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Karley Cottrell

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Karley Cottrell

Karley Cottrell is the owner of Polecats Aerial Fitness in Las Vegas. She was a competitive dancer in high school and college and continues to train in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Showgirl. In 2007 she began a career as a personal trainer and worked as a fitness manager for 5 years. She started taking lessons in pole dance fitness in 2008 and added aerial silks and aerial hoop shortly after. After moving to Las Vegas in 2012 she opened Polecats Aerial Fitness. As an aerial instructor and performer she has had the privilege of performing at the Bellagio, the Aria, for the History channel, at Comic Con, Star Wars Day, Brooklyn Bowl, and much more. She loves her family, her students, to travel, and her dog (assistant studio manager) David. Karley is very proud to be an XPERT Master Trainer and is excited to help bring aerial fitness into mainstream fitness.

Torwa Joe

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Torwa Joe

Torwa Joe’s  journey in fitness began at 18 years old when she  became AFAA certified and started teaching Hip Hop Aerobics at a local Atlanta Gym. Since then she  has completed numerous trainings such as: BOSU, Resist-Ball, Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Indoor Cycling, Water Aerobics & more.

She has taught at various studios and fitness centers such as Florida A & M University, Tallahassee Community College, LA Fitness, Ladies Workout Express, Southwest YMCA, to name a few.

Joe took on her first fitness leadership role as Bally Total Fitness Aerobics director in 2005 and has been a leader in fitness ever since. She has been featured on various networks such as The Real Housewives Of Atlanta, The Braxton Family Values and CBS News showcasing unique styles of fitness.

Tara Meyer

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Tara Meyer

Tara Meyer is an 8x International Pole Champion, including the 2018 OG Olympia Champion, & Pole Artist for Cirque Du Soleil!

She has studied dance for 26 years, training at several elite ballet & dance schools, around the world, and upon graduation, was named Canadian Female Dancer of the Year.

While Tara continues to travel the world teaching, judging and performing; she is also the proud owner of VogueFit, studio in Canada.

Jen Bramble

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Jen Bramble

Jen Bramble has won many awards for her professionalism and quality training over the years including 1st Place Female Bodybuilder 1997, voted in her hometown as Best Personal Trainer (3 consecutive years), Best Local Coach Runner-up (2 years), Best Yoga Instructor, Best Place to Workout, Best Place for Pole Fitness and Best Place for Kickboxing to name a few. Since opening Club B-FIT, Jen has produced numerous dance & fitness productions in her area mostly on behalf of black tie fundraisers that support local non-profits raising millions for their cause. Jen is proud to have also had the privilege to mentor more than a handful of young and inspiring women find their passion and drive over the past 10 years. Jens passion for fitness is worn on her sleeve and she looks forward to the future of all things fitness as it continues to evolve and develop creative approaches to inspiring humans everywhere to B-FIT!

Claire Stringer

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Claire Stringer

Clare has been dancing for 19 years, has studied dance, exercise to music and has been teaching Pole Fitness for 8 years. With a degree in Business Management, in 2009 she decided to merge her love for dance with her business skills and began building her own dance school. Clare now runs her Aerial Fitness Studio where she teaches Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Silks and Anti Gravity Yoga.

Clare loves to dance and gets the great satisfaction from teaching people and watching them perform! Her aim is to ensure everyone can learn and progress in a safe and comfortable environment. Claire has recently entered her first competitions and won Exotic Generation UK New Face in 2019.

Yobanna Fahmery

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Yobanna Fahmery

Yobanna is the owner of My Gravity Fitness & Dance in London. She opened the school in 2013 and runs classes full time, including pole dancing, aerial hoop, aerial silk, aerial hammock and a variety of fitness classes.

In 2007 Yobanna discovered pole dancing and was instantly addicted to all things up side down.  She started teaching pole and aerial in 2012.

Yobanna grew up loving all sports, particularly excelling in martial arts where she competed and won national titles. As an adult she Joined the London Fire Brigade and was a London Firefighter for 13 years.

