Alexe - Founder
Alexe - Founder
Alexe co-founded LAP / LDA (originally the London Academy of Pole Dancing) in 2006, following her passion and success as a pole teacher and events manager.
After graduation from a prestigious London university with a BA in Music Business & Management, Alexe created a successful events company which organises concerts and festivals in England, Ireland and on continental Europe (totalling over a hundred sensational bands from 5 continents) while making LAP her number one professional activity at the same time! Identifying the gap in fitness industry the market for pole dancers flexibility and circus performers like herself and teaming up with Melissa, LAP was born, Being the first to offer these types of classes soon took the fitness industry by storm in gyms such as LA Fitness, Virgin Active, Fitness First to name a few.
Having danced all her life and performed on stage from a very young age (including the Royal Festival Hall with Lionel Blair), Alexe applied her unmatched organisational skills to multiple roles in the industry (prominent things from events, sales and promotion, stage manager to performer and teacher).
Moving her way up everywhere around London, from Spitalfields, Kings Cross Scala and Camden venues & clubs, LAP came to synchronise many of her passions. performance, dance, management, marketing, and most of all, being free from anyone else’s intervention.
With over 15 years teaching experience, Alexe has also been a part of different Circus troupes and perform at a wide range of events from Glastonbury to Torture Garden.
Over the years, Alexe and Melissa have expanded LDA from being the first in providing not just pole dancing and LDA designed classes such as Extreme stretch, Bikini bootcamp.
Now an umbrella company LDA: Proposing event management and/or performers for major corporate clients, hen parties supplier, designer clothing range for dancers and run a Dancers & Performers agency . They officially opened their very popular London Dance Academy studios in the trendy Old Street area in 2012.
Now Alexe has now retired as LDA director, concentrating on starting her new family.
Melissa - Founder
Melissa - Founder
Melissa is the co-founder and co-Director of the London Dance Academy.
She learnt to dance as soon as she could walk because that’s what every one in her family did. Melissa and her cousin would look at old photos of their mothers and dress up in her aunts beautiful handmade sequinned stage costumes, dreaming that one day they could be part of that world.
After achieving A Levels in Fine Art, Sociology and Performing Arts Melissa left school at 18 to backpack around the world with her brother.
Having been an artist, singer, dancer and physical performer for most of her life she loves to share the techniques that have been shared with her along her many journeys, performances and projects.
Disciplines that have helped Melissa improve, recover and sustain her technique and flexibility for decades.
Melissa’s qualifications include:
Advanced First Aid Teacher Training
Emergency Medical Technician
Exercise to Music
She has relied on her deep understanding of the human body and movement to create class concepts such Splitz Therapy, Entranced, Extreme Stretching & Aerial Deep Stretch Restorative classes with Heat Therapy.
“Dance is a gateway to freedom, expression & creativity.
The Arts have always been my passion –
To help people evolve authentically & fall in love with a world I was lucky enough to be born into…fills me with immense joy…this is the reason why I teach.”
Vanessa joined LDA in March 2013, following a successful career in producing and event management for independent theatre and film, where she spent over 10 years working for and with a vast number of professional companies and artists.
Having completed an MA in Arts Management and Policy early on in her career, she continued to pursue one of her other main interests by studying for an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a particular focus on youth crime and restorative justice, graduating with a distinction in 2010.
Vanessa also has a track record as a successful freelance translator and web editor, and as a tutor in languages, conflict management and IT, working with a wide range of clients across the life-long learning sector from hard to reach young people to the elderly. As a volunteer, she was part of Southwark’s Youth Offending Team Community Volunteer Panel for 6 years.
She loves the creative hub that is LDA, and thoroughly enjoys being part of a constantly growing and evolving company, as well as the huge privilege of working with so many talented teachers and performers (as well as a superb staff team!).
As a “Therapy” Pole dance invaded Fernanda’s life in 2015, where until then a sedentary lifestyle and a busy work schedule were the norm.
Fernanda graduated in advertising in 2005 in Brazil where she was born. She has always worked with Marketing, Events and had her own businesses in Digital Marketing. Nowadays, she works as a social media consultant. Fernanda moved to London with her husband in 2016, and since then fell in love with the LDA atmosphere. As a student she has been training in classes for flexibility, contortion, choreography, pole dance, and aerial yoga among others.
Sarah has known both Alexe and Melissa for 15 years and was lucky enough to take their first pole dance class 10 years ago!
Raised in a family where rock’n’roll, dancing and eccentricity were very important, Sarah has continued this lifestyle with dedication.
After studying Religion, Philosophy & Economics she has led a rather bohemian life.
Sarah has had a varied career to date including retail, dance and running a small law firm.
