Kristy Sellars is a pole artist and world-renowned choreographer. Having won multiple titles including Pole Theatre Drama Champion 2016 (Prague), International Pole Champion 2015 (Hong Kong), and Pole Theatre Overall Champion 2016 (Australia), Kristy is an A-list celeb in the world of pole sports and performance.
She is the founder of PhysiPole Studios, now the largest Pole studio in Australia, boasting 13 locations across 3 states. Offstage, Kristy offers personal routine choreography, with many learning with her via Skype. She is best known for her outstanding ability to tell a story through her routine, with jaw dropping strength, agility and attention to the music.
- Your background is in dance, what inspired you to make the switch from the dance floor to the pole?
When I was younger I did a full time course in performing arts which covered a huge range of styles from your usual ballet/jazz/hip hop to indian, flamenco and even Chinese fan dancing. All of this ended me up in Hollywood dancing in live performances as well as music videos. But I didn’t have any experience in any aerials! So, when I returned from one of my U.S trips I signed up for a ‘new’ style of classes called ‘pole dancing fitness’… that was 11 years ago! It didn’t take long for pole to become the focus over my usual styles, and the rest is history!
2. You teach workshops on Skype and all over the world, do you find that students/clients in different regions favour different elements, e.g. dance, strength?
Interesting question. I do find that typically performers in Europe prefer more of a contemporary and abstract style, as opposed to Australia and the US where performances are more themed. It’s hard to generalise though, but that’s just been my experience.
3. What are your thoughts about pole dancing becoming an Olympic sport?
I think there’s definitely room for pole sport AND pole performance. They don’t need to become one. Dimming the flame of one won’t make the other brighter.
Personally, I prefer to watch a show rather than the sport-based routines, BUT I also own a studio, which means I can recognise that pole sport becoming more mainstream only helps our industry. I think it’s fine to have a preference of what you prefer to watch, but to ignore the fact that the Olympics venture would potentially boost our new beginners across the whole industry would be naive. In summary I think it’s a good thing.
4. You are a mother yourself, what would you say to those who argue that pole sports aren’t suitable for kids?
I wouldn’t say anything to them. If they’re that mentally stunted there’s not much you can do for them. I’ve seen more provocative movements in a 5-year old’s jazz routine than I have from 5-year old’s pole performances. You can sexualise anything, doesn’t mean kids should have to stop playing on monkey bars.
5. What are your pole plans for 2018?
Well I did plan to compete in April but the comp I was hoping to do was cancelled ☹ However, Ryan (animator for Alice and Abduction) and I are working on something special …. Watch this space!
PhysiPole Studios will be expanding even more within Australia, and hopefully internationally as I’ve been receiving more and more interest to bring PhysiPole to the UK and some other countries!
And just for fun…
6. You once did an Alice in Wonderland routine, who would you have at your Mad Hatter’s tea party?
I don’t know if it’d be a mad party but I’d love (would have loved) to meet Steve Jobs, Anthony Hopkins, Einstein, Richard Branson, Alfred Hitchcock, James Cameron, Hans Zimmer and Sir Isaac Newton. …actually now that I look at the list it probably would be mad.
7. Best song to dance to with your girl friends?
Anything by Backstreet boys 😉 (fake mic in hand compulsory).
8. Tell us a funny ‘guess what my kid did’ story?
Well, Rylie told me she woke up early because “the music in her head was too loud”… haha. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
9. What’s your favourite thing about Australia?
EVERYTHING. I wouldn’t trade it for anything and consider myself extremely lucky to live here.
10. Which non-sports related celebrity would you love to do a pole routine with and why?
Reason: Refer to the celebrity for reason 😊
Find out more about Kristy on her website – www.kristysellarspoleartist.com