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Devon started pole dancing in 2011, she took a few classes at other studios around the District, but she didn't fall in love with Pole Dancing until she started her training at the Pole Pressure Downtown DC location. Devon has been teaching Pole Dancing since April 2013. Pole Dancing allowed her to push beyond her comfort zone and compete and place in the following competitions: Champion - 2012 Ms Head Over Heels Basic Division; 3rd Place - 2013 Dangerous Curves Plus Size Competition; 3rd Place - 2015 Atlantic Pole Championship Level 3 Senior Entertainment. Devon wanted to expand her impact on the pole community and opened Pole Pressure Woodbridge in January 2015. In February 2017 Devon took ownership of Pole Pressure DC and became the Chief Executive Officer of the Pole Pressure brand.
Alex became mesmerized with pole in 2016 when she came across Anastasia Sokolova's audition performance on Ukraine's Got Talent. From that day she was determined to start pole dancing -- found Pole Pressure DC, and became addicted to the sport and the studio. In her previous life, Alex was a classically-trained cellist and pianist both in Italy and the USA; she also studied ballet and gymnastics. She loves spin pole, strength building moves, and strongly dislikes hearing excuses from people about "not having enough upper body strength" ;). When she is not teaching she is working on her handstands and flexibility. Check out Alex’s teaching schedule HERE! You can also follow her on Instagram: @alexr_pd
Andrew Zapfel has been pole dancing since 2013 years at Pole Pressure DC. Known for his quirky personality on the stage, Andrew likes to combine storytelling, character development and some humor to his routines. Andrew is Mr. Pole Pressure 2016, a regional competition held annually, and has performed in the Pole Pressure “polusicals” Chicago and Dirty Dancing. While he loves learning the newest tricks, his focus in teaching is all about flow, connections between moves, and building the stage presence of performers. Students will go through strength building, theater activities, and flow routines to build performances and show confidence on the pole.
Ann found Pole Pressure in 2015 and instantly fell in love. Dedicated to the sport, you could always find her doing classes back to back every night. Having little to no background in fitness and dance, within her first year of pole she was already preparing for her first pole competition where she placed 3rd in her category! Ann is Pole Pressure certified to teach pole, aerial yoga, aerial hoop, and flexibility classes.
Dancing is my passion! I have a diverse background in classic choreography, ballroom dancing, performing and teaching Latin dances and trying different dancing styles and various types of fitness. In 2009, I discovered pole fitness and have been addicted ever since. I enjoy teaching all levels of pole and aerial hoop. I enjoy being a part of the Pole Pressure community, seeing the excitement when my students learn new tricks and routines or get into their first splits. I truly believe that Pole and Aerial exercises bring people of all shapes, cultures, and backgrounds together to enjoy the art of fitness and improve their lives. I promise you a challenging but fun workout and at the same time enhancing your confidence and acquiring new skills, such as conquer the gravity.
Cindy began dance at age 3 and continued on to perform in companies in DC through college. She signed up for her first pole class as a dare in 2010 and began teaching 6 months later. She also teaches lyra, and hosts the popular Twerkshop class. Cindy continues to train young dancers in Virginia in ballet, tap, and jazz. Her style is sexy, dancey, and often includes wearing heels.
Crystal McLean, aka TMZ, has been teaching at Pole Pressure since 2009. She is known as Pole Mama to countless students, awesome trixster, and expert on hiding moose knuckles. She will catch you on video doing amazing and/or embarrassing things on the regular. She has cracked the code to eating all the pizza you want without gaining an ounce. She loves tattoos. She is always learning new things and has several side hustles cause she's a hard worker. She has a great sense of humor and she will tell it like it is. You will want to be friends with her.
Francesca Arminio has been training aerial arts since October of 2015. Beginning with Aerial Silks she quickly realized she had a love for all things aerial and ventured into the world of pole dancing. Francesca has also been training advanced flexibility and contortion for the past few years and has also taken to Lyra/Aerial Hoop. She believes everyone has the ability to build flexibility as long as they are dedicated to the process. As an avid crossfitter Francesca brings dynamic strength cross-training to all her classes and insists you can be strong AND flexible, you just have to work! Check out Francesca’s teaching schedule HERE! You can follow her on Instagram: @FrabyBaby
5 UK tours and 1 Italian tour Jessalynn is a force to be reckoned with! She became poling in 2006 and started training on Lyra in 2013. She is a true pioneer in the pole community. She competed in the first USPDF Professional category in 2008, and the 2009 and 2011 USPDF pro division competitions. In September 2013 she won the Professional division, top female at the Supershag Pole Championship in Boston, MA securing her place to compete in the first professional pole competition at Arnold Pole Classic 2014. April 2016, she received an invitation to audition in NYC for Madonna's World Tour. September 2016, she swept the Capital of Texas Aerial Championships in the Professional Lyra division taking home first place, Most Flexible, Best Choreography and Best Tricks.