Following an exceptionally brief stint in The City, she returned to the world of creativity, integrity and freedom of expression and is happily writing children’s books when not working for London Dance Academy.
As well as writing, she spends her time involved in a variety of activities including bowling, surfing and disappearing off into the countryside whenever possible!
She lives by the river with 5 cats, her son and her husband.
Alexandra has a Degree in Professional Musical Theatre and has trained in a variety of styles ranging from Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Horton, Street, Lindyhop, African/Dancehall, Poledance, Housedance, Circus Arts Aerial Rope and Static Trapeze. Since her training she has qualified as a level 3 Personal Trainer working with an emphasis on strength conditioning and boxing, and having just completed her exercise to music is looking to further her training to teach a number of fitness and dance based classes.
Alexi is an energetic, vibrant and friendly character, who loves working with people to further their potential in a fun and safe environment. Alexi is also part of a dance company called Ignition who specialise in Hip Hop and Contemporary dance.
Alexe co-founded LAP / LDA – originally the London Academy of Pole Dancing – in 2006, following her success as a pole teacher in a couple of dancing schools who were proposing only beginners pole – dancing courses.
After graduation from a prestigious London university with a BA in Music Business & Management, Alexe created a successful events company which organises concerts and festivals in England, Ireland and on continental Europe (totalling over a hundred sensational bands from 5 continents) while making LAP her number one professional activity at the same time! Realising the gap in fitness industy the market for pole dancers and performers like herself and so LAP was born.
Having performed on stage from a very young age (mind you, dancing & singing at the Royal Festival Hall with Lionel Blair at the age of ten!), Alexe’s applied her unmatched organisational skills to multiple roles in the industry (prominent things from office administrator, stage manager to performer)
Moving her way up everywhere around London, from Spitafield , King’s Cross’ Scala and Camden venues & clubs, LAP came to syncretise many of the passions. performance, dance, management, marketing, and most of all, being free from anyone else’s intervention.
With over 15 years teaching experience Alexe has also been a part of different Circus troupes and perform at a wild range of events from Glastonbury to Torture Garden.
Over the years, Alexe and Melissa have expanded LAP from providing pole dancing lessons to setting up an umbrella of companies under the name London Dance Academy : the company now proposes management and/or performers for corporate events , hen parties, officially opened their very popular London Dance Academy studios in the trendy Old Street area, designed a clothing range for dancers, and also created a Dancers & Performers agency… watch this space for more to come.
Angeliki started dancing at the age of four and her training includes ballet, contemporary, jazz and modern theatre dance.
In 2014 she graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts in London with a Foundation Degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Circus Arts. Specialising in aerial straps, Angeliki blends movement principals with straps technique to create her own unique style of performance.
For the last few years she has been performing and teaching a variety of aerial disciplines in the UK and abroad.
Anna started rhythmic gymnastics at just 5 years old and in 1997, she spent a summer in Moscow, training with the Russian National Squad. From 2001 she formed part of the British Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad. After graduating with a language degree from Cambridge University, she moved out to Argentina in 2007, where she first discovered her passion for circus. She began training at ‘Club de Trapecistas’ in Buenos Aires and by 2011, she was performing on a regular basis as an aerialist with the contemporary circus collective ‘Amor Eterno.’
In early 2013, Anna moved to São Paulo, where she joined the prestigious circus company ‘Grupo Ares.’ She performed at a number of international events, circus festivals and theatre shows as an aerialist and contortionist. Some of her performances have included hanging from cranes to perform her aerial hoop routine, as well as doing aerial dance routines on some of Sao Paulo’s highest sky scrapers and famous monuments. She worked as a guest artist for a number of companies and directors including “Circo Vox”, “Trupe Guezá”, “Circo Show”, “Febre Coletivo”, “Companhia Base” and “Diálogos acrobáticos.” In the summer of 2013, she performed her aerial hoop routine at the famous Zur Wilden Renate Club in Berlin. In 2014, she won the Capital Fitness Pole Dance Championships in Brasilia.
Anna has a passion for teaching and during her time in Brazil, she worked as an aerials teacher at ‘Competition Gym’ and as a pole and flex instructor at pole dancing schools such as “Metrópole”, “Escola Duda Ribeiro” and “Miss Pole Dance.” She has also taught a number of experimental aerials workshops in São Paulo, with a focus on physical theatre techniques.
In 2017, Anna won several titles in national and international competitions, including: UK Aerial Championships (1st Place), Pole Art France (1st place, semi-professional category), Pole Art Spain (1st place, semi-professional division) and UKPPC (1st place, Instructor category).
At the age of seventeen, while preparing to study towards a career in neuro-biology, Bambi discovered a passion and talent for aerial circus. Dropping everything, they pulled a classic run away with the circus. Bambi ended up on the degree programme at The National Centre for Circus Arts.
