Meet the team

Alexe

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…
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Melissa

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…
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Vanessa

Vanessa

Vanessa joined LDA in March 2013, following a successful career in producing and event management for independent theatre…
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Fernanda

Fernanda

As a “Therapy” Pole dance invaded Fernanda’s life in 2015, where until then a sedentary lifestyle and a busy…
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Sarah

Sarah

Sarah has known both Alexe and Melissa for 15 years and was lucky enough to take their first…
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Sorcha

Sorcha

Trained in dance at Millennium Performing Arts, Sorcha has a wide reaching and intense enthusiasm for physical expression…
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Our teachers

Alexandra

Alexandra

Alexandra has a Degree in Professional Musical Theatre and has trained in a variety of styles ranging from…
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Alexe

Alexe

Alexe co-founded LAP / LDA – originally the London Academy of Pole Dancing – in 2006, following her…
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Angeliki

Angeliki

Angeliki Angeliki started dancing at the age of four and her training includes ballet, contemporary, jazz and modern…
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Anna

Anna

Anna started rhythmic gymnastics at just 5 years old and in 1997, she spent a summer in Moscow,…
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Bella

Bella

Bella as a teenager spent 8 years learning ballet and jazz-dance and performed as a dancer in the…
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Cat

Cat

Cat has been doing pole for 6 years (back when everyone used 50mm). She is now an Elite…
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Cathrine

Cathrine

Currently studying a MSc International Business Economics at City University * Born in Norway, moved to San Diego, CA…
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Chanelle

Chanelle

Chanelle Hall is a singer/ songwriter/dancer/creative-director/actress from London. Chanelle has evolved all her creative talents and years of…
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Charly

Charly

Charly Charly (aka Marie-charlotte aka MC) discovered pole dancing at Bobbi’s Pole Dance Studio in Sydney. Passionate about…
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Claire

Claire

Claire has training in ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz and pole. She currently teaches Foundation –  Intermediate levels of the…
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Deb

Deb

Since winning at the International Pole Championships in 2012, Deb has travelled the world performing, teaching workshops and…
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Emma

Emma

Emma is a professional model, PT and dancer and qualified exercise to music instructor. Her extensive training and…
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Hannah

Hannah

Hannah is an elite level professional pole dancer and circus artist and performs, teaches and competes across the…
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Isis

Isis

Isis Victoria Rose started dancing as soon as she started to walk. A professional dancer for over 9…
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Jackie

Jackie

Throughout her childhood and early teens Jackie was part of the touring youth circus in Switzerland “Kinderzirkus Robinson”, performing…
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Jennifer

Jennifer

Pixie Le Knot is one of the most flexible contortionists in the UK. She performs the most extreme…
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Jo

Jo

Accomplished and experienced international aerialist and acrobat. Jo Foley has over 15 years experience performing with gymnastics, theatre and circus…
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Kate

Kate

Kate is one of our very own students, who after coming ‘just for 3 classes from Groupon’ fell…
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Lanaiya

Lanaiya

Lanaiya has had a passion for performing arts from a young age. She started out training in ballet,…
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Lauren

Lauren

Lauren considers herself to be an old-school poler, favouring the simple, classic moves done well over the crazy, super-strong-and-flexy…
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Lisa

Lisa

Lisa has pole danced for about 6 years now and is particularly inspired by the combination of extreme…
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Louise

Louise

Louise had a very different entry into the world of pole dancing, coming from a background in snowboarding.…
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Maria

Maria

Maria Maria started pole dancing in 2010 after having her first baby. After a year of preparation she…
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Maya

Maya

Maya (aka Iracy Veloso ) comes from a dance background (ballet, contemporary and folk dance). She has a…
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Melissa

Melissa

Melissa is the co founder and – Director of the London Dance Academy. She learnt to dance as…
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Michal

Michal

Michal started dancing ballet at the age of 10 and later on took Jazz and Street Dance. Performances…
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Natasha

Natasha

Natasha As a fitness lover, Natasha likes to challenge herself, always taking up new disciplines. She came to…
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Nofisa

Nofisa

Nofisa started her pole fitness journey in New Jersey, USA. It was an instant addiction to the sport…
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Qing

Qing

Qing started her pole journey in summer 2014 right here at LDA, where the instructors gave her an opportunity…
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Renars

Renars

Renars has had a keen interest in the performing arts from a young age. He started folk dancing…
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Renee

Renee

Sport is my passion. I used to be a swimmer, I tried springboard diving, kick box, but dancing…
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Rowan

Rowan

Rowan is an accomplished Circus and Variety performer, having worked in circus’, theatre and stunt display teams throughout…
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Sam

Sam

Sam started pole-ing back in 2007, with no gymnastics or dance background and being self proclaimed terrible at…
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Samantha

Samantha

Using the Pilates principles in everything she teaches, Samantha believes in balancing the whole body with the mind during…
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Scarlett

Scarlett

Scarlett is an experienced teacher and performer. She was a teacher at Michelle Shimmy and Maddie Sparkle’s Pole…
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Sophie

Sophie

Sophie has been dancing since the age of 3 and has a background in ballet, lyrical and theatre…
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Sorcha

Sorcha

Trained in dance at Millennium Performing Arts Sorcha has a wide reaching and intense enthusiasm for physical expression…
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Tiago

Tiago

Tiago Gambogi is a vibrant and enthusiastic male pole dancer, teacher, contemporary dancer, actor, clown, choreographer and co-artistic…
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Toni

Toni

Toni discovered yoga 8 years ago trying to find a way to heal herself naturally from several injuries.…
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