Spin City would like to thank our models who have contributed to the resources found here at Team Spin City. If you would like to book them for workshops or performances please see below for their contact details!
Profile: Catharine discovered pole back in 2011 but realised it was really hard and you couldn’t wear clothes which is where her love of hoop came in. Since then she has turned to teaching hoop, sling and trapeze. Never really happier than when she is in the air, she loves long combinations and creating choreography to help her students build endurance and an ‘aerial brain’ to help them think their way around the apparatus. Her teaching style is generally silly and fun, but you’d better point your toes!
Specialisms: aerial hoop, sling and trapeze
Available for: aerial hoop, sling and trapeze workshops
Profile: Aish first tried pole at university in 2013 and started teaching Beginners in the society. She fell in love with how pole makes you feel strong, confident and gives you freedom to be creative. Aish’s love of learning has led her to complete her advance instructor, flexibility and Pilates qualifications and she now teaches at Spin City in Bristol. Her classes are fun and challenging, with her infectious enthusiasm always making people work hard, but they work hard with a smile.
Specialisms: Pole (all levels), Stretching and Flexibility, Pilates
Profile: I started pole 6 years ago and it’s taken over my life completely! I currently teach at London Dance academy and hold 2 world championship titles; 1 European title and 2 UK titles.
I regularly perform at various events and during 2022 will be performing with an incredible circus company for several high profile events.
Specialisms: pole and pole sport
Available for: private lessons, workshops and performances
Profile: Ana is an aerial artist and instructor based in Bristol, where she trained professionally in circus over ten years ago. She has since performed aerial acrobatics nationally and internationally in touring circuses and the corporate world. She now runs her own performance company, Mimosa Performance, and teaches regular aerial classes for all levels of ability.
Specialisms: Aerial Hoop, Silks, Hammock, Corde Lisse.
Available for: performances, workshops, private classes.
Profile: Classically trained as a dancer, Amy turned to the sky 8 years ago when she moved to Newbury, becoming part of the Spin City family. With a reputation for creative and accessible execution with her signature delivery style, Amy is proud to teach students and instructors nationwide through workshops and conventions. Amy also hosts and judges local and national competitions, and enjoys developing her style and approach to meet emerging trends in the industry.
Specialisms: Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks; combinations and creativity.
Available for: instruction, workshops and conventions – for event hosting as well as tuition and performance.
Profile: Ashley originally trained in dance before retreating to a 9 to 5 job. In his mid-20’s, he discovered pole dancing and was quickly introduced to the world of aerial circus. Since 2015, Ashley has trained hard and quickly became a full time performer with credits including the opening ceremony of the Tai Kwon Do championships held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Ashley also enjoys sharing his skills and knowledge as a teacher for Cloud Aerial Arts based in Manchester and regularly teaches at the MAAC aerial convention.
Specialisms: Aerial Silks, Cordelisse (rope)
Available for: Performance, instruction, workshops and conventions
Profile: Becky is professionally trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Has worked as a Choreographer, Performer, Pilates and Group Fitness instructor, Personal Trainer and Performing arts tutor for Lancashire University. Becky opened Blush Dance Studios in 2008, delivering Pole & Burlesque Fitness Classes. In 2013 Becky added Aerial Hoop & Silks to the timetable. She completed PTTLS to develop Tutor and assessor knowledge and joined Spin City delivering instructor training courses nationally in 2014
Specialisms: Choreography for performance, competition or just for fun. I choreograph for you from blending your tricks together; filling in the dancey bits in between; solidifying the concept to the complete choreography from scratch.
Available for: Private Tuition in Aerial Hoop, Silks & Pole Fitness levels and Choreography.
Profile: Bex first started pole classes in 2009 and immediately fell in love with the world of lycra, bruises and chrome. A born and bred south Londoner, Bex now resides in Kent where she opened her studio Revved Up Pole 2013. She also teaches workshops through the the UK, as well as performing, judging and compering UK pole events and competitions.
Specialisms: creative shapes and pole moves, photo shoots, splits and twerking.
Available for: pole workshops, private lessons, event hosting.
Profile: Chlo is a non binary pole dancer who has been part of their local pole community since 2014, starting classes in Portsmouth as a fun way to get fit. They started their business Hoodlum Fang in 2013 in Roller Derby and branched into the pole industry in 2015 with pole wear, activewear and swimwear. Chlo is a non binary pole dancer with a passion for bringing trans inclusion and the understanding of gender to the pole industry through social media activism, seminars and workshops. Chlo also teaches online workshops in Exotic Pole and Floorwork with a primary focus on musicality to metal and punk genres.