Bella as a teenager spent 8 years learning ballet and jazz-dance and performed as a dancer in the Hungarian Circus Variate. Later she discovered sport aerobics and less then in a year she became a member of the National Team, traveled around the globe participating in World Championships, European Championships, World Cups, international open championships. By the time she finished her professional sport carrier, graduated at University of PE and for years worked as an aerobic trainer and coach of the junior team. When she decided to moved to London, something unexpected happened… she found a new passion… pole dancing. Since then she become a qualified instructor and experienced performer, competitor.
Cat has been doing pole for 6 years (back when everyone used 50mm). She is now an Elite level pole dancer, having recently begun competing internationally. She loves flow and enjoys getting lost in the music when dancing. Cat thinks the best part of pole dance is making it your own and enjoying it. Having no background in dance/gymnastics and not being able to even touch her toes when she started she is a firm believer that anything is possible if you put your mind to it!
Over the past few years she has competed often, including Winning UKPPC Professional 2015 and 3rd Place IPAAT Champions and has also competed at Pole Art in Cyprus and MPD UK. She has also judged for MPD Semi Pro 2016 and Bangor Inter Uni Pole Competition. She loves to perform and performs pole, hoop, hoop doubles at any chance she gets.
Cat is a qualified PT and Sports Nutritional adviser. She offers pole, PT and nutrition guidance, advanced flexibility and competition choreography/prep packages.
Currently studying a MSc International Business Economics at City University
* Born in Norway, moved to San Diego, CA at 17 to finish High School, moved to England in 2012 where she gained a bachelor in Economics at the University of Essex.
* Dancing since she was 3 years old: Ballet (7 RAD examinations completed with distinction), Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, commercial, house, Hip Hop, Street dance, funk, reggaeton, locking, point.
* Started Pole dance first year of university in 2012, where she quickly gained skills. Competed in Inter Uni Pole Dance Competition after 4 months of pole dancing, came 2nd place in her category. Elected Vice President of the Essex Pole Dance Club, started teaching strength and flex classes as well as beginners. Hosted Inter Uni Pole Dance Comp in her second year as we won overall the previous year. Final year, she taught classes as well, competed for the school in a few comps and showcases.
* Competitive cheerleader for 3 years for the Essex Flames, won several national as well as international titles. Currently part of a professional cheer dance team in London.
* Genuinely athletic background, played golf for 16 years, plays tennis, ice skating, sailing, skiing (both downhill and cross country), surfing, skating, squash, and practices yoga 2-3 times a week.
* Catherine is a very energetic and positive person, believes in gaining confidence through the sport of pole as well as empowering each other, which is reflected through her teaching. Loves to watch people grow and reach their personal/fitness goals!
Chanelle (aka Miss Twerkology) is a singer/ songwriter/dancer/creative-director/actress from London. Chanelle has evolved all her creative talents and years of experience to grasp her unique sound. She was privileged to collaborate with the Tomorrows Warriors Jazz Orchestra at BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, and also have soloed gigs R&B gigs at famous venues such as the Jazz cafe. Her experience has birthed a new sound and enabled her to fuse her ability, mixing rap flows in her style at the same time keeping that diva apparel. She is currently recording and collaborating with producers all over the world to compliment her universal sound for her album fusing 1940’s jazz and the 808 new sounds.
She has also extended her entertainment value as she tributes Beyonce for events bringing a full on experience, dance and fun! Her passion and creative nature has opened her to many opportunities one being opening for Britain’s got Talents personality Beyonce EXP at the Troxy Theatre at the top of the year.
Chanelle also is trained dancer and has a natural ability picking up new styles of dance; one of these being Twerk, dancehall, afro fusion, contemporary and jazz. Chanelle begun her twerkism discovery many years ago, it started out with friends parties, shows and events; then on to one to one sessions with friends for confidence building, fun and learning the different techniques.
Charly (aka Marie-charlotte aka MC) discovered pole dancing at Bobbi’s Pole Dance Studio in Sydney. Passionate about movement, she did ballet for years before diversifying to modern Jazz, contemporary dance then African dance. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training 200 in Hawaii – and specialized in aerial yoga – she did my aerial Yoga Teacher Training in Houston.
Originally from the south of France, she moved to Paris, then Tunis in Tunisia, then Budapest in Hungary. Charly then ended up in Sydney in Australia. She moved back to her home town in August 2014 and settled in London in mid January 2015.
She passed her ETM (Exercise to Music Certification – Level 2) in 2016 and completed her Xpert Pole Level 1 & 2 Certification the same year.
Charly is all about Rock, Metal and Industrial music and specializes in floorwork, classic pole and exotic.
