In case you’ve missed it, 25-year-old Louis Sue whirled his way into the judges’ hearts during the auditions of AXN’s Asia’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 3.
Not only is Louis a professional pole dancer who has actively competed in pole dancing competitions
We paid a visit to PXD Pole Studio, where we met Louis and even got to try our hands on pole dancing. Needless to say, it was no easy feat – I woke up to sore muscles the next day. Given the amount of physical strength and conditioning required to execute certain moves, it is no wonder that there is an increasing number of males taking up pole dancing. Nonetheless, Louis was well-equipped to teach amateurs like me to execute a simple pole dancing routine successfully in just an hour!
We also spoke to Louis to learn more about his passion for pole dancing and what he plans to do moving forward.
1. How did you feel when you were told you were through to the next round (i.e. Judge’s Picks) after the Judge’s Auditions?
I was thrilled knowing that I got all 3 yeses. Unlike pole dancing competitions, where both the judges and spectators are already accustomed to what pole dancing is about, Asia’s Got Talent is a talent competition where not everyone might be aware of what pole dancing is about. It was great knowing that my talent was acknowledged by the audience and the judges.
2. What made you decide to pursue pole dancing as a career?
I love this sport and alongside that, I love teaching and sharing my passion with the masses. Watching my students grow stronger and falling in love with the sport really pushes me to keep doing what I do. Like any other businesses, there are struggles and challenges, but I am very lucky to be able to make my passion my career,
3. If you had to choose another dance art that is not pole dancing, what would it be and why?
That’s a tough one because many dance forms can be incorporated into pole dancing (Street Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, etc.). I would choose another Performing Aerial Sport such as Hoop or Straps… is that counted? I just know that I will enjoy working on my fitness in an artistic way.
4. What can your fans look forward to from you post-AGT?
I am constantly trying to improve – as a pole dancer, an instructor, and a studio owner. To my fans who watch me, thank you so much for your support. I would say that they can expect to see a more diverse side to me. I like to stay versatile and not fixate on my power-type tricks. Hence, I have been venturing into flexibility and even the Heels department of
For fans who are also interested in pole dancing, PXD Pole Studio will be opening our second studio in this month, so do keep a look out for that!
5. What is your advice to guys who are interested in art forms deemed ‘feminine’, but are
hesitate to try for fear of public scrutiny?
Public scrutiny will always be present for now and it is unfortunate, but pole dancing is slowly becoming more openly viewed as a fitness sport, and more guys are beginning to join. Our Pole community has always been open and very welcoming. When I first started pole dancing 4.5 years back, there were very few guys doing this sport and very often, I was the only guy in the class.
Thankfully, this sport resonated very strongly with me and I stuck with it. I worked on my craft, competed in competitions and won some, and worked with media platforms to share pole dancing with the masses. Slowly, together with other pole dancers, we started to see a change in the public’s view. Nowadays, at our studio, each class has about 2 to 3 guys.
To the guys out there who would like to try out or do anything deemed as feminine: we can’t stop public scrutiny if we don’t show them something that can change their minds. So just join in, and together, we can shift the mindsets out there.
To catch more of Louis Sue in action, tune in to Asia’s Got Talent, which airs every Thursday at 8:30 pm (7:30 pm JKT/BKK) on AXN. For more information, visit https://www.axn-asia.com/programs/asias-got-talent
Photos by Soloman Soh of the DANAMIC team