Altitude's Founder and Owner (Based in Christchurch)
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.
Michelle Kasey is one of New Zealand's most revered pole dancers. She's the two time NZ Pole Legends Ultimate Female Champion (2016 & 2017), a professional pole dancer, circus performer, producer, dancer and burlesque artist. Known for her innovative concepts, long legs and fluid movement quality, Michelle's charasmatic personality & creative flow choreography makes her a very popular teacher!
Jenna was crowned Miss Rising Polestar at NZ Polestars 2015. She holds the NZ Pole Doubles Ultimate Legend title partnering with Lien in 2016 & Zoe in 2017. She performed aerial silks at the Retrospect Carnaval De La Noche show in 2017 and loves to teach flex, flow and floor.
Emma is the studio owner of Altitude Wanganui & Palmy. With 8+ years of teaching experience she is a valuable addition to our teaching team. With a background in competitive ballroom she brings a unique flare to the team.
Ballet barre Instructor
Kaena has been dancing since the age of 4. She has trained full time at the NZ School of Dance for 2 years, majoring in classical ballet and has been offered scholarships with the Royal NZ Ballet Company and The Queensland Ballet Company in Australia. This passionate and skilled ballerina will be joining our team to take over our ballet barre class. We are so excited to have Kaena joining us at Altitude.
Since I was a kid my parents have always taken me to whatever circus performances were around. That sparked my interest in all things flexy. Before highschool I tried out gymnastics, general circus training, figure skating and contortion, but as I got older my love for music took over all my spare time. In the last few years, since I started working full time as a musician, I have had more time to actually get back into other hobbies I previously enjoyed a lot, and have reconnected with my love for stretching and flexibility. I have (and still do) hit many walls and struggle with progressing, which has pushed me to learn more about my body and try different techniques when it comes to improving my flexibility. Since joining altitude, my passion has only grown and now I would love to share my experience with others, to help them on their journey to a more flexy life!
Managing Director, Pole & Stretch Instructor
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.
Larry, (also known as 'Circus Larry') is an instructor as well as a circus artist and the Co-Founder and Producer of Carnaval de la Noche. He is also a regular performer and competitor in New Zealand's circus and pole scenes. Larry wants the very best for his students and with his performance experience and passion, he is a fab instructor!
Aerial Yoga & Pole Instructor
Krisztina is an absolute gem with a graceful style and sweet personality. She also trains in calisthenics and likes moves that require strength. Krisztina likes challenges and loves to see students' expressing and finding themselves through dance.
As seen on American's Got Talent Season 12 and the Pole Dancing TRex Video, Amy performs under the stage name "The Pole Comedian". She is the current reigning North American Showgirl Grand Champion & Stage Rockstar with additional awards for Best Costume and Best Props. She brings 6 years of pole dancing experience to the table and has spent the last 5 traveling, teaching, competing, hosting, and judging at major pole events around North America. She has dedicated her pole journey to bringing poop jokes and silly dances to the masses. The Pole Comedian is coming, and she's got her clown nose on!
Alice started as a student at Altitude, her dedication to her training and support of her fellow students really caught our eye and we were thrilled when she took up the offer to join our teaching team. Alice won the expect Category in the NZAPP Hamilton heats in 2019 showing off her impressive strength and flexibility . She is super excited to share her skills and knowledge and help her students grow and progress.
Pole Instructor & Studio Manager
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.
Izelle started pole in 2014, and quickly fell in love with it. After moving to New Zealand she joined Altitude in September 2016. She loves sharing her passion for pole and helping others achieve their goals.
Michelle has been dancing for as long as she can member. With a background in jazz, lyrical and contemporary, she enjoys incorporating different dance styles in with her pole. Michelle joined altitude in 2017 and loves the inclusitivity of her Altitude family
Aleksandra has her background in gymnastics and fitness. She herself started exercising at an age of 18 and quickly fell in love with sport. After a few years with gymnastics she decided to give pole a go and really believes that there is nothing like "too old" or "too late". She loves spending time at Altitude and thinks that training should be hard, but most importantly FUN !
Previously instructing at another studio Marie joins our Altitude Northshore 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.