Her motto? “Creepy is sexy”.
Claire has training in ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz and pole. She currently teaches Foundation – Intermediate levels of the pole syllabus for the London Dance Academy as well as hosting hen parties and performing in corporate and commercial events.
As Claire has had vast experience in the entertainment industry, she is also the coordinator for the events department of the London Dance Academy so please don’t hesitate to contact her should you require performers for any occasion.
Since winning at the International Pole Championships in 2012, Deb has travelled the world performing, teaching workshops and training alongside many incredibly talented pole dancers, performers, choreographers and artists.
Today a happy and vibrant woman living in London, Deb was born in Sydney, Australia – with limb difference. She suffered anxiety and depression from childhood up until her early twenties. Transitioning from a career in Information technology to one as a performing artist pursuing her passion has completely transformed her life. To her, pole dance, contemporary/integrated dance, yoga, pilates and running are akin to oxygen.
As a child, Deb as she lacked the self-confidence to perform with coordination and grace, but took up lessons at Sydney Dance Company in 2005 with very different results. After first seeing pole dancing in a nightclub in 2006, she approached the performers, who became Deb’s first two teachers. She went on to win her first amateur pole dancing title in 2009. In 2007, Deb began her exploration of the circus arts, including contortion, acrobatics, trapeze and lyra.
Deb thrives on the challenge of mastering pole and circus skills in her unique body and loves finding new ways of inspiring her students and audiences to push beyond their perceived limitations. She’s currently enjoying helping people all over Europe explore their Limbitless Potential.
When Deb was in Sydney, she worked as a performer, a personal trainer, yoga teacher and pilates instructor. She is also on the circuit as an inspirational speaker and is sought-after by clients and venues alike as a result of her ability to mesmerise audiences and to motivate others to achieve their utmost.
“We can realise our potential simply by strategically making the most of what we’ve got.”
Her extensive training and experience include Commercial dance, Hip Hop, House, Burlesque. She is an all round dancer that teaches hen parties and dance workshops in Burlesque, Belly Dance, Lap dance, and themed dance parties as well as pole dance.
Emma is a multi-faceted teacher with extensive training in dance and fitness. She also has two world renowned WBFF fitness competitions under her belt.
Having dance background, she provides guidance and assistance in dance choreography, posture and stage presence coaching.
Getting someone up to speed at beginner pole dance level is Emma’s another expertise. Private beginner pole session are welcome.
Possessing extensive knowledge in body conditioning, Emma can assist in private body weight and gym equipment body conditioning sessions.
Her method focuses on achieving results within a short space of time, efficiently and effectively, in an environment that fosters the notion that exercise should be fun, motivational and impactful.
Flavia first started practising yoga in 2009. She was surprised by the sense of lightness and wellbeing she felt at the end of the class. Flavia used to work as Press & Communications Manager at the Royal Academy of Dance and, by practising regularly, her stressful working demands felt somehow more manageable.
Flavia has been teaching since 2014; she is a British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals registered teacher. After finishing her training, she went on to support her tutors as teaching assistant on the triyoga diploma.
She is also qualified to teach restorative yoga. She is currently training as a hot yoga teacher and will be starting Advanced Teacher Training with Jason Crandell in April 2018.
Hannah is an elite level professional pole dancer and circus artist and performs, teaches and competes across the UK. She has been training in pole dance and aerial arts for 6 years and in that time decided to dedicate her life to this performance art and teaching others.
Over the last few years she has won several titles at the highest level competitions in the UK, including: Best Tricks and Sponsors’ Choice award in the Elite Category at the UK Professional Pole Championships (UKPPC) 2015, 1st Place and Best Tricks award in UKPPC Elite Category in 2016 & 2017, and 3rd Place at Miss Pole Dance UK 2015. She is also the Polenastics UK Professional Champion 2014 and British Pole Superstar winner 2014.
She also spent the last couple of years in full-time circus training specialising in Chinese pole, aerial straps and aerial silks. She uses her intimate knowledge of the body gained from her circus training to develop students’ pole dance technique so they can execute moves safely and beautifully.
Her teaching and training motto is that everything in pole dancing is achievable with enough hard work and the right teaching. She teaches many of the advanced and elite level classes at LAPD and is known for her dynamic strength combos on the pole. She is available for private lessons and workshops in pole dance technique & conditioning.
Isis Victoria Rose started dancing as soon as she started to walk. A professional dancer for over 9 years, Isis has studied at central London’s renowned Pineapple Dance Studios and The Place. She is an exceptionally trained dancer in ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop and commercial dance. Isis found the passion for pole 5 years ago and indulged in learning circus acrobatic skills to add to her artistry.
