The Studio Instructors

Hamilton

 

Courtney

Hamilton Studio Manager

Years in industry: 6
Years teaching: 5

Dancing and gymnastics have been an important part of my life since I was 5 years of age. I have competed in the NZ nationals for gymnastics representing Taranaki. Yes! You guessed it I am a Naki girl! I came to Hamilton to study a bachelor of primary teaching and a bachelor of sport and leisure and have recently made Hamilton my home.
 
I have had experience in dance forms including Jazz, Hip Hop, Ceroc, Contemporary and more recently Pole Fitness. I have also been a dance teacher and choreographer in some of these dance genres.
 
I first started pole in early 2014 and have love it from day one! Pole fitness works every muscle in your body and you gain strength and flexibility along the way.  I would recommend pole to anyone of all ages, shapes and sizes as it is an incredible way of getting fit while having huge amounts of fun at the same time.
Come on down to the Hamilton Studio where you will receive encouragement and support to make your pole experience an enjoyable one!

Becca

Years in industry: 4
Years teaching:  1 

Originally from England, I've lived in New Zealand since 2004, mostly in Auckland. After moving to Hamilton for work in 2016 I realised I desperately needed some friends and a hobby to get me out of the house. A quick internet search led me to The Studio and I decided to try a pole class on a whim. 

I had no dance background but as a lifelong drama queen and an adrenaline junkie I took to it pretty quickly. Four years on, pole is always the highlight of my day, whether I'm teaching or training. I'm passionate about performing and competing; I usually have at least two or three potential routines in the back of my mind. Whenever I'm on the pole I'm having so much fun I don't realise how much of a workout it is.


When I'm not at The Studio I work as an Engineer, bake a mean banana bread and make a lot of jokes with varying levels of success. I'm a huge sci-fi and fantasy geek and I'm always down for a chat about Star Trek.


Crystal

Years in industry: 4
Years teaching: 6 months 

I love pole dancing for the combination of strength, flexibility and the freedom of expression that makes it so incredibly beautiful.
I can’t wait to help and guide students towards achieving their pole goals, it’s absolutely incredible what you and your body can achieve once you set your mind to it!

Chloe

Years in industry: 6
Years teaching: 5

I first started dancing at 5 years old doing Jazz, and have been dancing in some form or another ever since. My main form of dance training was years of Classical Ballet.
I began competing at a National level in Rock'n'Roll in 2006, and have been an NZ champion and also have won an Australian competition. I began Pole as I had some time between competitions and in order to keep dancing (otherwise I get dance withdrawals) I thought I would try something new! Ive been hooked ever since!
 
I love how I can incorporate all of my dance background into Pole, and how it uses muscles you didn’t know you had. Pole dancing, to me is great because you overcome so many personal battles (like entering a pole dancing competition!) to master new moves while gaining so much strength and flexibility along the way.
 
When I'm not at Pole, I'm either training hard for Rock'n'Roll competitions or at University studying for my Masters in Applied Psychology. 

Kirsty

Years in industry: 3
Years teaching: 2

I first started ballet when I was three years old. As I got older, I learned more new dance styles  including jazz, tap, and lyrical/contemporary. Once I completed all my dance exams, I started teaching. While I was teaching (and studying) I dabbled into a few other styles such as ballroom/latin and rock'n'roll, just to keep me busy and continue some kind of dance training (what can I say - I'm addicted to dance!). I taught for 6 years before a new job as a molecular biologist  took me down to Wellington. That is where I first fell in love with pole.

From my first class I was hooked. I have being pole dancing for just over a year now and I'm loving it! It keeps me active, I'm building my strength every day, and I love how pole dancing is constantly challenging me and helping me become a more confident person.

If you want to find a new and fun way to get fit, make amazing friends, and build your strength, flexibility and confidence, then come on down to The Studio and join our awesome crew.


Katie

Years in industry: 11
Years teaching: 8

Katie moved up from Wellington and teaches at both our Hamilton & Mount locations.

Bringing with her 8 years of experience in teaching, competing/performing and especially in static pole, she is mostly teaching intermediate and advanced level but enjoys being part of the pole journey for all. She is passionate about contributing positively to the development of our students and our studio in general and loves to see what students are able to achieve.

Katie also teaches our kids circus classes and has a background of circus arts.

Most recently Katie won the 2019 NZ Pole Industry Awards, NZ Instructor of the year.


Jo-Elle

Years in industry: 2
Years teaching:  6 months

I decided to go to the gym in June 2018. But as it turns out, the gym is reeeeally boring. Ain't nobody got time for that. 

So, I clicked on a Studio Facebook ad and signed up for pole instead! As it turns out, aerial sports are addictive, So two years later, I can be found doing tricks on a pole, hanging around on the straps or somewhere at the top of the silks!

