360 Pole Dancing is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting master classes with Becca Butcher. Becca will be teaching a variety of pole dancing master-classes for all abilities from beginners to advanced, the classes will take place on Thursday 3rd February 2011 at the 360 Pole Dancing studios in Southville, Bristol, UK.
Halo Vertical Fitness first opened its doors on the 17th January 2010, so what better way to end our first year than by presenting the Rebecca Butcher European Tour 2011 (29th Jan – 11th Feb). The tour is a fresh challenge for both Rebecca and Halo and we are all very excited. After an unexpected level of interest in the tour, we have been kept extremely busy organising to make sure that everything runs smoothly – if you require information about participating studios or for anything else please email or click here to read our article about Becca on this site.
Robyn Rooke has been pole dancing since 2005. Her flair for pole dancing and instruction was recognised, and she was invited to complete the teacher-training course by her instructors at PoleCats. Robyn developed a love of performing after entering her first pole dancing competition in 2006.
Robyn is the founder of 360° Pole Dancing in Bristol where she teaches pole dancing and tricks to beginners right up to super advanced level. Robyn also runs the UK’s largest pole dancing competition, PoleDivas Championships with fellow promoter Fay Warne.
Sam Remmer is the principal pole dancing instructor at the art of dance in Plymouth and she is also joint founder of the Pole Dance Community website. Sam was nominated for 4 star status by PDC Pioneers Genevieve Moody (PDC approved pole dance school The Flying Studio) and Karen Chaundy (PDC approved pole dance school BodyBarre).
Mary Ellyn Weissman is the owner and creator of PDC approved pole dance school Empowerment Through Exotic Dance (Also known as Chicago Pole Dance), which was the first pole dancing school in the Chicago area in 2005. She was born in 1960, is married and has two sons who will both be in college in the fall.
Mary Ellyn sees herself as a teacher rather than a performer or competitor. Her greatest enjoyment comes from sharing her skills with her students and sharing their excitement as they succeed. She also loves being a student and feels strongly that continued growth is possible for everyone and that to be a great teacher, you must also love learning. With this concept in mind she continues to train with various pole and dance instructors around the world in an effort to not only continually grow but to enjoy pole dancing from both a teaching and student perspective.
She uses other resources to further her growth in disciplines of sports and athletics which compliment her pole dancing and instructional skills such as injury prevention, yoga, health, and is certified in group exercise through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as well as pole dance instructor certified through Pole Fitness Studios. Her background also includes over 20 years of health care experience as a registered nurse.
Her method of teaching breaks down the elements of each move helping students to learn with ease. She believes in teaching in “different pole dance languages” as each student responds to different methods of instruction. Her class environment encourages students’ learning within a fun, supportive atmosphere.
Having experienced the growth of pole dancing from it’s earliest stages within the US, she also believes that safe pole instruction is an essential aspect of teaching. In the interest of further promoting safe pole dance instruction, in 2008 she developed the first pole instructor certification and training programs in the Midwest USA to be approved for continuing education by the AFAA.
Uniting Pole Dancing:
Mary Ellyn strongly supports the pole dance community working to bring pole dancers together to learn, network and perform. She has worked with and supported several organizations like the USPDF, the PDC, the PFA, the IPF and the IPDFA in their quests to improve pole dance recognition through competitions, regulations and guidelines.
In 2006 and 2007 she hosted the Chicago/US contingent of the Guinness World Record Events lead by Vertical Dance for the most pole dancers performing around the world.
In 2009 she produced her first international event - Dance Wicked For A Week. This event, held in Jamaica, brought together top names in pole dancing and burlesque to offer workshops for women from inexperienced to advanced level dancers with a showcase performance as the highlight of the week. After a successful launch Dance Wicked will be heading into it’s 3rd year running in 2011.
In 2010 Mary Ellyn brought together over 60 dancers for the first official event of the Midwestern United States, which previously had seen little recognition for the pole dancers living in this region, the Great Midwest Pole Jam and Showcase. She now hosts MidwestPoleDancing which is a centralized pole dance resource and networking site for the Midwest and South Central United states.
She is a charter member and chair of the technical committee for the International Pole Sports Organization, working to further recognize the fitness aspects of pole dancing by bringing pole fitness to the Olympics.
From the very beginning her priority has been her students and her enjoyment has been watching them grow and respond to her classes. While keeping their safety in mind, it was equally important that they not only toned up and got fit in a safe environment but also had a safe environment to explore a new and somewhat controversial form of dance which they soon realized helped them to improve their self esteem and confidence. She has found that for some, this growth was a result of improved levels of fitness while for others it was an improved acceptance of whom they were both inside and outside.
Since she began pole dancing Mary Ellyn has been influenced by many people who she had the opportunity to meet, not only other pole dancers, but dancers of other styles, entertainers and business owners as well. Her heroes are moms, wives, doctors, teachers and numerous other professionals as well as women who have overcome histories of abuse, disability and various misfortunes but despite it all have learned to enjoy life and live it fully.
Nathalie Barron is the owner and principal instructor at PDC approved Pole-School in London, UK.