Yobanna loves being an X-pert trainer as it gives her the opportunity to share her passion for teaching all things Aerial as well as teaching future instructors the amazing  X-pert certifications.

Yobanna loves to perform and occasionally compete.  She became KPC professional winner 2018.

Chloe Anderson

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Chloe Anderson

Chloe has been pole dancing for almost 10 years, She is best known for her low flow and static tricks.. Chloe is the owner of The Pole Lab.

As well as owning her own studio and teaching full time. Chloe also teaches workshops and performs regularly around the UK. In her years competing she has gained some national titles, including:

  • Sponsors Choice Ukppc elite 2018
  • Winner Ukppc pro 2017
  • IPAAT runner up 2018 Champions Category
  • Runner up and best tricks KPC 2016
  • Winner IPAAT Expert 2014

Chloe feels honoured to be an x-pert trainer and has been working for xpert since January 2018.

Kristina Walker

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Kristina Walker

Kristina is the owner of Phases Dance and Fitness Studio where she teaches pole and aerial classes in Margate, Kent.  Her background is in many styles of dance and gymnastics so making the switch to pole and aerial was a natural progression.  She began teaching in 2010 as well as competing in which she now specialises in doubles with her sister.  Besides this Kristina is also the organiser of the Kent Pole Championships, a registered and practicing osteopath and more recently she has become a mum to the sweetest baby girl.

Amy Williams

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Amy Williams

Amy has been teaching Pole, fitness, ballet, aerial and yoga class for the last 10 years and has run a successful studio for most of that time.

Amy has a huge passion for dance and the aerial arts, although her true love lies in teaching, coaching and educating others. She is also a biomechanics coach and personal trainer and is a specialist with injuries and flexibility.

Amy is also a competitive pole dancer and has achieved a number of titles over the years.

Amy loves sharing her passions for the aerial arts and education and so being an Xpert Trainer combined both of her loves!

In march 2011 Amy had her daughter Analita, and shortly after went into competing with her classical and elegant style….

In 2018 Amy married her fiancé Nathaniel on say Yes to the Vegas Dress on the one and only Zumanity Stage in Las Vegas.

Hannah Nicholls

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Hannah Nicholls

Hannah is the owner of Pink Kitten Dance School in Bristol where she teaches a wide variety of classes including pole, silks, aerial hoop, aerial yoga and flexibility. She took her first pole dance class in 2005 and began teaching a few years after. Her new found passion for flying around on a pole lead her to train in aerial silks, hoop and corde lisse. In 2012 having taught classes in function rooms, nightclubs and gyms she opened her first studio space, since then Pink Kitten has gone from strength to strength and now occupies 4 studios teaching over 400 students. Hannah loves teaching and watching all her students progress and grow in both strength and confidence. Proud to be invited to work for Xpert in 2018 she is excited to train the next generation of instructors.

Leah Clarke

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Leah Clarke

Leah Rose is an international instructor, performer and judge and also owns her  own pole studio Chrome Roses Pole Dance which is based in Cardiff.

Leah has appeared on Lad Bible, Channel 4, BBC and the Mirror and has won several major titles in national & international competitions over the years.

As an XPERT Trainer and a competitive pole dancer, Leah has an insight into all styles of pole. Even though she is known for her slinky fusion Leah understands the importance of the science behind each move and uses this knowledge for students to be able to progress and develop safely.

She has a strong interest in flexibility and mobility training and has recently been certified as a Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist.

Franzi Giehl

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Franzi Giehl

Franzi started pole dancing five years ago with no previous dance or athletics background. She’s the owner of VerticalArts Aerial Fitness in Stuttgart, Germany since 2013 and also runs the VerticalArts Show, which is an international artistic showcase for all aerial disciplines. Franzi is a qualified gym instructor, pole, aerial hoop and aerial yoga instructor as well as a biomechanics trainer and a functional trainer. In 2014 she was a finalist of the German pole sports championships in the professional category. Franzi has had a little break after her having her first child, but is now back teaching XPERT Fitness.

