Natalia Tatarintseva started gymnastics when she was just four years old. In 1997, she started studying at Techno-Economic Lyceum, until the age of 13.All throughout this time, Natalia trained and competed in rhythmic gymnastics, and was awarded both champion of the city and a regional champion in her discipline. Between 2003 and 2006, Natalia Tatarintseva moved to Kiev to join a sports boarding school. It was while here she was awarded a Master of Sports in Ukraine Rhythmic Gymnastics, was 7 times Ukraine champion, and the winner of both the European and World Championships. However, in 2006, Ms Tatarintseva suffered serious injury, and was forced to return home to Dnepropetrovsk, where she finished high school and started studying at University. In 2007, Natalia Tatarintseva started to learn different dance disciplines for fun, and started to perform in some small show groups. Then in 2010, she started to teach flexibility at one dance school, and this is where she tried Pole Sport for the first time. The following year, Natalia Tatarintseva started to compete nationally, winning the People’s Choice Award for one of the competitions. In September 2011, she competed in Miss Pole Dance Ukraine 2011 and took out First Place.
Maddie is a former gymnast who has been pole dancing for seven years. Maddie's grace and physique are a source of inspiration for her students.
She is a patient and encouraging teacher, always ready to guide you through a new move.
On the rare occasion when she finds herself with both feet on the ground, Maddie keeps herself busy by designing and making incredible sparkly costumes.
Maddie came third in Miss Pole Dance Australia NSW this year! Maddie thinks about pole dancing ever waking minute and loves sharing her passion with pole dancers across the world. She can't wait for her next tour where she will be coming to visit the girls from RAD in May.
Maggie Ann, from Central Massachusetts, has been involved in athletics throughout her entire youth.
In 2011, Maggie sought to expand from a foundation of Cross training and advanced Calisthenic conditioning to an expressive art form of precision, strength, grace, and beauty, and began enrollment in the art pole dancing.
In 2012, Maggie went from star pupil to lead instructor, and in that same year, avid competitor.
Her determination, forward thinking, and thorough teachings have earned her a loyal student and fan base resulting in the 2013 opening and co-ownership of Escape Aerial Arts studio, where she continues to expand on all practices of the aerial arts, today.
Owner of Nashville’s The Chrome Bar pole dance studio, Alethea is the creator and director of Live Dancing Girls : A Pole Dance Revue. A former US pole dance champion and visual artist, Alethea brings her creative expertise on and off the stage to create a show packed with stunning visuals, great music, and unforgettable performances. Alethea is as driven to build a brand off the raw, gritty and powerful pole performances she is famous for as she is down to earth about her small town upbringing; making her an incredibly personable yet savvy business woman who's next moves you’ll want to follow.
In addition to a line of pole dance fitness and stretching Dvds, Alethea has spent the last 4 years traveling booking appearances as a featured performer, instructor, vendor and judge at major national and international pole dance events. To date she has instructed dance workshops in her Sexy Flexy style at over 300 studios in 36 different countries and throughout the world.
Felicity is an international pole artist who is best known for her sexy mesmerising shows as well as her extreme flexibility. Felicity has no previous background in anything sport or dance related but a strong determination and passion has got her very far. Felicity’s titles include miss pole dance UK first runner up 2012/2013, Miss pole Scotland elite category 1st place and also was a world pole dance finalist. She currently lives in London where she performs and is the main contortion teacher at Ecole de pole. Felicity has travelled the world pole dancing.
Alex Shchukin is pole dancer from Ukraine. He is professional choreographer, who worked for many TV shows and international commercials, the break dancer in his past, and the circus studio owner. Hard to believe, but Alex started his pole dancing career only two years ago, but already has 7 world championships medals! In one year he managed to win both - the Sorrt World championship (two of them, to be exact) and the Best Showman one (Mr Pole Dance World). His style is the unique mixture of extreme tricks (he still is the only one who can do the forward flip from regular pole), dance and story telling. Alex believes that pole dance is an amazing sport for all men - it keeps the body fit, it gives proper strength and you are always surrounded by beautiful women!