Isis’s talents have demanded her to perform around the world and in music videos, in 2011 she performed and supported the award winning, eccentric world star Lady Gaga in India . Talent going unnoticed, Isis came 2nd place at the 2009 British Hip Hop championships, which led her to become a judge at the annual I Love Tour dance in Spain.
With a love for art and expression, Isis engages in and out of London’s best cabaret and corporate shows in burlesque,showgirls and pole performing. Isis also last year performed on TV for Ant and Dec’s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ for the big reunion and Big Brother’s bit on the side.
In-between performing, Isis’s extensive knowledge and expertise in her profession has led her to choreograph shows and teach at many venues Pineapple Dance Studios, Reebok centre to name a few also presenting a convention for RIP fitness; plus one to one personal mentoring and training.
Throughout her childhood and early teens Jackie was part of the touring youth circus in Switzerland “Kinderzirkus Robinson”, performing various skills such as acrobatics, trapeze, unicycle, rope dancing and even a bit of juggling. She has also performed in Swiss musical theatre, tried her hand at Irish step dance (Celtic Jig) at the “Rojahn Academy of Irish Dance” and practised Kickboxing. Overall Jackie is a fitness freak, always trying to excel in new areas.
She moved to London in 2010 to pursue her other passion of music, and in 2015 she graduated with a first class BA honours in Music Business Management from BIMM London (The British & Irish Modern Music Institute) whist also working in Legal & Business Affairs for [PIAS], the biggest independent label group in the UK. Jackie’s favourite music genre is undoubtedly Rock music and she loves to further new talent such as the Rock band “Chase The Ace”.
Funnily enough it is her collaboration with Chase The Ace, which got her introduced to pole dancing at the start of 2015. Being completely new in the pole dancing world, Jackie had never appreciated the gymnastic / acrobatic elements required for pole dance, which was precisely what got her hooked. She fell in love with pole instantly and for the past year has been training pole dance intensively at London Dance Academy, where she reached the advanced level within a short time. Strength is definitely one of her specialities but she keeps working hard to improve her everlasting journey of flexibility. In June 2016 Jackie undertook the beginners pole dance instructor qualification course at “Spin City” and is due to enrol on their intermediate & advanced qualification course later on this year. Jackie is very excited to be part of the London Dance Academy team.
Pixie Le Knot is one of the most flexible contortionists in the UK. She performs the most extreme and amazing backbends which very few other british contortionists are able to achieve. She currently performs contortion and acrobatic acts at venues all over the world and has appeared in many films, commercials, virals, music videos and publicity stunts.
Pixie Le Knot plays Kayla in HBO’s Game Of Thrones, appeared in Paramount’s horror movie ‘The Devil Inside’, recent horror thriller ‘It Never Sleeps‘ and touching feature film ‘My Feral Heart‘ as well as featuring in ITV 1’s Get Your Act Together teaching and performing contortion with Emmerdale’s Roxy Shahidi.
She is currently filming on Warner Bros ‘Jungle Book: Origins’ directed by Andy Serkis.
Accomplished and experienced international aerialist and acrobat. Jo Foley has over 15 years experience performing with gymnastics, theatre and circus for a variety of events ranging from commercials and music videos to corporate events and private parties and everything in between.
Drawing from this wealth of knowledge and experience, Jo is also an acclaimed circus tutor, emphasising strong technique, attention to details and lots of fun!
Kasey has worked as an acrobatic and movement coach since the age of 15 in various disciplines and methods. She started training in U.S. artistic gymnastics at the age of four and competed nationally at the elite level until a serious spinal injury forced her to leave the sport. Since then Kasey has shifted her focus, first to competitive diving, then to professional circus arts. She specialised in acrobatics, handstands, and aerial straps.
Having experienced many traumatic injuries and surgeries herself, Kasey understands that movement truly does equal happiness.
When the body is not moving optimally we are not in optimal health. She teaches a focused and challenging practice that brings new awareness to the deep postural stabilisers and a greater mind body connection. She truly believes that through proper alignment and breath we have the ability to heal our bodies and improve our lives. Killer abs and bums are just a bonus!
Motto: High level skills are built on solid fundamentals.
REPs level 3 Pilates
– Body Control Pilates, Mat/Reformer
– Ten Academy, Reformer
Pre Post Natal Pilates, Mat/Reformer
Kate is one of our very own students, who after coming ‘just for 3 classes from Groupon’ fell head over heels (and hers are usually pretty high!) with AntiGravity ® and aerial yoga and turned into passionate practitioner, and after two years, an instructor.
Kate’s aerial interests span across different disciplines: aerial yoga, Anti Gravity® fitness range (yoga, pilates, suspension fitness and Air Barre) and aerial hoop. Her main and foremost passion is Anti Gravity®, and Kate loves sharing her passion with others.This is what brought her to becoming an instructor.
