Michelle Shimmy.

Michelle Shimmy is a Sydney-based, internationally-renowned pole performer, entertainer, judge, MC  and instructor. Shimmy co-owns the Pole Dance Academy with her sister Maddie Sparkle. Shimmy is the co-creator and co-owner of two international competitions, Pole Theatre (the world's largest competition with over 16 countries participating), and Dance Filthy.​

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • APDM Top 5 pole dancers in Australia 2016/17,

  • IPDFA Industry person of the year award 2015,

  • UPA Poler of the year award 2015

  • Miss Pole Dance Australia finalist 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017

  • Miss Pole Dance Australia First Runner Up 2013

  • Australian Pole Dance Champion Doubles Division

  • Australian Pole Fitness Championships Doubles Champion

  • Guest Performer at countless events around the world

  • International Judge

  • Xpert Teacher Trainer & Pole Dance Academy Training

  • Teaches International Workshops

  • Series of Pole & Stretch Tutorials

Favourite Food: Vegemite on toast

Pole dancing since: 2006

Teaching since: 2009

Something you're working on: The ever elusive Rainbow Marchenko

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking down moves and identifying small corrections that need to be made for students to achieve their nemesis move.

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Maddie Sparkle.

Maddie loves pole dancing, the splits, pizza and her dogs. Maddie's grace and physique are a source of inspiration for her students. She is known for her amazing flexibility and strength and is a patient and encouraging teacher, always ready to guide you through a new move. Maddie tours internationally and performs, judges and teaches workshops all over the world.​

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • APDM Top 5 pole dancers in Australia 2016, 2017

  • 2nd in MPDA 2015, 2nd MPDA NSW

  • 3rd at the ACPC 2011

  • Semi-finalist at IPC 2012

  • 1st place Pole Dance Universe Public Competition in Denver

  • Miss Pole Dance Australia Finalist 2016, 2017, 2018

  • Guest Performer at countless events around the world

  • International Judge

  • Xpert Teacher Trainer & Pole Dance Academy Training

  • Teaches International Workshops

  • Series of Pole & Stretch Tutorials

Favourite Food: Pizza

Pole dancing since: 2006

Teaching since: 2009

Something you're working on: Online tutorials

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking things down and making hard things seem achievable.

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Moni.

Moni first started pole 2007 while traveling Argentina. It was love at first sight so when she returned to Colombia she and her bestie opened the first pole studio in Colombia. She loves sharing how pole brings so much fun and positive change to lives. In 2010 Moni competed in Miss Pole Dance SA which encouraged her to then create Miss Pole Dance Colombia. Moving to Sydney in 2014 Moni started teaching at PDA. Sexy style is her favourite and she loves to freestyle!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Judge Miss Pole Face Glamour 2011

  • Guest performer Miss Pole Face Glamour 2011

  • Judge Miss Pole Dance South America (Brazil) 2011

  • Pole Club Judge

  • Choreographed Dance Filthy opening number 2017

  • Dancing in Mario Turco's Pole Theatre show 2018

  • Danced in numerous Dance Filthy & Pole Theatre opening numbers​

Favourite Food: Veggies, Sushi, Greek and Indian cuisines

Something you're working on: Studying Natropath and Herbal Medicine

Pole dancing since: 2007 

Teaching since:  

What is your teaching specialty: I love teaching Pre Advanced, Pole Choreo, and sexy fluid routines.

Magda.

Originally from Poland, Magda first tried pole for fitness in 2013. It instantly became her biggest addiction! Once she moved to Australia she soon discovered pole could be feminine and sexy. Her style now ranges from trickster to beautiful exotic dancer. Students love her bubbly personality, funny accent, and passion for pole. She loves seeing students grow and become better versions of themselves. Don't let her trackies & jumpers fool you, she transforms from tomboy civil engineer, to one sensual kitty.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Podium Goddess 2018 - winner (freestyle division)

  • Sexy's back 2018 - winner

  • Choreographed dance filthy opening number 2017

  • Dancing in Mario Turco's Pole Theatre show 2018

  • Danced in numerous Dance Filthy and Pole Theatre opening numbers​

Favourite Food: Fresh juices and smoothies

Pole dancing for: 5 years

Teaching for: 2 years

What is your teaching specialty: Floorwork

 
 

Sarah L.

