Our Onehuga, Auckland team

Onehunga

Instructors

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Sarah

Owner, 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.

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Lucy

Client Care Manager, Pole Instructor

Having been a swimmer most of her life, Lucy always felt like a bit of a fish out of water when it came to land sports. Discovering Altitude in 2020 completely changed that, bringing a newfound strength, confidence and sense of community to her life. She is so excited to be able to help others learn and grow on their pole journey.

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Jenna

Pole & Flow Instructor

With a background in dance through her childhood years, Jenna wishes she had found pole earlier, as it has changed her life in the best way. Jenna loves the way you can express yourself through the art in so many different styles. She enjoys seeing people evolve and become confident in who they are.

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Tash

Pole & Aerial Instructor

Tash was first drawn to pole as she wanted to learn a form of dance, without having any prior experience. She also felt a need to be physically active and engaged, but the gym hadn’t been working. Altitude offered her the best of both worlds, as well as an amazingly supportive community, and three years later she can’t imagine her life without pole.
Tash loves pole because it has given her strength that she never imagined possible along with the feeling like she can fly, or as close to it as possible.
Tash finds joy seeing others overcome their fears in class and is excited to be supporting them on their pole journey, seeing them grow, and achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.

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Helena

Pole Instructor

Helena came to pole looking for a new challenge, something that would not only inspire her but enable her to face her fears and push her body to newfound limits - and boy did she find that!! After doing pole for several years she was thrilled to discover Altitude and it’s vibrant culture within. From day dot, she knew it was a place she could call her home.
She adores the all-embracing energy of our fabulous studio. The second she walks in she feels empowered and encouraged and takes away valuable lessons which can be applied to anything that she does in life. With great effort comes reward, and that is exactly what is embodied at altitude! (Even if it can be a little painful at times).
From the very beginning, becoming an instructor has always been her dream. To have this dream become her reality is an honour she holds in the highest of regards. To stand alongside you all in this role watching you flourish and grow not only as people, but with your own pole journeys is truly something special. She can’t wait to share her knowledge, enthusiasm and passion with you all for this incredible sport that is Pole!

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Tess

Pole Instructor

Tess has fallen in love with pole dancing from the first class she took back in 2017. Having a passion for music and dancing guided her into the world of pole where she could connect both! Discovering Altitude was the best thing that happened, as she found her place to be. She enjoys learning new moves and creating combos out of them, as well as dancing to some badass heels flow. Also, you can often see her on the spin pole, as she loves trying all the moves on spin.

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Cassandra

Pole & Aerials Instructor

With a love of health and fitness, Cassandra joined Altitude Onehunga to find new ways to develop her strength and confidence outside of the gym. Combining her passion for movement with a 10 year history as a performing musician, Cassandra found Altitude the perfect place to express herself in both areas with a supportive team and a safe environment. As an instructor, Cassandra wants to help others on their pole journey in the same way Altitude helped her - with sick moves and rad friends.

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Sam

Pole Instructor

Sam started pole at the end of 2020, she wanted to find something active that she actually enjoyed and would stick to. Despite the nerves, no upper body strength and 2 left feet, she threw everything into her classes, relishing the challenge and finding that anything is possible with hard work and determination.
Giving everything a go, she discovered a surprising love for heels, performing and now teaching.
Pole and the Altitude community has helped her find so much love and confidence in herself and can’t wait to help others discover their own unique style through their pole journeys.

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Jane

Studio Manager, Pole & Strength Instructor

Jane is passionate about dance and fitness and loves to inspire students to find their own sparkle.

She began Pole in November 2014, before joining the Altitude Pole Whanganui teaching team in 2016. After moving back to Auckland in 2018, she joined the Altitude Onehunga teaching team. She is very thankful for her Altitude Family at both studios, because they truly are the best and most supportive people ever!

Previous to this, Jane has been dancing since the age of 5 and began sharing her love as a Pump and Step instructor while at University.

Jane is mostly known for her distinctive curly hair, ice cream and love of Taylor Swift.

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Jenny

Head Instructor,
Pole, Flow & Aerial Yoga Instructor

Jenny has been pole dancing for 2 years and has a gymnastics background so pointed toes and long lines are a must! She is passionate about helping people on their fitness journeys and loves the way pole dancing combines strength and grace. She is no stranger to instructing as she has been a group fitness instructor at a number of gyms for over 2 years now. Jenny is a recent member of the Altitude family but is so happy that she found Altitude and is excited to inspire others on their pole journey.

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Rebekah

Pole & Flow Instructor

Rebekah enjoys bringing long, strong lines and a contemporary style to the pole. She has been dancing most of her life, teaching dance for over 10 years, and loves the physical challenge that pole offers. She finds so much joy in seeing students grow, both in confidence and strength, and loves that Altitude can be a safe and supportive space for so many people.

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Amanda

Pole & Aerial Instructor

Amanda loves coming to the studio to let go of her worries, move her body, explore different shapes and generally look at the world from a different angle. Life’s better upside down right? Amanda started pole dancing back in 2013 in Palmerston North and quickly fell in love with it. After returning to Auckland Amanda found it hard to find a studio that met her needs and she could constantly come to. Eventually she found Altitude Onehunga and is happy to be back at a studio in her happy place.