APFC International (Australia) Winner (2013)
IPSF World Championship (UK) Winner
Mr Pole Dance (Australia) Winner (2013)
IPC (Singapore) Pole Fit Champion
Pole Art Cup (Poland) runner-up
World Pole Dance (Switzerland) second runner-up (2012)
IPSF World Championship (UK) second runner-up
International Judge (also certified by IPSF)
Pole Theatre UK choreographer
"Star's Academy", "Show number 1", "Ukraine Doesn't Believe in Tears" choreographer (2009)
KFC, Orbit, McDonalds, MTC mobile, Slavutyvh Beer commercials choreographer
"So You Think You Can Dance - Ukraine" finalist (2009)
Kira started pole dancing five years ago, inspired by her coach, and now a friend and colleague - Julia Irinina.
Kira believes that pole dancing is an art accessible to everyone. So she got involved in pole dancing, because it does not matter what your background is, and whether you have it at all, but you can still make beautiful and interesting elements, achieve something every day, dance in your own style, whatever makes you feel comfortable and have fun. So initially without having flexibility and strength, you can emphasize on musical execution of available elements, combining them, and later proceed to more extreme tricks, which basically require courage and imagination. On the other hand the desire to do a certain trick makes you work on your flaws, it tempers your character. In this way her dance style and life style was born.
Now Kira is traveling a lot for championships and workshops, but is always happy to go home to her beloved team and students.
Kira always trained with team Trash, whose principle is not "train with the strongest" but "make each other stronger," "when we are together, unattainable is attainable"!
Kira is a featured instructor on the premium online pole dance school "Open Dance Academy".
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Mandy Fragkiadaki was born in 1988 in Athens, Greece. Since childhood, Mandy has been involved in various sporting activities such as gymnastics, tennis, climbing, swimming, water skiing and alpine skiing. She devoted herself to competitive sailing for 8 years, winning 5 consecutive Greek Championships and finishing in the 5th position in the 2007 European Championship in Turkey. She also worked with children, as a sailing coach, for two years.
In 2010, she started pole dancing at home when she bought her own pole. She followed classes for about 4 months and soon she was offered a teaching post in a, by that time, new dancing school where she taught for a year. After that, she continues to be a pole dancing teacher, on a freelance basis. Since the end of 2010, she offers private classes in small groups in her own studio in Athens.
Moreover, through pole dancing she discovered her inclination to choreography. For Mandy, choreography is a great challenge while she fully understands the need for a part that each dancer needs to play in a performance. In 2012-present, she worked at the downtown famous bar-restaurant “Shamone” in Athens where she held a weekly artistic pole show.
In 2013 she was invited to perform in the “Rad Polewear” event, Athens. The same year she won sponsorship and she is now one of the brand ambassadors of the same top-selling Greek brand (“Rad Polewear”).
In November 2013 she represented Greece for the first time in Pole Art Cyprus where she competed in professional category.
In February 9th, 2014 she won the title of the first runner up of Greek pole dance championship organised for the first time by Rad polewear.
For Mandy, pole dancing is a way of life and her aspiration is to reach top level.
Beyond pole dancing, Mandy is an undergraduate student at the Dietetics & Nutritional Science Department of the Harokopio University of Athens and firmly believes that proper nutrition is directly related to artists and athletes who deal with demanding sporting and dancing activity like pole dancing.
Greek Pole Dancing Champion 2015
Artemis Anagnostou (Art Pole) was born in Athens, Greece in 1988.
At the age of 12 she took an interest in gymnastics and trained for five years.
In 2010 she began pole dancing and a year later she was offered a place as instructor.
In 2014 she competed in the first Greek Pole Dancing Championship, where she took the fourth place.
Art Pole creates her own routines and along with her pole dancing training she works on her flexibility, calisthenics and contemporary skills.
We met Elena & Fenia Tsikitikou at «So you think you can dance», where Elena was the big winner of the show and Fenia was in the final four. In 2010 they graduated with honours from the Higher Professional Dance School "Andromache Kafantari" and soon afterwards moved to London to continue their studies at masters degree, in the Modern and Contemporary dance at Trinity Laban initially and afterwards at the London Contemporary Dance School .