Sarah has been part of PDA since her first lesson in 2015. She fell in love with the combination of flexibility, strength and freedom of expression that makes pole so beautiful. Sarah is a supportive and encouraging teacher who believes that every student has untapped potential to be discovered and shared. She believes that pole can add purpose to your life and that it is never too late to start!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Teacher

Favourite Food: Cheese!

Pole dancing since: 2015

Teaching since: 2016

Something you're working on: Middle splits and learning to handstand without face planting!

What is your teaching specialty: Flexy tricks

Naty.

Naty started pole dancing in Peru in 2011, one year later, it became more than a passion, but a way of life. By 2014 Naty had visited Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and New York pole studios to build her knowlege and expertise. As a pole dancer and studied psychologist it was Naty's dream to start her own pole studio to help other woman improve their self-esteem and confidence, empowering them to do what they love without caring about stereotypes around pole dancing. In 2016 she decided to travel to Sydney to take classes at PDA to improve her style and discover more things around “dancing in heels”.
Following her dream, she was one of the first promoters of the sexy style in heels (Classique) in Peru and also diffused chair dance, lap dance and strip dance. Thanks to this, she has now become one of the most renowned exponents of this style in Peru.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Teacher

  • Multiple Dance Filthy opening numbers

  • Back up dancer in Mario Turco's Pole Theatre 

Favourite Food: Pizza and Tim Tams

Pole dancing since: 2011

Teaching since: 2013

Something you're working on: Pole tricks based on strength

What is your teaching specialty: Classique or sexy style, slow choreos on the pole and floorwork

 

Zaneta.

Zaneta discovered pole dancing in 2010, in her hometown - Rockhampton. While feeling very uncoordinated and completely out of her comfort zone she quickly became obsessed with the art of pole and not long after began instructing. In 2016 Zaneta moved to Sydney to manage and instruct at PDA. As an instructor Zaneta is very patient and loves helping & seeing her students grow each week! She has since taken to the stage in multiple competitions. Zaneta loves the freedom and confidence pole brings.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Pole Theatre Amateur Finalist

  • Pole Superstar Finalist

  • Sexy's Back Finalist

Favourite Food: Nutella and nutie

Pole dancing for: 9 years

Teaching for: 7 years

Something you're working on: Building my flexibility back after an injury

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking down movements so that they are easy to understand

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Siggy.

Siggy began pole in 2013, as a way to get fit and have fun. After a year, she moved to PDA where she fell in love with the sexier style of pole. She began teaching in early 2015 and is an encouraging & passionate instructor. Siggy loves to watch her students grow in confidence, and helping them to achieve amazing gravity-defying tricks they never imagined possible! Never dancing without heels, Siggy is a beautiful dancer, amazing her audience with the fun and sexy side of pole she loves so much.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Dance Filthy 2nd Runner Up 2018

  • Sexy's Back Finalist 2018

  • Mid Summer Nights Dream 2nd Runner Up 2018

  • Dance Filthy Finalist 2019

Favourite Food: Oysters and Pizza

Pole dancing since: 2013

Teaching for: 5 years

Something you're working on: Flexibility and Floorwork

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking down moves, focussing on technique, and conditioning

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Arabelle.

