Albany

Instructors

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Rhi

Co-Owner, General Manager & Instructor

2018 Pole Stars 1st Runner up and 2019 Miss Pole Queen Amateur category winner. Rhi has a passion for pole which she loves getting to share with her students. The most rewarding part of working for Altitude is getting to see your students grow and progress.

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Michelle

Studio Manager & Instructor

Also known as Miss Shell on stage, Michelle has a passion for performing and competing, taking the title of NZAPP Auckland Open Winner in 2020 and 2nd place at Pole Artistry Grand Masters Semi - Pro division in 2020. Michelle finds being a part of the Altitude team super rewarding and is so grateful to get to help her students in their journeys. Outside of pole, she loves sewing, hanging with her pups and eating McDonalds

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Celeste

Instructor

Celeste’s passion for pole dancing started in May 2018. Absolutely fell in love after the first class, and never looked back. One of those totally unexpected kind of loves! She loves the strength, power and confidence pole brings. An overall caring happy soul, and loves to share her passion and love for pole and flowy moves… hair flicks and pointy toes is an absolute favourite.
Celeste has progressed in her confidence, strength and flow, absolutely adoring the constant feeling of success and the overall lovingly close community the Altitude family shares. She loves to help students find their own passion and enjoys watching the progression of their pole journey

She is mostly known for her obsession with giraffes but more importantly her doggo child Cooper, which no doubt she will tell you all about!

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Emma S

Instructor

Starting as a student at Takapuna, pole quickly became my happy place. I found a new passion for flexibility & I love being challenged with a crazy flexi trick. Student showcase is always a highlight of my year as I love seeing everyone’s unique styles & the results of everyone’s hard work. Outside of pole I’m currently studying Biology with a focus on conservation & I’m a Mum to 3 bunnies, 2 rats, a cat, a dog & a frog. I also love cooking & experimenting with crazy foods. I’m so excited to share my passion for pole and watch students grow.

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Anika

Instructor

Anika came to New Zealand for the first time in 2018 as a Backpacker and fell instantly in love with the country. She has always loved Fitness of any kind and has literally tried anything you can think of from vaulting, soccer, volleyball, athletics and to her absolute favourite (thanks to Altitude) pole dancing.
Anika loves how you can be in an absolutely terrible mood but as soon as you arrive at the studio and you see all the friends faces it doesn’t matter anymore. She also feels stronger than ever and more confident about herself and her body.
It’s the highlight of Anika's day when she gets to the studio and can stretch, pole, or dance everything away that’s stressing her out.

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Elise

Instructor

Elise has spent her life dancing, taking ballet and jazz lessons from the age of five. She started poling in 2016 and joined the Altitude family as a student in 2020. For her, pole allows expression and creativity when performing in competitions and showcases, but builds strength in ways that many other forms of dance don’t. One of her favourite things about instructing is seeing the passion ignite in new students after their first few lessons and as they join the vibrant pole community. Outside of pole she invents new treats as a food technologist, loves painting and is a proud aunty.

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Sarah Barr

Co-Owner

Sarah is the epitome of grace and strength. Starting pole in 2009 with Altitude Pole, Sarah is a regular to the professional and competitive stage. Most recently she won the strength award in NZ Pole Legends 2017 and was the winner of the Trickstar category of Pole Stars 2017. Fitness, health, well being and pole are her obsessions and she just loves to share the knowledge she has in these fields.

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Cherie

Client Care Manager & Instructor

Cherie has been a student at Altitude for many years and after initially starting as a way to focus on herself, her goals have grown to help others do the same. "I am so passionate about the mental health benefits I've gained through pole and am excited to help others achieve their own success in whatever way that means for them! Finding confidence, community or smashing goals your never even dreamed of - I love that it's all possible with the right support and commitment found at Altitude. I am so excited to share my love for pole and flexibility with our students so that they too can feel empowered every time they walk through the door."

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Amy R

Instructor

Coming to us from across the word, Amy is an American Pole Dancer who has 8 years of pole dance, 7 years of performance, and 6 years of teaching experience to bring to the table. Performing under the stage name "The Pole Comedian, some of her accolades include being the current reigning North American Showgirl Grand Champion and Stage Rockstar, Curator and Featured Performer for the International Pole Convention, Season 12 Contestant on America's Got Talent, and being an International Certified Judge for the World Pole Sports and Arts Federation. 

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Marie

Instructor

Previously instructing at out sister studio in Takapuna, Marie joins our Altitude Albany team with a specialty in flow and movement. She is super encouraging and supportive of her students and just loves to see them blossom & reach their potential

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Claire

Instructor

Claire has been a member of Altitude for many years & is super excited to finally become a member of the teaching team. After actively avoiding all forms of exercise for the first 18 years of her life she finally realised that having fun is the best way to trick yourself into getting fit, which is why you'll find her cutting shapes on a pole, running around on a soccer field, hiking, or climbing up a rock wall in her free time. She cannot wait to help her students have fun & get strong.

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Amy W

Instructor

Amy started pole dancing four years ago after wanting to do something different from the gym. She was always amazed by the moves pole dancers did and decided to take the plunge and sign up to Altitude, and hasn't looked back. While she started off a lover of static tricks, she really enjoys flow and spin at the moment. Amy loves the practical side of pole, talking about what muscles you use and engage while dancing. She has had many sports injuries unrelated to pole over the years, and takes pride in pole being a safe place for herself and others to keep a fit and active lifestyle. In the words of her mum "Use it or lose it". Her favourite part of teaching is seeing students nail moves for the first time and the confidence they get.

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Karry

Co-Owner

Karry Summers is an internationally ranked pole dancer who teaches all over the world. She has been pole dancing since 2008 and is the current Miss Pole Dance NZ, 2013 Australian Pole Theatre Champion and runner up in the 2nd Pole World Cup. Based in Christchurch, Karry travels to Auckland to hold pole masterclasses for Altitude instructors.

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Emma M

Head Instructor

Emma been pole dancing since 2016 but joined Altitude as a student at the beginning of 2018. She fell in love with how fun pole can be, how supportive and welcoming the people are and how much confidence it can give you. Coming from no dance or gymnastics background, Emma is a great example of how pole dancing can be for anyone! Emma joined the Altitude instructing team in 2020 and has a love for spin pole and anything back bendy.

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Amber

Instructor

Amber is a fitness enthusiast that does everything from weightlifting to running her first ultra marathon last year. But it’s pole and dance that bring her the most joy. She is looking forward to sharing that passion and joy with her students and helping them find their place in the pole world.

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Rosie

Instructor

Rosie joined Altitude after discovering how incredible pole is through Massey uni. She is a zoology student by day, but is more often found at the studio teaching, training, or watching pole videos! She adores working on strength, flexibility, and new/crazy/weird moves. Rosie loves sharing her passion for pole, and watching her students improving.

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Kaena

Instructor

Kaena started her pole journey at Altitude in 2017. Prior to discovering the wonderful community and world that is pole dancing Kaena was a professional ballet dancer and trained in a diverse range of other dance styles including contemporary, jazz and burlesque. "I love pole dancing because it has allowed me to combine all of my talents and diversity to form a style that truly fits me as a dancer. I can be dynamic, powerful and strong but also sensual, soft and expressive when I want to be, all while constantly challenging myself and working towards the next goal at my own pace"