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 Acro Floor Dance, Aerial Hoop, Bellydance, Burlesque, Cabaret, Can Can, Fan Dance, Yoga (24 years!) and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Soon after embarking on what became an 18 year/continuing 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!

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.

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.

 

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.

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

 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.”

Jude Perrett

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Jude was introduced to pole by a friend in 2008 and has never looked back.  A chance pairing with Amy 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 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.

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. 

“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.”