Dance and yoga has been a form of expression and freedom for me for most of my life. I discovered pole dance in 2000 and quickly became one of the UK's first pole dance instructors, breaking boundaries while pushing this empowering – but misunderstood - dance style into mainstream gyms, such as David Lloyd, LA Fitness and Virgin.
In 2005 I co-founded London Dance Academy Studios, then created Dance Party London and in 2022 launched my own personal self-care method, Universal Movement
I have dedicated my professional life to building women's confidence and self-esteem, working alongside brands such as Stella McCartney, Adidas, Nike and Samsung.
Being a pole instructor and experience organiser is where my journey began and even after all these years I still love organising event and party planning. It’s a real joy to be involved in the excitement of your special occasion while introducing you to this fabulous world of sensual movement, teaching you the tricks of the trade and helping you bond with your crew. I wish you magical moments and fond forever memories with us here at Dance Party London.
Love & gratitude,
Anouska began her health and fitness journey in 2007 when she began studying the martial art of Wing Chun as well as training in MMA. In 2011, she became a Personal Trainer specialising in functional fitness and a martial arts student instructor. In 2016, she began pole dancing and soon became obsessed, finding that pole gave her confidence, love and respect for her body. She wants nothing more than for others to share the same experience. In 2018, she began teaching pole in London Dance Academy as well as lap dance, floorwork and twerk. She believes that learning to dance takes you on a journey to discover how strong, creative, sexy, flexible and confident you can become.
Falling in love with the power of pole before ever stepping foot into a class, Nofisa began her pole dance journey in the USA, performing for the first time in New York City. Her motto is to be yourself 'unapologetically'! As a confidence coach, Nofisa fuses belief work with sensual dance, to ensure clients not only leave feeling confident and sexy, but also empowered. What brings Nofisa the most joy is witnessing how pole dance supports an individual to unleash a power within - which they may have been unaware even existed.
Prior to pole, Miriam trained to a high level in ballet, jazz and commercial dance as a teenager. Always looking for a new challenge, she was part of a National Championships winning cheer team at university and even has experience teaching children’s ballet and trampolining. Miriam began her pole journey at London Dance Academy after growing tired of the intensely competitive dance classes and cheer team environments, and the boredom of long distance running. She found that pole completely reformed her body image and helped hugely with her anxiety and insomnia that she’d been struggling with for years. Teaching was the next natural step, and Miriam became an Xpert Pole Fitness qualified instructor in 2020. She has so enjoyed watching the progress of her beginner students to date, and still can’t believe she gets paid to lark around in 8 inch heels!
AKA Miss Twerkology, Chanelle launched her entertainment company Twerkology Nation in 2016, which achieved rapid popularity through her class at London Dance Academy. Twerkology naturally gravitates towards female empowerment, as many clients learn to embrace their body and grow their self-esteem through dance. Chanelle aims to maintain the fundamental roots of its origin through her Afro-Caribbean heritage, understanding the importance of remembering the history, roots and culture of twerk. Before the dance became heavily sexualised in the western media, it celebrated womanhood and fertility. “When I dance my ancestors move through my bones, I ascend... it's spiritual, it's healing," Chanelle says. Twerkology Nation aims to support women who have faced sexual abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues as a safe haven for them to express themselves and regain their confidence, although some men do come to the class to find their own healing.
Having begun pole dance in 2009, Steph is now certified in various pole and contortion training. She has worked in pole studios in France, Milan and Singapore, and began entering competitions in 2016. She won Pole Theatre UK (comedy-semi pro) and Pole Theatre France (classique-pro) in 2017, and was also a finalist at Pole Theatre World (2016) and the French Pole Dance Championship (2017). In 2019 she came 3rd at Exotic Generation France competition (hard category). What she loves most is to travel the world, sharing her knowledge and passion as a dance instructor and performer!
Having discovered her love of pole while working as a marketing executive, Cat combines her skills gained from burlesque and performing arts with her interest in strength training and calisthenics. Very quickly swapping a busy 9 to 5 for a career in fitness and pole dance, she hasn’t looked back since. Teaching is her first love and she fully believes that anyone can enjoy and benefit from pole – and she is committed to making pole as inclusive as possible for everyone. She also loves performing and competing, viewing everything as a new challenge and a chance to explore new styles of pole!
Multi-talented Keri is a professional performer, choreographer and teacher of burlesque, pole, chair dance, acro and aerial hoop. Keri has performed and taught her classes worldwide. Passionate about sharing the love of these confidence-building art forms, she believes no matter what your level, age, shape or size, everyone will truly feel the benefits and thoroughly enjoy these fun ways to keep fit.
