And so it is.
The final term at Bobbi’s Pole Studio Singapore has wrapped up, Miss Pole Dance Asia Pacific was SPECTACULAR, and the after party was a blast.
I must have posed for a hundred photographs with different people, and it still wasn’t even enough.
The whole week or so since classes officially ended had been very surreal. Shit started getting real for me on the very last Sunday of classes, then during the last week of term performances, especially when I emcee-ed on the last night.
And then yesterday happened. The big event, aka Miss Pole Dance Asia Pacific.
Even though the performers for the opening number all showed up at 10am in the morning to start rehearsals for the event, it all happened so fast in a swirl of shiny heels, swishing hair, and passed by all too quickly.
All the months of endless rehearsals for the opening number paid off in 3 minutes. We all went in every Saturday morning at 9.am for 2 hours, and again during the week from 9.30 to past 11 p.m. And it’s no mean feat to organise between a massive 30-strong group of students, junior and senior instructors, who live across 3 different countries, including Bobbi herself!
Most people will never know the amount of work that goes into crafting a 3-minute dance routine, but the ones who do will appreciate it all. And one of the girls in the opening number even got MARRIED in the day and came back at night to perform with the rest of us! (I thought I was dedicated to pole, but well if you think you’re really dedicated, ask yourself now if you would think to fit a group performance into the day of your own WEDDING?!!)
Happily, I didn’t kick or get kicked by any of the dancers around me and we all looked great together on stage!
As usual, I was one of the official pole cleaners for the competition. I know that it seems almost glamorous to be all dressed up and swanning around the stage in between competitors, but pole cleaning is actually hard work!
Each competitor has different requests for how she wants the pole cleaned. (Wiped with a clean cloth only/ wiped with alcohol only/ Dry Hands applied all over/ Shaving gel applied in the middle of the static pole only, but not too much / layer the whole thing with alcohol, shaving gel and Dry Hands… well you get the idea..) Plus I’m already pretty tall in my 7″ boots, but competition poles are so high that they need a triple-climb minimum to reach the top.
Not that I’m complaining, because if there’s anything I can possibly do to help competitors stick to their poles, I will gladly do it for them.
And after all it was the event of the year, full of love with pole stars, dancers and friends from all over the Asia Pacific region. And well, just full of love.
To every one who performed, competed, organised, helped out, came to watch and support, and even if you just wanted to be there but couldn’t, thank you so much. It was everything we could have hoped for and more, and the best possible way to close the chapter of our beloved Bobbi’s Pole Studio here in Singapore.
Don’t be too sad just yet though, because fortunately there’s a rainbow after the rain and it’s coming real soon. Yes, The Brass Barre will soon be born in the very same location, featuring none other than the very same instructors from Bobbi’s Singapore. I’ll tell you more about it very soon!
In the meantime, here are a few photo highlights from last night:
And a few from the studio too:
It’s the end of this chapter, but we’ll begin a brand new together one real soon okay?