Arabelle is a pharmacy nerd by day and pole dancer by night. She took her first pole dancing class at PDA in 2018, wanting to try something different after having been a competitive cheerleader for 6 years. Pole quickly became Arabelle’s passion, spending as much time as possible in the studio to improve her skills. Arabelle has a love of all aspects of pole dancing, especially flexy tricks up the pole and sensual floorwork. She also loves the pole community and the many friendships she has made along the way. Arabelle believes teaching is the perfect way to share this with others who are new to pole dancing.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Instructor​

  • Pole Club Alexandria 2019 champion

  • Risqué pole competition Miss Flexibility 2019

Favourite Food: Japanese

Pole dancing since: 2018

Teaching since: 2020

Something you're working on: Improving strength based tricks, including the infamous Iron X

What is your teaching specialty: Back bendy tricks but most importantly being friendly and relatable

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Anna.

Anna started as a beginner pole dancer at Pole Dance Academy in 2012 and fell in love immediately. She was asked to become a teacher in 2014 and likes nothing more than seeing students come out of their shell and grow into a confident dancer. Her specialities are handstands and sexy flexy dancing. Her students know that the way to her heart is through pointing their toes! Expect to have a laugh in her class and leave with a smile on your face.
Anna started gymnastics at the age of 5 and 
won the national championships in sports acrobatics 3 years in a row. She started teaching gymnastics at the age of 14 and it was her responsibility to choreograph all the gymnasts floor routines.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • National championships in sports acrobatics 3 years in a row

Favourite Food: Cheese platter with wine

Pole dancing since: 2012

Teaching since: 2014

Something you're working on: Competing next year once I've finished my masters degree

What is your teaching specialty: Inversions, flexy moves and making sure everyone is laughing throughout the class

 

Lenka.

Lenka discovered pole dancing in London, when an antigravity yoga Groupon voucher led her to a pole studio, which has quickly become her daily retreat from the stresses of a big city corporate life. Since moving to Sydney in 2017, she has found love for skinny brass spinning poles, sexy style and heels! She finds flexibility training to be the most exciting part of her pole journey, understanding how our bodies can transform through correct training and perseverance. Having started teaching in January 2018, she finds nothing more satisfying than seeing her students grow from baby polers to confident, strong, mesmerising pole goddesses.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Spin City Pole Dance Instructor/Flexibility/Physiology & Anatomy

  • ElevatED Flexibility

Favourite Food: Salmon and Vegan Chocolate

Pole dancing since: 2013

Teaching since: 2018

Something you're working on: The perfect needle scale and Eagle

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking down moves into key technique points, looking for those little things that can change a nay to yay

 

Chris Talbot (Blue Phoenix).

Chris (Blue Phoenix) began pole dancing after buying an online voucher for a lesson in 2012 - and has never looked back! A doctor in Marine Science, turned personal trainer and fitness model, it was an unusual but smooth and exciting transition into the world of pole dance teaching and performing. Now with his own freelance business - Blue Phoenix Pole & Fitness - Chris teaches at a number of studios in Sydney, and performs regularly for various venues and events. He also teaches workshops and performs nationally and internationally. He has competed in many competitions around Australia and internationally, and also judges for pole competitions globally! His style is a combination of strength and flex, and ooey gooey erotic leg work.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • 2019 Dance Filthy Pro Champion

  • 2018 Mr Pole Dance World 3rd

  • 2017 Felix Cane Pole Championships 1st

  • 2016 Pole Theatre Sydney Pro Classique Champion

  • 2016 Newcastle Pole Dancing Championships mens 1st

  • 2016 Mr Pole Dance World 2nd

  • 2015 Mr Pole Dance World 3rd

  • 2014 Mr Pole Dance World Champion

  • Pole Theatre Japan Judge 

  • Pole Theatre USA Judge 

  • Miss Pole Dance NSW/ACT/SA Judge 

  • Dance Filthy Pro/Amateur Judge

Favourite Food: Enchiladas and Vodka

Pole dancing since: 2012

Teaching for: 6 years

Something you're working on: Always trying to keep developing my flow and floorwork skills, and lots of leggy movements and waves

What is your teaching specialty: Flexi tricks and leg work

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Becky.