Jazzy Kuhne

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Jazzy Kuhne

As a teenager, Jazzy danced in a hip hop crew and attended the Swiss Championship twice, dancing was always Jazzys passion and gave her the opportunity to express herself through music and movement.

In 2009, she saw the German Pole Dance Championships and decided, to start with this sensual and artistic dance. The strength, elegance and femininity kept Jazzy on the pole ever since. Jazzy did her first trainer education in 2010 and started to teach beginners. Through teaching Pole Dancing Jazzy found her love for strength training and to help people getting healthy through nutrition and fitness. After making receiving her diplomas she now works as a personal- and lifestyle coach at D&R Performance in Lucerne, Switzerland next to teaching Pole Dancing at Gravity Arts and Pole Dance Luzern.

Working for XPERT enables her to combine her love for pole and health through making better instructors that teach pole safe and efficiently. Jazzy also enjoys performing and is a regular competitor, judge and guest performer at many events.

Mona Arbinger

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Mona Arbinger

Mona’s path in the fitness sector started in 2001 with her first Aerobic-Instructor Education. She did and still does numerous educations in Aerobics and Fitness and worked for well-known Fitness-Studios in Vienna and Lower Austria.

In 2009 Mona fell in love with pole.  During that time, there were no Pole dance-Studios or classes offered in Austria. With the intention of learning pole dance for herself she took her first Pole dance-Instructor Education in Germany. As pole dance was brand-new in Austria, she started immediately teaching and opened in 2010 her studio which has grown to 3 locations. From 2012-2014 Mona taught instructor-courses for another company until she started in 2014 working for XPERT.

Mona competed in several competitions. She placed first in Miss Aerial Pole Austria 2010, Pole Fitness Hungarian Open 2012, Miss Pole dance Austria 2013, Miss Pole dance Austria 2015 (Doubles). Finalist at World Pole dance Championship 2014 and Best Entertainer at Miss Pole dance Austria 2014.

Jakub Kolasa

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Jakub Kolasa

Jakub been pole dancing since 2012 with a 6 year background in competitive Latin Ballroom and Contemporary Dance. This experience has helped develop his unique, eye-catching style and choreography skills the pole world was quick to fall in love with. After earning a degree in Business Management he quickly realised office work was not for him and decided to devote himself entirely to pole by opening his own studio. Starting with Pole Sports and Art , Jakub eventually decided to strap on a pair of heels and venture into the world of Exotic Pole in 2016, which he has taken by storm and is currently best known for! Jakub has been a working Pole Instructor since 2013 and has been travelling internationally with his workshops since 2014.

His love of performing has earned him several prestigious international titles, including:

  • Exotic Generation ’19 Male Division Winner & Overall Professional Champion
  • Felix Cane Championships ’16 Runner-Up
  • European Pole Art Champion
  • 3x National Pole Sports Champion

Jakub is known for his charisma, patience, in-depth teaching style and amazing routines, which students go absolutely crazy for!

Lisa D

Lisa D is a multi-award-winning pole dancer with over a decade’s experience as an instructor, competitor, judge and coach. She is a Pilates instructor, holds a Cert IV in fitness and is passionate about safe instruction. Lisa’s reputation as a knowledgeable and engaging instructor has seen her in demand to teach specialist pole workshops around the world, including all over Australia and in Japan, Austria, Germany, Poland, New Zealand, England, and on numerous camps and cruises. She frequently sits on the judging panels of state, national, and international events and has judged over 1000 routines. Lisa is Co-Director PoleSphere, an online learning platform for the pole industry, an X-Pole ambassador and a Paradise Chick ambassador and regards safe, qualified instruction as one of the most important cornerstones of our industry. She is overjoyed to be an XPERT trainer and looks forward to continuing to spread the message of quality instruction worldwide.

