Clare started pole dancing in March 2015 before qualifying as an instructor with Spin City in April 2018. Clare has also undertaken a successful level 1 pole dance grading. Clare teaches at Pole Fitness Salisbury, UK. We interviewed Clare to learn more about her love for pole.
How long have you been pole dancing?
I started Pole Fitness in March 2015.
What made you start pole dancing?
I wanted to try something different that wasn't just weights or cardio so I tried it, loved it and haven't looked back.
What did you do before you started teaching pole dancing?
I was spending my evenings studying for accountancy exams.
What is your favourite pole move?
Butterfly into extended butterfly and I like handstands - there are so many variations!
Kassia Portas started her pole journey in 2010 before commencing her teaching career in 2012. Kassia has not only acheived national competition success she is also the organiser of the much-loved Bristol Pole Championships.
Kassia achieved her references from PDC Approved Instructors Anna Rohnbogner and Cath Ballantyne.
Anna Rohnbogner said "Kassia Portas is an outstanding teacher with an exceptional understanding of anatomy and physiology in the context of pole dancing and associated injury prevention, prehab, rehab and mobility. Kassia’s instruction is second to none, proving to reward her students with technical, challenging and above all safe lessons for all levels.
Kassia is incredibly generous at passing on her expertise, whether it’s pole moves or combos, teaching points or advice, and individual approaches to injury prevention and prehab exercises.
PDC approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Ally Franklin held a pole dance grading day at her Dorest studio which saw all 5 students achieving grading success. Ally's students were delighted with their achievement. Pole Dance Gradings are a great way to chart your pole dancing progress as well as being able to share your success with friends and family. If you are interested in the grading process just e-mail us with the subject 'Grading Advice Please' and we can send you out a grading advice pack.
Claire Jones (pictured left) - Level 4.
Rachel Barrett (pictured right) - Level 3 Merit.
I have been pole dancing for...it's gone so quickly I can't actually remember nearly two years now I believe (2016).
Nicola Burke started teaching in 2011 having initially started her pole dance journey in 2007. Nicola runs her own pole dance school in Stockport called Zero Gravity Pole Studio.
Nicola teaches from brand new beginner up to advanced pole. Nicola is well known within the UK pole industry as a accomplished pole performer, judge and teacher. Nicola received her references, to support her 4 star instructor application from fellow PDC pole instructors Annie Norris, Naomi Burkitt and Tiffany Green.
Annie Norris said "Nicola is a very happy and beautiful person. When you meet her you can be sure to smile and have a great time. She is extremely hard working with her teaching but has created a
Gemma gained her instructor approval in June 2018 after completing her Xpert level 1 and 2 training in January 2018 and then completing a successful level 3 pole dance grading in March 2018. Gemma is already making waves in the pole industry and receving rave reviews from her students. Gemma currently runs a small studio in Choppington, UK. We spoke to her to find out more....
I first discovered pole waaaaaay back in 2008 when I did a brief 6 week introductory course, I absolutely loved it and bought a pole, But I soon fell pregnant with my first child and my pole gathered dust in my garage.
DISCOUNTS FOR PDC INSTRUCTOR and DANCER MEMBERS!!!
PDC Approved IPDFA Pole Instructor Training Course will be held at The Factory Fitness and Dance Centre, 407 Hornsey Road, N19 4DX, London, UK. Beginners Level will be run from 09:00-18:00 on July 5th/6th and the intermediate level will run from 09:00-18:00 on 7th and 8th July.
There is more information on the IPDFA website.
Each course normally costs £550 each but PDC members pay just £440. E-mail us to be referred for your discount code.
The normal price for booking both courses is £1025 but PDC members pay just £800. If you are not a PDC member but you would like to join as either an instructor or dancer member just e-mail us for full details.
Aaron tells us about his pole journey to date and life before pole:
I am Aaron Darby and I own and run Pole Position Strength & Fitness in Birmingham with my wife Lisa. We met when we were both working as gymnastics coaches. Lisa convinced me to attend one of her regular pole classes and I was instantly hooked. I started gymnastics at the age of 9 and went on to compete at international level. My gymnastic career ended at the age of 17 due to injury, and then I became a men's gymnastics coach training the elite boys team. I loved how I could transfer my gymnastics skills to pole, and I picked it up fairly quickly (much to my wife's annoyance). After a while we made the decision to leave our jobs and open our own pole studio.
Emily works at Solent Fitness and Aerial Arts in Southampton, UK. We spoke to Emily to find out more about her and her passion for pole dancing.
"I first discovered pole back in 2010 and have been pretty much hooked since then! I train and teach pole at Solent Fitness & Aerial Arts, where my casual once-a-week hobby turned into a full obsession. I love all things pole & aerial, especially the community feel that comes along with it! When I first started the industry was fairly small (compared to how enormous it is now) and I have enjoyed watching it grow, especially because it’s no longer a drama to find decent pole shorts...
For 2018 we want you to go pole crazy. get fun pole pics for your social media or try some crazy urban pole?
UK Pole Dance Day is also a great chance to thank those that inspire you in the pole world, the people that make your pole dreams come true. You might want to tag your favourite poler to thank them for inspiring you, you could tag your pole instructor to tell them how much you appreciate them. Perhaps you want to tag your pole buddy who makes your pole lessons amazing.
Jai Simeone is a master trainer for PolePeople and she has an extensive dance background. Jai received her 2 references from fellow PDC approved instructors Stefania Roberto and Chantal Wood.
Chantal said "Jai is a very experienced pole instructor as well as being a qualified personal trainer and dance instructor. She teaches in a methodical and structured fashion and keeps the safety of her students at the heart of everything she does. Her teaching style is engaging and fun and her students are fiercely loyal to her. She demonstrates a level of professionalism that I wish was more prevalent in the pole industry."
Stefania said "From the private sessions given to myself and my boyfriend I found Jai to be professional, friendly, energetic and highly knowledgeable within the field of pole. She had the ability to mold her teaching to different requirements as both myself and my partner (Male) who was having the class also, had different needs. She was encouraging and even as a 4star instructor myself, with over 15 years experience, was able to take something new from her tuition.
I also follow her social media feeds and see she keeps working to improve herself and is a much loved member of the pole community giving positivity from afar."
Virginia Zdesar joined the Pole Dance Community in 2018. Virginia has many years of pole dancing experience and has completed several PDC Approved Teacher Training Courses. Virginia currently teaches in the UK but has also taught in the Middle East.
"I began using Pole many, many years ago as an alternative sport, alternative to the confines of my traditional gym workout. I learnt my Pole fitness skills in London in 2008, where I completed the advanced levels with the wonderful Pole Dancing Champion and PDC Pioneer, Elena Gibson at her school in London.
I then trained with the universally endorsed group operated by the world renowned KT Coates, PDC Approved Teacher Training Vertical Dance. With KT, I gained the qualifications and certifications that are internationally recognised and endorsed by REPS, Skills Active, ACE, PDC & IPSF which has given me the ability to do what I love and enable others to as well.