Becky loves pole dancing! Her bubbly and welcoming teaching style, provides a safe space for her students to grow as dancers. She loves sharing her passion and nurturing that same spark in her students. Becky is also a qualified Pilates instructor, an animal trainer and owner of two beautiful cats.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Instructor Beg-Elite

  • APPI Certified Pilates Instructor

  • KX Academy Certified Pilates Instructor

  • 2020 Step Up Semi Pro 2nd Runner Up

  • 2019 Dance Filthy Amateur Finalist

  • 2019 Mid Summer Nights Dream Amateur 1st Runner Up

  • 2018 Preformer Heart Stoppers

  • 2018 Pole Club Crows Nest Amateur 1st Runner Up

Favourite Food: Chocolate Ice Cream

Pole dancing since: 2014

Teaching since: 2018

Something you're working on: Broken Split

What is your teaching specialty: Beginners, sexy flow, flexibility tricks and performance skills.

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Chloe.

Having a background in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance led Chloe to try pole dancing 7 years ago, which ignited her love for dance all over again. Quickly becoming pole obsessed, she jumped back into training, focusing on strength and flexibility. After a couple years of dancing at different studios, she fell in love from the first class at Pole Dance Academy and hasn’t looked back. Combining sensual and contemporary movement learnt over her time in the studio, Chloe has developed her own style of alluring and fluid choreography which she loves to share with her students. As a qualified personal trainer, she has a very focused approach to training, always working on balancing strength and flexibility. Chloe also loves to see her students succeed and smile through each class, helping students achieve goals and breakthroughs with challenging moves is why she loves to teach. 

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Instructor

  • Cert IV in Fitness and Personal Training

Favourite Food: Pasta and chocolate

Pole dancing for: 7 years

Teaching for: 4 years

Something you're working on: My nemesis move, the shoulder mount and entering my first comp!

 What is your teaching specialty:  Breaking down moves and pole choreo

 
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Dirdy Birdy.

Dirdy Birdy started her pole journey in 2008 and has inspired many to start their own. She is known for her sexy routines, strength and pole tricks and flow combos. She loves the sensuality of pole dance as well as the physical challenge it provides, and of course the friends that she has made along the way. She loves teaching and loves seeing pole students achieve their goals and have fun!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Guest Performances in numerous shows, including Pole Dance Academy's Dance Filthy and Step Up.

 Favourite Food: Vegan Viet Cuisine

 Pole dancing since: 2008

Teaching since: 2010

Something you're working on: Getting more flexible and stronger. On an endless journey working on flow and dance.

What is your teaching specialty: Pole Choreo

 
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Lisa.

Originally from London, Lisa first discovered pole when she was gifted one by her husband for Christmas when their youngest child turned two. She soon discovered that you could learn tricks and link them together until she was no longer asking her husband to watch her but rather spot her! Finding a studio and pole family was like finding herself again. A mother of three and a registered nurse left her zero time for herself but pole dance gave her back the things she had forgotten about, namely body confidence and feeling sexy again!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Certified Instructor The Pole Studio London

  • Certified Instructor Pole Dance Academy Instructor Training

  • 2020 Classique Certification

  • Pole Club Manly 2019 finalist

  • Ecole de Pole Amateur Comp 2017 Winner

  • 1st Runner Up Pole Club Manly 2020

Favourite Food: Japanese

Pole dancing for: 7 years

Teaching for: 4 years

Something you're working on: Bird of Paradise

What is your teaching specialty: I love helping other mums get their sexy back, and nurturing Beginners and watching them grow

 

Aliky.