Nathalie's Level status was supported by Dana Mayer and Sam Remmer from PDC approved pole dance school The Art of Dance in Plymouth. Nathalie has covered lessons for Dana Mayer who said "Nathalie is a former pole student of mine who now runs her own business, Pole School, in North London. I consider Nathalie to be eligible for 4 star instructor status. She has covered classes for me in the past and has done a professional job. She has YMCA qualifications and a considerable dance background, the latter of which, in my opinion, is very much needed in the world of pole dancing. In addition to her considerable dance experience, Nathalie also is an aerobics and Zumba teacher, giving her insight and experience into many facets of the fitness industry, and experience with a wide range of clients. On a personal level, I know Nathalie to be friendly and conscientious in her approach to her work. I believe students find her engaging and personable, as I do."
Nathalie absolutely loves teaching pole dance and especially enjoys watching the transition of her students, many of whom come with no previous dance experience and often lack self confidence.
Through Pole-School Nathalie is able to develop students not only in pole dancing skills but also
on a performance level, given her vast experience of being a professional dancer for many years.
Students evolve into strong, graceful dancers and their new found self esteem transpires into their daily lives.
Nathalie also gives students the opportunity to 'show off' their talents by organising local shows (for charity)
which is the perfect way for them to show their friends and family just how far they have come!!
Check out Natalie's impressive resume:
"My name is Nathalie Barron and I have been in the entertainment and leisure business for over 20 years.
I am married to a Firefighter and have 3 young daughters.
I love teaching people new skills especially in performing and I particularly enjoy seeing students develop their confidence and stage presence. Aside from pole dancing I also teach yoga"
Training from age 4 to present:
1988 - Camp America (Dance & Drama Counsellor)
1989/90 - Hornsey YMCA Exercise to music and dance instructor
1991 - Eurosites camping holiday rep in France (specialising in exercise and dance)
1992 - The Dream Girls glamour dance group (TV appearances + UK tour)
Babe Watch glamour dance group (Dancing at night and teaching classes in the day)
1992/93 - Circus Paradis Orfei (As a showgirl touring Italy)
1993 - Toured Greece as a dancer in 'bazoukis' and night clubs
1994 - Set up my first dance group 'The Baby Snakes' performing in rock clubs in the UK
- Started pole dancing at Stringfellows Covent Garden as one of the original 'Angels'
1995 - Set up my agency business Flirt Dance & Promotions
1995/2007 - Flirt Dance & Promotions experience includes;
- Providing night clubs (throughout the West End) with podium dancers and showgirls
- Resident Dancers at;
The O Bar, Crazy Larry's, Cafe de Paris, The Leopard Lounge,
Liquid, The Clapham Grand, Storm, Hammersmith Palais.
- Choreographing various shows within the agency (introducing pole dancing in 2003)
- Costume and design
- Dr Glitz & The Fabulous Flirtations 70's Disco Show (which ran for over 10 years)
- Randy Groover & The Fabulous Flirtations
- Austin Powers 'tribute' Show
- Ali G 'tribute' Show
- The 'Hot' Tarrantino Shows (performed at The Clapham Grand)
- Numerous corporate entertainment, meet and greet & dance shows
1995/2007 - Individual regular dancing + acting performances include;
- Top of the Pops
- TFI Friday (Chris Evans)
- This Morning
- Big Breakfast
- Pebble Mill
- Acting roles in; Eastenders, The Bill, The Wilsons, Films and Commercials
Nov 2006 - Launched Pole-School
2010 - Pole Dance Community (PDC) approved instructor / dance school
- Pole-School students join Advancement and Accreditation Program (AAP)
- Now I teach almost every day, averaging around 25 students a week
- Pole-School performed at Pole Unity to huge success
- December 3rd - Pole-School's first production for charity to support the RNLI with 19 students
performing to friends and family.
2011 - Pole-School joins the Advancement and Accreditation Programme.
2012 - Nathalie achieves PDC Approved 4 star instructor status
2014 - Judge at the Inter-University Pole Dancing Competition 2014, Essex, UK.
The Pole Dance Community would like to congratulate Nathalie on her 4 star instructor status and we wish her all the best with Pole-School and her pending charity event.
Emily’s way of teaching is to increase your confidence and help students achieve things they thought would never be possible, performing in a show for example is usually one of them! From complete beginners to advanced students performed in Emily’s Pole Fitness’ Halloween Show on Friday 29th October 2010.
The Pole Dance Community are proud to feature one of their latest new PDC approved pole dance schools Goeswell in Scotland. Goeswell was established by Anne Goswell in February 2008. Goeswell offers pole dancing and Zumba classes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Musselburgh, they aim to cater for all and to help individuals get fit in a safe and friendly environment.
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Elena developed her passion for pole dancing after using it as her way back to fitness following a serious car accident. As a pole dancer and choreographer, she combines the elegance of classical ballet with extreme flexibility and acrobatic pole work; a combination that has won her awards at both national and international level, culminating in being crowned Miss Pole Dance World in 2005.
She has over 16 years' experience as a professional dancer and over 11 years' experience in dance teaching disciplines.
Elena offers instructor training either in house or on-line. Elena Gibson - London Studios.
The Pole Dance Community team are proud to announce the first successful application for 4 star Instructor status. Tracy has worked hard to gain her 4 star status and her application was backed by 2 other PDC approved pole dance schools; BodyBarre in Manchester and Candy & Chrome in North Wales.