As you know, both winners of the Rising Stars in Pole and Aerial categories would advance to the Pole and Aerial All Stars competition in March 2014 with really big pole names like… Amber Ray, Kristy Sellars, Shimmy, Lou Landers, Jedda, Porsche, Miss Filly, Fontaine, Lisa D, Bailey Hart, Gracie Buntine and more here.
Pole: 1st place – Phoebe David (Vertica Dance Fitness), 2nd place – Andrea Lui (Arena Pole), 3rd place – Danielle Leach (PhysiPole Studios).
Aerial: 1st place – Veronica Waite (Pole Divas), 2nd place – Franqui Stoschek (Aerial Artistry), 3rd place – Kayleigh Mcmullen (Aerial Artistry).
What was it like really? It was a smooth flowing event that started at 7.30pm on the dot with an opening aerial act from Ebon, then straight into the pole and then the aerial categories. All performances were strong – everyone with good pointed feet and nice lines. Slip-ups were bound to happen in every competition but there weren’t any notable ones worth mentioning as everyone was really professional and to be in this competition was already pretty outstanding.
Apparently there were 60 submissions via video and only a selected few were chosen to compete earlier tonight, a level I would rank at “a little higher than Victorian Pole Championships’s Amateur category” earlier this year. But you see, it gets better every year with every competition, everyone’s going to up their game. It’s not just about the tricks, it’s also about the showmanship and how competitors engaged with the audience while maintaining strength and grace throughout the neatly choreographed routine. Ah, so much work! So much effort put into the 2.5 minute exasperating routine! More tricks, less dance, or more dance, less tricks? How does one find balance in both?
For the pole category, I felt it was easier to anticipate the moves and transitions but what stood out was of course, what set the winning routine apart from the other performances and winner Phoebe managed to display that through her consistency of poise throughout her routine. In the aerial category, it was a little different for the aerial silks performers as we couldn’t anticipate big drops and as an aerial silks amateur myself, every big drop is jaw-dropping for me, as it was for the rest of the spectators. Winner Veronica did her routine on the aerial hoop and displayed her contortion and floorwork flexibility before she bent through the hoop. Both Phoebe and Veronica will advance through to the Pole & Aerial All Stars 2014!
Winners of the Miss Pole Dance Australia 2013/2014 Miss Filly and T-Mac performed for the crowd while waiting for the judges’ announcements. And then, winners were announced and sashed with their little goodie bags, containing prizes from Pole Divas, Pole Fitness World, Dew Point Pole, Rarr Clothing and ahemmmmmm last but not least, Spectablend – the pink Hydra Cup.