Nia Pearce from PDC approved pole dance school I Would Rather Be Pole Dancing achieves 4 star pole dancing instructor status.
Nia received 2 references from fellow 4 star PDC approved pole dancing instructors Pippa Ceasar from Polenastics and Jenni Gooch from South Pole Akademy..
Pippa said "I would like to offer my reference in support of Nia Pearce's application to become a PDC 4 star Pole Dancing Instructor. Nia is delightful, thoughtful, entertaining and methodical. Her passion for pole is visibly brimming over and her talent for creating a wonderful and positive teaching environment is outstanding. I am proud to pole with Nia and count her as a friend. To progress her pole career, Nia is constantly attending events and classes and workshops to hone her skills and talent and I have no hesitation at all recommending and supporting Nia's application."
Jenii said "I would like to offer my reference for Nia Pearce’s application for 4 star instructor status; I have known Nia for a few years now, we first met at a pole jam where she was very enthusiastic to learn and was friendly and easy going, since then i have had the pleasure of playing with her at pole jams, photoshoots and events. She works hard at her own pole technique and those of her students, and also works hard at her business and creating a great pole community at her pole school. I have worked with Nia as a dancer on the i-phone app ‘pocket pole studio’ and also as a judge for ‘the routine for the nation’. She is a true pole professional. Nia has lots to give and share with the pole world, and I would recommend her classes and her as a great teacher and poler."
Let’s take it from the beginning and check out Nia's fabulous CV:
Aged 12 – 21 Dance Classes in Street Dance, Ballet, Tap, Modern & Drama
Aged 16 – 21 – Dance Assistant & Student Teacher
1998 – 2000 Btec National Diploma in Performing Arts – Dance as specialised subject
2000 – 2010 Aerobics & Dance Qualifications
Exercise to Music (Aerobics) – NVQ Level 2 – ( Reps Level 2 ) – YMCA
Professional Studio Instructor Award – YMCA
Studio Resistance Training – YMCA
Gym Instructor – NVQ Level 2 – YMCA
Fitness Pilates – Rachel Holmes / Choreography To Go.
Cardio Kick – YMCA
Swiss Ball Training – Paul Chek ( Stability Ball )
First Aid – including CPR.- St Johns Ambulance (2010 )
Vertical Dance – NCFE – (Pole Dancing) Beginners (2008)
Vertical Dance – NCFE – (Pole Dancing) Intermediate ( 2010 )
Experience after Vertical Dance Qualification:
In 2008 I passed my Vertical Dance Qualification, I started with 2 classes a week (4 Poles so 12 max in each class) and over the past 2 years they have continued to grow so I am now teaching 6 classes a week. I was limited to times at my previous venue (Mon – Weds only) but at the studio I am now able to encourage more training for both myself and my students.
Due to time constraints of the previous venue I had never offered Hen Parties or had the opportunity to run extra sessions outside of class. With the new studio I am now able to offer support to students and can now encourage them to enter competitions and exams as we have a brilliant space that is readily available. I hope to run quarterly Pole Jams to encourage students to learn more & to be able to interact with the Pole Dance Community. The Advancement and Accreditation Programme (AAP) is a brilliant focus for class that I wish to bring into our current classes & look forward to bringing students up to the high standard that is ensured.
In 2008 – 2009 I had some personal issues that needed resolving and from my CV you can see that after those had been dealt with I put my heart & soul into bettering myself as an instructor and broadening my knowledge.
In 2009 I had my first taste of a Pole Jams & Workshops, I love them and below are the ones that I can remember attending with dates:
KT Coates 23rd August 2009
Taylors Retreat Pole Jam
30th August 2009 B.A.D.S
11th April Polenastics
17th January 2010 Spin City Pole Fitness,
21st February 2010 KT Coates
18th April B.A.D.S
8th August B.A.D.S
12th Sept 2010 Polenastics
13th February 2011 Polenastics
Workshops & Masterclasses Attended (2009 – 2010):
28th November 2009 - Jessalyn Medairy Workshop
13th March 2010 - Deb Riley’s 8 Hour Masterclass
23rd May 2010 – Karen Chaundy Masterclass
27th June 2010 – Pantera Workshop
15th August 2010 – Estee Zakhar Workshop
9th October 2010 Badazz Workshop
27th November 2010 Sally-Ann Giles & Annie Norris
23rd January 2011 – Darren Pritchard - Male Pole Dancing instructor Workshop
5th February 2011 – Sally-Ann Giles Workshop
Through meeting some fab instructors I have found out about some amazing opportunities, Here are some of the events that I have been lucky enough to either attend or be actively part of.
26th Spetember 2009 – Helping at Spin City Pole Dance Show - Kate needed helpers for her show so I volunteered as I know how hard it is to find people who are willing to muck in. I had a fantastic evening and met some really talented ladies.
5th December 2009 – Spin City Pole Performance – After Helping at the Spin City Performance Kate asked if I would like to perform in their Christmas Show. I performed a dance to Kings Of Leon ‘Be Somebody’ . I stripped from a Full Nun’s Outfit to a sparkly pole outfit & managed to achieve the handspring on time after months of practise! (Amazing considering my knees were knocking backstage & I could hardly keep my eyeliner straight!)