John Taylor teaches pole and aerial hoop. He is a fan of tough, sweaty warm ups and unique combinations of moves, spins and tricks
Julia Siewe has always had a passion for dance. She has a background in ballet, contemporary, and lyrical dance; but fell in love with the art of pole dancing in her very first pole dance class in 2013. Julia then, received advanced training in Vienna, Austria; her hometown, and became a certified pole dance instructor. Teaching others is truly her passion. She appreciates every day she's able to teach her current and new students. Julia believes that pole dancing makes you feel confident, allows you to express yourself, and doesn't require any dance background. You'll not only learn a new skill and have fun; but also develop life long friendships!
A Howard University Alumni, former Redskins Cheerleader, Dance Coordinator for the Howard University Marching and Ooh La La Dancers; Khristena is an international entertainer, entrepreneur, and emerging costume designer. She's performed around the world on military tours with Air Force Entertainment (AFE) and USO Entertainment in countries including: India, various countries in Europe (Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Belgium, London), Southeast Asia, Jordan, Afghanistan, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, and in the Caribbean Islands (Dominican Republic and Aruba). As a local competitive aerial artist, pole fitness instructor, and CEO of a custom performance costume line called Eulalia Designs, she makes custom performance costumes for dance teams and individuals. Khristena has been a Pole Pressure instructor since 2011 teaching Pole, Chair, and Pole Body Extreme. Check out Khristena's teaching schedule HERE!
Laura began her pole studies in 2013 at Brass Ovaries and VAMPS Dance in Austin TX, and that same year was a finalist in the Miss Texas Pole Star competition. She has been an actor and performer since the age of 6, and also has a background in dance, stage combat, mime, and mask. In addition to teaching pole, she recently completed a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Acting, and has performed locally with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Synetic Theater, 1st Stage, and Folger. She loves teaching hardcore workouts, but also works privately with pole students wishing to add drama and theatricality to their routines!
Mauricio started his handstand journey in his early 30's. He has trained extensively with professional hand balancers, acrobats, and Cirque du Soleil artists and mentors. His hard work and dedication proves you can start your journey at any age.
With an Aunt who rode elephants and an Uncle who was a clown in the circus, Rebecca Freund has always had a fascination with the circus arts. With years of gymnastics under her belt, she decided to put them to good use and become an aerialist. Training with amazing and diverse aerialists (Terry Beeman, Tania Holt, Maximiliano Torandell) she has learned the delicate art of dancing in the air. Specializing in silks, trio cube, hoop, hammock, and chandelyra, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with amazing artists like Sinbad, Enrique Iglesias, and Nelly Furtado; performing at various events, including Tim Robbins; WTF Festival, LA County Fair, First Fridays at Reno's Grand Sierra Resort, the grand opening for the conjunction of Target and Nordstroms, andThe White House Halloween. She has also been in the air at corporate events, weddings, casinos, and clubs, and has a feature in Maxim Magazine online with Terry Beeman's Mental Head Circus.
Sarah is known for her deliberate and biomechanically informed sequencing and cuing. Sarah also teaches Pilates and apparatus, suspension training (TRX), aerial yoga, acro yoga, self-myofasical release, gymnastics strength training, and mobility for performance. She teaches a movement quality that is recognizable in that it combines strength with mobility, form with fluidity, and control with freedom. Sarah also has a Master's degree in Nutrition and provides nutritional consultations, specializing in eating for performance, navigating the symptoms of digestive dysfunction, seasonal cleansing, and is working on a cookbook.
Sarah is a Master Instructor and has been teaching Pole Fitness since 2010. Sarah fell in love with dance at an early age, studying mostly Ballet and Modern Dance. She continued dancing through college, where she earned a BA in Dance from The George Washington University in 2007. Sarah loves teaching Pole Fitness and seeing the transformations in her students, both physically and mentally. She is very excited to see you in class!
Antonina (Tonya) Letunovskaya is a highly skilled aerial performer and sports coach with gymnastics background. She is a holder of internationally recognized title of Master of Sports in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She has been performing her aerial skills at the top governmental events in Russia.
With a background in ballet, Latin ballroom, and gymnastics, Yulika was looking for a new challenge and found it when she first set foot into the Pole Pressure downtown studio over five years ago. She successfully competed in the Atlantic Pole and North East Aerial Art Championships and regularly performs in various events at Pole Pressure and beyond. As an instructor, Yulika loves teaching dance and strength-based moves, while always striving to encourage her students to push a little bit harder to achieve new levels. You can follow her on Instagram: @yulikapoleposition