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, finishing first three years ago and second in 2013 and is ready to beat her competitors once again.
The WA heat will be held on July 11 when 14 women will vie for the top spot. The winner will represent WA in the 11th annual Miss Pole Dance Australia finals competition in Sydney in November.
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.”
Ms Lai said pole dancing kept her fit without making exercise feel like a chore.
The WA heat is Perth’s finest showcase of professional showgirl style pole-dancing melding glamour, athleticism, creativity, grace and showmanship.