Anna trained at two of England’s most prestigious ballet schools, and honed her pole skills in Paris. She has used that experience to turn pole dance into a fun fitness event.
Anna will give you the confidence to do what you wouldn’t have believed possible.
She has also performed her pole circus show at many high profile events around Britain.
Anna* is generally in charge of things at Pole Fit, and daughter Faye (3 years and learning) helps when the Yummy Mummies’ groups come.
We are delighted and so excited that Sam King began teaching the Intermediate and Advanced levels at Pole Fit London (Stockwell) from February 2014. Not only is he a Champion pole artist he is also a fabulous teacher.
The moves and tricks you learn with Sam are going to be incredible, plus because he works closely with Xpole and competes regularly in tough competitions you are learning from the very best. We have Stacey Sneddon at Herts Dance and Fitness to thank for his arrival at our school.
Having started out as one of Anna’s star students, Silvia is now teaching the Beginners through to Intermediate levels.
With perfect technique she quickly gets great results from even the most nervous Beginners.
She is also a fully qualified Zumba instructor, so if you are also interested in having a few Zumba classes speak to her!
Each week come and challenge yourself with expressive, fluid choreography taking inspiration from different styles of dance. Each routine will incorporate exciting combinations of spins, transitions, low pole work and floorwork, suitable for various skill levels. Kneepads are mandatory, heels optional, song requests welcomed…
Lauren’s MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
During the workshop we’ll be working on various movement drills – focusing on helping you to embrace your own style of movement, become a more confident and well rounded performer and learn the art of the freestyle. During the workshop we’ll also look at improving your technique to create effortless looking tricks and transitions.
Perfect for anyone wanting to compete or perform, or just become more confident in their dance.
Anna McDonnell started her career as a rhythmic gymnast and formed part of the British Squad in 2001. After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2007, she moved out to Argentina where she worked as an actress and embarked on a Masters in Latin American literature. She discovered circus in 2010, whilst living in Buenos Aires. In 2011, she joined the contemporary circus company ‘Proyecto Amor Eterno’ and performed with the company on a regular basis in their shows.
In 2013, Anna McDonnell moved from Argentina to Brazil, where she formed part of the core cast of the circus company ‘Grupo Ares’. During this time, she performed in circus adaptations of shows such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’, as well as participating in a number of high profile corporate events, international festivals, adverts, cabarets and private parties. She also performed her aerial hoop act in the show ‘Nostalgia’ for two seasons with the company ‘Circo Vox’, as well as performing for a season with her contortion act with the company ‘Dialogos Acrobaticos’.
Anna McDonnell returned to the UK in 2015, where she now teaches circus arts and pole full-time and works as a freelance circus performer. In 2017, she won a 1st Place in Pole Art France (Semi Pro), 1st Place UKPPC (Instructor), 1st Place UK Aerial Championships (Lyra) and 2nd place in Pole Art France (Semi Pro). In 2018, she performed her pole act for a season at The Vaults Festival in London with Chivaree Circus.
Opera singer by profession, Rachel has been dancing since the tender age of three, and has always had a passion for movement. Even though she comes from a strong balletic background, she has also explored many different forms of dance including tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, salsa, tango and African dance. In addition, she trained as a rhythmic gymnast for many years and competed in the United States at a high level, even advancing to the US Junior Olympics.
Chasing her performance dreams to New York, she studied musical theatre for two years before realizing her voice was more suited for classical music. She completed her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at the University of Colorado, Boulder and then achieved her Master of Music in vocal performance at The Boston Conservatory. During her university years in Boulder, she maintained a constant schedule of ballet training, yoga and African dance to keep fit and happy. It wasn’t until she moved to Boston, that she discovered pole fitness and instantly fell in love. Rachel has now been pole dancing since 2011, and has enjoyed every moment of the continuing journey. What she loves most about pole dance is that it builds incredible strength, flexibility, grace, sensuality and most importantly, self-confidence! She believes there is no other activity that combines all these aspects in such a unique way. She enjoys being upside-down as much as possible, and when she’s not in the air, you can find her singing opera, learning (and drinking) the world of wine, cooking, cart-wheeling and loving life.
Angie began her career as a dancer in Sydney, Australia where she performed and taught a range of modern dance styles for over two decades.
She holds an Active IQ Level 2 Award in Instructing XPERT Pole Fitness (QCF) and is a qualified Exercise to Music Instructor.
Angie likes to bring an ‘Aussie’ style to all her pole performances and has a passion for fluid combinations and transitions, especially on spinning pole.
His has roots in his practice of Hatha Yoga, with a teaching Diploma accredited by the Independent Yoga Network.
Sevi fell in love with pole dancing 10 years ago here in the UK and decided to start teaching 4 years ago. She recently started performing and competing and she won First Place at the English Riviera Pole Championships in September 2016.
Sevi is a fully qualified instructor of Pole Fitness as well as Stretching for Pole and Aerial. She takes pride in her teaching of safe and correct technique in a fun and welcoming environment.
Hoops? Silks? Skills and challenge!
– teaching at both Sutton and Stockwell studios
Andromeda (Adrian Martel) started theatre classes as a child and in his teenage years began Ballet, Contemporary and Modern dance, which he studied for 10 years. He started learning aerial silks and when he moved to the UK in 2008 he mastered his aerial skills.
In 2012 he took contortion classes with Iona Luvsandorj (Guiness Record Winner) to improve his flexibility, but his enthusiasm and focus soon took him to a performance standard and now he is performing this skill around the world.
Andromeda has just moved back to London from Australia where he taught contortion and aerial in pole and circus schools (PDA, Love Pole, Miss Fit, Umbilico) and stretching/conditioning in dance schools (Village on Broadway, Dance Central) alongside workshops.