Aliky loves anything movement, dance, pole and all things floorwork, split based, and exotic. She loves to share her passion for dance, as it’s nourishment for anyone's soul and an ever replenishing source of contentment and joy. Aliky has been pole dancing since 2016 during sneaky lunch time breaks at work and became obsessed. She has competed in a few floor and pole based competitions and recently placed as sponsors choice in Sexy's Back. Aliky is a former competitive gymnast at state and national levels and aerobic competitor and is now based in Sydney, living by the beach with her son.  As a certified Yoga Alliance teacher, Aliky is a knowledgable instructor at Pole Dance Academy and has a through understanding of the body and movement.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Sponsors Choice Sexy's Back

  • 2020 Classique Certification

  • Champion Pole Club Manly 2020

Favourite Food: Chocolate (I make my own)

Pole dancing since: 2014

Teaching since: 2019

Something you're working on: Creating more time to dance and play

What is your teaching specialty: Splits, static, and bendy stuff. I also love Russian style and exotic choreography

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Sophie.

This Sydney Northern Beaches girl grew up singing, dancing and performing! She became addicted to Pole Dancing in her late 20s and has attended many workshops and classes to continually develop and learn they many styles of pole dance. Sophie loves nothing more than seeing her students discover and fall in love with pole dance just as much as she has, while watching how confident and strong it makes them!  If she's not in the pole studio you can find Sophie at the beach or working as a National Account Manager for a marketing agency.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Instructor​

  • 2020 Classique Certification

Favourite Food: Spaghetti

Pole dancing since: 2017

Teaching since: 2019

Something you're working on: Unassisted Flips, Aerial Jamilla's and Middle Splits

What is your teaching specialty: Trouble shooting challenging moves and finding what a student's strength is to show them everyBODY can pole to promote positivity in class!

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Shirley.

After relentless encouragement from her best friend, Shirley tried her first pole class at PDA in 2018 and began teaching in 2020. She became infatuated with the beauty and sensuality of pole and is obsessed with refining her own dance flow. For Shirley, pole dancing is a form of both strength and femininity and wants her students to continuously feel empowered in themselves and their progress. Her specialty lies in flowy choreo, and a bendy back. Shirley is a sassy and patient teacher and will be sure to make you laugh in her class!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Pole Club Bondi Champion 2020

 Favourite Food: Salmon Sashimi (I get weekly cravings)

 Pole dancing since: 2018

Teaching since: 2020

Something you're working on: Active flexibility and my dream move - the Iron X

What is your teaching specialty: Any back bendy moves and making bad jokes in class.

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Denise.

Lawyer by day, pole dancer by night this former full-time yoga teacher has always been passionate about movement and teaching. She started her pole dancing journey in Dublin and it was love at first spin! Pole dancing at PDA was the first thing on her list when she moved to Sydney and she still can’t get enough! Denise loves to watch her students unlock such huge potential through pole and her favourite thing is watching them smash goals they never thought possible, build confidence and find a safe, strong and supportive community. When she’s not pole dancing (which is rare!) you will find her swimming, surfing or at the beach.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • All Ireland Pole Dance Championship finalist 2019

  • PDA Certified Instructor 2020

  • Elevated Certified Pole Dance Instructor 2018

  • Liquid Motion Certified Teacher 2018

  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher 2010

  • Shimmy and Sparkle Classique Certification 2020

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer 2011

 Favourite Food: Chocolate

Teaching since: 2020

Something you're working on: Muscle-ups, handstands and flexy stuff

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking down tricks and transitions to make moves achievable, strength tricks, being patient, relatable and encouraging.

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Scarlett.

Scarlett was in awe of how pole dancers moved so effortlessly which inspired her to take her first class in 2014. She felt a little clumsy and uncoordinated, but that was just the challenge she needed. Pole has helped Scarlett gain confidence and body positivity. She is known to be a goofball and trickster who loves trying to nail any move she comes across! When she isn't twirling around the pole she is studying Psychology, binge-watching Netflix and cruising around on her scooter. Scarlett truly believes that pole dancing is for anybody, and teaching is the best way to share her passion.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Teacher Beginners- Intermediate

  • PDA Certified Teacher High intermediate- Elite

  • Pole Classique Certification

 Favourite Food: Noodles

Pole Dancing since: 2014

Teaching since: 2020

Something you're working on: Active flexibility and floorwork

What is your teaching specialty: Providing a positive and fun environment where everyone feels welcomed.

