Your favourite TPR-exclusive competition is back in town. But this time it’s going to have a virtual twist. Yup, you’ll be performing from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how it’s goin’ down…There will be 3 category’s that virtual members can enter into:
Pole – Competitors will have up to 3 minutes to perform a routine using a pole
Werk the Floor – Competitors will have up to 3 minutes to perform a routine that is 80% floor work (no pole)
Just Dance – Competitors will have up to 3 minutes to perform a routine that is 80% upright dance (no pole)
If your application is successful then you’ll have just under four weeks to prepare. Should you need them, our amazing team of instructors will be here to support and guide you throughout the entire process. Each audition will be undertaken via Zoom, and in front of a panel of TPR instructors. You will be able to invite any friends/family to watch your audition via a Zoom link provided privately to you. The audition dates for each category are as follows:
Friday 14th August – Pole
Saturday 15th August – Werk the Floor
Sunday 16th August – Just dance
In the above video, Students at The Pole Room talk about the lead up and their experience of competing on stage at the annual ‘SHINE’ competition.
Please note that this year the judges are not scoring on the level of difficulty. Judging Criteria will be:
Theme Interpretation /10
Musicality and Timing /10
To qualify for the heats, fill out this form. Please note this competition is for students on a current TPR Virtual Membership only. If you do not currently hold a virtual membership you can get check them out here and claim your first week free. Application close July 19th and successful applicants will be announced the following day on Monday July 20th. If your name is called out, you’ll get to bring your story to life. How exciting!!
The top 6 of each category will go all out at the Shine 2020 finals on Saturday September 19th (if restrictions are lifted we may allow competitors to perform live). The winner to be sashed ‘Shine Champion 2020’. This event will be live streamed for all to view. Let’s do this, team!
Our 4-week ‘music video’ course is relaunching this Tuesday at 6pm ((June 23rd) at The Pole Room CBD. You’ll be taught a fully choreographed routine for three weeks and then professionally filmed in the fourth and final week – so you’ve got a slick production and lasting memory of your fabulous routine!
A maximum of nine students will be able to join the course and learn this stunning lyrical-style routine to the Adele classic,Someone Like You. The course will not only leave participants with a share-worthy routine, it will delve into the secrets of creating beautiful flow, movement and lines. This course is especially recommended to those who enjoy exotic dance.
Sherry is a national pole champion, and a much loved teacher at the studio. If you want a sneak peek at what you’ll be learning in the course, check out the video below.
Here’s what some of Sherry’s students have said about her:
“I love Sherry I love all the Sherry classes I love lyrical” – Mitsuki
“I love Sherry’s friendliness, energy and technical skill. She’s so great at breaking the tricks down and giving you the confidence to achieve them” – Georgia
And finally, a word from Sherry herself about this course: “My name is Sherry and I’ve been teaching pole for the past five years. Lyrical style pole dancing is my absolute favourite and I would love to share my passion for this style with those who want to learn. Lyrical style has brought a new dimension to pole dancing, and it can be very therapeutic! I can’t wait to share my expertise on the art of this type of flow movement and really spend time to build this routine with you. The goal is to nail the routine and capture the choreographed routine on video!”
Eee! We know you’ve been waiting patiently for the big news on our studio re-opening! Here is the everything you need to know… Reopening date! In line with Government rules and regulations, every location (Mitcham, Kilsyth, Melbourne CBD & Highett) will officially open its doors again on Monday, June 22nd!!
Virtual Classes With their on-going success we will continue running virtual classes now and into the future. If you haven’t already jumped on to the virtual timetable with all your favourite instructors be sure to sign up to a free 7 day trial here . All virtual classes will continue, however the Kilsyth and Highett virtual class timetables will merge into one. A new and exciting timetable will then be released on June 15th prior to the merge.
Your Account: When we closed our doors your account was frozen. Any sessions that are active on your account have been extended by the number of days we will have been closed for. When we reopen on June 22nd we will have been closed for 91 days. Therefore all sessions on your account have been extended for 91 days. All memberships will be automatically reactivated from today but the next official direct debit payment will be on Thursday July 2nd. If you do not have any sessions you can always upgrade your membership or purchase extra sessions via the app.
