Zaneta Rose off to Miss Pole Dance Queensland heats
WHILE most 20-something-year-olds spend their time chilling out on weekends, Zaneta Rose has opted for contorting her body around a metal pole.
It's all part of her training as she builds her strength, flexibility and stamina up for the Miss Pole Dance Queensland heats in Brisbane tomorrow at the Logan Entertainment Centre.
Zaneta, 22, will have her work cut out for her, performing twice on stage in one night in the solo and doubles divisions.
She and her doubles partner, Elle, have spent the past two months brainstorming, training and pushing the limits in pole fitness to create a routine perfect for the stage.
Having pole danced for four years, Zaneta entered her first competition in May 2014 at the North Queensland/Northern Territory Pole Championships.
Zaneta explains: "Doubles pole is something very new to me. The idea of the challenge of doing something new is what sparked the interest.
"Also the ability to share the experience and training with someone else helps keep each other motivated."
As the studio manager and pole fitness instructor of Beyond Gravity Pole Fitness Academy (Rockhampton), Zaneta has spent much of her downtime focusing mainly on her doubles performance.
She said the challenge of doubles pole was a lot more involved than first anticipated.
"We were both a little naïve and thought that doubles pole would be half the work, but it is really four times the work," she said.
"In a solo division it's a bit simpler as there are only two components of you and the pole, whereas with doubles you have two bodies, plus the pole to worry about.
"Not only are the tricks more difficult as you have more things to consider when putting moves together, training can become quite challenging from a schedule perspective and a strength and grip perspective.
"There was one week where I was so sick that I was unable to train, which made it hard."
On the upside, Zaneta is grateful for pushing through the adversity and is proud of what she and Elle have accomplished over the weeks.
"Not only are we there for each other when things don't work out, we also get to share the laughs and craziness together," Zaneta said.
"It is also nice having someone who is going through the exact same process and understands the difficulties and frustrations of training a competition can bring."
As for the doubles per- form- ance itself, Zaneta said the routine was inspired by the likes of Bad Blood by Taylor Swift.
"As a Taylor Swift fan, our shared hope is to do the song justice by the story we are telling through our routine," she said.
"As for my solo routine, I really only started working on that about a week ago as my focus is more on the doubles performance.
"But I'm really just hoping that my solo routine will just be a fun character performance that the audience enjoys watching."
Also competing from Beyond Gravity Pole Fitness Academy (Rockhampton) in the solo division will be Tamara MacKenzie.