Andrea Ryff

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Andrea Ryff

Andrea is a Sydney based professional pole dancer, studio owner & instructor with over 25 years experience in the fitness industry and 10yrs in the pole industry.

She is also an X-Pole Ambassador. In 2014 Andrea won the Australian Pole Championships in 2014, and recently in 2018 won the prestigious title of International Ultimate Pole Champion. She has represented Australia Internationally on many occasions.

Andrea has earned a respected global reputation as a pole dancer, competitor, instructor & judge and is known for her strength & grace style. With an extensive background in gymnastics, dance, sportive aerobics and the fitness industry Andrea is an expert when it comes to coaching & spotting techniques. She’s extremely passionate with her teaching style and loves seeing people achieve their goals.

National and international titles:

  • 2014 Australian Pole Champion Professional Champion
  • 2014 Pole Theatre South Africa Pole Art Champion
  • 2015 Arnold Classic Professional Women 1st Runner up
  • 2015 UK Elite Open Women Champion
  • 2015 World Pole Sports Championships 5th place
  • 2015 International Pole Championships Pole Art Champion
  • 2016 Pole Art Spain Champion
  • 2017 World Pole Art Championships Elite Women top 10
  • 2018 IPC Ultimate Pole Champion

Karry Summers

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Karry Summers

Karry Summers has been on the pole scene since 2009 where she competed in UK Amateur Pole Performer, winning her very first title. Since then Karry has gone on to open Altitude Pole, NZ’s biggest pole, aerial and fitness studio and competed throughout NZ and internationally. Winning titles such as Miss Pole Queen NZ, Miss Pole Dance NZ, the very first Australian Pole Theatre competition, and the Australian Pole Championship series. A qualified group fitness instructor and sports nutrition specialist, Karry enjoys working with pole studio owners and instructors throughout the industry.

Vanessa Bagge

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Vanessa Bagge

Vanessa started her pole journey back in 2012, as an alternative to the regular fitness regimes, and fell in love. After attending many classes and learning as much as she could she qualified to teach pole in January 2015 and has not looked back since. Originally a fashion buyer, after Vanessa had her son she decided to pursue a career in Pole and Aerial and began working for XPERT as part of the administration team and also teaching at Herts Dance & Fitness and IFA Pole & Aerial.; and then progressed on to become an XPERT trainer.

Vanessa is now a competitive pole dancer, best known for her flowy tricks and transitions. Her passion lays in teaching and bringing out the very best in her students, as well as passing on her knowledge she has gained over the years.

Vanessa is multi-disciplined and teaches pole, silks, hoop, flexibility and children’s pole and aerial.

Brittny Ravotti

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Brittny Ravotti

Brittny Ravotti is a dedicated teacher of various forms of fitness and dance.

Discovering a natural knack for pole in 2009 she immediately booked every spare moment at the studio. 

Outgrowing her studio she trained with Fawnia Mondey completing her first dance certification in 2010. From there she was off! Obtaining teaching certifications through NESTA, FlyGym and Liquid Motion before being asked aboard by XPERT. Continuing education is important and she’s looking forward to completing her RYT 200-hour this February in Peru.

Obsessed with body awareness since childhood Brittny delightfully applied self taught movement to yoga starting in 2007. She credits yoga for her transition into healthy living. Once discovering pole dancing though, yoga almost went out the window.

Students know her class to be dense with technique, expect endless cues with meticulous breakdown. Being known for extreme fluidity landed her a first paid performance in 2012 at the birthday party of reality TV show winner Jenna Morasca of Survivor. Brittny’s also enjoyed performing in Pittsburgh through the years at art shows.

When she isn’t glued to a pole, her love of hiking mountains transcends her aversion to walking. She loves travel, Burning Man, enjoys volunteer work and is okay with loving her dog a little too much. 

Brittny joined the XPERT team as a Master Trainer at the International Pole Convention in 2019 and intends to teach until her walker obstructs the way. She currently teaches at Fitness Envi near her hometown in PA and travels the US to certify teachers in the XPERT program.