THIS weekend Lauren Barker will take to the stage in Sydney to pit her talents against some of the nation’s top pole dancers.
Ms Barker, who is from Lyndhurst has been fine-tuning her skills and practising hard this week in preparation for the Encore Sydney Pole Show to be held at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Saturday.
“I couldn’t believe I was selected to compete,” she said.
“I sent in an audition DVD and they contacted me to say I was the standard they were looking for and I could compete,” she said.
Outfitted in her sequin covered costumed and topped off with a cowgirl hat, Ms Barker will perform to music mixed by her favourite disc jockey - DJ Dukey from Cowra.
Ms Barker says it’s unusual for someone from a small country area to be chosen to compete among the nation’s finest.
“But I guess it just shows anything is possible,” she said.
“I try to practise for a couple of hours every day, and at weekends when I’ve got a little more time I try to put in three to four hours each day,” she said.
Ms Barker first took up pole dancing in Sydney.
“When my partner moved out here I really wanted to continue working on it.
“I just love it so much,” she said.
She said one of the advantages of the competition this weekend is that it allows individual performers to demonstrate various styles and forms of pole dancing.
Males and females are competing in this weekend’s competition with a growing trend for more men to become involved in the last couple of years.
Ms Barker will also compete against some international pole dancers who have also been invited to take part after a successful audition.
She is representing Inverse Pole and Fitness studio in Lyndhurst.