Irmingard discovered pole dancing about three years ago when she was bored with uninspiring options at the gym, and craved more excitement in her workout routine. She found pole dancing to be the perfect blend of fitness and art. As a former competition cheerleader, she credits pole dancing to the resurgence in her strength, endurance and flexibility. She has worked in many separate areas of the pole community including handling all publicity for the US Pole Dance Federation's West Coast Regional competition and being a regular contributor to Vertical Art and Fitness Magazine. When she is not working as a pole dancer in real life, she plays one on TV! She has appeared pole dancing in various television programs and major motion pictures such as "I Don't Know How She Does It," starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She also appeared as a pole dancer in a workshop performance written by the award-winning playwright Katori Hall. She hopes to share her love of pole dancing with women from diverse backgrounds, opening them up to the physical challenge and creative outlet this art form provides. Irmingard is a certified Xpert pole fitness instructor as well as certified in CPR and first aid by the Red Cross.
Michelle is the 2011 Pole Dance Universe champion. She also won the 2011 USPDF Amateur title as well as the PFA's Pole Drama title in 2010. She placed 4th in the prestigious Pole Art competition in Helsinki, Finland in October 2011, where she also performed with the aerial dance company, Aera. In January 2010 she won the inaugural Polesque competition with her sexy, strange, gender-bendery rendition of Leonard Coen's "Im Your Man" as her first public pole performance.
As a performer, Michelle is known for her body awareness, clean lines, extension, unique choreography, powerful movement and captivating performance quality. Her style is not just the traditional "sexy" and not just the traditional "contemporary" but an interesting blend of both. As a dancer, she has performed modern and pole dance at the Pole Convention, theaters, museums and even parks in New York City. She and her colleague Rebecca Starr were also the first premier pole dancers to present the art form at a major fashion show event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
As a teacher, Michelle is incredibly successful at fulfilling her students' needs from learning how to booty pop, finally executing the knee hold, perfecting the jade, finessing movement, fixing alignment and developing an artistry in their poling. She has taught everyone from the teenage dancer to the retiree from the United States to Europe to Scandinavia and beyond.
Michelle currently lives in New York City where she teaches pole dance and group fitness classes. In addition, she is one of the founding master trainers for the X-Pert professional pole instructor certification
Peekaboo (Pole Dance & Burlesque) started out as a classically trained modern dancer. Since then, she has applied her extensive knowledge of dance to the nightlife of New York City and Pole Dancing. She embodies classic burlesque glamour, but can't resist throwing a little seductive shock into each of her performances. She has appeared on some of America's favorite television programs, including the CW's Gossip Girl, Canada's The List and FUSE Television, and has even been featured as a special guest on Sirius' Maxim Radio.
Why should someone take your class? What is unique about you/your class?
My class is unique because it combines classic 1950s-60s burlesque movements and pole, which is something that doesn't get mixed very often. It focuses on transitions and finding your own personality while learning pole.
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Robyn (Pole Dance), as of Feb 2011, was apart of the first group to become certified in pole dance through the X-pert Pole Fitness Certification, the very first nationwide pole dance for fitness certification. What Robyn enjoys the most about pole dancing is the opportunity to express so much within, and her ability to not care about who is watching. She has taken numerous classes in New York, Maryland, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas.
When teaching I want students to understand that this is about them and no one else. When I have a student who is discouraged I always remind them that we have all had a first class or a first move that takes time to learn - just don't give up! I love watching students get closer and closer to achieving their goals. Every class we will work on a spin variation and a climb variation and learning how to transition between those moves. We will take the necessary steps to build strength while also gaining endurance also focusing on technique while putting it all together to cultivate performance skills. My series will start off by getting the students first comfortable with taking class and the pole (for most it's their first time!) and by the end my students are comfortable with where they are in their journey and hopeful of what's next to come!
People are saying...
"Robyn has a very unique & exciting teaching style. She's great with beginners and makes learning fun and easy with her awesome sense of humor and down to earth attitude." - j222
"You keep it real!! ... and crack me up doing so too. But seriously, people do need to point their feet and people really do need to pay attention and do what's assigned or a variation instead of just randomly doing their own thing. PS. your choreography rocks - unfortunately i have a memory of a gnat & can't retain =/ Thanks for being such an awesome teach Robyn!" - B.L.
Yesid (Zumba Fusion) is originally from Colombia. He has been involved with different organizations performing in Colombia, UK, Cuba, USA as a dancer and choreographer and South Korea as a choreographer-featured dancer in Latin styles with Hanwha Resort in Sokcho City. As a Colombian he has trained, instructed, danced and choreographed numerous Latin and world dance styles which he combines with a personal workout routine.
In 2006, Yesid moved to New York where he co-founded L&L Dance performing most of his repertory in different venues in the New York City Area like Winter Follies- Spoke The Hub, Steps Lab Series, PMT Seasonal Showcase, RHYTHMS, Mojito/DanceOmopolitan at Joe's Pub, Dance Tracks NYC, Dumbo Dance Festival, Bridge for Dance, Local Produce- Spoke The Hub, COOL New York and has received reviews in publications like Attitude The Dancers' Magazine, Ballet-Dance Magazine and Dance Magazine. By the fall of 2007 he joined Contemporary Baller Theatre as a Co-Artistic Director staging and choreographing The Nutcracker in collaboration with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra at the Hostos Community Center in the Bronx. He has been commisioned new works Mystic Ballet and DeMa Dance Company. Yesid has taught and danced with Ballet Hispanico of New York, has his own dance project called Yesid Lopez Contemporary Dance: The Collective, working with DeMa Dance Company as a resident choreographer and has been chosen by the WDA America for the 2010 International Young Choreographer Project in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
People are saying...
"I just discovered Zumba and I love it! Yesid, the instructor is a talented dancer and trainer. He puts you at ease right away by making the class a fun, playful environment. If you enjoy dancing and Latin music, Zumba may be for you. You'll burn calories, get a good cardio workout and use muscles all over your body but you'll hardly notice because you're having so much fun."