Cindy Cooijmans is our latest PDC Approved 4 Star Pole Dancing Instructor.
Cindy Cooijmanns is known throughout the pole dance world as both a pole dance teacher, respected judge and creator of the Pole Move Box. Cindy received her references from PDC Pioneers KT Coates and Elena Gibson.
Elena Gibson said "Cindy is a great asset to our community, amongst other achievements, she has tirelessly worked to produce the Polemove box which I believe is a great product to be used as source of reference for studios, instructors and students. She dedicates much of her time and effort to promote pole dancing both in her home country and internationally, Cindy is a very ambitious and positive person who I greatly admire."
KT Coates said "She is the nicest, kindest, selfless person in pole. She does pole because she loves it, she never gets involved in any unpleasantness and she is loved by everyone as an instructor, a business woman and a poler. She is a one off!"
Education & Training
Aerobic and Fitness trainer since 1995
Pole Fitness trainer since 2006
This is besides my normal day job (my husband and I run a large butcher’s shop for 10 years now, and I got my degree in Advertising and Merchandising)
Aerobic Fitness instructor (certificate from Aerobic Fitness Netherlands)
Pole Fitness instructor
IPDFA Basic, intermediate and advanced instructor
Elevated Level 1
On going: IPDFA Master trainer
On going: Vertical Dance instructor and EPIC youth coaching.
Membership of Professional Bodies:
Pole Dance Community 4 star approved instructor
Judges representative for IPSF
PFA Ambassador (2012)
Officer of Terminology for IPDFA
Workshops, Courses & Master-classes Attended:
USA: Pantera Blacksmith, Felix Cane, Jenyne Butterfly, Marlo Frisken Steven Retchless, BadAzz, Caterina Gennaro, Zoraya Judd, Kelly Yvonne, Natasha Wang, Michelle Stanek, Phoenix Kazree, Lacy Mc Garry
South America: Rafaela Montenaro, Vanessa Costa, Aline Kerber
Europe: KT Coates, Elena Gibson, Sally-Ann Giles, Bendy Kate (UK) Celine Shabba Le Gall (DE) Angy Knight (BE), Manuela Carinairo (FR), Màrion Crampe (FR) Jeannine Wilkerling (DE) Anastasia Akentyva (CZ) Loic Lebret (FR), Alessandra Marchetti (IT) Natalia Tatarinseva (U)
Hanka Venselaar (NL) ElisaJo (NL)
Russia: Evgeny Gresilov, Kira Noire and Anastasia Skuktorova
Australia: SuzieQ and TobyJ, Cleo the Huricane, Andrea Ryff, Carlie Hunter and Jamilla Deville
Asia: Jady Chao (HK), Radjesh Mudki Mallakhamb (India)
Elisa Jo Studio Haarlem
Lasya University Nijmegen
Pole Tricks Zonhoven Belgium
Hosted and attended Workshops in our studio with:
Saulo Sarmiento 30 december 2018
Jenyne Butterfly, 24 January 2018
Kenneth Kao, 28 July 2018
Andrea Ryff, 15 Sept 2018
Additional Training with PDC Pole Schools & Instructors:
KT Coates and Elena Gibson
Cindy has been teaching group classes: Aerobics, Steps, Callanetics, BOSU, Street dance, Jazz dance and Gogo dance since her certifications in 1995. After the birth of her 3 sons, she wanted a new sport challenge, which she found in Pole Dance. After taking a Pole teacher trainer course she started teaching Pole classes in 2006.
Student's pole dancing success:
“One of my students; Nicole Beerens has won the title Pole Fitness champion 2010. At that moment that was the highest competition you could enter in the Netherlands. I train/help a lot of national and international pole dancers now a days. Helped Yvonne Smink with her TV debut on ‘Everybody Dance Now’ were she made it to the final show. And I’m Hanka’s helpdesk if she needs advise.”
Continuing Professional Development:
Aside from Cindy's many master-classes she also avidly keeps on top of all that is happening within the pole dancing world.
"I read all there is about the Pole Sport, I think I saw almost every DVD and keep attending and organizing workshop and courses to do with Pole. I like to work and talk with professionals from all around the world, there is still so much to learn!"
