Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are facing, The Poling Station is closed until further notice. Please contact us at email@example.com or 082 312 8155 for any info. We look forward to welcoming everyone back once the government gives us the go ahead to do so.
The TPS Team
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Melanie has been poling since March 2011, her passion for the sport and art of pole, fitness and dancing is her life!! After joining a pole studio and being a student she realized that this sport was something she could see herself teaching others and decided to become a qualified instructor, after qualifying in December 2011 and teaching for 2 years she decided to open her own studio, and on the 9 November 2014 The Poling Station was born.
Melanie is not only qualified as a pole instructor, she has qualifications and many years’ experience in the following: group instructor fitness, hi/lo impact, aqua aerobics, step, katabox, spinning, stretch & tone and personal training.
She decided to compete before going to her first pole class and took to the stage for the first time at the Miss Pole Dance SA in 2011 Intermediate Division, after dancing for only 6 months. She competed again in 2012 and won the title of Miss Pole Dance SA Intermediate division.
In 2014 she took part & competed in the following events & competitions:
South African National Pole Sports Competition - placed 2nd Silver Division
Dance Master South Africa Professional Division - Regional & SA Colours, placed 1st
Pole Unity Group Dance - Choreographer & performer
Miss Pole Dance SA - placed 3rd Professional Division
Polesque - Miss Trixter, placed 2nd Professional Division
South African National Pole Sports Competition Elite - Placed 2nd & qualified for World Pole Sports Championships 2015
World Pole Sports Championships London - Ranked 32 in the world
Pole Unity Showcase - choreographed group routine &performed solo act
Pole Evolution - Placed 1st Professional Division
Miss Pole Dance South Africa - placed 1st Professional Division
Arnold Classic Africa Pole Championship Series - placed 2nd Professional Divison
South African National Pole Sports Competition - placed 2nd Elite qualified for World Pole Sports Champs
World Pole Sports Championship 2016 - Ranked 12th in the World
Pole Unity 2016
Pole Factor Professional art division
X POLE SA’s Pole Slasher for Aug 2016
Pole Evolution 2016 - Placed 1st Professional Division
South African National Pole Sports Competition - Ranked no 1 in SA, qualified for the World Pole Championships
Pole Championship Series Africa at the Arnold Classic - Placed 1st in the Pro Division
Qualified for Arnold Classic Pole Championships Series OHIO
Pole Art South Africa - Placed 3rd Elite Division
World Pole Sports Championships Senior Women Elite - placed 17th for 2017
World Pole Sports Championships Artistic Senior Women Pro Div - Placed 7th in the world
World Pole Sports Championships Ultra Pole Championships - Finalist
KZN East Coast Pole Competition
Vertical Vixen 10 year Showcase
South African National Artistic Pole Championship - Professional Senior Women Placed 1st
South African National Ultra Pole Championships - Placed 1st Qualified for the World Ultra Pole Championships
World Artistic Pole Championships Tarragona Spain - Placed 5th in the world
Melanie is a Level 2 Qualified IPSF Pole Sports Training Judge and has sat on the following judging panels:
Miss Pole SA 2014 - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Division
South African National Pole Dancing Competition 2015 - All divisions
Pole Evolution 2015 - Beginner & Intermediate Divisions.
Pole Evolution Battle 2016 - All divisions
Pole Evolution 2016 - Amateur Division
Arnold Classic Pole Championship Series Africa 2017 - Masters, semi pro, mens division
KZN East Coast Pole Competition 2017 - Lyra, all pole divisions
South Africa Skye Aerial Arts Awards 2017 - All levels – Pole, lyra & silks
SA Pole Sports League 2017 Gauteng, KZN & Cape Town - All divisions
South African National Pole Sports Championships 2018 - All divisions
Pole Evolution Pole Battle 2018 - All divisions
National Pole Sports Championships 2018 - All sport divisions
Melanie joined the South African Pole Sports federation in 2016 so that she could help grow this incredible sport in South Africa
She is a pole coach to athletes competing in national art and sports pole competitions throughout South Africa
She is the founder of Acro Pole Art Classic which takes place annually each November, which offers acro, art and classique pole & lyra art incorporating all age divisions and levels
Her background stems from gymnastics, diving, swimming, netball & several disciplines of dancing:-modern, ballet, high energy, rock n roll, and she has been a group and personal fitness trainer since 2001
Megan is a pole sports junkie with a keen interest in health and fitness.
She trained as a professional American cheerleader and has competed at an international level. This training, as well as the guidance of her coach, Melanie, has helped her to develop into a strong competitor in the Pole Sport genre.
She is currently coaching pole at a beginner/intermediate level and is passionate about seeing her students gain the strength and confidence that comes with pole dancing.
I’ve always been active, but never like this!
I used to be a runner and one morning I ran past a pole studio and just for fun I decided to try it. That was back in 2015 and I’ve been a happy pole addict ever since.
I find Pole dancing to be the best stress relief, cardio, and strength workout while giving me new appreciation for my body and what it is capable of.
Pole dancing is never boring or repetitive, there are always new goals to chase and achievements to celebrate, and as an added reward, you build a killer body.
I would love to share this incredible journey that I have been on and would love to show you how to get strong and fit while having the most fun ever. Why not come join me?
Caged but not tamed.
In 2010 Laura accompanied a friend to a trial pole class for moral support. Within that class she realised that pole was just gymnastics on a vertical apparatus and signed up the next day.
A few months later she entered her first competition – Miss Pole Dance in the amateur division. While she did not place, the competition bug bit and she has competed in many competitions since, including Dance Masters, National Pole Sport Championships, Polesque, Miss Pole Dance SA, Pole Art, Pole Evolution and Acro Pole Art Classic.
Laura has tried her hand at all the genres: sport, art, doubles and even classique (exotic) pole.
She has a love / hate relationship with the sport and threatens to quit after every competition, but loves the pole community and the challenge of competing and learning new moves too much to leave.
Late in 2018 she finally gave in to her coach’s insistence that she teach, and is now an instructor at the Poling Station. Teaching has given Laura a new focus as she strives to find new moves and develop new combos to inspire her students with.
Hi! My name is Kelsey and I eat, sleep, train, repeat! I’ve been doing pole for two years and circus for three.
In my training career, I’ve had the opportunity to train and teach internationally as well as be part of the circus.
I’m very excited to instruct at the Poling Station! Bring your game face and let’s get fit!
Alessandra is an aerial performer who has performed at various events in South Africa and abroad.
She began her career as an aerialist at age 18 after being a gymnast for 14 years and representing South Africa internationally.
Alessandra, better known as Aless, is a full time university student and spends her additional time training and teaching various aerial apparatus such as lyra and acrobatics.
She is passionate about what she does and enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaching others.