Kate believes in unlocking people’s abilities and helping them overcome their limitations. This stems from her own experience in overcoming spinal condition and refusing to live limited life doctors advised her to have. Outside the aerial world, Kate is a water sports addict (waterskier and windsurfer), hiker and climber – which is a testament to her ability to turn those beliefs into reality.
Her motto is : there is no fate, but what we make for ourselves.
Lanaiya has had a passion for performing arts from a young age.
She started out training in ballet, jazz and theatre. Not long after, she took on street dance through which she was able to perform locally, abroad and take part in competitions. Lanaiya found a passion for pole in 2014 and has indulged in the art routinely ever since.
Currently cover teaching Twerk for the London Dance Academy, her classes are specialised by her extensive dance experience and cultural vibes, having been a performer in the carnival for the past 17 years.
Lauren considers herself to be an old-school poler, favouring the simple, classic moves done well over the crazy, super-strong-and-flexy moves everyone seems to be doing now!
She has been pole dancing for 4 years having started when I was at uni, and quickly turned a hobby into a passion/obsession, and now (hopefully!) a career. Her proudest achievement to date is winning my first ever competition – The Authentic Pole Dance 2015.
Lisa has pole danced for about 6 years now and is particularly inspired by the combination of extreme tricks and sensual moves. Her classes incorporate those wow-factor tricks into sexy routines. Lisa is a big fan of spinning pole and all her classes are centred around them. Her classes will leave you feeling like a true femme fatale.
Louise had a very different entry into the world of pole dancing, coming from a background in snowboarding. What got her into pole was the desire for a sport that would challenge her but still keep her flexible and fit – and pole gave her just that.
Since Louise qualified as a pole instructor she has travelled to world-class studios and watched competitions in Europe and North America, continuing her development as a dancer by attending workshops with many of the world’s top pole-dancers, such as Felix, Jenyne and Alethea amongst others. Louise has performed at Bucks Pole Championships, Pole-Dance Studio and at several True Blood conventions. Louise trains her students to build strength, flexibility and fitness, but her favourite personal style is sexy flow and floorwork.
Magda’s passion to sport started with acrobatics when she was 9 years old.
A few years later she won 2nd place in the regional championships in acrobatics in junior class in doubles.
Her journey with pole dance started in 2012 at the Pole Dance Institute Vienna. Magda has been dancing at the London Dance Academy since 2015 and this school shaped the dancer she is today. Recently she completed the instructor training under the talented eye of Edyta Borchowiec.
Magda loves new challenges and sets her aims high. Pole dance fills her life with positive energy and brings a big smile on her face each time she enters the studio. Now that she is starting to teach, she looks forward to passing this on to students.
Maya (aka Iracy Veloso ) comes from a dance background (ballet, contemporary and folk dance). She has a BA in Physical Education from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil.
Maya arrived in London in 1998. She has been pole dancing for more than fifteen years and teaching pole for the last ten years. Initially self-taught, she began training in 2006 with former UK and world pole champion Elena Gibson. She was later invited to become part of her select team of teachers.
Maya was a finalist in pole dance competitions in both the UK and abroad between 2006 and 2012. (Pole Divas 2006 and 2009 finalist, Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 finalist, Pole Art 2010 finalist, as well as UK Professional Pole Championship 2011 finalist). In recent years, she has focused on teaching and improving her skills as a pole instructor.
POLE SPECIFIC TEACHING CERTIFICATIONS:
– 2013: certified by the X-Pert Pole Fitness Certification Program Level 1/2 .
– 2014: certified by elevatED Level 1 Professional Pole Instructor Training.
– 2015: certified by elevatED Flexibility Level 1 Professional Instructor Training.
– 2016: completed FloorFlow Teacher Training Level 1 with Marlo Fisken.
completed Josh Taylor’s Pole Instructor Intensive.
certified by XPERT Pole Fitness Spinning Pole teachers training.
– 2017 certified by Spin City intermediate Pole Fitness Instructor Training.
Melissa is the co founder and – Director of the London Dance Academy.
She learnt to dance as soon as she could walk because that’s what every one in her family did. Melissa and her cousin would look at old photos of their mothers & dress up in her aunts beautiful handmade sequined stage costumes, dreaming that one day they could be part of this world.
After achieving A Levels in Fine Art, Sociology & Performing Arts Melissa left school at 18 to back pack around the world with her brother.
Having been an artist, singer, dancer and physical performer for most of her life she loves to share the techniques that have been shared with her along her many journey’s, performances & projects.
Disciplines that have helped Melissa improve, recover and sustain her technique & flexibility for decades.
