and a strong member of Team Pole Play.
As a teenager her passion for dance continued to grow which led her to explore other forms of dance such as burlesque, bellydance, exotic dance, contemporary, funk, tap, jazz, zumba and salsa. During this time she also attained formal qualifications achieving her Advanced Certificate in Imperial Modern Dance Society and Intermediate Certificate with the Royal Academy of Ballet Dance.
Shannon’s love of the stage has seen her perform in many local and interstate productions.
Shannon began teaching and choreographing in 1999 and has never looked back. She has taught students of all ages at numerous dance schools around Australia.
Shannon’s pole training began in 2009 at Bobbis Pole Dancing Studio in Perth. From her very first class and experience she was hooked! She knew that this was the ultimate style of dance!!
In 2013 she competed as an Australian Natural Body Building Sports Model and in 2014 as a WFF Fitness Model and in 2015 she won 1st Place in the Open Bikini Section of the Australian Natural Bodybuilding Coral Coast Competition in Townsville! She is looking forward to entering her first pole competition.
“My favourite thing about pole dancing, is the moment that I step through the door, I feel free of everyday stressors and enter a world of happiness and freedom in a non-judgemental environment. I also LOVE the fact, that you feel SUPER sexy and very confident within yourself as a person and your body.”
A two time Australian National Gold Award winning pole athlete Jude has been poling for 8 years and has an extensive background in bodywork, pilates and physiotherapy.
With a background in Personal Training and with over 8 years of Calisthenics practice behind her, Kalyra spent 12 years working as a massage therapist and swimming coach in Cairns. During this time she also gained a number of qualifications including a Diploma in Sport and her Bronze Level Teaching Accreditation.
Her passion for pole started at a Hen’s Night in early 2013 and continues to grow with every new trick or achievement.
She has completed her Level 1 Teacher Training with Pole Play Studios with flying colours! And loves bringing her skills, passion and experience to every class.
“I love that everyday is a new achievement. For me Pole = Freedom! It is for any size, age or ability and there are endless possibilities to what you can achieve.”
Adrienne has had over 25 years experience of hands on experience working one on one and in groups in the Natural Health Industry, specialising in a range of remedial modalities that educate & empower individuals to transform their health, increase energy, improve mobility & relieve stress
Adrienne began her pole journey in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. It has been an incredible journey of expanding horizons and accomplishing what seemed to be the impossible
She is a qualified Stretch Therapy Instructor and has joined the PPS Instructors Team as our new Stretch Instructor!
Adrienne is currently training to compete in the International Pole Sport Fitness Competition in 2017
Adrienne’s passion is to turn back the ageing clock as much as possible and push the boundaries of what the general population believe you should be doing when you are in your late 50’s.