Wigram
Christchurch

Instructors

Julia

Owner, Pole & Stretch Instructor

Julia started at Altitude in 2013 and began instructing in 2016, now in 2019 she's opening Altitude Wigram. Julia is a ballet school drop out who later went into muay thai kickboxing before discovering her love for pole & aerials. "Altitude is my happy place. It has taught me so much over the years. I am stronger both physically & mentally. I've learnt resilience and achieved things I never thought could be possible and met some great people along the way. I hope others enjoy Altitude as much as I do!" 

Cat

Head Aerials Instructor & Stretch instructor

Cat began teaching silks and hoop in 2013 and started performing professionally in hoop, silks and contortion the same year. She has performed since then in circus shows and private events. Cat is known for her unusual taste in music, insane flexibility and loves the creative process behind aerial performances. She loves teaching her students and seeing them progress.

Lydiah

Silks & Stretch Instructor

Lydia has been instructing at Altitude since 2015, she is a multi disciplinary circus artist who specializes in hand-balancing, pole and aerials. Lydia has won a number of National and Australasian awards in both pole and hoop. She has 12 years experience as a competitive gymnast, with a combined total of over 20 years training experience. With her many years experience and natural talent for dance and performance (among other things!) she'll have you looking polished in no time!

Laura

Pole Instructor

Laura began pole dancing with Altitude in early 2016 and took to the performance stage soon after. She hasn’t looked back since and loves the atmosphere and community that Altitude Pole provides. Laura’s bubbly personality, sense of humour and background in competitive cheerleading mean you can expect a fun and energetic class, helping you to unleash your inner ‘pole ninja’

Ellen

Pole Instructor & Studio Manager

Starting as an instructor in 2019 is Ellen. With a background in dance Ellen joined Altitude in 2017 and has never looked back. "I love the challenge of pole and the feeling of accomplishment when you achieve something new. Altitude is like a family and I am so excited to have the opportunity to show people what an awesome difference Altitude can make in your life."

Oliva

Pole & Stretch Instructor

Oliva has been poling since 2011, and has been instructing since 2017. She has competed and performed throughout NZ and Australia, receiving the titles of Miss Pole Queen 2017, and Miss Pole Dance NZ 2018. Her particular areas of interest are flexibility training and floorwork.

Erin

Hoop Instructor

Having become talented across the aerial arts over the past three years, and with a background in rhythmic gymnastics and dance, Erin joined the instructor team in 2016. A regular performer in pole and silks and a competitor on the NZAPP stage, Erin has much to offer and looks forward to pushing our students to help them reach their goals.

Violet

Hoop Instructor

Violet has always had a love of being in the air, after trying to find the best way through rock-climbing, snow-boarding, and cheer-leading she discovered aerials in 2015. She quickly fell in love with aerials, thanks to the variety of physical and mental challenges they offer, challenges she is excited to help her students conquer. 
Violet has a particular passion for aerial doubles, which she competed in at the inaugural Miss Lyra (2018). Her love of physical activity has even led her into the academic world of Sport Science where she is currently completing her Masters.  

Kirsty

Pole Instructor

Kirsty joined Altitude Pole in 2017 in hopes of finding a new exercise form more exciting than the gym, and soon became addicted. Bringing a 10 year background in jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance, her performances vary from pole meets contemporary, to sassy, on the beat numbers. Kirsty is excited to be able to give back to the pole community in the form of teaching, and hopes that others will also be able to discover the love for pole dancing that she did. 

Tash

Position

"Tash been pole dancing since 2013 and instantly fell in love with it. She fell in love with how fun fitness can be, how supportive and welcoming the people are and how much confidence it can give you. Coming from no dance or gymnastics background, Tash is the perfect example to show that pole dancing and aerial arts is for anyone! She has a special enthusiasm for planches and drops!"

Her accolades include :

  • NZAPP 2017 Open Category Winner, ChCh Heat and Finals

  • Pole Legends 2017 Bendy Kate Tricks Awards 

Christina

Silks Instructor

Christina has been doing aerials since 2017. Prior to this, she spent 10 years training in Martial Arts and competing in competitive sparring. Wanting another challenge, she switched over to aerial arts and was immediately hooked. Specialising in Aerial Silks and Pole, she loves seeing the progression in her students and watching them shine!

With no dance background Christina wants to show others that there is no prerequisite for aerial arts, you just have to put your mind to it!

Toni

Pole Instructor

Toni started her pole journey with Altitude in February 2018 after attending a hens party. She was inspired by the technical mastery and strength pole dancers have. Toni had thought about  joining prior to the hen's do but didn't out of pure fear that she wouldn’t be strong enough or flexy enough (pretty sure we can all relate to that!).  In her own words she says "After attending the hens party and having the most fun I had had in a long while I knew immediately I wanted to join! I have always had a love for dance and even though I don't have a dance background I pride myself on having a great sense of rhythm and musicality from my experience in artistic roller skating. I can’t wait to help other people work towards their goals!"

Toni loves to challenge herself whether it’s performing in a showcase or in a national competition.

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