STUDIO OWNER: JENNY- Pole, Hoop, Silks & Dance
Jen has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She started Pole dancing in Ballarat in 2010 and after just a few short terms was asked to join the faculty. In 2012 Jen decided to take the next step and open her own studio under a franchise and in 2016 Jen branched out on her own to create En Pointe Aerial Academy.
Jen is a fully accredited international pole dancing and fitness instructor through the KT Coates Vertical Dance instructors course and a fully qualified Aerial Hoop and Silks instructor through Circus Australia. Jen has over 15 years dance teaching experience and has obtained her C.S.T.D Teaching Diploma for Modern Jazz and Teaching Certificate in Tap as well as her Certificate in Ballet Teaching through the prestigious R.A.D.
Jen started competing in Pole Dancing in 2011 and has since taken out many titles including:
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2012 Doubles Champions.
Victorian Pole Championships group division 2nd runners up 2013.
Regional Pole Artistry Solo Champion 2014.
Lead in Physipole studios winning Pole Games team 2014.
Survivor Semi-Pro Champion 2017.
Aerial Rising Stars pole art 4th place 2017.
Inversion Elite pole Winner.
Jen has also performed as a guest artist numerous times in Encore! Sydney Pole Show, Regional Pole Artistry Championships and Pandemonium: A Journey through Pole and Aerial Artistry.
Jen also MCs for many state and national pole and aerial competitions, shows and events.
Jen loves her studio, her students and everything pole/aerials!
She has a pole artist page where you can follow her work, or you can meet her at the studio most nights of the week.
SHAE: Pole & Hoop
Shae started pole in May 2010. She has always been an excellent pole student and also took to aerials easily as well. Her determination and dedication has seen her excel in everything she does.
Shae has competed in VIC state competitions as well as In House studio competitions. She also guest performed as part of the En Pointe Polerinas and as a cameo for Le Chatelier at Pandemoniums IMAGINE 2017.
Shae loved pole so much that when she was given the opportunity to teach it to others she grabbed it with both hands, she then began teaching aerial hoop in 2016.
Shae is a qualified aerials instructor and is also qualified in massage and so has an in depth understanding of how your muscles are used and react in pole and aerials.
Shae has a keen interest in all forms of physical activity but believes the ones we find the most fun will always produce the best results, which is why she encourages everyone who will listen to try pole or aerials at least once in their life.
LAUREN: Pole and Contortion
Lauren has always been an excellent sportsperson. She started little athletics in Melton at the age of 5, and quickly began competing state wide including in Williamstown and Olympic Park where she frequently won many events.
Lauren had wanted to start pole dancing and so was excited to hear a studio had opened in Melton. Excelling in her classes, despite having no prior dance or gymnastics training, Lauren was asked to join the most advanced level the studio had to offer and continued to improve out of sight learning the entire syllabus with no difficulty in just a few months. Lauren began competing in 2015 and in her first competition, took out 1st place in the Elite division of the studios in house.
Lauren is our resident contortion expert, having a natural ability in back bending.
Her bright, bubbly personality, determination, keen eye for detail and enthusiasm, as well as her knack for picking things up quickly and being strong and focused, saw to her promotion into the faculty.
Lauren is a fully qualified pole fitness instructor through the KT coates international training program.
“Once I started pole dancing I loved it, it was so much fun! The girls were great and everyone made you feel comfortable! Pole dancing has made me more confident in myself, given me the muscle strength and is helping me to get the toned body I want and work hard to achieve. I have also made a lot of great friends along the way.
NINA: Pole, Exotic and Flexibilty
Nina has been dancing for pretty much her whole life.
She attended the National Theatre Ballet School for 6 years before being offered a scholarship to attend Dance World Studios where she would study full time for the next four years, studying styles such as Contemporary, Flamenco and Jazz but specialising in Classical ballet. During this time she also attended the Australian Ballet School part time as a senior associate. Following this she was offered a scholarship to attend the New Zealand School of dance where she got the opportunity to further develop her knowledge of contemporary dance styles.
She then turned her focus to teaching and recently completed her Diploma of dance teaching and Business Management at Box Hill institute of tafe where she studied for 2 years full time and upon graduating took out the ‘Outstanding Achievement award’. During her time at Box Hill she taught Classical Ballet and contemporary at the Victorian Ballet School in Burwood.
Nina has performed at many music and lifestyles festivals including Earthcore global festival, Rainbow serpent festival and both the Melbourne and Adelaide fringe festivals.