Nikki

Years in industry: 6
Years teaching: 5

I’ve always loved to dance and keep fit and what better way than to combine the two and do pole fitness.  Im addicted!
At the moment I take the beginner classes where I love to watch the new students amaze themselves with what they can do. My classes are fun and energetic and a great way to meet new friends.  We have heaps of laughs together, sometimes at me, and are there to encourage each other. No matter if you are just starting out or have been doing pole fitness for a wee while and want to brush up on your skills, come and hang with me. I’m always more than happy to lend a hand and/or give you some tips.So come and give it a go. I know you will love it too.
In my spare time, when I’m not doing pole, I love to shop … for shoes! 
There are two things in life you can never have enough of … pole fitness and shoes!

Marika

Years in industry: 5
Years teaching: 4

Tauranga born, my family moved to America when I was a baby. I grew up in California, and moved back to New Zealand when I was fifteen.
I played soccer for ten years before i decided to run Cross Country and 1 year later decided to take up pole fitness. I had some previous experience with dancing so I was lucky that I leaned quite quickly.
I am planning to enter my first competition for pole this year, which really drove me to get better.

Along with teaching I am also studying to get my Psychology degree, with a minor in Human Resource Management. I love meeting new people, and teaching pole fitness allows me to be a social butterfly, and do some exercise at the same time.

Natalie

Years in industry: 6
Years teaching: 3

Sarah

Years in industry: 2
Years teaching:  6 months 

As a previous Rhythmic gymnast I’ve always enjoyed incorporating different dance styles, strength and flexibility into a performance. After years of competing, I began coaching and now I judge at a national level.
I moved to Hamilton just over two years ago and started my aerial hoops journey!

I’ve always enjoyed aerial acts when going to the circus! The way the artists move to create a story by incorporating amazing shapes and showing off there strength and flexibility... just wows me!

Aerial hoops gives you the challenge of learning interesting shapes and skills as well as learning to flow from move to move. It also gives the opportunity create a routine to music.
And the best part is you get to meet and make some lovely friends along the way.

So come have a go! Who doesn’t want to hang upside down and create amazing shapes in a hoop hanging from a ceiling!

Whangarei

 

Jess

Whangarei Studio Manager

Years in industry: 7
Years teaching: 5

With six years of pole dance experience and four years teaching behind me I can proudly say that pole has become a true passion for me. I have taught at both the Mount and Hamilton studios and am now currently Studio Mangaer and instructor at our Whangarei branch. In addition to pole I also have four years Aerial Hoop experience, with two years teaching Hoop at the Mount Studio.

Outside of my dance career I enjoy spending time with my two homeschooled daughters, and developing our off-grid lifestlye property. I love that pole brings women together in a supportive environment where we can build confidence and learn to love our bodies for the amazing things they can do.

 

Candice

Years in industry: 4
Years teaching: 2

I’m really excited to see the aerial world open up for Whangarei, and that I can be part of it. My training has been mostly in Silks, but also Aerial Hoop, Aerial Chair, Aerial Straps and Aerial Net. I entered the aerial world just over 4 years ago, where I finally found an exercise form that gave me pure joy instead of felt like a chore. I never want to stop playing and making shapes in the air, but my muscles tell me otherwise. 

I believe the aerial arts is a place where we can feel empowered and supported by one another. Everyone finds different moves or concepts hard, and we get to learn so much more about what our bodies can do, what they are uniquely good at. As we help each other figure out how to achieve our goals, we celebrate strength, ability and overcoming fears. It’s not about a bikini body here, it’s about… “Woah you just got yourself up! Freaking awesome job abs! Well done!” It’s hard, but you get to fly! So come and play.

Outside of my love for aerials, I love exploring the Whangarei’s walks and beaches and hanging out with my husband and puppy. My life mostly consists of drinking coffee and designing websites from home.

Cody

Years in industry: 2
Years teaching: 1

I've loved both performing and fitness from a young age, and so in 2015 when I was exposed to the wonderful world of polefit, I fell quickly and deeply in love. 

With no prior dance experience, I practiced pole for 2 years before joining my first class at The Studio in 2017, where I got my first taste of aerial arts through silks and lyra. My once a week pole practice quickly became a lifestyle of regular daily training in pole, lyra, silks and flexibility, and in 2018 I joined The Studio Whangarei Team as a silks, pole and flow Instructor. 

Since then, my love for aerial has only grown. I love empowering my students to push their limitations and conquer their fears, and it honors me to be part of such an inspiring, loving, supportive community!

Pole is fantastic for fitness and a great way to meet lovely people - the incorporation of creativity, focus, exercise and laughter makes classes so enjoyable and rewarding! There is a place here for anyone and everyone, so come and give it a go, you'll love it!

