AFTER failing to place in last year’s Miss Pole Dance Australia WA, Ruby Lai is back with a vengeance.
The Dianella resident has already tasted success in the competition in the past, placing first three years ago and second in 2013.
She said she was ready to beat her competitors once again.
Since she took her first pole dancing class seven years ago, Ms Lai has gone from student to teacher to champion.
“I wanted a way to keep fit and try something different so a friend of mine and I tried it out,” she said.
“I didn’t think at the time that I would have gone this far with it; my friend who I joined with didn’t stick with it.”
Ms Lai said when her teaching hours picked up last year, her training time for the competition decreased.
“Last year when I didn’t place, I wasn’t very prepared for the competition, I was teaching 20 to 30 hours a week and focusing on my students which didn’t leave much time for training,” she said.
“This year I have improved on that; I haven’t spent as many hours teaching which has given me more time to train.
“This year I learned to be smart with my time.”
Ms Lai said the good thing about pole dancing was that it kept her fit without making exercise feel like a chore.
The WA heat will be held on July 11, with 14 women vying for the top spot.
The winner will represent WA in the 11th annual Miss Pole Dance Australia finals competition in Sydney in November.
What: Miss Pole Dance Australia WA
When: Saturday, July 11, doors open 7pm, show from 8pm
Where: Metro City Concert Club, 146 Roe Street, Northbridge
Tickets: $30 plus booking fee from www.oztix.com.au or at the door