19th March 2010 - Polenastics Pole-a-thon – Polenastics set up an event to encourage pole dancers across the uk to be part of and raise money for charity I encouraged my students to attend and we attended with 2 car loads of girls heading to MK to help & support. A great but tiring evening!
28th March 2010 - Pocket Pole Studio Dancer – Here I had the opportunity to become part of something new and pioneering as applications go. It has it’s creases that need ironing out but I am proud to be part of something that was completely new & exciting. Version 2 should see a more professional and user friendly app.
1st May 2010 - UKPDD – Wanting to raise awareness of Pole Dancing I gladly helped raise its profile locally by offereing Free Taster Sesssions & A Free Pole Jam. The Day was a great success & everyone enjoyed it!
23rd May 2010 - Routine for the Nation – An utter honor to be asked to judge this event & I feel I acted with professionalism when it came to the crunch. A huge responsibility being a judge but brilliant weekend meeting more fab polers! Karen Chaundy Masterclass was fab too! ?
12TH June 2010 – Vertical Dance Intermediate Qualification – Wanting to stay up to date and safe in my teaching this was a qualification that needed to be taken! I enjoyed the day and felt great to know everything I have been teaching is safe and correct also to know that I am proficient as an intermediate instructor aswell as student. Thankfully, I passed this qualification! yay!
26th June 2010 - Pole Unity – The standards of Pole Dancing is soaring and Pole Unity this year just proved it. Last Year was inspiring enough to all students but this year raised the bar. I have entered our dance school to be part of this great event next year but the theme, you’ll have to wait and see
3rd July - UKAPP Stevenage – Supporting another local pole group just myself at this one as it was too far for some but I enjoyed spending time supporting the local talent and being amazed by the girls that we have out there at the moment! amazing!!!! UKAPP is great because it gives normal people a chance to get up there and give it a go.... so proud to watch and one day I hope to enter some of my students into these competitions!
7th August 2010 - Bitten Event – Polenastics asked if I would perform with them at a Convention. A nerve racking experience but when you’re up there it’ s not so bad. The manoeuvring with PVC / Rubber Leggings was challenging & well sweaty to say the least but a brilliant experience and I had a chance to meet some celebrities which is always pretty cool!
22nd August 2010 - UKAPP Bracknell – The Bracknell heat of the competition and had more support for this one! Talent is getting bigger and bigger and recognised some of the faces as these girls were more local. I love the pole world!
26th November 2010 - BAD Studio Launch – Fab evening sharing some quality time with Anna (Level 2 pole dancing instructor Anna-Marie Fulbrook) & fellow polers, such an achievement opening your own studio and very daunting, hats off to Anna she has worked hard and it shows!
4th December 2010 – Burlesque Performance – I was asked to perform at a local pub for their burlesque evening. The night was an organised mess after the leading lady twisted her ankle in the ice & another dancer’s music didn’t work. No warm up or practise time, certainly made me cope ‘under pressure’ . Not sure if performing is my cup of tea? Will need another couple of go’s before I make my mind up though.
My Biggest Pole Dancing Achievements - Emotionally & Materialistically.
1st October 2010 - This was the biggest milestone in my pole career. I opened my very own studio. It was a massive gamble but the risks were worth it considering the unprofessional image and reputation my last venue had. I could not be dragged down with them any longer and I needed to spread my wings. I started writing this CV before I got the studio and, WOW, 6 months down the line I am still catching my tail there always seems there is something I can improve on. The students love it and have supported me every step of the way. I love teaching my students dearly and have a great sense of achievement when they nail a move they have been so desperately trying to get. Makes you feel all warm and gooey. That is my biggest achievement making them feel good!
Pole Dancing Goals & Aspirations for 2011.
For 2011 I already have in the diary Bucks Pole Challenge. I am hoping to perform here. I am not looking to win but I am hoping to gain knowledge & experience of a Pole Dance Competition so that I can advise my students on what goes on. I feel I cannot tell them the pro’s and con’s until I have been on the other end of the pole and not on my bum watching! I have a student who wishes to compete too so hopefully we can grow together on this little journey!
Pole Unity is another amazing cause that I would like to support. We have entered a theme so I need to get started on choreography and put the word out to anyone who wants to dance in the show. I think it will be a great opportunity for my girls and I friendly environment to show their family & friends all they have achieved through pole! Looking forward to it already!
As every year I would like to support UKAPP & many Pole Jams & workshops! I would love to have a workshop with Miss Amber Ray & a couple more sexy flexy one’s!
By the end of 2011 I hope to have my sister trained and qualified in at least Exercise to music and hopefully 2012 will see a pole qualification for her too who knows maybe this year we will be able to afford it?!
Also I hope to gain a higher media presence. Media isn’t my strong point so I hope I can overcome this barrier and start getting out there on my writing. I am more physical than intellectual so I tend to play to my strengths. This year though hopefully I can maybe write an article or two who knows? I have 10 months to play with yet!
Thank You for reading and as you can see I have big plans for the months ahaead. I feel I have grown so much with the support of the pole community and look forward to hopefully gaining more knowledge and getting stronger and stronger as the months go on! Exciting times ahead!!!
I would rather be pole dancing.
The Pole Dance Community would like to congratulate Nia on acheiving 4 star pole dancing instructor status and for being a great ambassador for the fitness pole dancing industry.