Hi, I’m Audrey! I’ve always been involved in some type of dance ever since I was little and fell in love with pole dancing November 2017. I always admired the grace and strength that pole dancers showcased when performing, so that’s what drove me to my first class. Truth be told, I hated my first class because I was terrible at it but it quickly became an addiction when I started seeing progress. Over the past two years, it’s become a form of therapy of me that I want to share with everyone! Pole dancing also brought me back to my love of flexibility training. I’ve come to incorporate it into my daily practice for about a year now. I love stretching and seeing different ways that my body can bend and feel. I feel like stretching is something that people always shy away from but I know that we all have a inner bendy goddess within us.
Working with children and dance have always been a passion of mine. I started dancing at the age of four and was hooked ever since. I have been trained in many styles of dance such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, pointe, clogging, and competitive dance. When I went to college, I was able to still take a few dance classes such as ballet and West African. I then stumbled upon the world of pole a couple of years after graduating, strictly out of curiosity and the fact that I really missed dancing. When I started pole dancing, I once again was immediately hooked. It was amazing that I could still use my dance background and learn new skills. I am lucky enough that I am able to teach at an elementary school and still pursue a career in dance. It's almost as if I have the best of both worlds.
Hali has been in the pole industry since 2013 and is one of the highest level pole dancers in the south east! She considers herself a bit of a pole chameleon with her floor flow and power pole styles. She’s competed and won multiple competitions and earned her professional level status in 2017.
My aerial journey started with a love and passion for the circus arts. Starting from the summer of 2015, I have trained in various acts including trick hula hooping, aerial hoop, balance acts, flying trapeze, floor acrobatics and of course clowning.
Late 2018, I followed a calling to try pole dancing and was instantly hooked with the familiarity of physics play by using myself and my actions as a bearing force of motion to create free flow and dance. The power I felt after my first spin was unmatched! With a new vision and such needed body autonomy, I finally felt like my full self.
I believe intentional movement is medicine and currently have found space to explore this with teaching kemetic pole yoga, intuitive exotic movement, chair acrobatics, deep breathing meditation, pole dance and aerial hoop.
I am currently training to build clinical bodywork certifications in Flexology, Myofascial Therapy and Assisted Stretching to better assist and heal dancers of all walks of life.
My first initiative is to always provide safe and representational space as a QTPOC.
Rhea has been poling since 2016 and started teaching in 2019. She started poling at home, learning from YouTube videos. After stepping foot in a pole fitness studio, she hasn’t been able to kick the pole addiction. She is a PSO gold medalist, and has performed all over the country.
My passion and primary hobby for the last ten years has been exercise. During these years I have explored a variety of exercise methods including weights, steel mace, intervals, bodyweight, acrobatics and animal flow, to name a few. Approximately 4 years ago I tried pole fitness and found my sport. Becoming a pole enthusiast allowed me to shift my workouts from exercise to training as I had a focus for my efforts rather than a nebulous end goal. Pole dancing is my sport because it allows me to develop the artist and the animal within myself. This gives me an outlet for expressing creativity and a fitness goal so that I have the strength and mobility to move without restrictions.
In the last few years I have become an enthusiastic student of movement and how to increase the ability to move fluidly on multiple plains utilizing a holistic approach which includes muscles, mind and nervous system.
Hiii! Dance has always found itself in my life in various ways, but I was never very athletic growing up (video game nerd), and going to the gym never worked for me because I was so unmotivated. I fell in love with pole in 2018 after taking my first intro class at a studio in Chicago, and it significantly impacted the way I view myself and others. I found that I was able to consistently express myself through movement and correct what years of bad posture had done to my back and neck. I found myself accepting and even appreciating certain aspects of my body and ways my mind works that I had previously disliked. I started understanding and resonating with people from many different walks of life, unified through the love of pole dancing. Pole has become a core passion in my life and was the missing link I needed to focus on learning to fully love who I am. There’s no amount of pole burn, muscle soreness, or frustration that could ever keep me from it. I am super excited to share that passion with you and guide you through your pole journey. I am honored to be a part of the PBA instructor family.
