Welcome to PhysiPole Studios!
I’m Kristy Sellars, founder of PhysiPole Studios and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you the story of how it all began!
I’ve always loved to dance, and when I was 16 I decided I wanted to train full-time and complete a Diploma in Performing Arts in Melbourne, rather than VCE at my high school in home town Warrnambool. Fast forward a few years and after working Hollywood performing in commercial/live and music video type of dance jobs I was looking to add some more aerial type skills to my resume when I got back to Australia. (By then I was also teaching dance full-time in styles like hip hop and lyrical.)
Pole dancing at the time was relatively new in terms of a fitness/dance class. But I managed to find a very small studio (and when I say small, I mean it was one girl teaching out of her garage with 2 poles), but none the less I went and was excited to learn some of the cool things I’d seen in pictures online (2007). In my first lesson I was taught a move that we now teach to level 3s…. I was in so much pain, but I loved it and went back again the next week. I continued to become addicted and soon purchased a pole for myself at home and started exploring other studios around Melbourne.
I often made the trip back to see my family in Warrnambool, and about 2 years into my own pole journey (2009) I was driving back on one of these trips and thought to myself ‘there’s nothing like this offered here, I teach dance already and I think my old karate instructor would hire out his space to me on the weekends! Let’s see how it goes!’
And so it began. Every Friday I’d drive from Melbourne to Warrnambool and along with my dad, brother and sister, we would transform the ‘karate dojo’ and set up 8 Xstages (if you’ve ever set up even one Xstage you’ll know that setting up and packing down 8 every week took a lot of commitment!). But the classes were going well and eventually we outgrew that space and I looked for a permanent location. Soon after that, I also opened the Ballarat studio where things really started to take off and I began getting interest for franchising.
Nine years later, a little girl who is now 6, a 6 month old baby boy, 15 international tours teaching and competing, and chasing my own goals and passion for being on the world stage has helped to shape PhysiPole in a truly unique way…
…I still remember setting up those stages every week, and feel even more committed to this brand if that’s possible. I am so fortunate to have an incredible team of franchisees surrounding me that bring their own ideas to the table and make this PhysiFamily even bigger and better than anything I could have ever imagined. .
With over 2000 active students in our community and 13 locations across Australia, the PhysiPole family is continually growing. Drop in to your nearest PhysiPole Studio and see why pole fitness is really for every body!
Our studio locations include:
Warrnambool VIC - Est June 2009
Ballarat VIC- Est May 2010
Bendigo VIC- Est September 2011
Geelong VIC- Est March 2015
Albury NSW- Est August 2015
Carlton VIC- Est August 2015
Hervey Bay QLD- Est August 2015
Werribee VIC- Est January 2016
Traralgon VIC- Est March 2016
Craigieburn VIC- Est May 2016
Rockhampton QLD- Est January 2017
Gladstone QLD- Est March 2017
Yarraville VIC- Est April 2018
Grovedale VIC- Est June 2018
Our instructors are internationally accredited pole fitness instructors and have won many titles including:
Vortex 2017 - 1st Runner Up Celestee
Miss Lyra Australia 2017 - 2nd Runner Up Celestee
Regionals Pole Artistry Championships 2017 - 1st Runner Up Celestee
Miss Lyra Victorian Heats 2017 - WINNER Celestee
Survivor 2017 - Semi-Pro 2nd Runner Up Danielle Leach
Pole Theatre World 2016 - DRAMA CHAMPION Kristy Sellars
Pole Theatre Sydney 2016 - DRAMA & OVERALL CHAMPION Kristy Sellars
Regionals Pole Artistry Championships 2016 - WINNER Talanna Em
Survivor 2016 - WINNER Intermediate Andrijana
Double Vision Pole Championships 2016 - WINNER Narelle & Charlie
International Pole Championships 2015 - Pole Art Champion WINNER Kristy Sellars
Regionals Pole Artistry Championships 2015 - DOUBLES WINNER - Narelle & Charlie
IPDFA- Performer of The Year 2015 - WINNER Kristy Sellars
Pole Games Studio Competition 2014 - 1st and 3rd Places
Pole All Stars National Competition 2014 - 2nd Runner Up Kristy Sellars
VPC 2013 - 2nd Runner Up Danielle Leach (Ballarat)
VPC 2013 - Doubles 2nd Runner Up Jenny & Danielle (Melton & Ballarat)
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2012/13 - Kristy Sellars (Ballarat)
MPDV Doubles 2012/13 - CHAMPS Jenny & Danielle (Melton & Ballarat)
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2010 - 2nd Runner Up Kristy Sellars (Ballarat)