PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Claire Cotteril.

Claire Cotterill Pole Dancing instructor
Claire Cotteril is the principal instructor at Body Image in Great Wyrely. Claire has danced since she was 2 years old, she has pole danced since 2006 and has taught pole and street dance since 2007.

About Claire:

"I am a professional and resourceful person and have over 18 years teaching experience, and 32 years’ experience in dance. I am qualified to a level 4 teaching status and I am a NVQ level 2 assessor, I have taught a broad spectrum of clients in many disciplines including people with mental and physical disability.
I have excellent organisational, planning and time management skills and have experience in managing a team of up to 13 staff. I have wrote two teacher training courses with skills active, one in pole fitness and the other in aerial silks, these will also be approved by REPS.


I currently own and run one of the biggest pole and aerial arts centres in the uk, I have over 300 clients and 6 staff and we offer lessons to all abilities in pole fitness, aerial hoop/cube and aerial silks. We run master classes, showcases, inter school competitions, charity events, professional photo shoots and much more on a yearly basis. I also offer sports therapy and nutritional advice whilst working closely with professionals from the British institute of sport and I part run a nutrition company offering supplementation to the industries athletes."Claire Cotterill Pole Dance Body Image


Claire received her 2 references for her 4 star instructor application from Genevieve Moody and Sandrea Simons.

Sandrea said "Claire is as enthusiastic about pole as she is about life, she's a bubbly positive person and this comes across in her teaching style. Her students are made to feel very welcome in the friendly atmosphere her studio provides and her spotting techniques mean that they are safe too. She is constantly updating her pole experience by attending master classes, doing pole competitions going to pole shows and pole jams this allows her to stay informed and experienced about the industry leading to her being a great instructor.

Claire is dedicated to pole and its reputation across the country, whether she's hosting master classes at her studio or entering competitions to show her students how it's done and keeping them inspired. Her teaching methods are professional and safe and the well being of her students always comes first. Claire is constantly trying to inspire motivate and push her students to the next level. She encourages them to try new things and go to master classes and jams at other studios to keep their pole mojo on a high.
I have no hesitation in recommending her as a 4 star instructor as I know she will always do her best for her students and spreading the good word to the general public about pole dancing!"

Claire Cotterill Pole Dancer
Genevieve said "I fully support Claire Cotterill’s PDC 4 Star Instructor application and am extremely happy to be able to give such a great pole teacher a reference in support of said application. Claire is continually professionally developing herself as shown by her physical discipline background followed by moving into pole and aerial arts through her own training and also seeking it out from others. I would only ever give a reference to someone that I had actually witnessed and experienced first-hand the teaching skills of and I am pleased to say that I have no hesitation in recommending that Claire is awarded 4 star status.

I believe that Claire possesses the spirit that our Pole Community needs in welcoming all to her studio and revealing herself as an adaptable and capable teacher in dealing with pole students and pole teachers alike with a flexible and inclusive approach. Claire’s class structure is easy to follow throughout with class content adapted to the needs of each individual of varying abilities whilst still maintaining an evenness in her time spread around the studio space."

Claire's Pole & Fitness CV.Claire Cotterill Pole Dance Performer

Spin City 2014 - Beginners & Intermediate Aerial Hoop Instructor Course
Premier Global 2012 PTLLS (NVQ L4)
Pole4Fitness 2007 Pole4Fitness Pole Dance Instructor Course
Urban Funk 2010 Urban Funk Street Dance 2009
Faster Movement Coaching Course Premier Global 2007
Level 3 Sports Massage Therapist (NVQ L3)
Premier Global 2007Level 3 Advanced Personal Trainer (NVQ L3)
Premier Global 2006 Level 2 Fitness Instructor (NVQ L2)
Premier Global 2005 Premier Diploma in Personal Training Premier Global 2005
Level 2 Nutrition (NVQ L2)
NVQ L2 Qualified Assessor Level Two Assessors Course (NVQ L2)
British Horse Society 1995-1997 Preliminary Teaching Test, Stage One, Two and Three.

Workshops, Courses & Master-classes Hosted and Attended:

Claire Cotterill Body-Image Studio
Master Classes:
Sally Ann Giles
Daniel Rosen x2
Jess Leanne Norris
Sarah Scott
Bendy Kate
Genevieve Moody (Silks)
Sally Ann Giles
Daniel Rosen
Jess Leanne Norris
Sarah Scott
Bendy Kate
Donna Gant
Anne Norris

Teaching History:
I have over 18 years teaching experience in many disciplines including horse riding, fitness, street dance, burlesque, stretch and flexibility, pole fitness, aerial hoop, aerial silks and aerial cube.
I have taught a broad spectrum of clients up to professional level including people with physical and mental disabilities. I have also taught a large number of non-English speaking foreign exchange students through various organisations.

Student's pole dancing success:
We have over 50 students that have performed at our summer and christmas showcases all of which have never been on stage before. We ran an inter school competition in 2013 where we had students place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the intermediate and advanced categories
I have a student who has qualified for British pole superstar 2015 in the intermediate category, it will be her first competition.

Industry ContributionClaire Cotterill Pole Fitness teacher

Competition Achievements:
UKPPC Professional Winner 2015
BPSC 2015(Finalist)
MPDC 2014(2nd Place)
Miss Pole Dance UK 2014(2nd Place)
BPSC 2014(2nd Place)
Polenastics 2014(Finalist)
Polenastics 2013(Finalist)
MPDC 2013(Finalist)
Professional Pole Appearances:
Sally Ann Giles Christmas Show Case 2012
Body Image UK showcase June 2013
Body Image UK showcase December 2013
Body Image UK showcase September 2014

Gemma Hopkins Charity Showcase 2012 (Provided)
Team Macca Boxing Events 2013 (Provided)
MRP-Motors 2014-Present (Gained)
Q Nutrition 2014-Present (Gained)

Charity Involvement:

We regularly support and promote all charity events our students/friends take part in by helping them gain sponsors and sponsoring them ourselves, we have run charity raffles at all of our showcases and have got a large charity event for breast cancer research organised to run in July 2015.

Publicity & media attention:

We have been in Express & Star newspaper, Cannock Advertiser and The Grapevine Magazine on a number of occasions for the services we offer to our local community in the form of pole and aerial fitness classes, weight loss classes and pole events we run from our studio.

Pole Dancing Goals & Aspirations:

My pole dancing goals are to continue to grow my studio to an even bigger level and we have plans to open a further two Body Image studios by the end of 2016. I will continue to compete at professional level and hope to improve the 2nd places that I gained last year to 1st places.

I aim to write an aerial cube instructor qualification and get it skills active and reps approved to go alongside my pole and aerial silks instructor courses.  

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