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Pelicarrot.

Natalia, also known as Pelicarrot was nicknamed Pelicarrot as when she started pole dancing her hair was ginger. That is where the 'carrot' came from. Pelicarrot started pole dancing because it looked fun and she had tried the gym but hated everything. When she started pole, she gave up after 2 months. She felt unsexy, stiff, weak and she did not know how to dance. But when she gave up she felt really sad and frustrated so gave it a second go. This time she persevered and realised that pole makes you sexier, stronger, improves your flexibility and what's more, you learn how to dance! Pelicarrot laughs that she is Latina and has no idea how to dance salsa but she does know how to dance around the pole. So if she could learn how to pole, you can learn too!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Second place at Miss Pole Dance Colombia

  • Second runner up Pole Club 2019

Favourite Food: Papaya with coconut yogurt

Something you're working on: Splits and middle splits

Pole dancing since: 2012

What is your teaching specialty: Pole Choreo

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Kendall.

Kendall is an ex-gymnast and began her pole journey in 2008, becoming addicted from day one. In 2014, Kendall opened her own studio and operated for 3 years, coaching students through a variety of static and spinning pole tricks and combos. Travelling around the world to various pole workshops and camps, Kendall loves learning as many styles and techniques as possible in order to develop her teaching style to be as versatile as possible. After a brief break from teaching she is excited to be back teaching as part of the PDA team and cannot wait to see her students develop their skills and confidence both on and off the pole.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Guest Performer at Warriewood SLSC Charity Fundraisers

  • Pole Superstar Judge

  • Black Cherry Judge

  • Pole Club Judge

  • Xpert Pole Instructor (lvls 1-2)

Favourite Food: Tacos and Pizza

Pole dancing since: 2008

Teaching since: 2009

Something you're working on: Cup Grip Phoenix and a multitude of static pole flips

What is your teaching specialty: Static pole and weird dynamic combos

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Marta.

​Marta started pole dancing in late 2014. She needed something that was going to be both fun and a good complex training. Coming from a gymnastics background, her main goal was to train into something that was going to be challenging, but also exciting and definitely not normal....not everyone can do a horrible split .. with a smile!

 

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Instructor Training

  • Pole Club Manly 2020Finalist

Favourite Food: Definitely pizza

Something you're working on: I’m working on overall new moves, strength and flexibility to make all my tricks and routines more fluid and effortless.

Pole dancing since: 2014

Teaching since: 2021

What is your teaching specialty: Making my classes very fun and also making sure every person involved gets the move we’re working on.

 

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April.

April was finishing up her honours in conservation genetics when she first discovered pole dancing in Canberra and has been addicted ever since! She quickly fell in love with the high heels and mesmerising performances before moving to Sydney in 2017, where she now trains as an elite level student at PDA. April’s favourite part of pole dancing are the flexy and strong tricks as well as the amazing pole community. In her spare time from her work as an Account Manager in a media agency, April is an avid cosplayer, obsessive crafter and animal lover. She is always a smiling face who cheers on her student as they grow and develop together.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • PDA Certified Teacher Beginners - Intermediate

Favourite Food: Easter Eggs!

Something you're working on: Choreo and needlescale

Pole dancing since: 2015

Teaching since: 2021

What is your teaching specialty: Flexy tricks and patience, you don't always get something on the first try!

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Sarah S.

