Owner/Operator, Pole Instructor
With over 12 years in the pole dance industry and numerous competition successes under her belt, Michelle is excited to have her own happy place to share with others! She has a particular love for the pole dance basics, play and exploration and big-arse dynamic power combos. An X-Pert & IPDFA pole qualified instructor and Altitude instructor since 2011, she is so excited to share the gift that is pole dancing - fun, empowerment, sweet gains and an awesome community. Outside of the studio she is a mum of two, wife to a compost obsessed-food growing-entrepreneurial husband and has a life goal of pole dancing till she's old and crinkly.
Laura found her passion for pole at Altitude in 2012 and has competed in NZ, Australia and the UK. She won NZAPP's expert category in 2016 and has spent the last 3 years abroad training with lots of well known names. She is X-pert 1-2 trained, level 2 gym instructor qualified and is flexibility goals!
Andrew comes from a triathlon background and joined Altitude in 2014, starting in silks and then taking on pole. He is also known as the 3x running NZ Pole Legends Ultimate Male winner.... so you could say he got pretty good at pole! He is renowned for his dynamic strength, endurance, and is a big fan of anything flippy. Andrew loves helping students get gains and letting them see what they can really achieve.
In 2018 Georgia took a chance and signed up to Altitude. Before this the most experience she had in performance or creativity was a piano recital that did not go well. Now Georgia adores the challenges that come with pole, including performances and competing, especially after placing at her first competition Pole Artistry Grand Masters. She loves expressing herself through flow, musicality and creating characters for routines. Pole has become an outlet and way for her to celebrate what her body is capable of. Strong is the new sexy!
Laurel started her pole journey in 2018 when she finally followed through after numerous failed encounters of 'enquiring'. Despite feeling uncoordinated, awkward and frightened of what she'd got herself into, perseverance paid off and pole became a great safe space for her. She dabbled in freestyle classes and it was then that she fell head over heels in love with pole. She finally felt like she could get out of her head and be present in the moment with her body and the music. On moving to the Redwood studio she developed a great love of spin pole where she feels as though she's moving through water and miles away from any day to day struggles. Laurel is a qualified PT and can't wait to be part of your journey. She promises to do her absolute best to encourage, giggle and play along the way with you!
Client Care Manager, Pole Instructor
Emma joined Altitude in 2018 after moving from Brisbane to Christchurch. What began as a way to keep fit and make new friends quickly became a wonderful obsession. Having never expected to perform, let alone compete, Emma loves the way that pole has challenged her to grow and rewritten what she believed she was capable of. A former 'drama-school' kid, she adores storytelling with powerful moves and beautiful shapes. Emma is particularly excited to share her passion for pole dance through teaching because inside every pole dancer, is a beginner who fell in love! She hopes you'll find her classes a place of encouragement, empowerment & fun.
Pole & Stretch Instructor
A long time instructor and recent mum, Rosie is excited to be back. An X-Pert qualified instructor with over 8 years of pole under her belt and 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 be creative and do what she loves. Rosie says "I love seeing students gain so much confidence and really come out of their shell. Seeing a student achieve their goals is so rewarding."
Pole & Stretch Instructor
After a life-long background in being a couch potato with no fitness, flexibility or dance experience, Elle decided on a whim to try her first pole class at Altitude in 2014 and fell in love instantly. She especially loves playing with pole combos and experimenting with variations of shapes. She discovered stretching not long after and after over a year of dedication she finally got a touchdown in her first splits. A few years later and now you'll find her stacking blocks for her oversplits! She remembers the struggles of her inflexible days and can't wait to help you reach your flex goals!
Booty & Pole Instructor
Tamara started pole in 2015 after getting bored of lifting weights and running on the treadmill at the gym. After stumbling across Altitude, taking part in the first ever Altitude Attitude Challenge and trying on her first pair of Cinderella Pleaser Heels of Pole Dance....it was instant love. How could it not be when your new gym shoes are covered in glitter?! Tamara loves pole as a place of escape, somewhere you can forget your worries and then leave smiling. She is so excited to share the wonderful world of pole dance with others and to help unleash the inner bad ass that is hidden away in everyone. In her own words "You will achieve things that you never thought were possible and I can't wait to be part of that journey!"
Assistant Studio Manager, Pole, Stretch & Floor Instructor
Noelle joined Altitude Pole in 2017. Her passion for pole has given her opportunities to perform and compete throughout New Zealand and Australia, nabbing second place at Pole Championship Series - Amateur in Melbourne in 2018 and Pole Legends Drama winner in 2019. She loves the challenges and creative freedom pole has to offer. If not on the pole or on the floor, she'll be snuggling on the furniture or on someone at an Altitude studio somewhere. Oh, she might also ask you to grab gelato with her and tell you stories about her cat.
A trained primary school teacher with a background in adult education and a passion for all things dance, Libi fell head over heels in love with pole nearly four years ago. Libi says, "I love teaching, seeing the excitement and confidence in students as they learn moves, progress, make new friends and challenge themselves through pole and dance to develop their own style and uncover their own strength in so many different ways. It is a privilege and a joy to be part of. I am so excited to be teaching at Altitude Redwood."
Booty, Floor & Pole Instructor
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 and competing over the past few years and is quickly becoming recognised for her upbeat, bootylicious, dynamic and flexible style of dance. In "normal person life" Nicole is a qualified electrician and is addicted to gaming. She can't wait to share all things pole and booty with you
Charlotte started her pole journey back in 2016 after watching fellow instructor and friend Laura perform at a showcase, and after seeing how incredible all the pole and aerials performances were, she signed up the next day! Charlotte is an ex figure skater and ex competitive cheerleader, but has found her true love lies in aerials. Starting with pole, she was quickly hooked by the strength, confidence and coordination she gained through pole. In 2019 just to mix it up a bit, Charlotte started her aerial hoop journey which led her to winning the 2019 Amateur Miss Lyra NZ title and has opened up herself to all sorts of other styles including twerk, hoop, exotic and doubles pole. Outside of pole Charlotte is a Transport Engineer and a complete nerd. She loves to teach others about aerials and hopes that it helps them achieve things they never thought possible!