MEET YOUR POLE FETISH INSTRUCTORS
Cassandra (Director/ Instructor- Fitness Junkie)
Cassandra has been dancing since she was old enough to use her legs. When she first started pole dancing in 2005, she figured she'd do one course and then move onto something else. 8 years later and she has never gone any longer than one month after an operation without being on the pole!
Cassandra started off in calisthenics and then moved onto funk, hip hop, jazz, cheerleading and all whilst studying contemporary dance in high school. After graduating, she worked as a Latin ballroom teacher by day and a freestyle nightclub podium dancer by night. She has performed for countless amounts of Australian and International dj's, bands, hip hop artists and pop acts and she has pole danced all around the World in party hot spots such as Las Vegas, Can Cun Mexico and Mykonos, Greek Islands. She is also currently a principal dancer in the Australian Michael Jackson Tribute Show.
An award winning choreographer, Cassandra takes all her dance styles training and fuses them together into exciting and unique pole dancing routines that will have you always coming to class and wondering what your going to do next! She is the fitness freak of all the instructors and is always the first one to arrive at the studio and the last to leave. If your looking for an instructor who makes every work out new and exciting, will work with you at your own personal pace and can give you abs of steel, Cassandra is the teacher for you!
Clare (Instructor- Ridiculously Stretchy)
Clare first met Cassandra back in the good old days of 'Spy Lounge' nightclub where they were both freestyle podium dancers. Cassandra was instantly impressed by her crazy stretchiness and completely unique dance technique on the podium and decided Clare would be a natural on the pole. How right she was!
Clare is one of those people who was just born to dance. She is some what of an expert, able to tell you the entire history and proper technique behind any genre of dance you can possibly think of at the drop of a hat. She has studied and trained in just about every style of dance there is, including musical theatre, gymnastics and even circus training such as tumbling, acrobatics, aerial and her favourite, Tissu. Her talents have seen her perform for such acts as Tommy Lee, DJ Havana Brown, Inaday, Kisstroyer, The Outlawz and burlesque group 'Curly Girls'.
Clare is the natural born performer of all the instructors. Her insane flexibility and extensive knowledge of all things dance, makes her mesmerizing to watch on the pole. If your looking for an instructor who can help you learn every style of dance ever invented, inspire you to push yourself that extra little bit harder and get you doing the splits in no time, Clare is the teacher for you!
Gabrielle (Instructor- One Hot Mama)
After what seemed like a life time of searching, we finally found Gabrielle to be our official Spin Pole and Pole Fit instructor. She came to try our Master Class and after just one hour of getting to know Gabs friendly personality and true passion for the pole, we felt like she had been part of the team forever!
First thing that you will notice about Gabrielle upon arriving at one of her classes is her absolutely amazing body. She does not have an inch of wobbly bits, is basically made of muscle and, most inspiring of all, has had 2 kids and still looks like a Victoria's Secret model! Gabrielle attributes her rocking body entirely to pole dancing. After the birth of her first daughter, she was going to the gym every day to try and lose her baby weight until she discovered the pole and realised there was no need for a gym when you could just flip upside down on a pole instead!
Gabrielle has trained in dance styles jazz, hip hop and belly dancing before truely falling in love with pole dancing because she says it combines her love of dance and sports. This way she can still be a tom boy at heart and a sexy pole dancing machine on the outside. Gab also has a Masters in Personal Training from the Australian Institute of Fitness so she knows a thing or two about what works and Gabrielle's strength and grace on the pole and sweet, fun loving nature will make you want to work hard each week in class and ensure you'll love Spin pole just as much as normal pole.
Shauna (Instructor- Tiny Dancer)
Shauna first rocked up at the Pole Fetish studio to apply for the position of Spin Pole teacher. She showed up in her micro shorts and black thigh high boots and confessed she had no experience in spin pole, only a little knowledge of pole dancing for fitness and had never taught a class before but she was extremely keen to learn. Cassandra was intrigued and decided to give her a shot.
During her training Shauna remaind quiet and reserved in class and when the day came for her to teach her first class, she rocked up a bundle of nerves. But as soon as Shauna's feet hit the teachers stage, she instantly transformed and proved herself to be one of the best instructors Cassandra had ever met in her whole 8 years of pole dancing! Turns out Shauna is more at home on the stage than she is actually at home!