Start Booking Today!
Timetables for face-to-face classes are now live on the App and the website. A new timetable is up and classes are currently taking enrolments. Please use your app or visit The Pole Room website to book!
Your Health & Hygiene
– A maximum of 20 persons are allowed in the building at one time. To ensure all persons are accounted for, bookings are now essential – especially for practice sessions. – Current state government restrictions limit the ability for anyone to wait in reception. Please wait outside the building until the class change over. If you are late to class (even by a few minutes) you may be unable to enter the building as the doors will be locked. It is therefore essential you arrive 5 minutes prior to class. – Every class you will need to bring your own Towel and for each conditioning or flexibility you will need to bring a Yoga Mat. We will have a strict no towel no train policy. If you forget your towel we’ll have them for sale at the studio. Please also bring your own water bottle. – Classes will be shortened to 50 minutes with the final 10 minutes used for crossover and cleaning.- It’s only air hugs and elbow bumps from us. For safety we will still be there to spot you if need be. But all partner stretching and exercises will be eliminated from our program. – Our first term will be a ‘Revision Term’ to get everyone back into the flow of things. The focus will be on re-training those key skills and adapting the body slowly. Look out for our upcoming blog on ‘returning to training’ for tips and hints on how go back after a extended break
We are here to support you. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. Finally, thank you for sticking by us, the entire team at The Pole Room can not WAIT to see you all in studio very soon.
Fact: You don’t need to be a super-fit gymnast or full-time professional dancer to do the front splits. If spending more time at home has left you feeling tight and sore, it’s time to embrace some flexy movement!
The splits are a pain point for many of us. But the good news is that anyone can get flat with our Zero-to-180 program. Go ahead and check out this link to see reviews from current students and their results.
One of the coolest things about attending online classes is that you can learn from just about any pole superstar – regardless of where they are in the world.
Last Saturday, we had the fabulous Daniel Rosen host a session all the way from the UK and from Sunday, we have the former Australian Pole Champion, Mel Grace, teach all the way from WA. So as we sit tight for the news we can reopen our studios again.
Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the updates.
When: Monday 1st June, 8-9:30pm Where: TPR Virtual Studio (AKA your place ;)) Level: Intermediate+ Cost: $30
Adam combines 10-years of dance with a natural flair for pole, to bring you this fun and challenging routine! In this workshop, you will learn how to bring a whole lotta attitude and to your performance repertoire. Oh BTW heels are totally acceptable.
Here’s why polers are loving our virtual sessions:
💜Suitable for all fitness levels
💜No equipment required
💜30-60 minute sessions
💜Small group classes
💜Led by our super talented and bubbly instructors
💜Friendly & personal vibes
💜Choose from yoga, dance, conditioning and so much more!
“Had so much fun doing something completely out of my comfort zone 🍑Thanks so much to Crystal for the the sexy number.”
In the light of the recent worldwide events surrounding COVID-19 The Pole Room is taking extra steps to ensure the highest level of hygiene in our studios. We are keeping a close watch on the latest recommendations from the Department of Health, and the national and state governments to ensure we are doing everything possible for the health and wellbeing of the TPR Tribe. Please be assured that we will always put the health and safety of our staff and clients first.
On that note, in our studios we are taking affirmative action to combat not just Covid-19 but also the common flu and cold. Whilst in the studios we ask that all visitors continue to practice good hygiene by following these 5 simple steps:
Wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser at reception on arrival. When washing, ensure at least 20 seconds of vigorous lathering. Use hand sanitiser as an added protection measure, but bear in mind that hand-washing is the most effective first line of defence!
Get some elbow grease into it! Before and after each class, use the methylated spirits to wipe down and around your pole.
Bring your own towel and kneepads to class. We will no longer be hiring or lending out these items at the front desk until further notice.
Avoid hugging and unnecessary contact. Have you seen the new TPR hug and footsie greeting? Check out the pinned post in your studios FB group to see this in action!
