Meet our Amazing Instructors Team!
Trained in many styles of movement systems including Pole Dance, Pole Fitness, Gymnastics, Circus, Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Funk, Belly Dance, Exotic Dance, Burlesque, Flexibility, Stretch Therapy and Contortion, Animal Flow, Personal Training, Group Training, Dietary Therapies, Physiotherapy and so much more!
We have hosted and trained with many of the worlds best and pride ourselves on continuing to grow our knowledge, experience and skills every day.

All of our Pole Instructors have a minimum 2 year pole dance history
and bring their diverse skills and talents to their classes

 

Sophia Warren

IMG_7749 RetouchedSophia 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
2017 1st Place Elite Open Mixed Doubles Division German Pole Sports Championships
2016 1st Runner Up Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Runner Up Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Runner Up Group Division Paragon International Pole Championships
2015 Semi Finalist Doubles Division International Pole Championships
2015 1st Place Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Place Group Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2014 1st Runner UP Amateur Division Miss Pole Dance QLD
2014 1st Place Group Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 1st Runner Up Professional Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division NQ & NT Championships
2014 2nd Runner Up Amateur Division NQ & NT Championships
2014 3rd Runner Up Amateur Division NQ & NT Championships
2014 1st Runner Up Miss Pin Up Model Australia
2014 1st Runner Up Miss V8 Supercars
2014 1st Place Body & Pole elevatED Points of Contact Challenge
2013 1st Runner Up QLD Pole Dance Championships
2013 2nd Runner Up Miss Pin-Up Model Australia

Judging Credits
2016 QLD Finals Miss Pole Dance Australia
2016 Cairns Finals Miss Pin Up
2015 QLD Pole Championship
2013 Miss Pin Up Australia Heats
2008 QLD Finals Miss Pole Dance Australia

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!

Daniella Watson

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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!
Dani is a dedicated student and has trained extensively with Sophia, Amy, Jude and Sandra continuing to teach her all they can!
She recently completed her PPS Level 1 Teacher Training and is also one of our qualified Pole Play Party Hostesses.
She performs regularly for PPS Showcases and has lit up the stages at The Salt House and the Center of Contemporary Arts Cairns with her dynamic dances.

“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!

Amy D

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Amy is our Handstand and Deadlift Specialist, Flexibility, Master Pole and Gymnastics Instructor.

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!

 

Amy’s Titles
2017 8th Place Doubles Division World Pole Sports Championships
2017 1st Place Elite Open Mixed Doubles Division German Pole Sports Championships
2016 1st Runner Up Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Runner Up Group Division Paragon International Pole Championships
2015 Semi Finalist Doubles Division International Pole Championships
2015 1st Place Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Place Group Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 1st Runner Up Amateur Division NQ and NT Pole Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division NQ & NT Championships

Sandra Schmidt

Sandra bio pic 2015Sandra grew up in Dresden where she studied and performed both Ballroom Dance and Cabaret Theatre. She then traveled to Australia where she discovered PPS and pole and fell in love in 2011.

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 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.

 Shannon Donohue

Shannon bio pic 1Shannon is a local Cairns girl who started dancing at the age of 3, training in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance.

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.
Alongside her passion for dance, she has a strong commitment for living a healthy lifestyle. As part of this she studied and completed her certificate IV in Fitness and is also a qualified Les Mills Body Combat Instructor and Freestyle Aerobics Instructor.

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!!
Shannon has since completed further study to become a youth worker and is mother to four beautiful children.

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 competing again in 2016.

“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.”

Jude Perrett

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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.

Jude’s Titles
2017 8th Place Doubles Division World Pole Sports Championships
2017 1st Place Elite Open Mixed Doubles Division German Pole Sports Championships
2016 1st Runner Up Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Runner Up Group Division Paragon International Pole Championships
2015 Semi Finalist Doubles Division International Pole Championships
2015 1st Place Group Division Australian Pole Championships
2015 1st Place Group Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 2nd Runner Up Amateur Division NQ & NT Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division NQ & NT Championships
2014 1st Place Group Division QLD Pole Championships
2014 1st Place 2014 Group Division Australian Pole Championships

 Kalyra Thompson

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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 Smillie

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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.