Shauna was house mother at a gentlemen's club before coming to Pole Fetish and was in love with teaching new dancers how to work the stage and build their confidence up not just at work, but within themselves. This truely translates in Shauna's classes because she takes the time to learn every students name and personal goals by heart and then does whatever it takes to help them achieve confidence in their own skin. Shauna can teach you how to be sexy as a second nature and is truely excstatic about having the opportunity to do it!
Tristan (Instructor- Pole Dancing Machine)
Tristan (aka Taylor Grace) started pole dancing in 2006 with no dancing or gymnastics training of any kind but as it turned out, she had some serious strength that she didn't know about!
Absolutely in love with the sport, Tristan almost immediately went into competitive pole dancing and placed 3rd in her first attempt at Miss Pole Dance Victoria. Her second attempt landed her the title of Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2010 and she placed second runner up at Miss Pole Dance Australia with her now famous 'Grease' routine. Since then Tristan has made countless guest appearances at shows all over Australia and has also toured the country teaching workshops and judging competitions.
But there are plenty of great pole dancers out there, so why did we pick Tristan? Short of her amazing strength, power, grace and comedic burlesque abilities, Tristan has a cheeky laugh and a fun loving spirit. She truely loves sharing pole dancing with others and has the perfect balance of drill sergent techniques with an adorable friendly attitude to do it.
We are extremely lucky to have Tristan as part of the Pole Fetish team as pole dancers of her calibre are truely hard to come by! To be taught by Tristan is to be taught by one of the Worlds best. She is also available for private lessons for those who are also wanting to take their pole dancing to a competition level and give themselves the edge over everyone else.
Jenny (Instructor- Not Your Typical Pole Dancer)
Jenny originally started dancing at the age of 3 purely for the purpose of correcting a foot malfunction. Her mum had her enrol in classes in tap, jazz and ballet but for years Jenny's attention was much more focused on climbing tress and playing video games with her little brother, riding horses and singing in ameteur musicals. It wasn't until she was 14 that she discovered hip hop and commercial dancing and finally dancing had her full attention.
So you can understand why Jenny never pictured herself as the pole dancing type. Jenny first wandered into Pole Fetish for an audition for an all girl dance team and for whatever reason (call it fate) decided to hang around to try out a pole class afterwards. Despite the fact she had never touched a pole before in her life, Jenny was able to flip upside down, hang upside down by her thighs and climb all the way to the top within less than an hour. She refused the first time she was asked to come train as an instructor but Cassandra refused to take no as an answer!
Now everyone who meets Jenny describes her pole dancing talents as 'amazing'. Her last 3 years spent studying full time dance at Jason Coleman's 'Ministry of Dance' has given Jenny the right technique, dance experience and strength to tackle anything pole dancing has to throw at her with ease. In the not too distant future, all Jenny's students will be able to say they were taught by one of the best pole dancers in the industry!
Lilikoi (Hula Hoop Instructor- Circus Extrodinare)
We first stumbled across Lilikoi's amazing personality and her hula hoops when she was booked to teach a one off Hula Hoops workshop at a party Pole Fetish held for Clare's birthday. Everyone was blown away by her fantastic sense of humour and of course her skills with a hula hoop were quite impressive too! She was immediately invited to join the team and left the studio that night with a new job and half a birthday cake!
Lilikoi grew up travelling the world with her circus and street performer mother and inevitably became a circus performer herself. She has starred in countless amounts of circus shows and performed all over Australia with her dazzling skills in Hula Hoops, Circus and Burlesque. She has formed many of her own shows including 'Parasouls', 'Opposable Thumbs' and 'Kaos Kreepshow' where you can see her show off her other talents in escaping from a straight jacket and putting out a cigarette with her tongue.
Lilikoi's personality is just as big in real life as it is on stage and to prove our point, she almost always shows up to class dressed as she is pictured above! She is the definition of a true entertainer and we guarantee that no matter how uncoordinated you may be at Hula Hoops, you will have an absolute blast trying it anyway with Lilikoi as your instructor.
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