Originally from Switzerland, Jackie moved to London in 2010. As a youth, she was part of a touring circus in Zurich, performing various skills. In 2015, Jackie was introduced to pole dancing, hooked on the gymnastic / acrobatic elements required. Trained intensively at London Dance Academy, Jackie qualified as an advanced pole dance instructor in 2016 and has been teaching since. She specialises in doubles pole and placed 1st with her training partner in Pole Doubles Professionals at Pole Revolution UK (2019) and 2nd place in Pole Doubles Professionals at PSO Zurich (2019).
Hailing from Italy, Carolina is a pole instructor, performer, blogger, activist and researcher. She started pole dancing in Australia in 2016, when she was doing a Masters degree in Criminology and healing from an abusive relationship. A qualified instructor since 2019, Carolina specialises in pole choreography, pole tricks, floorwork and twerk. She now has a PhD in criminology and a pole teaching career that has boomed during the pandemic, teaching online workshops and 1-1 classes to students across three continents. Carolina is also the creator of the Blogger On Pole blog, where she talks about everything pole dancing, activism, sex and mental health. Carolina performs under the name Hades, and loves hair-flicking, head rolling, split dropping and booty shaking to rock n'roll, metal or cheesy pop songs.
Sam has been working with the aerial hammock since 2012, and has featured as a guest trainer for Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Nike, and Davina McCall for Ryvita, as well as featuring in a product launch for Always Infinity and Say Aloe. Sam is autistic and hypermobile, so she understands that aerial can be daunting if you've not done it before. She promises to give you a bespoke experience to suit every body and can guarantee that you'll leave with some social media-worthy pictures!
Kerry first tried an AntiGravity Yoga class back in 2016 and “fell hook, line and hammock in love with it!” She loves that, even as a beginner, it’s possible to safely execute inversions, flips and tricks. It has helped her to improve her flexibility and strengthen her core and upper body. Eventually, she quit her corporate career to pursue teaching full time, and excels at helping students overcome their doubts and achieve things that at first seemed impossible. Kerry likes to keep her classes fun-filled yet challenging, with a focus on good technique so that you can benefit from AntiGravity Yoga’s full body fitness effects. You’ll leave her class feeling lighter and brighter, with a smile on your face.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Sophie started her artistic and athletic journey with gymnastics as a child, before falling in love with ballet at the age of 12. Sophie danced in her pointe shoes for 15 years - with 5 of them as a professional - for the Junior Besso Ballet in France, where she also taught pilates and ballet to the younger generation. Destiny took her to London, where she discovered the empowering nature of pole dance. Sophie is a multi-skilled enthusiastic teacher and a lover of aerial dance trapeze and contortion.
With an inquisitive nature and a solid sense of humour, Jenny teaches yoga at all levels and aptitudes. Sharing the beauty of yoga and its ability to edge us closer to our true nature, Jenny ensures students will feel lighter, freer, and a little bit more “yourself” by the end of each class. Urging us to shed layers of conditioning and stretch beyond who we think we are and what our body can do, Jenny’s classes are a welcome call for relaxation, surrender and gratitude.
Trained in IDTA ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, commercial and jazz genres, Isis has an array of eclectic experiences under her belt. Her extensive dance background has led her to many corners of the world such as Ibiza, Greece, and India, as well as performing alongside Lady Gaga and Kanye West on their tours. Expanding her skillset with cabaret and circus performances has resulted in her appearing on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take-Away, Celebrity Big Brother, NME Awards, as well as in a Diesel fashion campaign. As much as Isis loves to perform herself, she is equally as passionate about introducing others to the art and skill of dance.
Lindsay is a sound practitioner and yoga teacher specialising in sound baths for deep relaxation, plus inclusive Hatha flow yoga that combines meditation, movement kundalini yoga and breathwork. Suitable for all levels, Lindsay strives to make her classes as uplifting and welcoming as possible by offering variations for postures and encouraging rest when it’s required. She intends that you leave feeling rejuvenated and rested. Having spent 15 years practicing and studying a variety of yoga disciplines, Lindsay was eventually led to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Mysore in 2016. In 2019 she completed her level one and two sound healing courses with The Sound Healing Academy.
In 2012, Kim was originally introduced to yoga via her workplace. Throughout health issues and life changes, her yoga practice was the thing she always came back to for grounding, comfort and rebuilding strength. With a growing curiosity and thirst for knowledge, she undertook teacher training and qualified as a Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor in 2018. She has been sharing her passion ever since and her classes incorporate physical postures, breathing exercises, and philosophy, as well as how to integrate these practices into everyday life.
Angelo is the founder of AcroYoga Sanctuary, one of the fastest growing schools of AcroYoga in the world. He is known for creating beautiful, interesting and challenging AcroYoga flows, sharing these at his retreats, festivals, workshops and classes at home and abroad. He graced the cover of OM Yoga Magazine in 2019, and has gained a large social media following for his unique practice.
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