Fenia, after completing her first degree in Trinity Laban, began working as a professional dancer and gave many performances around the world, from Italy to North Korea, working with renowned dance companies. In 2013-2014 she was one of the main roles in the famous musical West Side Story, which toured throughout the United Kingdom and gave 250 performances.
Elena made two more master degreed at London Contemporary Dance School, specializing in choreography and performance of contemporary dance. In her second master she was a member of the dance group Edge, working with some of the most renowned choreographers in England (Trisha Brown, Ben Wright, Yael Flexer) and toured various cities in England and in other international destinations including Israel, Portugal Austria and Italy. Elena & Fenia, during their stay in England worked with renowned choreographers and professional dancers and participated in numerous art events, from music videos to fashion shows.
In recent years the two girls divide their time between Greece and abroad, as their professional obligations require their presence in both. In November 2014 they did the official opening of TedX Athens 2014 with a choreography of their own inspiration and directed by themselves. The first two months of 2015 they collaborated with the Social Anthropology department of the University of Birmingham and created the short film «Blind», a work which aimed to portray through movement the daily life of a blind person. At the same time they create and present their own choreographed works in various Club Theaters in Greece and abroad, doing fitness modeling and began collaborating with leading Greek domestic showbiz stars like Sakis Rouvas and Onirama, dancing in their shows. Generally, they travel all the time due to their continuous artistic pursuits, but it is something that they love and find fulfilling.
Anna-Maija comes originally from Finland but lives currently in Stockholm Sweden where she also teaches at North Pole Studio and performs with Aerialism – The Company.
Having a background in competitive cheerleading Anna-Maija discovered pole dance in February 2012. Sooner than she realized, pole dance had given her life a new direction and taken her on a very exciting journey.
After one year of pole dancing she performed for the first time winning the amateur category in the Battle of the Pole 2013 and only 10 months later she became the Swedish Pole Dance Champion. She spent the whole February 2014 performing in Macau, China, which was her biggest pole adventure by far.
Her determination and dedication to training stems from true passion for pole and she loves to share her passion with pole students and fellow dancers all around the world!
Yvonne was introduced to poledance in 2011 and not a single day has gone by without her training (or thinking about training) on the pole! Originating from the wallclimbing scene, she immediately fell in love with the physical challenge poledance gives her. Yvonne is the Dutch Pole Champion 2014 (after succesuflly defending her title) and was a finalist on the Dutch TV Show 'Everybody Dance Now'. She owns a poledancing school in the Netherlands, Vertical Balance, where she teaches men, women and kids the art of pole.
As an avid Dance fan since she was 7, Amandine discovered Pole Dance in 2011, and it was a life changer. Mentored by three complementary teachers, Laurence Hilsum, Manuela Carneiro and Keem S-Martinez, Amandine is quick to learn, and is rapidly at ease, always wanting more.
July 2012: vice Champion of the Choreographed Pole Dance contest organized by Laurence Hilsum. January 2013: 5th in the artistic Pole Dancing Show organized by Ovale Lune in Montelimar. July 2013: 8th finalist at Pole Dance Cup in Warsaw. November 2013: 5th place at Pole Art Cyprus.
Amandine loves to focus on the Musicality, as the artistic side is extremely important to her.
Vane Lunática is a multitalented artist from Canary Islands, Spain. She is pole dancer, sinchronyzed swimmer, contemporary dancer and aerial circus performer (silks, hoop and vertical dance). In her career as aerial performer she worked in Spain, Italy, Dubai and Lebanon. Some of her professional experiences goes from aerealist in the famous Spanish musical "Hoy no me puedo levantar", Fura dels Baus, Deambulants, B-612, Delrevés and her own circus company, Circodedos, where she produced and created her own shows, mixing theater, circus and contemporary dance.
She won the Spanish Pole Sport Championship 2013 and the Pole Dance Cup 2013, as the best artist. Actually she is teaching at Milan Pole Dance Studio, doing workshops around the world and creating her own shows mixing theater and pole. Her last creation "Anhelía", a deep story about women and freedom, is finalist in the theater contest Talent Madrid 2014.