Wigram
Christchurch

Instructors

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Julia

Co-owner, Pole & Stretch Instructor

Julia started at Altitude in 2013 and began instructing in 2016, and in 2019 she opened 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!"

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Cat

Aerials Instructor and 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.

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Andrew

Pole and Silks Instructor

Andrew comes from a background in triathlon, having started silks at Altitude in 2014. Since then, he has taken to pole as well winning NZ Pole Legends Ultimate Male in 2018 and 2019. He is renowned for his dynamic strength and endurance, and is a big fan of anything flippy. Andrew loves helping students get gains and letting them see what they can really achieve.

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Becky

Pole Instructor

Becky has been a member of Altitude since 2013 and has been poling for 6 years with no prior dance or fitness background. Some of her main training focuses and interests are building on curriculum based moves by playing with new and different variations and transitions, and spin pole. She is excited to be a part of the Altitude team.

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Ines

Pole and Aerial Instructor

Being intrigued by an aerial show, Ines decided to give pole dancing a go back in 2014. She quickly discovered that it was not only a fun type of exercise but had a lot more to offer. After moving to NZ, Ines joined Altitude Pole where she discovered her love for lyra and aerial silks. Since then, Ines has performed at several showcases demonstrating her passion for aerial hoop. She would love her students to experience the world of aerials, growing physically and mentally stronger and being surrounded by a super supportive community you can always count on.

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Dara

Pole and Stretch Instructor

Training pole since 2019, Dara stumbled head-first into love with pole, heels, and all things spready! When she's not training pole, she loves making friends with the floor via dynamic and sensual floorwork. You'll find her classes up-beat and a little sassy, but always ready to help students meet their goals.

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Nicole H

Pole, Hoop and Silks Instructor

Nicole started pole in 2016, after finally beating the nerves that had held her back for too long. She was hooked from day one, and before long added both aerial hoop and silks to her training. She loves having regained the strength she had as a baby gymnast at 7yo.
As cliché as it may sound, she feels Altitude changed her life. Gaining confidence, strength, a community, learning new skills in every class. In teaching she hopes to encourage others in their own aerial journeys.

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Ellen

Pole, Stretch and Studio Manager

Ellen started as an instructor in 2019. 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."

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Lydiah

​Silks and 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!

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Violet

Hoop and Silks 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.

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Asha

Pole and Twerk Instructor

Asha (Pronounced Us-a) has been pole dancing a number of years (primarily at Altitude) and enjoys the various ways she can express herself with it. Never having had experience in dance before it was refreshing to find something that was fun and also combined a decent work out. She also enjoys the more social aspect of being in a studio environment Asha enjoys a mixture of exotic and more contemporary styles as well as shaking her booty rhythmically when twerking on stage and hopes to share her love of twerk and pole with others.

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Laura K

Pole and Stretch Instructor

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!

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Jen

Pole, Hoop and Silks Instructor

Jen started Altitude in July 2017. At the time her Rheumatoid Arthritis had been in remission for six months and she wanted to 'level up' from doing Aquacise. Slow and steady progress, along with embracing the mantra of 'feel the fear and do it anyway', has seen her develop into a bit of a 'Jack of all trades' doing Pole, Silks and Aerial Hoop.
Any remaining spare time is packed with hanging out with her two cats (Ragdolls), painting miniatures, increasing her collection of succulents, board game nights, reading and video games.

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Oliva

Pole and Floorwork Instructor

Oliva has been poling since 2011 and instructing at Altitude since 2017. She dabbled in a range of sports and dance styles, never sticking with anything for too long, until she discovered pole. You'll most often find her working on heels-flow and floorwork. Titles include: Miss Pole Dance NZ 2018 & 19, Pole Legends Tricks Award 2018, Pole Inferno Floor & Base 1st Runner Up 2018, Miss Pole Queen NZ 2017, Pole Legends Sexy Award 2017, NZAPP 2014 Expert Winner, NZ Pole Championships 2011 Expression Category Winner, NZAPP 2011 Intermediate Winner.

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Kirsty

Pole, Hoop, Stretch and Sales Manager

Kirsty found pole while trying to find a new replacement for her childhood dance classes, and never looked back. She quickly discovered hoop, and added that to her repertoire, and now struggles to decide what she prefers. Her favourite part of instructing with Altitude is the honour of being on the journey with students while they unlock new moves.

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Christina

Silks and Stretch 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!

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Brittney

Pole Instructor

Brittney joined pole fitness with a friend as a bit of a laugh and fell in love with its challenges and freedom of expression. She had no background in dance or gymnastics and reaching her knees was a stretch, let alone the floor! As an adult she also joined ballet and jazz to increasing her body awareness and hasn't looked back. She knows the struggles of those of us who are flexibility challenged! You will also see her rockin' heels and dancing it out teaching pole. Not a stranger to the stage, you may have seen her performing some wild characters with her accolades including: Pole Legends doubles finalist 2016, 1st runner up in artistry at Pole Stars 2016, NZAPP intermediate finalist 2016, 3rd in Pole Championship Series Amateur Australia 2019, 1st NZAPP Open Winner CHCH heats 2019, 1st Miss Showgirl at Pole Stars and Judges Choice Award 2019.

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Charlotte

Pole Instructor

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!

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Chrissy

Pole Instructor

No stranger to the dance world, Chrissy has spent the last decade training in ballet and contemporary. She was a silver medallist at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2019 and loves the passion, creativity and confidence that movement gives her! Chrissy started at Altitude at the start of 2020 and Pole instantly became her favourite dance style. A lover of all things splity and spinny, Chrissy can’t wait to help students find their passion too.

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Nicole R

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.