Alexis Hall is from Charlotte, NC, and has been dancing for more than 20 years. She began dancing in Fayetteville, NC, where she trained, traveled, and competed in multiple dance competitions. She then moved to Charlotte to receive formal ballet, jazz, and modern dance training at Charlotte Ballet Academy. She has also attended summer intensives at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and performed Panorama with Martha Graham Dance Company. Alexis is also a ballet, jazz, contemporary, and certified yoga teacher at Fuzion Force Entertainment Academy where she teaches all ages. She enjoys sharing her passion in dance with those around her, encouraging others to use dance as an escape and release from day to day stressors, and creating an environment where people can move freely with no expectations other than to enjoy themselves.
Having started pole in 2014, I have fallen in love with being able to share my experiences and passion for movement with others to help them embrace their own. The pure evolution and development that takes place whenever you allow yourself to learn and you’re surrounded by the right humans really is something unlike anything else. This is why I feel so passionate about sharing with others. In my time pole dancing I have not only educated myself and others about this art and where it comes from, but I have also explored different avenues such as performing and competing in competitions. (My heart lies with teaching, exploring, and performing). In my classes you can find me teaching a lot about mindfulness and connectivity no matter what style, dance, trick, or movement we are focusing on. I genuinely believe that pole dance is another language that we speak and we can all authentically do that in our own way. I wish to share the tools that I’ve acquired and developed over the years with you all, in hopes that you will too be able to embody pole and craft your own special language. As far as mine goes, I have blossomed into an exotic dancer with a huge love for intricate movement, flexibility, and shapes.
Justin, better known as Angel in the dance community, was born in SC and residing from Miami, FL. He is technically trained in ballet, hip hop, jazz and various modern techniques in SC, FL, NC, GA and NY. Angel has worked with various studios and high schools teaching ballet, heels, contemporary and jazz. He has, and continues, to push dancers of all levels to grow physically and mentally.
JBall, began her pole journey in December 2015. Bored with the gym and six months postpartum, she found a new way to get in shape through pole fitness and dance. With no athletic or dance background, she continues to strengthen her skills as a dedicated student of the sport ready to share her passion with others. She lives to bring her smile on stage! She has competed and placed in multiple pole competitions, performed at various showcases and loves to promote body positivity and self -love within the pole community. When JBall is not pole dancing, she is dreaming of new spin combos at her day job and enjoying life with her loving husband and two children.
Hey Everyone! My name is Whitney. I've been poling since 2014 and instructing since 2016. Pole fitness has truly empowered me and became my therapy treatment for traumatic experiences from my personal life. Dancing is my escape and my safe space to express vulnerable emotions and feelings. That turned into one of our top priorities while building PBA, creating a safe space for people to truly be themselves and allow themselves to be vulnerable in their feelings to create art. During my pole journey, I have won multiple pole fitness competitions and currently choreographing routines for other competitors. I am proud to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community and the sex work/adult entertainment industry. Training adult entertainers to have a safe and successful career is one of my passions as an instructor. I can't wait to meet you all and welcome to Pole Body & Arts!
Hi. My name is Christa! I’ve been poling since 2014 and started competing in 2017. My experience with pole started with a former co worker inviting me to an intro class and I was hooked. I’ve always had my ups and downs when it came to how I felt about my body. With pole and the network of friends I made along the way; I’ve learned to feel comfortable in my skin as well as appreciate the strength I’ve built. Now I want to give that back to others, show them that there’s beauty in strength, and when you surround yourself in an uplifting environment you’ll accomplish more than you can imagine.
My name is Olivia Carper, I live in Huntersville NC with my partner and our three children. I grew up in Western NC and have had a passion for dance my whole life and took dance classes as a child. As an adult, I felt I was too heavy to ever dance again until I found pole fitness. I wanted to start a pole studio because pole has changed my life! It has given me a community that accepted me for me and has pushed me in ways I never thought possible. At my highest weight I was over 300 pounds, when I found pole fitness I was down to 230 pounds. I took a pole class with a friend and was hooked! It helped me reach my goal weight and brought me so much joy in the process! I never dreamed that being over 40 I would be in the best physical and mental shape of my life. Pole has changed me from the inside out and I want to share that change and make it a reality for others because pole is for EVERYONE and EVERY BODY type. My goal is to have a studio that meets everyone where they are in their fitness journey and to offer a judgement free space for you to dance away your stress and reach your fitness goals.