“Performing has always been my passion, although in later years I must say teaching has come in, I love sharing my knowledge and experiences with my students! I think as dancers we are always evolving, I’m so happy to have found pole dancing, it is definitely my new number one, although I will always have a soft spot for ballet.”
Nina has been a finalist in many competitions in her short poling career and has taken out
Regional Pole Artistry Championships 2016 1st runner up
Frisk 2016 1st runner up
In 2014 she took out first place in both the Advanced and doubles divisions of the studios inhouse finals and also won the advanced division of the Mac’s hotel Pole Competition.
“I love my Pole Family and am excited to continue growing as a teacher, dancer and performer in the pole dance industry”.
JESS: Pole & Silks
Jess started pole as a student in 2013, progressing through the levels and seeing her strength and fitness improve dramatically. Jess was asked to join the faculty in 2014. She has competed and placed in many inhouse and state competitions in both solo and doubles divisions.
Jess and her mum have competed as a doubles pair since 2013. They won first place at the Melton in house competition for three years running. In 2014, they competed at Shepparton in the Regional Pole Artistry Championships where they came in third. They then went on to compete at the Doubles Pole Championships in Sydney last year.
She also competed in her first Aerial silks competition this year taking out first place in the advanced division.
Jess’s love for sport and fitness started at an early age. She started playing basketball at 8 years old and went on to be ranked in the top fifty players in the state. In 2007 she captained her team to win a National Championship. At the age of fifteen she represented her region in the Women’s Victorian Basketball League.
Jess also enjoys rock climbing, slack-lining and weights training. Jess has been climbing for twelve years and has recently obtained her lead climbing license.
In 2013 Jess completed her Bachelor degree in biomedical science and graduated with Honours. She is currently studying nursing and para-medicine. These degrees have helped her to develop her extensive knowledge of the human body, enabling her to understand the importance of good health, nutrition and a safe exercise program. Jess is familiar with the many risks associated with exercise and her degree has given her the skill-set to implement strategies that minimise injury while training.
Jess is current training as a paramedic. Is a qualified pole fitness and aerials instructor.
JEN: Pole & Dance
Ever since I stepping on stage as a four-year-old, Jen has been a passionate dancer and performer, training and competing in many styles including callisthenics, ballet, jazz, contemporary and acro. She started pole dancing in 2011 for something a little different and as an outlet while she completed her PhD in Synthetic Chemistry. Jen began teaching pole in 2013 after completing her PhD, then hit the comp circuit in 2014. She envisioned teaching and competing as a “gap year” from her rigorous lab life but over 3 years later pole is still her whole life! Jen loves that she can combine her passion for pole and her enjoyment of teaching. When she’s not poling, you can find her in her sewing room making custom costumes and pole wear under the brand Le Chatelier Pole Wear.
Hardcore Amateur Pole Championships 2014 Winner
Hardcore Amateur Pole Championships 2015 1st Runner Up
Pole Evolution: Unbound Cast Member 2016
Survivor Amateur Pole Competition 2016 Elite Runner Up
Victorian Pole Championship Finalist (2014, 2016, 2017)
Showstopper Competition Winner 2017
Pandemonium cast member 2017
SAM – Pole, Hoop & Silks
Sam has always been an active member in the sporting community. From a young age Sam participated in various forms of sport such as dancing, ju jitsu and netball, before finally settling on gymnastics where she trained and competed in State Level competitions for a number of years. In 2014,
Sam decided to take up Pole Dancing classes after hearing of the many benefits it can have for your body. It did not take long for her passion to grow and she soon decided to focus all of her training time on pole! Since this time, Sam has competed and placed in many studio competitions in both pole and aerial divisions. This same year, Sam competed in her first pole competition where she took out first place in the beginners section, and third place in the doubles section. In 2016, Sam won Sponsors Choice at the En Pointe Student Pole Competiton, and in 2017 competed in the En Pointe Student Aerial Competition and Thunderstruck where she placed first in Advanced Hoop in both competitions.
Despite no longer training as a gymnast, Sam is still very active in the sport. She is currently a qualified Advanced WAG coach through Gymnastics Australia and is also a qualified Gymstar judge. This extensive knowledge of strength, flexibility and skill training has allowed Sam to not only strengthen her own training regime, but has also given her the opportunity to pass that knowledge to her students.
Sam also performs as a contemporary dancer, enjoys drawing and the MCU, is currently completing Honours in a Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science, and is slightly obsessed with Alice in Wonderland.
Sam is an advanced student in all 3 apparatus at En Pointe and also one of our wonderful receptionists.