Nelson

Instructors

Zoe

Zoe

Co-owner, Pole & Aerials Instructor

Zoe grew up as a football girl, before transitioning to weightlifting. It wasn’t until 2018 when Zoe decided she finally wanted to take the leap into trying something new (and a little scary at the time) that she discovered her love for aerials. With the grace of a rhino and the self-confessed natural flexibility of a brick, Zoe is here to celebrate all wins, big and small. Her hope is to show that the pole and aerials world is for everyone, and that we can all achieve great things with a bit of hard work and an awesome support crew!

Nikii

Nikii

Aerials & Stretch instructor

Nikii began aerials in 2016, starting with silks but falling in love with hoop after a trip away exposed her to the art. Performing is a love of hers, which allows her to use her background in ballet to create flows on silks and hoop. Loud & a little crazy Nikii will show you how to embrace your inner style, she's not hard to miss with her love of leopard print. Nikii has performed nationally as a single act and also in a duo.

Zandri

Zandri

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Zandri has always loved moving her body – running, climbing, swimming, mountain biking, you name it! But, after discovering pole in 2015, she fell in love with movement in a whole new way. What she loves the most about pole dancing is that every dancer gets to discover their own unique style across the different disciplines – whether it's melting on the floor like butter or racing up the pole like a spider monkey. Her passion for pole has shaped her life in countless ways, leading her to set-up her own dance photography studio called ZSC Grow Studio in Auckland. She’s excited to teach others about tapping into their inner Aphrodite/Zeus by doing what feels most fun and pleasurable to them. Zandri is new to Nelson and is travelling solo, so if you spot her in the studio, please say hi! She’s currently studying sustainability part-time, and is a huge fan of climbing, camping & photography.

Harry

Harry

Co-owner, Pole & Aerials Instructor

An active father of two fluffy dogs, Harry has a history of signing up to challenges and pulling through, be it five 330km bike rides across New Zealand, a 5-year engineering degree, or signing up for altitude classes in 2017.

In the past, Harry has performed a doubles lyra/acro routine with Zoe and has performed on the pole. His main strength is... well strength moves, in the world of pole, hoop, and acro-yoga basing.

Hannah

Hannah

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Hannah has been poling since 2014, after her best friend encouraged her to try it and she instantly fell in love.
She was amazed on the strength she gained and how much confidence it can give you.
She has competed and performed throughout NZ over the years and has a particular interest in doubles pole.
She has now joined our team and is excited to share her passion for pole with others.

Milo

Milo

Pole & Aerials Instructor

As a bit of a music geek, Milo has not always been much of a dancer. He started pole and aerials in February 2021, and since then has found a new love for moving his body to the music he loves the most. With no dance or fitness background, and becoming very bored with gyms and their environment, he decided to give pole and aerials a go as a way to get stronger and find confidence within himself. He wasn't prepared for how much the studio would be in his life to this day, and has become addicted to moving gracefully (sometimes) with the silks, spinning around in the hoop and challenging himself on the pole with tricks and flow! Milo wishes to share his passion with students, help them to be courageous in their bodies, and as their journey continues, to see everybody excited during classes and leave feeling accomplished and proud of what they have achieved.

Tania

Tania

Studio Manager, Pole & Aerials Instructor

Tania has been poling on and off since 2014. After being very unmotivated by gyms, she got involved hoping to find a new and fun way to exercise. Since she started she has worked with a couple of different studios as she moved around the country.

Tania quickly fell in love with how empowering pole is and its ability to make you feel strong in body, mind, and soul. As well as the community that it creates, which is so inspiring to watch and be a part of! Tania has an odd love of painful moves and tricks, and can often be heard shouting COMMIT as she bounces around the room trying to teach them.

Natsumi

Natsumi

Pole & Aerials Instructor

Natsumi started pole back in 2015 and has fallen in love with the strength and challenges that came with it. After being introduced to pole dancing, her reggaeton and Latin dance background translated quickly into passion and addiction. Now at Altitude, Natsumi can be found upside down on the pole, hoop and silks. She can’t touch her toes, but with her bendy back, she will bend over backwards to help anyone grow and achieve greatness while sharing her love for the arts.

Monique

Monique

Pole & Aerials Instructor

Monique first started aerials when the studio opened in 2020, with a fear of heights but a lot of determination under her belt. Starting at Altitude reignited her passion for dance and movement, having grown up as a musical theatre kid with a background in jazz dancing. Nowadays, you can find her using her performance background to pirouette around the pole, hang from the hoop and sway with the silks. Monique loves the confidence and strength she has gained physically and mentally since beginning her aerial fitness journey, and is inspired by the amazing and supportive community at Altitude. She is super excited to teach and she hopes that the students will find aerials as motivating and addictive as she does!