Specialisms: Garment Making & Print Design, Exotic Choreography, Floorwork, Online Activism & Gender and Diversity Inclusion
Email: Hoodlum Fang enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org Workshop enquiries – baldyworkshops
Website: https://www.hoodlumfang.com/ & https://baldypoleworkshops.bigcartel.com/
Claire Hannan (ClaireLouisePole)
Profile: Claire has been part of the pole industry since 2011 as an instructor, performer, competitor and judge. Industry nominations include ‘Most Influential Individual’, ‘Outstanding Teacher’, ‘Star Role Model’ and ’Most Supportive’ as part of the PoleExcellence Awards at Pole World Festival. In 2018 she was nominated for Spin City Instructor of the Year. Claire is proud to be part of the Spin City family and the pole community. Fun fact; Claire has an NVQ 3 in British sign language.
Specialisms: Pole and Pole Silks
Available for: Performances, Workshops, Pole Parties, Private lessons.
Profile: Dan HB is a full-time professional photographer and video maker. Once a wildlife TV producer, he discovered that working with aerialists is far more fun than the Execs at National Geographic! He’s the man behind much of the SpinCity photo and video content. He loves rock climbing, has cycled 4500 miles from Turkey to Kyrgystan.
Specialisms: Photo and video of any subject. Aerialists – group & individuals / studio advertising / merchandise / individual performance / competitions.
Available for: Any type of filming or photography project. He’s shot for a diverse range of companies – beer, demolition, technology, rock-climbing and far more.
Profile: Daniel Rosen is the very proud owner of IFA and has been turning himself upside down and spinning round a pole since 2008.
As the current holder of one international and 12 UK championship titles, Dan is a veritable fountain of pole-related knowledge. There’s nothing he doesn’t know about spins, tricks and getting flexible.
Dan also travels extensively, teaching workshops right across the UK. He is very well known for his friendly, easy-to-understand teaching techniques and is famous within the pole industry for his signature tricks masterclass.
Dan has no previous gymnastics, ballet or any kind of dance training and is living proof that you don’t have to be a gymnast to be a good pole dancer.
Available for: Private lessons, workshops, 121 training and intensives
Profile: Edd trains and Instructs at Pure-Studios Hereford which was founded by Annie Norris. He is obsessed with interesting shapes, transitions and movement styles, and his favourite this is to just get on the hoop and spin! Edd is a cat AND a dog person.
Specialisms: Hoop and Trapeze
Available for: Performances, workshops and coaching
Profile: Emily has been pole dancing since 2006 and started teaching in 2008. She has gained a lot of experience and qualifications over her years of teaching and training, and absolutely loves helping others feel amazing about themselves. As well as teaching, Emily loves to perform and set up a well established show called Weird & Wonderful which is held yearly in Swindon, UK.
Specialisms: Pole Dance, Aerial Hoop & Aerial Silks
Available for: Bookings/enquiries for workshops or performances
Profile: Gabby trained as a professional circus artist at the National School in Paris specialising in Pair Acro.
She spent 5 years running classes, workshops, retreats and conventions, helping over 1000 students worldwide to achieve their handstand goals.
In 2017, Gabby published a book called ‘The Handstanding Yogi’ Now, she co-directs How To Handstand, providing high quality coaching for every body in the form of online courses.
Specialisms: Handstands, Partner Acrobatics (hand to hand)
Available for: Coaching, Workshops and Live Events
Gemma Lousie Rix
Profile: Gemma is an International Aerial performer who has been training and performing in Aerial arts for 7 Years. Starting her Career as a Dancer after graduating from Italia Conti in 2011 she was introduced to the Aerial world and then there was no keeping her on the ground. As well as performing Gemma has also Competed around the Country in Various Aerial and Pole Competitions. She teaches weekly classes and workshops up and down the UK but has a very firm base where her aerial teaching journey started at The Fitness Hangout in Godalming.
Specialisms: Aerial Hoop, Lollipop, Aerial Silks, Pole, Contortion/Stretch, Acrobatics, Dance.
Available for: performance work, workshops and cover classes.