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Jolien

Pole Instructor

My name is Jolien and I’m beyond excited to finally be part of the Onehunga teaching crew!!
I’ve been pole dancing for nearly 4 years now. I started my pole dance journey in Belgium, a small country in Europe where I was born and raised, before I moved to New Zealand 3 years ago to follow love.
I’d wish I could say it was my love for pole that brought me here, but it was actually a man.. everyone loves a good Nicholas Sparks romance right? To be completely honest, the first couple of months were not that easy on me and I felt quite lost in this beyond beautiful country…until I found Altitude Onehunga in February 2019. From the moment I set foot in the studio I knew this was a special place, a place I could feel safe and where I always felt accepted beyond the differences, where I am truly happy and were I often get pushed out of my comfort zone to help me grow, not just as a pole dancer but as a person in general.
Altitude Onehunga has been my home ever since and that support, passion and love I feel every time over and over again, I now want to spread myself. Teaching from the heart to unlock that passion for pole, love for yourself and growth beyond the person you are today.

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Jessie

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Jessie started pole dancing in 2021 when looking for something that would get her body moving, and allow her to have some creativity and flow in the process.

For someone who loves a good boogie, and is a huge fan of the flow arts, pole gave her the perfect pick-me-up to add to her week.

She was surprised at the strength she found herself building, and the new drive to be stronger and fitter that came with her pole wins - and being able to do so with such an excellent and supportive community was a huge plus.

Coming from a background in teaching she loves watching the empowerment students get when they land a trick.

Jessie is absolutely buzzed to be part of the amazing Onehunga team that got her hooked on pole and to be supporting her students’ unique pole journeys as they smash their goals and find their flow

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Holly

Pole, Stretch & Aerial Instructor

Holly joined Altitude in 2020, looking to combine her passion for fitness and dance. She found this and so much more. Pole has helped Holly gain the self confidence and self love she never thought was possible along with a loving community always there ready to support her.Her favourite class is flow, feeling the music, heel clacking to beats and letting go. She wants to encourage everyone to believe in themselves, build strength one step at a time and to never give up on themselves or their progress. With a mission to spread the amazing things pole fitness and Altitude as a studio can do for people she is thrilled to be part of the Altitude Onehunga Team.

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Narelle

Pole & Strength Instructor

Narelle began her pole journey at Altitude North Shore in 2017 before moving over to Altitude Onehunga. She believes pole is a great expression of strength, creativity, sexuality, power and femininity and she loves pole for this reason, as it taps into so many areas of your life. Narelle brings a wealth of knowledge in mind, body and spirit from working 16 years in the natural therapies profession. She loves watching the growth of students from when they first join pole to months later when they're immersed in the pole community and flourishing.

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Izi

Studio Manager, Pole Instructor

Izi has been poling since 2018 starting in Hamilton and she instantly fell head over heels for this sport and community.

Having a musical theatre background Izi lives for the stage and brings unique style to every performance! She is excited to be part of the Onehunga team and help new student grow as she has!

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Ali

Pole & Flow Instructor

Ali has been pole dancing for 6 years and instructing for a large portion of that. She loves how strength can be showcased so beautifully on the pole and will help you work all those muscles you didn’t know you had! She likes to help students find their own strengths and passions, and loves watching them discover confidence in themselves. She emigrated from the UK very recently and found Altitude waiting with open arms, a family like no other, open to everyone! Known for her small pants, ‘laughter is life’ attitude and love of carrot cake.... and gin....

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Karolien

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Karolien has been passionate about gymnastics/acrogym and dance from when she was 5 years old. After gymnastics she struggled finding a new hobby/ sport that provided the same challenge, satisfaction or joy. Altitude studio did not only provide her with a pole “obsession” but also surrounded her with these amazing, lovely and inclusive people which (after her fairly recent move to New Zealand from Belgium) made her feel like home. Karolien is excited to share her knowledge from her gymnastic background and her passion for pole. She finds joy in supporting others reach their goals and in seeing people grow and find their own strengths while having a good time.

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Pip

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Pip has been pole dancing for almost two years, being a naturally flexy human has been an advantage to her progress but she had to work twice as hard on the strength side of things.
She has three loves in her life, Pole dancing, Brunch and Cats (Meow). Pip also loves all things Pink and Sparkly. Her favourite move is the Crabby.....you will have to attend her classes to find out what this is.

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Simie

Pole & Flow Instructor

Simie’s pole dancing journey started in 2014. She was instantly hooked to the grace and strength pole dancing gave her and never stopped since. She loves dancing with or without heels. Every time she’s up the pole she feels powerful and confident. She loves creating different flow styles and exploring different shapes and floor works. Helping students to grow in their abilities is what motivates her the most as an instructor. Pole dancing and the community has changed her life, teaching her about body confidence and self-love that she would love to pass on to help others too. Her goal as an instructor is to provide a safe, non-judgemental and kind environment for students to create their own passion in this sport.

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Ashlee

Pole Instructor

Ashlee joined altitude in 2020 after struggling to find a hobby she truly loves and enjoys. Altitude took her by surprise with how amazingly supportive and inclusive the community is. Ashlee loves that no matter what mood you are in, pole always has something to offer. Whether its strength, flexibility or dance! The most rewarding part of pole, is looking back at past nemesis moves, and seeing how how much stronger you have become. The only regret is not joining sooner!

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Jasmine

Pole Instructor

Jas joined pole in early 2021 and quickly fell in love with the sport. She wanted a way to challenge herself mentally and physically whilst having fun and she found out Altitude was the perfect place for that. Pole dancing has helped with her confidence and embracing herself and she hopes to help other people with this. I am so excited to be teaching at Altitude Onehunga and being your biggest cheerleader!