Cleo The Hurricane is Miss Pole Dance Australia Champion 2014 and 2012. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar President Psychedelichosting.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You had gymnastics and classical ballet training in your younger days and later began practicing Capoeira (a Brazilian Martial Art), this was your catalyst that you reached the pinnacle of success in pole dancing where you stood 1st at Miss Pole Dance Australia Championship 2014. What factors you consider were responsible that made you achieve that?
There are many factors that contributed to my success in pole dancing. Definitely having a dance background helps with lines, movement and flexibility. However I think the most important factor is having the discipline to focus on the task at hand, whether it be new tricks, choreography, flexibility, strength etc. Plus, I have always been a highly competitive person, which definitely gave me that extra motivation when competing in Miss Pole Dance Australia.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Your wild performances, leather and stud-clad costumes and rockin’ soundtracks is what set you apart. Your ‘Rock N Pole’ and ‘Hurricane’ styles, sexy sky-high stilettos make you a jaw-dropping performer, you have innovated your own mesmerizing style of pole dancing. Ellaborate on this concept ?
I have been a lover of Rock N Roll since I was born! Played in bands in my teens and always dreamt of becoming a Rock Star. To answer your question, I wouldn’t do it any other way! I dance to the music I love and try to create this ‘Rock star’ persona when I’m on stage because it gives me a special power. So do the shoes. Strapping on sky high stilettos, automatically gives me confidence, makes me taller, lifts me off the ground, extends my body. I have such a passion for this music and I think it is really reflected in the way that I dance. I dance for fun, I dance for the love of it. I dance to express my passion and that is Rock N’ Pole.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Your first win in competitive pole dancing came in 2011 when you were 2nd at Miss Pole Dance Australia, you missed out on the title by just ½ a point (2nd only to World Champion Felix Cane). What was that experience and how it fueled you with passion to succeed in pole dancing?
This was my first national competition as ‘Cleo’ competing against some a my favourite Australian pole dancers (including Felix Cane). My goal was to put on a damn good show. Of course I’m not going to lie and say winning was not part of my motivation, because I really think people who say they’re not in it to win it are lying at this level of competition.
I was OVER the moon with the results, I had come 2nd to Felix by such a small margin, but more importantly I nailed my show and that was the most important thing. The previous year I had competed under my real name ‘Jill’ and pretty much looked down at the floor the entire routine. I was still so amateur when it came to performing and lacked so much confidence on stage.
But this year I was more confident as a pole dancer and my inner ‘rock star’ was unleashed. I have always been a competitive person and coming so close gave me an unstoppable motivation to win Miss Pole Dance Australia. I started to believe that it would happen. I am such a positive thinker and believe that ‘if you put it out there to the universe’ it comes back to you. Part of my preparation was visualising my routine and winning. I did this every night to the point where I just knew I would win. This made my competition journey a really fun experience. I absolutely LOVED IT and… I won! I think maintaining this positive attitude, enjoying what I do, obviously the discipline i have with training has everything to do with my success in pole dancing.