Followed 2 courses in BungeeFly
Tried YinYoga and PowerYoga classes
Trying to keep up to date by training with other Pole studio owners once every month
Still drawing all the Code of Points elements for the IPSF
Teaching Pole (all levels) 3 evenings a week at Sportstudio Ilse Sint Michielsgestel
Teaching short introduction Pole courses at 3 different high schools 2 times a year (Elde college Gestel, Elde college Schijndel and Gymnasium Beekvliet)
And occasionally a bachelor party
Teaching my own Pole instructor refreshment course weekends this year, at 5 different large studios and 2 for in-depended Pole instructors (this is a 6 hour course covering teaching technics to experience pole instructors, not focussed on tricks but on who to teach people and help them grow) References:
Paalsport Venlo http://www.paalsport.nl
Dancecenter Breda https://www.paaldansstudio.nl
Sportief Paaldansen Utrecht https://www.sportiefpaaldansen.nl
Cindy is not a competitive person; “I don’t like entering in a competition.” She loves to train people to go into competition! And helped a lot of Dutch Pole girls in their preparation for a competition. She rather helps to organize competitions like the Dutch, Benelux, European and the World Pole Sport championships in London.
Co organised the World Pole Sports Championship weekend in Tarragona Spain July 2018
Professional Pole Appearances:
You will not see many Pole dance appearances from me. I’m mostly behind the scenes, either organizing or judging shows or competitions.
2010-2011-2013 Benelux Pole Championships
In Holland I judged the Beat Gravity competition, The Pole Move Battle and the National Championship.
2010 Taylors retreat cup (UK)
2012-2013- 2015 IPSF World Pole Sport Championship
2011-2014 French National
2011-2013-2014 German Pole Fitness and Miss and Mister Pole dance
2012 Most Pole2Pole competitions
2013 IPC in Singapore, 2015 IPC video entries and awards
2014 Pole Classic Las Vegas USA
2015 HKCH championship Hong Kong
2013-2014-2015 IPSF Nationals in Germany, Netherlands and Sweden.
IPC head judge for the video enteries
Judge at Belgium national championship in Gent, 15 April 2018
Judge at the Norwegian nationals in Oslo, 5 May 2018
Head judged the Chinese Pole Sports nationals in Beijing, 26 May 2018
Head judged the South Korean Pole Sports nationals in Seoul, 2 June 2018
Contesting judge for the World Pole Sports Championships Tarragona Spain, 14-15-16 July 2018
Still volunteer on the IPSF judges committee, main job to find certified judges for all IPSF
Sponsorship (gained or provided):
It is not my goal to gain money with the Pole Move Box. It’s a hobby, so everything I earn goes back into the Pole industry. First by updating the Box every year with more amazing models and the newest moves. And of course by sponsoring events and competitions.
You can find Pole Move Box all over the world. From a small regional or national championships up to the World championships.
From the North and South American, Australia, European to Asia.
Pole Dancing Promotions Involvement:
In the city I live in I started promoting Pole Sport in 2006. I believe everyone in our town is convinced Pole is a Sport now.
I have written may articles for the Dutch press to promote the Pole Sport.
I encourage many of my pole friends to be in television program’s, Hanka showed up in several programs already and one of my friends Flora Gatina, ended in the top 3 of Holland got talent.
In October I was promoting the European Pole Championship, I helped organizing. I phoned the press and television, they said: “ohh but that not news, everyone knows Pole is a sport.” so it looks like we have accomplished that for the Netherland to LOL. (I realise that was only one reporter saying that, so we keep on promotion)
2007 Guinness World record attempt for Make a wish foundation.
2008-2009-2010 Pole Unity for several charities.
2010 Spring Pole Dance Party for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
2014 Guinness World record attempt for KWF cancer foundation.
The Pole Move Box donates to charities too. For every Box sold, 5 dollars goes to ‘Timber’s kids’ www.timberbrown.org A great cause from created by a great Pole artist.
Pole Dancing Goals & Aspirations:
I would like to keep on enjoying and teaching Pole, as often as possible. I have 5 full enthusiastic group which I teach every week. And every workshop I give (in the Netherlands and Belgium) is filled to the max. I love to keep it that way by staying updated and innovative.
My personal goal would be to make the pole names universal!!! I think if we join hands we can make it happen!!
Cindy's 2017 Activities:
- In January I officially become UPA’s Pro Poler of the Year 2017
- Updated all my IPSF certificates (Code of Points, judge and Head judge)
- Finally finished the IPDFA Master training
- Organised the World Pole Sports Championship Weekend in July for the IPSF
- Created a refreshment course for Pole instructors in the Netherlands to keep try and motivate them to take a real instructor course (in Holland people think they know it all and don’t bother to pay for a teacher training. Which bothers me extremely! So I try to make them aware of that you have to keep learning and that they are responsible for a safe and healthy class environment)
- Workshops I took this year: Michelle Shimmy, Sarah Scott, Marlo Fisken
- Workshops still to come this year: Saulo Samiento (he will be in our studio 29th of December to teach workshops)
- Judged IPC video prelims as Head judge, and judged several regional and national championships.
- Still work as technical adviser for IPDFA, judges director for IPSF
- Visited Pole Theater Worlds and still enjoying life!