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

Sophia has a life long history in dance and performance, with experience in many and varied styles of movement and body work including Floor Dance, Bellydance, Burlesque, Cabaret,  Fan Dance, Yoga (25 years!) and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Soon after embarking on a career in Pole Dance she realised 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 studied Anatomy & Physiology twice, 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 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
2019 1st Place Amateur Senior Women Division Australian 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 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!

See her on Instagram here

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,  a Certified Calisthenics Instructor and TRX Suspension Training Instructor.

Check out her Instagram here

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.

 

Lucy Shaw

Lucy is from the South East of the UK and has been dancing and performing since the age of 2. She is trained to level 7 in RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Ballet and has a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance).

Lucy first discovered pole in 2014 when she and her sister attended a class in the hope to find a form of exercise to do together that was more exciting than going to the gym. Lucy was completely hooked and knew she wanted to make this her career. 

Lucy’s sister flourished with pole, nailing trick after trick with ease. Lucy was not quite as natural on the pole, she remembers thinking she would never get some of the moves that her sister could do but she had so much fun learning and socialising with her new pole friends that she did not let it stop her. The support and encouragement from her instructors and her peers inspired Lucy not to give up, and sure enough after months of bruises and dizziness, it finally started to click. It is because of this that Lucy understands how hard it can be in the beginning, and that everybody progresses at different rates. She remembers every milestone trick in her training with pride and now hopes to empower her students to achieve the things they believed they never could.

Lucy qualified as a Pole Instructor in 2017. She has competed in a couple of UK competitions but her real love is performing for fun and she loves nothing more than to be amongst the buzz backstage before a show!

Lucy is experienced in Burlesque, Chair Dance, Acrobalance, Calisthenics and Flexibility Training and has background in fitness. She is a qualified Personal Trainer and has certificates in Gym Instructing and Exercise to Music.

See her on Instagram here

“I am excited to be joining such a fantastic studio and cannot wait to meet like minded dancers who are as passionate as I am about this sport!”

 Shannon Beu

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!!

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.”

Jennifer Hall

Jen’s love of dance was obvious from the outset, as she was always wiggling and twirling around and loved dancing with her mum in the living room to ‘Steal My Sunshine’.

Growing up in Sydney, Jen relocated to Cairns to work on the Great Barrier Reef in 2015.

Her work took priority for a while, but she fell in love with dance again when she tried pole at PPS for the first time!

She has a strong technical background with 15 years of training at Sandra Ward School of Dance, where she also taught the younger classes, learning the Cecchetti Method of Ballet.
She achieved high results in examinations in ISTD Tap and ISTD Modern, as well as all ballet examinations up to Advanced 1 – the second highest level in Cecchetti.
She was selected twice to represent NSW at the Cecchetti Ballet Congress, has completed her Pole Play Studios Level 1 Teacher Training Program and is currently training to represent PPS at the 2021 Australian Pole Sports Championships! 

Throughout her dance years she has been presented with opportunities to perform and compete to increase her stage presence, challenge her creativity and build team bonding with her dance family.

Known onstage as Lorelei you can check out her instagram here

Jen’s style is heavily influenced by the familiar shapes and fluidity of classical ballet, with a modern twist to help to tell engaging stories when she is on stage.

“I love performing because we can express ourselves in such a way that makes the audience also feel a particular way. Pole dance is incredible as there are so many unique styles and other branches of dance that I have been exposed to, from sexy floor work, to graceful aerial hoop, and everything in between!”

Jess Hodges

Jess AKA Jessica Bella is originally from England and fell in love with Cairns in 2013 whilst travelling.

With an extensive background in gymnastics Jess has been involved in varied styles of dance for many years and enjoys everything from ballet to samba to hip hop, and anything in between!
She first discovered Pole Play Studios in November 2017 and hasn’t looked back since!
Her journey has been full of determination, hard work and passion for pole which has led to many successes.

Jess enjoys every minute of being at the studio, has so much fun! And wishes the same for everyone else.

Jess currently holds the Amateur Senior Women’s 1st Place Title in the Australian Pole Sports Championships, and plans to compete again in the professional division of the APSC in 2021.
She also performs regularly in Pole Play Productions.

She holds a double UK Certificate in Sport and is currently studying the X-Pert Pole Fitness Instructor Level 1 & 2. She has completed the International Pole Sport Federation (IPSF) Code of Points training and is undertaking a Teacher Training Programme at Pole Play Studios.

Jess dances a mix of pole styles – pole sports which is influenced by her gymnastics background and involves a lot strength and power. She also enjoys exotic flow and lyrical pole because of her love of movement and feeling graceful and feminine. Creating beautiful shapes with her body makes her feel confident and empowered and is excited to pass this on to others in class.
Jess spends a lot of time on her hands and loves being upside down so she’s a bit of a handstand and body balance queen.

Check out her Instagram here

“Going to Pole Play Studios is the highlight of my day, I have so much fun here. I get to spend time with like-minded people who share the same passion for what we do. Having the opportunity to teach Pole is an absolute dream and I can’t wait to help people reach their dance and fitness goals and be a part of their awesome experience at Pole Play Studios.”

Jess’s Titles
2019 1st Place Senior Womens Amateur Division Australian Pole Sports Championships

Jude Perrett

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Jude was introduced to pole by a friend in 2008 and has never looked back. 
A fortuitous pairing with Amy D for a regional pole competition in 2014 has led to a very successful doubles career, having won two Australian and two Queensland Pole Championships doubles titles.  2017 was the year they took the step up into the international pole sports arena, winning the Elite Open German Pole Championships Doubles division, placing 8th at the World Pole Sports Championships and finishing that year ranked World Number 3 Doubles team. 

She is an International Pole Sports Federation Level Two Judge and a Qualified IPSF Coach.

Currently, she is throwing her heart and soul into making the Australian Pole Sports Federation a success, to enable Australian pole athletes to enter the Olympics when pole reaches this ultimate goal.

See her on Instagram here

Jude’s Titles
2019 1st Place Elite Pole Sport Doubles Division Australian Pole Sports Championships
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

 

Malikah Brown

Malikah grew up in Phoenix Arizona, dancing from the age of 3. It all started with her family chanting “Go Malikah! It’s your birthday!” From there she started moving and has never stopped!

With a background in Hip Hop, Caribbean Dancehall and Twerking, Malikahs love for dance has seen her perform in many local and intercity productions from the dance team in highschool to the WNBA Phoenix Mercury Hip Hop Squad. 

Alongside her passion for dance, Malikah has a strong interest in health and wellness for mind and body. She has studied Kundalini Yoga, practices meditation often and has been a licensed massage therapist for over 7 years. 

A free spirit with great ambition, Malikah is excitedly building her career as a personal dance trainer. 

See her on Instagram here

“I feel that with an Afro/Latin/Caribbean bloodline, dance is naturally a part of my cultural identity. My favourite things about Twerking are the freedom of movement and the divine feminine expression.”

 

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 7 years and has become one of our top performers, instructors and competitive athletes.

See her on Instagram here

Amy’s Titles
2019 1st Place Elite Pole Sport Doubles Division Australian Pole Sports Championships
2019 1st Place Elite Masters 40+ Womens Division Australian Pole Sports Championships
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