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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.
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.
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.
Daphna first became obsessed with pole way back in 2010. As someone who likes to workout by not realizing they are working out, pole struck the perfect balance of cardio, strength and flexibility training. Daphna taught for three years at Jordin’s Paradise (2011-2014) teaching chair dance, poleyogalates (a mashup of flexibility and head/forearm/handstands), intro to pole, and on the pole conditioning (basic inversions and climbs). She loves learning how the body works in various movements and how to break them down to teach in an efficient and safe manner. Daphna continues to train with leaders in the aerial community and bring that knowledge back to the classroom. Daphna has competed in Mr/Mrs. Pole Pressure and performed in Pole Pressure Poleusicals and studio recitals.
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
John Taylor teaches pole and aerial hoop. He is a fan of tough, sweaty warm ups and unique combinations of moves, spins and tricks
Kayla fell in love with aerial arts in 2016. She focuses primarily on pole and hoop, and is expanding her practice to encompass other circus arts, including hand balance, aerial rope and trapeze. Kayla works hard to ensure that her students are challenged and encouraged to be creative and move freely. She promises to teach you something new, and leave you feeling strong, stretchy, sweaty, and inspired after each class. When she is not teaching at Pole Pressure DC, Kayla is a public health professional and amateur songwriter. You can follow her on Instagram: @pole.monkey
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!
Lindsay has been poling since 2012 and teaching at Pole Pressure since 2014. Lindsay enjoys teaching Pole 1, Poletry, and Lyra.
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 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!
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 trained and performed as a ballet dancer for many years before she discovered pole in 2014. Since then, she has competed several times at the Atlantic Pole and Titans of Pole Championships, and she has performed at Pole Pressure's musicals and studio showcases. Sarah enjoys focusing on correct technique, healthy movement practices, and making fitness fun.
Vanessa fell in love with pole when she discovered that Pole Dancing was not just a physical activity which helps women and men gain strength and resistance, but also, is an activity that helps women to express and feel comfortable with their own bodies.She started practicing pole in 2011 and teaching in 2013. Vanessa loves challenging others to achieve their goals and keep them motivated to learn.
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