Melissa’s qualifications include:
Advanced First Aid Teacher Training
Emergency Medical Technician
Exercise to Music
She has relied on her deep understanding of the human body & movement to create class concepts such Splits Therapy, Entranced, Extreme Stretching & Aerial Deep Stretch Restorative classes with Heat Therapy.
“Dance is a gateway to freedom, expression & creativity.
The Arts have always been my passion –
To help people evolve authentically & fall in love with a world I was lucky enough to be born into…fills me with immense joy…this is the reason why I teach.”
Michal started dancing ballet at the age of 10 and later on took Jazz and Street Dance. Performances with Borgore, download festival and many more.
Michal started pole dancing at 2009 and took on teaching after sox months of intense training. and found it addictive, she would find a way to backbend In any move.Michal’s teaching style is all about the hardcore conditioning and sexy graceful transitions and his classes will give you a real challenge.
Michal’s teaching style is all about breaking down moves to make them simple as possible for everyone, hardcore conditioning and sexy graceful transitions and her classes will give you a real challenge.
In 2011 Michal started intense training circus arts on aerial silks and rope, because being on the ground is just too boring…
As a fitness lover, Natasha likes to challenge herself, always taking up new disciplines.
She came to the world of Pole Dancing about 4 years ago and instantly fell in love with it. The combination of power, energy and grace were captivating. Natasha found that once you start you can’t stop, there is always a new challenge awaits you: new move, new trick, new transition…
She loves seeing smiles and happy faces and girls screaming ‘I DID IT’ in her classes, and believes this is the best award as the teacher you can get. It inspires and motivates her to train to her maximum potential.
Trained as a Fitness Instructor, Natasha took 2nd place in the Advanced category IPAT 2014.
Nofisa started her pole fitness journey in New Jersey, USA. It was an instant addiction to the sport and her love for pole fitness continues today. Even after having her son, Nofisa is determined to continue her pole journey and is continuously reaching new levels in the sport.
A proud moment in her pole journey is coming 1st place in the talent show section of Miss Galaxy Universe, a Fitness Model Competition for Women.
When it comes to her style of pole dance, Nofisa would describe herself as strong with a lot of sass.
Nofisa is also a Personal Trainer and qualified Exercise to Music Instructor. She loves teaching group fitness classes as it gives her an opportunity to bring a lot of energy and fun to a room full of people.
Qing started her pole journey in summer 2014 right here at LDA, where the instructors gave her an opportunity to discover her passion for pole fitness. She has no professional background in dance or gymnastics but with dedication and correct guidance, she was growing fast, performing in showcases and entering various competitions.
Qing studied Teaching French as a Second Language in France and taught it for 3 years. She is passionate and patient in helping others to learn and achieve their goals. Now she has transformed this eagerness into teaching pole fitness. She believes that we can achieve anything with enough dedication and correct guidance. Believe in yourself and work to reach your goals. Be ready to train hard with her, no excuses!
Sport is my passion. I used to be a swimmer, I tried springboard diving, kick box, but dancing was always my biggest love. I was 3 years old when I had my first gymnastic lesson. Since then I tried out several dance styles, from ballet to new style, through latin, rhythmic sport gymnastic, contemporary dance, cheerleader, Folk Dance.
I was a member of a dance group for 8 years, we won many competitions, including two times the Hungarian National Modern Dance Cup Championship. After I’ve changed my team and started to dance New Style, we were guests at many famous sport events like Nike Moove ‘Ya Campaign.
I started Pole Dance 3 years ago, and after one year I was among the finalists in the Pole Fitness Hungarian Open International Championship. It was amazing to perform in front of Anastasia Skukhtorova and Evgeny Greshilov, who were the members of the judges.
I’m involved in regular pole dance coaching for two years, besides according to my Certificate as a Master of the Clinical Psychology, so I am going to sustain your psychic condition as well.
If You want to take part on a competition, I help You choreographing complex dance routines, teach You how to perform and express Yourself through movements. I concentrate on techniques, good postures, how to combine tricks with artistic dance style, as a result of: Pole Art.
is an accomplished Circus and Variety performer, having worked in circus’, theatre and stunt display teams throughout the UK and Europe.
Rowan is also a highly qualified Personal Trainer specialising in HIIT, ZUU and forms of Aerial and Suspension training. With a focus towards empowerment through strength, mobility and flexibility. “Liberate your body, expand your horizon!”
Sam started pole-ing back in 2007, with no gymnastics or dance background and being self proclaimed terrible at all physical activity , starting pole was quite the challenge.
With her friends and family dismissing it as just a fad, Sam continued to pole away, having been taught by champion Karen Chaundy and then Elena Gibson, but sadly Sam was forced to take a two year hiatus due to illness.
