Our Christchurch Central team
Owner & Pole Instructor
Karry Summers is an internationally ranked pole dancer who teaches all over the world. She has been pole dancing since 2008 and is the 2017 Australian Pole Series winner, 2 x Miss Pole Dance NZ & runner up in the 2nd Pole World Cup. Teaching skills in a safe & progressive manner is second nature to Karry from her years of gymnastics coaching.
Studio Manager, Head Pole Instructor
Michelle began pole dancing in 2009, teaching in 2011 and has since performed and competed in numerous New Zealand and Australian competitions and shows with her most recent titles including: Freestyle Battle Champ 2018 and winner of the Pole Legends Strength Award 2018. Michelle is also X-Pert pole qualified level 1-4 and is a busy mum of two outside of the studio.
Pole, Stretch and Floorplay Instructor
Oliva has been poling since 2011, and has been instructing since 2017. She has competed and performed throughout NZ and Australia, receiving the titles of Miss Pole Queen 2017, and Miss Pole Dance NZ 2018. Her particular areas of interest are flexibility training and floorwork.
Head Aerials Instructor
Cat began teaching silks and hoop in 2013 and started performing professionally in hoop, silks and contortion the same year. She has performed since then in circus shows and private events. Cat is known for her unusual taste in music, insane flexibility and loves the creative process behind aerial performances. She loves teaching her students and seeing them progress.
Pole Instructor and Client Care Manager
Starting as a student and joining us as an instructor in 2016, Anna encompasses everything Altitude stands for. She is hard-working, passionate and welcoming. Anna loves the confidence boost pole dancing has given her as well as all the other physical and mental benefits. She can't wait to share the gift that is pole dancing with you.
Pole & Stretch Instructor
Rosie began pole dancing in 2011 and hasn't looked back. With a background in gymnastics, dance, diving and theatre she has everything you need to become a top poler. Rosie loves Altitude for its long lasting friendships and space to do what she loves! You might have caught Rosie on stage as a finalist in NZAPP competitions and MPDNZ.
Pole & Silks Instructor
Tash been pole dancing since 2013 and instantly fell in love with it. She fell in love with how fun fitness can be, how supportive and welcoming the people are and how much confidence it can give you. Coming from no dance or gymnastics background, Tash is the perfect example to show that pole dancing and aerial arts is for anyone! She has a special enthusiasm for planches and drops!
Her accolades include :
NZAPP 2017 Open Category Winner, ChCh Heat and Finals
Pole Legends 2017 Bendy Kate Tricks Awards
Megan has been teaching with us since 2013. With her impressive flexibility, smiley stage presence and originality in pole skills its no wonder shes been a finalist on the NZAPP and Pole Legends stage! With a comprehensive background in competitive aerobics and a bubbly personality, Megan is a fabulously fun instructor.
Pole, Hoop & Stretch Instructor
Lydia has been instructing at Altitude since 2015, she is a multi disciplinary circus artist who specializes in hand-balancing, pole and aerials. Lydia has won a number of National and Australasian awards in both pole and hoop. She has 12 years experience as a competitive gymnast, with a combined total of over 20 years training experience. With her many years experience and natural talent for dance and performance (among other things!) she'll have you looking polished in no time!
Christina has been doing aerials since 2017. Prior to this, she spent 10 years training in Martial Arts and competing in competitive sparring. Wanting another challenge, she switched over to aerial arts and was immediately hooked. Specialising in Aerial Silks and Pole, she loves seeing the progression in her students and watching them shine!
With no dance background Christina wants to show others that there is no prerequisite for aerial arts, you just have to put your mind to it!
Silks & ZUU Instructor
Andrew has a background in endurance and multisport, having competed in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in 2012. Starting at Altitude in 2014, he has now become a regular to the stage performing on both silks and pole. He has competed in NZAPP 2018 and also has a Bronze Certificate in ZUU.