Profile: Kassia Portas AKA ‘The Pole Dancing Therapist’, teaches the highest level pole dance classes at Spin City Bristol. She is a Sports Therapist and Pole Dance coach who is passionate about working with dancers to increase their strength, reduce their risk of injury and, overall, help them become a better pole dancer. Kassia runs a membership website, specialised for pole dancers, called The Online Portal. Here you can find strength and conditioning, pole dance tutorials for all levels & much more! On top of all this, Kassia also manages The Bristol Pole Championships, a friendly pole dance competition suitable for professionals and amateurs.
Specialisms: Pole Dance and Sports Therapy.
Available for: workshops, group classes and private lessons.
Profile: Lex began her pole and aerial journey in 2009 and has enjoyed learning Pole, Hoop, Trapeze, Silks and finally Sling which has remained her primary discipline since. Lex believes sling is the perfect apparatus for introducing aerials and is also challenging and dynamic enough for the most experienced of aerialist. She particularly loves dancing and discovery in the fabric including its vast ‘open fabric’ repertoire, which helps makes this discipline so unique. More recently Lex has enjoyed competing and performing and takes part in exotic pole as well as judging aerial competitions. She is a certified Liquid Motion instructor and uses this movement method not only in floor work but also transfers it into the air where it helps improve body awareness and quality of movement as well as increasing student self confidence.
Specialisms: Aerial Sling, Exotic Pole & Pole Flow and certified Liquid Motion instructor.
Available for: Workshops and private tuition for individuals and small groups
Profile: Lisa is an aerial artist, as well as a hula hooper and roller skater, based in Cornwall. Having discovered circus in 2000, teaching and performing in America, she went on to train in Bristol in 2007. Since then she has performed nationally and internationally in events, cruise ships, resorts, festivals and also a stint with a touring circus. She created and toured a circus theatre show with her company Bella Kinetica. She also teaches aerial and hula hoop to all levels of ability.
Specialisms: Silks, Aerial Hoop (solo and duo), Doubles/Triples Trapeze, Hula Hoop, Pairs Acrobatic Roller Skating
Available for: Performance, Private Classes, Workshops/Parties/Team Building Events, in Aerial or hula hoop
Profile: Owner of Cloud Aerial Arts in Manchester and founder of MAAC, the Manchester Aerial & Acrobatics Convention. Maria took up pole aged 26 and hoop a few years later, becoming a pioneer of creativity within those disciplines. With no dance background or experience she has become an expert instructor in her field, specialising in making students feel confident and happy in their classes no matter what level they are.
She opened her own studio in 2013, she hosted the first MAAC in 2016 and she has grown both ventures to gain worldwide recognition. She loves coffee, hates winter and is currently living on board a sailboat so she can sail to sunnier climates, taking her hoop and two sausage dogs with her.
Specialisms: pole and hoop
Available for: workshops, privates and event co-ordination
Website: www.cloudaerialarts.co.uk and manchesteraac.co.uk
Profile: Megan is an aerial arts perfomer and instructor based in the North West. She started her career as a dancer and travelled the world performing on cruise ships and in hotels around Europe. Megan fell in love with aerial arts after working as a dancer on a travelling circus and has not looked back. She has taught aerial arts for the last 4 years and loves to share her skills with others. Megan still enjoys performing and can be found on stages in the UK and abroad.
Specialisms: Hoop flow, creative transitions, dynamic rolls and musical interpretation.
Available for: Instruction, performance, workshops and conventions
Nadine Mireille Parkes
Profile: Nadine is a former Army Officer who has had a life long interest in fitness, she started life as an Aerobics Instructor before joining the Army where she went on to undertake a number of fitness qualifications. Nadine now works in fitness full time, she currently teaches Pole, Yoga and Functional Conditioning at Spin City Newbury and mentors Spin City’s Online Instructor Training Courses.
Specialisms: Pole, Flex and Strength
Available for: private classes in Pole, Yoga, Functional Conditioning and Strength
Profile: Nicole is an award winning aerial specialist most recently working with Cirque du Soleil on their latest creation Axel. She has performed worldwide as a freelance aerial artist at events for the Royal families of the UK, UAE, Malaysia and Belgium; at high-scale corporate galas and launches (alongside such stars as Prince, Elton John, Seal and Katherine Jenkins); at festivals (Goodwood Festival of Speed, Glastonbury and the Henley Festival); on cruise ships (Costa Cruise Line); in traditional circuses (Circus Flora, Circus Smirkus, the Zoppe Family Circus) and theatrical circus shows (Pendulum Aerial Dance), as well as performing with the world famous Cirque Du Soleil (duo corde lisse and solo aerial silks, OVO Japan tour / vertical chains and bungee trapeze, AXEL, North American Tour).
