Cassandra (Boss Lady)
MINI BIO: Cassandra is the owner of Pole Fanatics and has been dancing ever since she was old enough to move her feet. She has trained in almost all styles of dance, her biggest love being for hip hop until she found pole back in 2003. She became a latin ballroom dance teacher by day and nightclub freestyle podium dancer by night after graduating high school then started Pole Fanatics in 2006. She has performed on stage with many international music acts both here in Australia and overseas and still keeps up her love for the stage as a principal dancer in the Australian Michael Jackson Tribute Show.
STRENGTHS: Strength itself is Cassandras biggest hand in aerials and she shares her secrets to all over awesome muscles in her additional fitness classes, Pole Fit and Booty Camp.
FAVOURITE THINGS: Adventures, Laughing, Halloween & Bed Time
Clare (aka Gumby)
MINI BIO: Clares whole life has been dedicated to the arts of any form! She took countless dance classes during her schooling before finally being set free to study full time dance, join a cover band as a singer, perform in many plays, become a member of a burlesque troupe, dance the night away as a podium dancer and of course, teach at Pole Fanatics. Whilst Clare has since slowed down on performing in every circuit in Melbourne since starting a family, she still works in theatre, is doing her PHD in the arts and just completed an intensive 1 year course studying pilates.
STRENGTHS: We call Clare Gumby because it sometimes seems like she has no bones at all! Her stretchiness is incredible and allows her to pull off moves most of us will only get to dream about doing.
FAVOURITE THINGS: Funny Conversations, Surprises, Good Coffee and British Blue Cats
Maria (Burlesque Ballerina)
MINI BIO: Maria is originally from California where she went to University to do her Bachelors in Dance and work the audition scene, landing dancing and acting jobs alongside many of the famous choreographers and actors in Los Angeles. When she moved to Melbourne, she took an immediate liking to burlesque, contortion, acrobatics and pole dancing to add to her already busy dance resume. Maria keeps up her passion for all things dance at her own dance studio, 8 Count Dance, just around the corner from our studio and is also just recently a first time mum!
STRENGTHS: Flexibility and grace are Maria’s strong suit in aerials and you can check it out for yourself in one of her Spin Pole or Kids Aerials classes.
FAVOURITE THINGS: Romance, Handstands, Her Friends and the Colour Pink
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Laura (A Mermaid Stuck in a Human Body)
MINI BIO: Laura was fresh out of studying 3 years of full time dance in jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary when she started pole training and was a natural at it. Her years of experience teaching kids dance classes and performing as a Melbourne Storm Cheerleader translated perfectly into the world of teaching aerial fitness. We are very lucky to have Laura as she is often overseas sharing her talents. Whether it be doing 2 weeks of intensive workshops with world famous choreographers in LA or performing in a stage show with a world wide cast of dancers in Turkey, Laura loves dancing her way around the globe.
STRENGTHS: Acrobatics is where Laura really shines from the rest of our team! Where others might be scared to flip, tumble or drop, Laura can make it look easy.
FAVOURITE THINGS: Summer Time, The Beach, Playsuits and Glitter
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Kylie (Aerial All Star)
MINI BIO: Kylie has just had her very first baby and is already back in the studio teaching classes just 5 weeks after giving birth! You just can not keep her feet on the ground no matter how hard you try! Kylie also is the creator of Miss Lyra Australia, The Australian Aerial Awards and runs The Miss Pole Dance Victoria show. On top of all of this, she is also a well known Melbourne DJ, KC Lily. You can hear plenty of her music in our studio being played for warm ups, through out our additional fitness classes and all through Show Case season!
STRENGTHS: With all of her additional aerial training, Kylie can pick up new skills on the pole at lightning speed with her awesome muscle awareness and understanding of how moves are broken down.
FAVOURITE THINGS: Motorbikes, Fireworks, Zombies & Unicorns
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