If you are feeling unwell, develop a cough, sore throat or feel short of breath please stay at home. Even if your symptoms are unrelated we ask you to rest up until you’re OK.
In addition to this, our professional cleaning company is focusing their deep cleans on high traffic areas in the studios such as door handles, light switches and surfaces. You will also be seeing our reception team wiping down these areas throughout their shifts. You may notice some small changes to the programming and schedule in the coming days, to allow for a more thorough clean between sessions.
Over the next few days we will be adding more cleaning products to the rooms, including hand sanitiser, wipes and sprays. In the mean time you will be able to find these products at reception.
Finally, the unknown around covid-19 is a scary time for everyone. In times of stress and worry, keeping healthy through regular exercise, hydration and rest is key to increasing your own natural immunity. If you’re feeling worried or overwhelmed about the impact this is having on society be sure to reach out. We’re such a strong community #TPRTRIBE and always come together in times of need.
How pole dance restored Sarah’s ability to love who she was, and her body.
The minute Sarah walked into The Pole Room, she fell instantly in love and has never looked back. Within a year of starting pole dance classes, the young mum improved her upper body strength and flexibility, which enabled her to perform in the studio competition, Shine. “The TPR environment is nothing like I have ever experienced. I can walk into any class and feel at home. Even if I suck, even if I don’t know anyone, no-one judges and everyone supports each other.”
But her journey to find the TPR family wasn’t an easy one.At only 15, Sarah fell pregnant with her beautiful daughter. The experience of pregnancy and childbirth proved life-threatening to both Sarah and her daughter. It left the teen mum suffering Post Traumatic Stress, Post Natal Depression and anxiety. Self hatred soon set in and Sarah found it hard to get out of bed every day.
“Pregnancy destroyed my body, externally and internally. We barely survived the birth which left me with PTSD, PND and anxiety” she said. Alone and isolated at home with a baby, Sarah said her self esteem dropped to zero. “I hated myself, my body, my inability to fit in,” Sarah said. That was, until she found The Pole Room…
“Early last year my friend Ash mentioned she’d signed up at The Pole Room and loved it. I hated the gym and was struggling to get out of bed and get moving. She convinced me to join her for a week…she had to call and sign me up because I couldn’t even do that.”
Today, everything has changed.
“I love my body and everything it can do. TPR (The Pole Room) turned my life around. When I’m having a bad day I still make sure I get to class and it pushes me to fight through it. I really can’t put into words what my friends and teachers at pole have done for me.”
Lauren speaks about how The Pole Room family and Pole rekindled her love of dance
Lauren’s love for dance had dwindled to the point where she no longer enjoyed what had previously been a great passion. The 23-year-old had been dancing at a toxic school, for most of her life before discovering aerial fitness – both Lyra and Pole dancing. “Pole honestly saved me, gave me confidence, showed me love and gave me a whole new life. Pole helped restore my love of health and fitness because it really doesn’t feel like exercise.” she said.
Before finding The Pole Room, the young dancer felt like she hit rock bottom. “Even when I started going to the gym I felt judged. I didn’t feel confident. I felt weak, fat and out of place. I hated that. Because of all this happening around me on a constant basis, I eventually got such a negative association with fitness”. It was after Lauren travelled overseas, she decided she needed a new challenge. That’s when she decided to look into The Pole Room studio in Kilsyth, which she had driven past so many times. “I thought, maybe this could be fun,” she said.
The young dancer tried lyra – aerial hoops – which she instantly loved. “I thought this studio is going to be the same, I’m going to hate it. But that was not the case,” she said.
“I looked forward to going back to the studio each week. I felt so included, which I wasn’t used to.” Soon, Lauren decided to try out pole dancing. “After being encouraged by numerous new friends and a few teachers, I decided to start pole,” she said. “I didn’t feel 100 per cent confident for months. It took a lot for me to get the courage to wear booty shorts and just a crop.
“But everyone was amazing. I didn’t feel judged, get evil looks or anything. I was being loved and supported. It was amazing”. What went from one class a week, turned into three, which turned into five and soon Lauren was at the studio almost every day. “I’ve gained so much strength without even knowing,” she said. “I look forward to exercising, I look forward to going to pole each day, every week.” “Pole even gave me the courage to compete in Shine – the studio competition – and most recently I performed a solo dance, which I thought was never possible.”