Specialisms: Aerial specialist, unicycle
Available for: performances, masterclasses, private classes, choreography and artistic direction
Profile: Rachel began her training into the circus world at Spin City Bristol, shortly followed by attending a six month circus course in London and then a three year degree at Circomedia where she gained a BA in Contemporary Circus & Physical Performance. Rachel has traveled around the UK over the past five years performing her acts and teaching workshops and masterclasses at various events and aerial studios. (She also almost always brings homemade cakes to her workshops as a little post lesson treat for the students!)
Specialisms: Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks, Tippy Hoop & Hula Hoop
Available for: Workshops, private lessons and performances
Robin De Meyere
Profile: Robin fell in love with pole in 2013 and has been teaching since 2014 – he cannot express how much the discipline has changed his life for the better and has helped him find a supportive and international community.
Robin is a certified IPSF level 2 judge, has qualified to advanced level instructor training from Spin City, has created and presided over the Oxford University Pole Sports Club after several years in the inter-university pole scene, and has won national and international titles in competitions such as Mr. Pole Fitness UK Semi-Pro and Exotic Generation (France & UK). Outside of pole, Robin is currently finishing a PhD/DPhil in Materials for Aero-Propulsion at the University of Oxford.
Specialisms: Spinning pole, heel base and edgework, flow.
Available for: Modelling, performances, judging, one-off classes.
Profile: Sally found aerial arts in her early 20s and now cannot imagine her life without it. She loves teaching and training at Spin City Newbury and is proud to be part of Team Spin City. She is known for her love of belay tricks in silks and inventive sequences.
Specialisms: Aerial Silks and Aerial Sling.
Profile: Sam first started pole classes in 2009 and fell in love with the discipline and all that came with it. She opened her pole studio, Studio Essence in 2012 and soon expanded into the aerial world in 2015 adding aerial hoop to the timetable. Sam and Studio Essence have raised over £25k for local charities by hosting an annual charity showcase, giving the opportunity for students to show off their skills to family and friends. Sam joined the Spin City Instructor training team as a tutor and assessor in 2018 and regularly hosts instructor training courses at her studio.
Specialisms: Pole, Aerial Hoop, splits and flexibility.
Available for: Pole and aerial hoop all levels, pole silks, aerial silks, flexibility, private tuition, group lessons, workshops.
Stefani Kate Fisher
Profile: Stefani started pole dancing in 2011 at Spin City Newbury and in 2012 became an instructor. She teaches all levels of pole and pole fabric at Spin City Newbury as well as assessing for Spin City Instructor Training and working on the pole bible projects. She is best known with her students for strength moves, conditioning and a love for interesting and stamina building combos.
Specialisms: Pole at all levels and Pole Fabric
Available for: Private lessons, group lessons and workshops
Profile: Steph grew up in Newbury, Berkshire before relocating to Norwich in 2016.
Steph is a professionally trained dancer who gained a First Class Honours degree at Coventry University, studying a BA (Hons) Dance Making and Performance.
Throughout her degree, Steph continued to teach students aged 3-18years. She was also fortunate enough to gain valuable experience teaching children with physical, mental and hearing disabilities.
After qualifying as a Yoga Instructor in 2014, Steph developed an interest in Aerial Yoga and Aerial Hoop. After attending regular classes, Steph trained to be an Aerial Yoga Instructor with Wild Lotus Studio in 2015. Later that year she completed her Sun & Moon Partner and Community Yoga Teacher Training. Lastly, in July 2018, she completed her Beginners Aerial Hoop Teacher Training with Spin City Aerial Fitness.
Specialisms: Dance, Yoga, Aerial Sling, Aerial Hoop & Aerial Yoga
Available for: bookings/enquiries for performances, workshops etc.
Profile: Yasmin comes from a circus family, so it seems her passion for acrobatics is in the blood! She runs a Yoga & Wellbeing studio in Wallingford, Oxfordshire called Grace & Gravity Studio. Alongside this, she teaches yoga in schools and private sessions for Aerial Yoga and Aerial Hoop. She works alongside Flying Fantastic (London) to deliver Aerial Yoga Teacher Training!
Specialisms: Aerial Yoga, Aerial Hoop, Acro, Yoga, Family & Kids Yoga.
Available for: Workshops, 1-2-1s, Parties and Aerial Yoga Teacher Training.