Sarah first tried Pole Dancing over 10 years ago but shortly after moved overseas and never pursued it until late 2018 when a friend of a friend (who used to teach at PDA!) suggested it might be a good way to start rebuilding strength after 4 years rehabbing a shoulder injury and the rest as they say was history. Sarah not only loves the physical challenges Pole provides but the way allows you to mentally disconnect from everything else while you focus on your training, and the incredible (& diverse)  community of people that make up the pole world. She loves to see others fall in love with Pole as she did, and to work with and champion students on their own Pole Journey.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Certified PDA Instructor​

  • Dance Filthy Amateur Finalist 2022

Favourite Food: Too many to list

Pole dancing since: 2018

Teaching since: 2021

Something you're working on: Handsprings, and Exotic Acro

What is your teaching specialty:  Helping students understand that training is a journey not a destination and to enjoy the ride and celebrate all pole victories big and small.  

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Caz.

Caz's pole journey started in 2014 when she was the friend that was dragged along to do a trial. She was instantly hooked by the amazing skills required to do these strong and flexible tricks all the while in sparkly costumes and heels. It was the first time she felt like she found something active where she was totally comfortable and belonged. She started pole at Pole Dance Academy and having learnt from many amazing teachers at PDA, she began teaching which brings her so much joy.

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Favourite Food: I am very much into health and good balanced nutrition to support the amazing body to do all the cool things, vegan lasagne, all veggies fruits and wholefoods (honestly) and Thai food would be my 1 type of food for life oh and chocolate!!!

Pole Dancing since: 2014

Teaching since: 2019

Something you're working on: A pole goal is forever becoming more bendy anything with back bends is always my challenge and I love all the splits flares and legs waves.

What is your teaching specialty: I love a good solid strong foundation so strength and a really good invert is what I specifically like for focus on along with sexy flow choreo of all types bringing out the confidence and sensual movement is my teaching goal.

 

Hayley.

Hayley first started Pole dancing back in 2010 and has been in love with Pole and the Community ever since. Hayley gives Pole credit for the woman she is today. Starting at a young age, she found body confidence and a creative outlet that nourishes her soul (and keeps her out of trouble). Whenever a Pole athlete/idol was teaching workshops – Hayley was there to learn. This includes attending Pole camps, Pole Cruise, Las Vegas Pole Expo and dancing in different studios throughout Spain. Hayley has been actively teaching for 10 years and loves the creative side pole has to offer, anything with splits and helping people achieve moves they once thought not possible. She finds the process very rewarding.   

 

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Winner of Floorplay (doubles routine), 2019  

  • Guest Performer and Pole Superstar Judge  

  • Co-organizer of Pole Superstar (Hillside Pole Competition)   

  • Various Movies, Music film clips and performances  

  • Performer at “The Club” Sydney   

  • 2nd place, Northies Pole Comp  

  • 3rd place, Black Cherry Pole Comp  

Favourite Food: Tapas!! And fruit

Pole dancing since: 2010

Teaching since: 2011

Something you're working on: I am continuously working on being the strongest, flexiest version of myself. A new discipline that I took up during lockdown is “Heels” dancing. I also enjoy dabbling in Partner Acro and Calisthenics.

What is your teaching specialty:   I specialise in Private lessons and Choreography. I love working with people one on one and tailoring privates to suit their needs, style, and goals. I also love the energy in a class environment.

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Miranda.

Miranda's pole journey started back in 2020. Miranda has been dancing since the age of 4 and is a fully trained classical dancer having completed all levels of RAD Ballet. After spending many years in the ballet environment, she was sick of the competitive nature and wanted to dance in a more welcoming and encouraging environment. Pole has been a great place for her to continue dancing and building strength. One of Miranda's favourite things about pole is when someone gets a move they have been trying for a while and everyone in the class cheers!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Certified PDA Instructor

Favourite Food: Anything with pasta

Pole Dancing since: 2020

Teaching since: 2021

Something you're working on: Improving strength based tricks

What is your teaching specialty: Pole Choreo and creating a fun pole environment filled with very average jokes

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Signe.