Coming back to pole was no mean feat, she started at LDA back in 2010, and began teaching soon after. In the last five years Sam has built up her Extreme Tricks and Flexi pole classes, as well as competing as semi pro in both UK Pole Theatres, European Pole Championships, and Pole2Poleas well as being involved in performances at The Ideal Home Show and the Drury Lane Club.
Sam has a unique comedic style blending burlesque style performance with pole, and a playful use of props and food.
Using the Pilates principles in everything she teaches, Samantha believes in balancing the whole body with the mind during exercise. One of the most experienced AntiGravity Yoga teachers in London, Samantha is able to adapt classes to suit every level of ability, and has recently added AntiGravity Pilates into her repertoire.
To complement the AntiGravity fitness, Samantha is also certified in Suspension Training and Advanced Stretch techniques, so you can be assured you’ll be in safe hands in any one of her classes.
She also has 8 years of experience in the world of Pole Dance.
Sophie has been dancing since the age of 3 and has a background in ballet, lyrical and theatre dance. She studied dance at the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) where she became an Associate in Freestyle. It was while studying for her Associate that she discovered pole dancing and the rest, as they say, is history!
Sophie has been teaching since 2007. She is very friendly and approachable. Her long dance history shows through her grace and technique which she applies in her classes and tries to instil into every passing student.
Sophie entered her first ever competition in 2017, with a fantastic result, winning 2nd place at UKPPC in the Instructor category.
She spends most of her free time hanging around upside down and invites you to do the same!
Trained in dance at Millennium Performing Arts Sorcha has a wide reaching and intense enthusiasm for physical expression and the arts.
Sorcha is a hot yoga and vinyasa yoga teacher, teaching in studios and gyms around London. She has recently got back from rigorous Ashtanga yoga training at the KPJAYI Pattabhi Jois Institute in Mysore, India and continues her daily practice back in the UK. She is particularly excited about the choreographic side to sequencing, discovering enjoyable ways in which complementary postures flow into one another, creating a deeply satisfying, smooth and dance-like quality.
Sorcha has vast performing experience, including burlesque strip-tease (Madame Jo Jo’s), pole dance, and film work (Set The Thames on Fire, Dir: Charles Edwards).
She is passionate about pole dance, performing, and aerial circus, particularly silks, and is very excited to continue her training at LDA.
Tiago Gambogi is a vibrant and enthusiastic male pole dancer, teacher, contemporary dancer, actor, clown, choreographer and co-artistic director of dance theatre company F.A.B. – THE DETONATORS, co-founded with English Margaret Swallow in 1999.
Tiago was a finalist and won Best Costume at Mr Pole Fitness UK 2015. In 2014 Tiago won 3rd Place in the Brazilian Pole Dance Championship (professional category) and 2nd place in 2013 (amateur category). He trained and performed with Naiara Beleza at Naiara Beleza Pole Dance Art Fitness in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He also did classes and workshops with Lu Senra, Mariana Queiroz, Grazzy Brugner, Alessandra Montanaro (Brazil), Sergia Louise Anderson, Michelle Stanek, Marlo Fisken (USA), Lolo Hilsum (France), Christian Cerpa (Chile).
Overall Tiago has worked in over 25 shows, 9 films, directed 7 pieces and performed in 15 countries. Tiago won VENUE Magazine’s top accolade in the dance category for three consecutive years in 2006, 2007, 2008. His latest production is Trans-Amazônia, a one-man show about his experience of travelling for 6 months the Transamazon highway in Brazil.www.transamazonia.wordpress.com.
Tiago has trained at The Place / London Contemporary Dance School, the Laban Centre and CEFAR / Fundação Clóvis Salgado (Brazil), and worked with a number of renowned artists from across the globe.
His pole classes are fun and challenging, focusing on clear alignment and movement flow. Tiago uses contemporary dance routines with a variety of pole shapes, combos and tricks leading to short performances. He creates a warm and supportive environment where the students feel at ease to practice and take risks.
Toni discovered yoga 8 years ago trying to find a way to heal herself naturally from several injuries. Her personal experience was the very best proof that yoga is a powerful tool when you want to affect both body and mind in possitive way.
Toni completed her Teacher Training course in Hatha yoga at the beginning of 2011 in Himalayan Yoga school Rishikesh Yog Peeth. Since than she’s been teaching different classes of yoga as Detox yoga, Power yoga and restorative classes always based on the needs of her students.
Soon after moving to London Toni discovered Aerial Yoga. Learning from the best Toni formed her style as flowy sequences to open up the body and mind, building strength and flexibility. Combining energising moves high in the air and grounding, restorative poses which the swing makes even more pleasurable leaving you refreshed and relaxed.