Carlos’ (aka Carlie Hunter’s) Come-back to MPDA (oh yes, he did!)
It was to a standing ovation that Carlos, the poor Mexican boy, was awarded 2nd place in the prestigious Miss Pole Dance Australia competition, last weekend. Now that Carlos has had some time to reply to all his messages of congratulations from around the World, and pawn his MPDA trophy for an extra dollar, Volare Magazine caught up with his friend Carlie Hunter for a little chat. First of all, though, for those who are not aware, Carlos is the alter-ego of Carlie Hunter, powerhouse from Down Under. From consecutive Australian Pole Champion and 2012 International Pole Championship (IPC) Ultimate Doubles Champion (together with Travis Scott), X-Pole Australia, Dry Hands and Bad Kitty Ambassador, IPDFA 2012 Choreographer of the Year Award, as well as her exceedingly popular and convincing alter egos as the Granny and Mexican Carlos, Carlie has been making some serious waves. This year, she also scooped the coveted 2014 Pole World News International Pole Artist of the Year award. Carlos made his debut on the Miss Pole Dance Australia (MPD) 2013 stage. Carlie was surprised at how everyone fell immediately and completely in love with Carlos, the little Mexican boy who wanted to dance, and who can sometimes be a little, ahem, adorably inappropriate when he is wearing his heels and strutting his stuff. Needless to say, Carlos left no stone unturned when he returned to the MPDA stage this year, and really let it all, shall we say, hang out (for a dollar or two.) Why did Carlie let Carlos out of the bag for another year? “ I really felt that Carlos deserved a chance at a comeback. Plus I wanted to take it one step further and really show what Carlos had to offer,” Carlie explains. And what about the, umm, appendage that audience members reported to have seen flapping in the second half of the performance? Carlie is very diplomatic: “Look, bad things happen to all of us in life and Carlo’s journey just took a bit of a bad turn. He didn’t want to shock anyone, just to show his story and share his experiences with the audience. I think he did that, he really showed everything he has.” Yes, quite literally too! Is that a bit of envy we can detect, Carlie? Do you wish it was you to have scooped the trophy so swiftly? “No of course I am not jealous. I am very happy for Carlos, he is technically now more successful than I am at Miss Pole but that’s fine, I am all about supporting new talent.” How charitable of Carlie Hunter! No doubt, our United Pole Artists’ readers would like to know when Carlos is going to make his international debut. He had originally put in an application for the Pole-a-Palooza contest at Pole Expo, but he was forced to withdraw due to dodgy illegal immigrant and working Visa problems. Will he try for another international stage? “Who knows what Carlos will do next, I think he will need to clean his act up before going anywhere!” Carlie states. Amen to that! Read more about Carlie Hunter’s inspiring pole journey in Issue 2 of Volare Pole and Aerial Arts Magazine. Purchase from: UK and mainland Europe – http://www.polesilks.co.uk/volare/ Australia and Asia Pacific – http://polefitnessworld.com/pole-dancing-dvds-books-posters-pole-dance-moves/other-print/magazines/ USA – http://mightygrip.info/bmighty-grip-pole-fitnessb-c-96.html All other countries: http://www.polesilks.co.uk/volare/ Images are courteousy of Damian from Sea Salt Studios, Vertigo Photography and Miss Pole Dance Australia.