Silks, Pole & Stretch Instructor
Having become talented across the aerial arts over the past three years, and with a background in rhythmic gymnastics and dance, Erin joined the instructor team in 2016. A regular performer in pole and silks and a competitor on the NZAPP stage, Erin has much to offer and looks forward to pushing our students to help them reach their goals.
Aerial Hoop instructor
Being intrigued by an aerial show, Ines decided to give pole dancing a go back in 2014. She quickly discovered that it was not only a fun type of exercise but had a lot more to offer.
After moving to NZ, Ines joined Altitude Pole where she discovered her love for lyra and aerial silks. Since then, Ines has performed at several showcases demonstrating her passion for aerial hoop. She would love her students to experience the world of aerials, growing physically and mentally stronger and being surrounded by a super supportive community you can always count on.
Aerial Hoop instructor
Violet has been practicing aerial hoop since 2015. She quickly fell in love with it thanks to the variety of physical and mental challenges hoop offers. Challenges she is excited to help her students conquer. Since starting Violet has experimented with a variety of performance styles including doubles, which she recently competed in at the inaugural Miss Lyra.
Pole, Stretch and Floorplay instructor
Brittney joined pole fitness with a friends as a bit of a laugh and fell in love with its challenges and freedom of expression. She had no background in dance or gymnastics and reaching her knees was a stretch, let alone the floor! As an adult she also joined ballet and jazz to increasing her body awareness and hasn't looked back. Now teaching her own stretch classes she knows the struggles of those of us who are flexibility challenged! You will also see her rockin' heels in floor play and teaching pole. Not a stranger to the stage, you may have seen her performing some wild characters as a Pole Legends doubles finalist in 2016, 1st runner up in artistry at Pole Stars 2016 and NZAPP finalist in 2016.
Nicole's Altitude journey began in 2016 but she did her first pole class back in 2011. Growing up Nicole did Jazz but if you asked her to freestyle some jazz she would look at you blankly, needless to say it didn't click as much as pole has. Nicole has immersed herself in performing, having performed at numerous Altitude showcases and competed in NZAPP, Pole Stars (3rd place in 2017) and will soon take to the stage for Pole Artistry Grand Masters and Miss Pole Dance NZ! In "normal person life" Nicole is a qualified electrician and is addicted to gaming. She can't wait to share her love of pole with you!
Charlotte began pole dancing in 2016 after attending one of the Altitude Showcases and being mesmerised by the aerial performances. So much so, she signed up the next day! With her background in figure skating and competitive cheerleading, Charlotte fell in love with pole for its combination of strength, flexibility and creativity. Starting her teaching journey at Altitude in 2019, Charlotte is looking forward to sharing with others her energy and passion for pole and helping students reach new heights!
Kirsty joined Altitude Pole in 2017 in hopes of finding a new exercise form more exciting that the gym, and soon became addicted. Bringing a 10 year background in jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, her performances vary from pole meets contemporary, to sassy, on the beat numbers. Kirsty is excited to be able to give back to the pole community in the form of teaching, and hopes that others will also be able to discover the love for pole dancing that she did.
Toni started her pole journey with Altitude in February 2018 after attending a hens party. She was inspired by the technical mastery and strength pole dancers have. Toni had thought about joining prior to the hen's do but didn't out of pure fear that she wouldn’t be strong enough or flexy enough (pretty sure we can all relate to that!). In her own words she says "After attending the hens party and having the most fun I had had in a long while I knew immediately I wanted to join! I have always had a love for dance and even though I don't have a dance background I pride myself on having a great sense of rhythm and musicality from my experience in artistic roller skating. I can’t wait to help other people work towards their goals!"
Toni loves to challenge herself whether it’s performing in a showcase or in a national competition.
Libi started Pole three years ago after a work do dare. Her two workmates didn’t turn up to the class on the appointed day so Libi went on her own. She understands how your first class is exciting and maybe a bit scary. Libi was hooked on aerials from the start - front hook, back hook, hook n roll and loves to see other people get hooked on aerials too.
Libi is so excited about teaching at Altitude and sharing with you her love of movement and dance wrapped up in the thrill and fun that is aerials. Oh, and fabulous shoes!