 

Lisa

Years in industry: 20
Years teaching: 13

Lisa has been involved in circus arts since 1999. She started in a youth circus, and continued with it over the last 17 years. Acrobatic, balance and juggling were the first circus skills she picked up. She started to give workshops for acrobatic and balance for children and youngsters in 2006, and that gave her the motivation to study social work in Berlin.

During her studies she picked up Hooping which quickly became her profession.

Lisa's hooping is a mix of manipulations, floorhooping, classic circus moves, a bit of dancing and little crazy tricks she collects along her travels and exchanges with other hoopers. In 2012 she visited New Zealand for the first time and got involved with Circus Kumarani and in 2014 she moved to Dargaville. She started training and teaching  the arial arts about the same time and welcomed the challange of gravitiy and the feeling of succes in her life.

Lee

Years in industry: 3
Years teaching: 1

I have been pole dancing at The Studio for just over 2 years. Originally from Auckland, I grew up taking many dance lessons in an array of genres. Alongside that, I have had 16 years of competitive marching experience. My most memorable competition was winning the Australian NSW Champion Drill Routine 2001, Australian National Champion Drill Routine 2001, 4th in the 2001 World Drill Dance Championship Drill Routine in Adelaide and an overall placing 5th in the World.I was very fortunate to be able to assist choreography and coaching with the Warriors Drill Team and other Marching Teams in Auckland for about four years which cemented my passion for teaching. 

 As a new pole instructor for The Studio, I am delighted to join the team, this opportunity has reignited my passion for teaching, who would have thought at 42 years I would be learning pole dancing let alone teaching Pole dancing. I would encourage anyone to come and sign up to give it a go. As your instructor for beginners, I am always here to help you on your own personal journey whether that is building strength, flexibility, meeting new people or pursuing competitions/performances. I have a lot of knowledge from my own life experiences that I can pass onto you. I am passionate about teaching and just love seeing people achieve their goals.

Nicole

Years in industry: 9
Years teaching: 2

Very excited to have the opportunity to teach pole dance and burlesque here in my hometown of Whangarei! Burlesque has always been a passion of mine. I performed in my very first show in 2010 down in Christchurch and have since performed around NZ, taught workshops and helped to establish a burlesque troupe in Northland. Anyone can give it a go; there is no age/size/fitness requirement. Burlesque is not about looking a certain way or fitting a certain mould – it is about empowerment, body positivity and creative freedom. 

While taking a break from performing in 2017, I discovered pole dance and have been training at the Studio ever since. I love the challenge of working towards a new move and seeing my strength and flexibility improve.  As a teacher it is awesome seeing my students develop their confidence and achieve things they didn’t think possible!

Pave

Years in industry: 2
Years teaching: 1

It was by pure chance 2 years ago that i stumbled upon a page on facebook and saw there were pole classes starting at The Studio Whangarei. I thought i’d challenge myself and give it a go and see where it took me.

I was then introduced to Aerial Lyra and fell in love. From being a student then fast forward to becoming an instructor is such an honor for me.

My friends & mentors have helped me gain knowledge, which in turn have empowered me to push my boundaries. In 2018 for the first time i performed and competed in the first NZ Miss Lyra competition in Christchurch.

It’s now my chance to empower others, to help them push their boundaries and to inspire others as i once was which has lead me on this beautiful journey!!

Rhianna

Years in industry: 2
Years teaching: 6 months

Having done dance and cheerleading from a young age, performing has always been a passion of mine. I have had experience in jazz and contemporary, now more recently pole fitness.
Since joining the Studio in 2017, I absolutely love the strength and confidence I have gained. As an instructor it’s been inspiring to see my students challenge themselves and achieve their goals.
In my spare time I like to go to the beach and also I am obsessed with Italian food, pole helps me keep this in check!

Come down and try our classes out, you will love it!

Sophie

Years in industry: 1
Years teaching: 6 months

I have always been keen to try new things, experiment and push the boundaries – so discovering aerial arts has been a dream come true! I love the challenges and the continuous learning, you can never run out of moves or shapes or drops or balances, it’s AMAZING!!
The Studio creates such a magical space for women (and guys!) to come together - regardless of age, size, fitness level, background – and cheer each other on, support one another’s individual goals and celebrate our uniqueness.
I’m super passionate about dance, movement and health so if you can’t find me up a pole, on a hoop, in a silk, burlesque dancing, yoga stretching, Molly dog walking, horse riding or twirling poi – you didn’t look hard enough!
I absolutely love my job and feel blessed to be amongst such strong, inspiring and supportive beings.
I can’t wait to see you in class ❤

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