Wearing your heart on your sleeve in front of five self-made multi-millionaires on Shark Tank is no easy feat and, when I look back now at the road that led me here, I am overwhelmed with awe and gratitude. It was only a few years ago that I was giving pole lessons out of a humble two-pole studio in my parent’s garage and now here I was, doing a nation-wide business pitch to franchise what had now become The Pole Room.
The Pole Room was born from my love of pole dancing and a dream of creating a beautiful space where pole enthusiasts could meet and share their friendship, passions and experiences together. I wanted to create acommunitywhere each individual uplifts the other – an environment where one person’s success, strength and confidence is as celebrated as your own. And thanks to my partner Andy’s hard work and equal faith in this dream, The Pole Room has become a wonderful, thriving reality.
“Stepping into the Shark Tank makes you completely vulnerable. There are no second-takes and everything you say can be used for the final edit. For the next 90 minutes you’re at the mercy of the Sharks.”
Andy and I really do owe the growth of The Pole Room to this incredible partnership we have – it’s the perfect match of skills. I bring over 8 years of industry knowledge and expertise, while Andy brings his skills and experience in business and marketing. Together – with our shared passions – we focus on introducing more people to what we label as fun, challenging and empowering exercise.
When we found out we were accepted to appear on the entrepreneurial TV show Shark Tank we knew this wasn’t going to be just about the investment. We were about to be given an incredible opportunity to shine a positive light on the pole industry and how it’s changing thousands of lives across the world. Whether a Shark invested in our business or not, we were excited to attract attention to – not just our own studio but pole studios everywhere.
Stepping into the Shark Tank makes you completely vulnerable. There are no second-takes and everything you say can be used for the final edit. For the next 90 minutes you’re at the mercy of the Sharks. They’ll ask you all the hard questions and challenge your point of your view. They aim to establish if your business’s potential for growth is high and then determine if they can add value. If they can do both, chances are they’ll make you an offer.
Our pitch to the Sharks focused on the expansion of The Pole Room Nationwide. We know the transformative power of our ‘Pole Fitness’ program and saw this as the quickest way to positively impact more people. The investment we were asking for was $100,000 for a 15% stake in our business. This money would be used to develop our franchise system, which would give our program the opportunity to reach more people, household’s and community’s .
While we spent time preparing our proposal and financial projections, Andy and I knew the most difficult task would be over-coming any preconceived ideas about Pole. After all, we were pitching a business in an industry that is misunderstood and remains taboo to many. It was our aim to at the very least to show the legitimacy of Pole as an alternative form of fitness. We wanted to prove that Pole Fitness studio’s are not only operating, but thriving in Australia.
“Our new business model will make Pole just as accessible to the average person as a cycle, pilates or yoga class. By doing this we will challenge the status quo in the fitness industry”
We took our business into Shark Tank with excitement to the challenge it presented and openness to where it could lead us. Although we didn’t make a deal with any of the Sharks, we were offered mentoring byJanine Allis, the founder of Boost Juice. Janine needs no introduction as she is arguably Australia’s most well-known franchising expert. In addition to this, The Pole Room was well received by every Shark. This is a testament to how far Pole has come in the last decade.
Since appearing on the show we have acquired our biggest competitorPole Princess,opened up The Pole Room forfranchisingand developed a new and exciting business model. Our new business model will make Pole just as accessible to the average person as a cycle, pilates or yoga class. By doing this we will challenge the status quo in the fitness industry as we strongly believe Pole is more addictive, exciting and rewarding than any other of those mentioned.
Surprisingly, It wasn’t a $100,000 investment on Shark Tank that has motivated us to keep pushing forward, but rather words. The time we spent with Janine has given us invaluable knowledge and insight into what it’ll take to expand The Pole Room. When I asked Janine how we could possibly repay her for all her time and help, her response was simply – “Just go out there and make yourself a huge success”.