Originally from Sweden with over 13 years experience of coaching gymnastics in both Australia and back in Europe, Signe has a big passion for teaching. Signe had her first beginners trial at PDA in 2021 and fell in love with the sport straight away. With Pole dance involving both strength, flexibility and coordination she couldn’t resist starting teaching this sport as well. Signe is all for a fun workout and bubbly class environment. She thinks life is too short not to explore what our amazing bodies are capable of!

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Certified PDA Instructor​

  • Certified gymnastics coach

Favourite Food: An absolute Sushi addict!

Pole dancing since: 2021

Teaching since: 2022

Something you're working on: Flow when dancing

What is your teaching specialty:  Good at breaking down skills and demonstrating funny versions of what not to do. 

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Kate.

Kate's life has been centred around dance since she was young. She went to a performing arts school for dance, she then went on to study a bachelors degree in dance and dance choreography at the University of NSW. Kate has since taught ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance in various high schools. Kate fell in love with pole in 2017. She loves it because it combines a few of her favourite things: gymnastics, dance, and pushing her body to its extreme. 

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Completed her Pilates certificate and taught at Elixr Health Clubs

  • Completed Antigravity Yoga Instructor Certifications 1, 2, and 3

  • Completed Pole Dance Academy Instructor Training

Favourite Food: Vegan Thai Food

Pole Dancing since: 2017

Teaching since: 2020

Something you're working on: Strength moves like deadlifts and Russian flow style choreo

What is your teaching specialty: Being a former ballet teacher I love correct technique, breaking down moves for students to easily understand. Empowering students to feel comfortable in their own bodies so they can blossom in confidence.

 

Tamia.

Tamia came to Pole Dance Academy in 2020 for her first class and immediately fell head of heels in love with pole dancing (luckily not literally!). In awe of her instructor's level of strength, flexibility, and confidence, Tamia was hooked. Taking a year off study in 2021, Tamia focused entirely on refining her pole dancing skills and technique. Currently studying a Master's in Music Therapy, Tamia is a knowledgable musician who utilises her musical knowledge when dancing and teaching. Tamia is a passionate teacher who is invested in her student's pole journeys and will be cheering you on all the way! She loves helping her students work towards achieving their goals and unlock new and exciting moves. Always aiming to create a fun and supportive class environment, there’s never a dull moment in Tamia’s classes.

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Certified PDA Instructor​

  • PDA Classique Certification

Favourite Food: Nothing better than a burger and a beer!

Pole dancing since: 2020

Teaching since: 2022

Something you're working on: Middle Splits and freestyle

What is your teaching specialty:  Strength conditioning for challenging moves and creating a fun and warm class environment. 

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Aimee.

Aimee has a background in Irish Dancing where she competed around Australia for 10 years and taught children in primary school on her lunch breaks. A few years after she quite Irish Dancing (and also going through a break up), she was dragged along to her trial Pole Dance Class with 6 friends! During the first couple of years, she didn't wear heels (as it was frowned upon) and was only tricks base. She took a year off when she moved to Sydney but then started at PDA to try make friends and instantly found her passion for pole dancing! She's now made many friends through PDA, who encouraged her to dance in heels, and says pole dancing helped her through some of her struggling years. PDA has made her feel sexy and comfortable in her own body (with heels!) and her main inspo for teaching is to give everyone the same experience she had! She says if she can go from stiff Irish Dancer to feeling like a sexy Pole Dancer, anyone can be made to feel sexy and comfortable in themselves! 

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Titles | Performances | Awards:

  • Certified PDA Instructor

  • Competed at State and Australian Irish Dancing Championships 

Favourite Food: Pasta and Margaritas

Pole Dancing since: 2016

Teaching since: 2021

Something you're working on: Slow choreo and flexibility

What is your teaching specialty: Breaking down moves into relatable terms and encouraging students that they can invert and go upside down! Making everyone feel welcome, confident and comfortable, which includes laughs and pretty lights (especially in choreo)!