Cream of Kiwi pole dancers in Queenstown

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The cream of national pole dancing is coming to Queenstown for a one-off themed show.

Miss Pole Dance New Zealand runner-up Kapi Huria, from Wellington, and the winner of Mr Pole Dance NZ Andre Corey are performing tomorrow night in downtown Queenstown’s Skybar.

Huria and Corey are headlining what’s being billed as a “night of aerial art”, featuring some of Queenstown’s best pole dancers.

Queenstown Pole Studio is hosting the event – which has a superheroes and villains theme for both performers and punters.

Studio owner Raha ‘Star’ Sangsari, who’ll be performing a routine as catwoman, says of the award-winning national and local dancers: “It’s a really good line-up, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Sangsari says Corey is incredible: “I wasn’t really sure that I liked male pole dancing until I saw him.” 

Others showing off their skills are Queenstown Pole Studio’s Lydia Barbour, a former top-ranked Kiwi gymnast who came third at the recent Miss Pole Dance NZ competition.

Former Queenstown studio owner Anna Ashton, who is the MC for the night, will also perform as will duo Tiffany Menzies and Lynsey McDougall – the pair are staging a mock dance battle as Batman and his nemesis the Joker, respectively.

Sangsari says the pair haven’t been pole dancing for too long but have impressive dance backgrounds.

“They’re very strong in other dance forms – I was watching their rehearsal the other day and it’s going to be amazing.”

Completing the line-up are Queenstown Pole Studio dancers Laura Foley, Roisin Brady and Aline Heinz.

Each will perform separately themed, three-to-four-minute dance routines.

In between, and after the show, a local DJ – Jeremy Wynyard the drummer from Ghettoblaster – kicks off the dance floor.

Catch some of New Zealand’s best pole dancers at “Night of Aerial Art” in Skybar, from 8pm tomorrow – no late arrivals. Tickets are $15 and include a drink