The Mount

Instructors & Team

Full list of instructors coming soon!

Rhi

Co-Owners and General Manager

Rhi is a poler from Auckland, who you might see on the Pole Legends stage coming up this year! Rhi has been with Altitude North Shore for over 3 years now, moving from student, to instructor, to manager. And now she is joining the ownership team of Altitude The Mount! Rhi will be General Manager of both The Mount and North Shore Altitude's so you might see her around every now and then, working with the team.

Dominique

Studio Manager

Dominique is originally from Venezuela, after starting training as a child in olympic gymnastics she found her passion in acrobatic disciplines later in life when she decided to join, train and perform with circus companies and developed her skills in aerial silks, aerial hoops, handstands, contortion and more. In 2011 she left Vzla and started travelling for around 9 years to different countries. Sarting in Europe then Australia and Cabo Verde where she performed as a freelancer in different circus cabarets, companies and festivals, and improved her skills by being part of workshops and doing her own classes. For 5 years now she's been teaching and performing in NZ with her aerial disciplines and is very excited to be the Runner up for Miss Lyra NZ 2020. She is now the Studio Manager at Altitude Pole The Mount and is very happy to share her knowledge and keep learning more!

Kirsty

Silks, Hoop, Dance, Stretch, And Conditioning Instructor

Kirsty is a trained dancer who worked for Royal Caribbean cruise line for four years. Between contracts she found her love for aerial in London training full time circus.
Now back in Tauranga she loves sharing these skills through teaching, and occasionally gets back on stage.

Sarah

Co-Owner

Sarah has been a part of Altitude for nearly 10 years! Starting in Christchurch at the original Altitude before moving to Auckland to run the North Shore studio and becoming a nationally recognized poler. Sarah then moved on to starting her very own Altitude in Onehunga before moving with her new family to Napier where she now resides.

Katie

Head Instructor & Client Care Manager

Katie has been a part of of the pole dance world for 9 years, and stumbled into the aerial and circus world about 6 years ago.
Since she began, Katie knew quickly that this was something she was passionate about and worked hard in the competition and performance side of pole dancing, eventually teaching all levels of pole dance, while also gaining multiple skills at a beginner to early intermediate level for aerial arts.
Aerial hoop, trapeze and tissu/silks, Chinese pole, handbalancing and equilibristics were amongst the many things she learnt to do and teach the foundations of, especially realised her love and knack for teaching kids, youth, and people with special needs.
While majority of her experience comes from Wellington, Katie moved up to Tauranga in 2019 and became immersed in teaching at both the Mount and Hamilton Studios, mostly for pole dance but also with kids aerial classes.
After becoming a guide for the instructors and helping to develop a more detailed curriculum for pole dance, Katie is ready to take the role of Head Instructor with Altitude and implore some of her experience and skills.
With a history of Retail Management and Administration, and plenty of experience emceeing for various Pole Shows, Katie has a love of and wants to ensure that everyone’s experience with Altitude is positive, welcoming and accepting whether they are an instructor or a student.

Saf

Pole Instructor

Saf started her pole journey by chance in 2012 where she tried a class with a friend. She soon developed a passion for pole. She has even competed and won a couple of amateur pole competitions in NZ Amateur Pole Performer and Pole Inferno, despite no formal dance or gymnastics training and taking time out to grow another human! In the last few years, Saf’s added aerial silks to her skill set to help diversify her training. She hopes to continue to learn, grow and evolve herself; as well as inspire those new or existing to the aerials scene, to do what truly sets their soul on fire!

Karry

Co-Owner

Karry is the founder of the Altitude brand, starting pole over 12 years ago in UK, before moving back to NZ to start Altitude Christchurch. Opening up the second Altitude with Sarah and starting her family and pole career. After seeing the inspiring journeys of Altitude students, the decision was made to start franchising. Altitude The Mount will officially be the 10th Altitude under the franchise.

Donna

Pole instructor

Joined pole several years ago because it was something different, a new way to keep fit, and absolutely loved it. The space felt safe, it was non judgemental, everyone was different but all connected, friendships were easily formed, and there seemed to be something for everyone. Still loving making those connections, and seeing students finding their potential or reaching their goals, and finding that confidence within themselves

Bronwyn

Pole instructor

Started pole in 2010 after looking for a fun way to get fit and strong, taking just one class a week for the first year then was hooked and upped to 3 classes a week. Have no dance or gym background. Started teaching in 2013 and still love it. Love to watch students gain strength, flexibility, confidence and achieve goals no matter how big or small. Have entered NZAPP numerous times, really enjoy the whole process and having a goal to train toward.

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