Dancer in a spin

A LOCAL dancer is hoping to spin her way to success to become the next Miss Pole Dancing Australia.

Lisa-Maree DeMarco, who is now based in Wollongong, is currently in training to compete in the prestigious competition in July.

After a successful audition the 27-year-old has secured a six-month contract with Miss Amber Ray to be part of the Haus of Pole Show Team 2014.

"This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," she said.

"I auditioned with 28 girls and only 13 of us got picked. Miss Amber Ray is the best in Australia so I'm hoping this could lead to bigger and better things for me.

"Within the six-month contract we are trained to know everything there is to know about pole dancing from costumes to hair and make-up, anatomy, pole dancing history, musicality and choreography."

Leaving behind a successful pole dancing school in Griffith to follow her dream, Ms DeMarco said she was determined to make the most of the opportunity.

"It's very scary but exciting too," she said.

"I had my own pole dancing school in Griffith, which was going well. I got the opportunity to change a lot of people's perceptions of what pole dancing is.

"It's a very hard sport and you need determination and dedication to succeed.

"I'm determined to be Miss Pole Dancing Australia one day and travel the world to teach it."

Ms DeMarco has been a professional dancer since the age of 20 and only took up pole dancing two years ago.

As part of her contract with Haus of Pole Show Team 2014 she will also perform at Luna Park in February, audition for this year's Australia's Got Talent and take part in a number of other competitions and workshops to hone her skills.

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