Pole dancer gives confidence
Who knows the importance of confidence better than dancer Matty Shields?
Matty began dancing at the age of nine and now at 26-years-old, he is best known for his pole dancing on 2011 Australia’s Got Talent.
Lots of people go on stage everyday to sing and dance, but how many people can do that with no pants?
Matty did just that.
If you don’t remember Matty, then imagine an audience, including the three judges from the show, waiting for a beautiful woman, dressed in a glittery bikini, to grace the stage.
What happened next shocked everyone.
Out walked an Aboriginal male, Matty, dressed in a black singlet and his jocks, ready to give a performance of a lifetime.
So, because of his confidence, YOTHD10 invited Matty to visit Roebourne on Friday, June 22 to mentor a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who made it into the Naidoc Idol Finals.
He gave the finalists tips for performing and how to be more confident while performing.
“I want to show them how to bring the confidence that is inside of them, out,” he said.
“Dancing taught me how to express myself, as it is a very spiritual thing.”
Matty said he wanted to show the finalists how important they are to the world.
“The Aboriginal culture is a very artistic culture,” he said.
“Being confident is very important, as the audience will look at your performance and will see if you are nervous or confident in yourself.
“Being confident makes your performance better.”
He said that children, especially Aboriginal children, are generally shy.
“If they can get up and perform confidently, the shame barrier will slowly disappear,” he said.
“Good performers have the ability to read the audience and their responses.
“As performers, you have the power to make people feel and manipulate or spark their thoughts and feelings.”
The Naidoc Idol Finals will be held on Sunday, July 8 with special guests Troy Cassey-Daley and Casey Donovan.