Whanganui

Instructors

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Emma

Owner & Pole Instructor

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.

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Jessie

​Pole Instructor

Jessie took her first pole class in July of 2016 in her mission to find a source of creative output. Pole ignited a fire in her belly and Jessie quickly became passionate about her new found love for dance. Pole Dancing to Jessie is more then just a sport, so much more than mere fitness or dance, it is an incredible and safe environment for woman and men to express themselves physically, emotionally and creatively. Jessie was a finalist in NZAPP 2018 after winning the NZAPP Wellington Intermediate category. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her natural style of fluent, slinky and creative choreography, and is honoured to be able to empower others in their own pole journey.

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Lisa

Pole Instructor

When Lisa first discovered Altitude she immediately signed up for the next FriYay class – and almost chickened out when her friend had to cancel last minute. Walking up those stairs by herself was the start of a newfound passion, and she is amazed at where her pole journey has taken her so far.

Lisa loves the encouraging and supportive family atmosphere at Altitude, and the strength gains and body confidence she has found through pole. She loves any excuse to wear beautiful and glittery pole wear, and the buzz when finally nailing a move – or a classmate does! Lisa's favourite part of teaching is sharing in, and helping along, other people’s pole journeys!

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Laura

Pole Instructor

Laura has always loved dancing, and has over 25 years of classical ballet lessons behind her. In addition to ballet Laura has also experimented with other dance styles such as modern, contemporary, jazz ballet, ceroc, salsa, & rock and roll. Always enjoying a new dance challenge, Laura had her first pole lesson at Pole Dance Whanganui in February 2017. Laura realised immediately how much she enjoyed pole and being part of the pole dance community. She could feel she benefited physically and mentally from her weekly pole fix! 4 and a bit years later, Laura is so proud and excited to be a member of the instructor team at Altitude Whanganui! Laura loves spending even more time at the studio being part of the fun 

and supportive environment that is Altitude Whanganui!

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Katelyn

Studio Manager
Pole, Stretch & Ballet Barre Instructor

Katelyn loves anything to do with teaching, and has been a dance teacher for over 12 years, specializing in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary. She loves a good boogie, so always looks forward to freestyle time! She started pole in February 2016, and found it so much harder than expected. Her first 3 classes were challenging, but extremely intriguing, and she is so happy continued. She is very thankful for the amazing support system at Altitude Pole Whanganui, and is proud to be a part of the positive and encouraging team of teachers.

She loves performing and competing and in 2020 she was a finalist in NZAPP Open Category and Pole Legends. Katelyn takes on life with a bubbly attitude, and hopes you’ll laugh at her jokes with her!

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Rachael

​Pole Instructor

Rachael started pole dancing in 2017 after a friend suggested trying out a class. Having been a consistent fitness fanatic for many years she was looking for a hobby and a new and fun way of keeping fit. Rachael feels that pole dancing has helped increase her strength and confidence, and she loves being part of the supportive community that Altitude Pole Whanganui has become. She is so proud of what her body is capable of achieving - she just wishes she had discovered this sport a lot earlier in life!

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Airini

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Airini started pole classes in August 2018 and quickly became addicted. She has always loved sparkles, costumes and dressing up, and has enjoyed the performative aspects of pole dance. She has also made some massive gains in strength, flexibility and personal confidence. In her other lives, Airini is a teacher, writer and mum. She currently teaches human biology and chemistry and does a range of writing-related gigs.

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Taelor

Pole and Strength Instructor

Taelor tried a class with her friend in 2018 and instantly fell in love with it! Taelor did not have any dance or extreme fitness background but soon realised how much fun it was to boogie, feel a bit silly & challenge herself with other like minded humans. Because of the studio, she quickly became passionate for the supportive and loving community it cultivates. She is the strongest and fittest she has ever been because of Altitude Pole and Fitness. Pole has taught her to cherish and nourish her mind and body as together it can accomplish so many beautiful and powerful things! Taelor is loving being a new pole mumma and guiding those on having a bit of fun, getting out of their comfort zone and discovering their special journeys, as it was for her.

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Ash

Pole Instructor

​Ashleigh began pole dancing here, over 4 years ago and has been hooked since day one. She began teaching in 2016 and loves the joy of helping to encourage the development and growth of each student. Ashleigh has no dance or gymnastic background and wants everyone to see that there are no prerequisites to starting pole, just a little enthusiasm and your own sparkle.

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Keely

Pole Instructor

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 but found true love in 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! Keely adores being that supportive person for her students and being a part of their growth. Nothing compares to that!

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Mel

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Mel was a dancer from the age of 4 through until the age of around 18 practicing the art of ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap and character dancing. Fast forward 21 years where Mel discovered pole through attending a beginners class with a friend late 2018 and her internal fire to move and manipulate her body, as well as uncovering how much strength she had within herself was re-ignited. Mel loves her pole community at Altitude Whanganui and loves the support she continues to receive as both an instructor and as a student. This has encouraged her to continue to grow, learn and develop her own style and share her passion with others within this amazing space!

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Maddy

Pole Instructor

Maddy is not a natural at pole, but she loves how pole is a personal journey and she can take it as slow as she wants! She is thankful for her Altitude family who is constantly encouraging her to challenge herself and is always there to celebrate her achievements with her. Maddy enjoys a good splitty moment and finding creative ways to explain her 'pole kisses' to her patients at work!