Emma is the owner of Altitude Whanganui and Altitude Palmerston North, plus recently became Head Instructor for Altitude - she just can't get enough of the Altitude family! Her love of pole dance began in 2012 but her passion for performing art began much earlier than that - she used to be a Ballroom and Latin American dance instructor. Once pole dance entered her life, though, it's fair to say that it took over (in the best way possible).
In 2013 she won the NZAPP Intermediate category, and has been a finalist in NZAPP Open Category in 2016 and 2019, Pole Legends in 2016, 2017, and 2020, and Miss Pole Queen 2017. Emma is X-Pert certified from levels 1-4.
Tara started pole dancing in 2014 as a fun way to get fit. She loves the confidence that it gives you, how it challenges your comfort zone and constantly makes you push yourself to keep improving. Most of all, she loves the supportive community it creates and the way you feel after being around all your pole friends. Tara entered NZAPP for the first time in 2018 which is something she thought she would never be able to do, and now can’t wait to do it again. Tara loves to encourage anyone to give it a go, because everyone can!
Photo credit: Rob Caven Photography
Keely has always been passionate about dancing. Dancing on stage, down supermarket isles, in her bedroom...pretty much anywhere with enough space! She has learnt Ballroom, Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop, Tap, Rock and Roll and now Pole Dancing. What makes Keely so passionate about Pole Dancing is the mental health benefits. She is constantly seeing these amazing tricks, thinking "I'll never be able to do that", and then proving herself wrong! With the help of her incredibly supportive pole teachers and family, Keely has been able to achieve many things and is looking forward to being that supportive person for her students. Fun fact: Keely has been attending dance classes since she was 4 years old!
Photo Credit: Rob Caven Photography
Client Care Manager, Pole & Stretch Instructor
Kym is super enthusiastic about always having fun at pole. She loves a holiday themed costume and is good at making sure there is always plenty of laughter in classes. Kym was a beginner finalist at NZAPP 2016 and was the Intermediate NZAPP winner in 2017. Kym started pole in 2015 with no dance or gymnastics experience, very little fitness and the flexibility of a plank of wood. She works really hard to keep improving her pole, hand balance and flexibility and loves her Altitude pole family so much for being the best, most supportive people in the world!
Karyn has been dancing and performing from a young age she continued on with her passion to polytech and completed a Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2014. Karyn later moved to the Manawatu (2017) and once settled she thought something was missing, this is where she found pole dancing. In 2018 she entered her first pole dancing competition and came away with the NZAPP Finalist 2018 for Intermediate. "I have loved my pole journey from the very beginning and I am thankful for everything the sport has given me. I can not wait to see what else 2020 has to offer".
Rosie started pole in May 2018, not realising it would be the a start of a love affair. She was a finalist in the NZAPP 2019 beginner category and had lots of fun strutting her stuff as a crab on stage, and loves the fun and creativity she can have with pole, from creating routines to using her sewing skills to make pole wear and costumes. Rosie loves the supportive atmosphere of the studio, and that even on the worst of days by the end of the warm up she is in her happy place.
Photo credit: Becca Stone Photography
Mobility and Flex Instructor
Kim is a massage therapist who is incredibly passionate about improving movement and flexibility. She loves that she has the opportunity to bring the skills massage has taught her into a class to help us all save our bodies and keep them doing all the amazing things for a long time to come! Since starting at Altitude, Pole has quite quickly become an overwhelming passion in Kim's life, she has even taken the leap and will be competing in NZAPP in October.