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 X-stages (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.
Over 10 years later, a little girl who is now 7 and two boys aged 1 & 2, 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 17 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!