Race day gets racy with pole dancing

Jayde Hayes (front), Melanie Murphy and Nyssa Penman (back) will be at their pole dancing marquee at the Ipswich Cup this Saturday.
Jayde Hayes (front), Melanie Murphy and Nyssa Penman (back) will be at their pole dancing marquee at the Ipswich Cup this Saturday. Sarah Harvey

WHETHER you are a father or even a grandmother, the Ipswich Cup could provide the perfect opportunity to begin pole dancing.

Camira-based pole fitness studio Pole Perfect Aerobics will have a marquee at the Ipswich Cup for the first time this year.

Their tent promises to be the most unique at Saturday’s event, as it will feature a stage with a pole that will be open to the public to use.

There will even be experienced pole dancers on hand to show pole virgins how it’s done.

Pole Perfect Aerobics owner Lynzie Heijn said pole dancing was now seen as a way for women to have fun and build confidence.

“It doesn’t have to be provocative. It’s fun and gets you very fit,” said.

“There will be shows on during the day, both Burlesque and pole fitness routines.

“We also have a professional photographer there to capture everything and a professional hair and make up artist as well.”

Saturday’s Ipswich Cup promises to be a raucous event with a crowd of more than 23,000 people expected.

But the Pole Perfect marquee, located on the inside of the track, is certain to stand out from the crowd.

Using pole dancing as a fitness technique has taken off in the past five years.

Far from being the domain of strippers, pole dancing is now regarded as an official form of exercise and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.

The constant holding of your own body weight is great exercise for core muscles.

Formal pole dancing schools and qualifications are being developed as pole dancing increases in popularity, with the overall sex appeal toned down.

“Pole fitness is still growing and getting even more popular,” Ms Heijn said.

“We have mums doing the classes.

“Pole Dancing has now taken on a whole new meaning.

“The words pole dancing no longer carries the stigma that it use to.”


  • The Ipswich Cup is expected to attract more than 23,000 to the Bundamba Racetrack.
  • Last year’s figure of 24,000 was an event record.
  • Of those 24,000, 13,000 occupied the marquee areas.

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