Meet our inspiring instructor team
Both retreats will be hosted by Indi (@bendyindi, founder of indi pole wear)
"I believe we are made to move. Pole dance encourages women to discover and connect with their inner strength, power and beauty. I am passionate about our strong community & encouraging others on their personal journeys of discovery through pole dance and movement. When we get in touch with our bodies and start to flow, that's when magic happens, inside the studio and in life!"
Retreat 1: September 11-17, 2016
Zenia Rosas (@zeniacontortion, Sweden)
"I'm passionate about pole dance & flexibility training. Both of the disciplines have shown me that you can go beyond your limits and even further. I always strive for simplicity & effortlessness in my movements and that’s what I’d love teach you when you attend my classes."
Kristy Louise (@kristyxoxlouise, Australia)
"Pole dancing has changed my life and has pushed me harder than I ever imagined. I can't wait to meet you in Bali to share my pole, flexibility & contortion knowledge with you, and create memories to last a lifetime."
Gøril Synnove Johansen (@gorilsynnove, Norway)
"I started my pole journey in 2013 and was addicted right away. I am known for my flips and love for one handed spins. What I loves the most about pole is that I can express myself be challenged both physically and mentally."
Tammy Bam Bam (@tammy_bambam, Australia)
"I love to perform and am best known for engaging with the audience, from emotional contemporary pieces to heel banging, hair flicking, grinding, rock n roll sexy routines. While I love performing, my true passion is in instructing, guiding women on their pole journey and helping to spread the love of pole and their sexy strong bodies! I'm a qualified PT and my students often comment on my nearly sadistic love of conditioning. If you want a conditioning workout, I am only too happy to help!"
Ellie Conner (@aerialellie, UK/Norway)
"I was introduced to pole dancing when studying in Cornwall. I have since travelled around the UK and then moved to Norway, meeting incredible inspiring women all along the way. What I loves about pole dancing is the feeling of flying, of being stronger than you know, and the confidence that arises from achieving things you never thought possible. My favourite thing about instructing is watching students overcome their difficulties, whether that is finally achieving a nemesis trick or letting go of their issues with their body and just seeing themselves for the amazing strong women that they are."
Nina Reed (@ninapoles/@ninareedphoto, USA/Norway)
"I had no fitness or dance experience before walking into my first pole class almost five years ago, but pole has showed me that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I now work full time as a pole, aerial, and yoga photographer, run the Colorado Pole Championship and Pole Theatre USA, and teach spinning pole flows at Boulder Spirals. I would rather have the prettiest climb than the strongest Fonji, and I believe outdoor adventures with friends are what makes life worth living."
Retreat 2: September 25- October 1, 2016
Olivia Oates (@oliveoates, Australia)
"I had no direction with my life before I started pole dancing. After wanting to start pole classes for a few years I one day decided - stuff it, I was going to be a pole dancer! Pole gives me the best sense of achievement and I love looking back at my pole journey and seeing just how far I have come. I love seeing my students experience the same sense of achievement and I love watching them progress as they grow stronger, more confident and more passionate in their own pole journeys. I love the freedom that pole allows us, the ability to bring to it whatever you have in any style! Flinging myself around on static pole is my favourite...it feels like I can fly!"
Momo Power (@mlemomopower, France)
"I discovered pole dancing in 2012 and fell instantly in love with it. Since then I haven't once taken a break from classes. I love to train and keep developing my potential! Wanting to get bendy to be able to do the beautiful flexi pole moves, I turned to contortion and once again developed a major crush! I believe my determination and constant training enables me to keep pushing my own limits little by little. My love for flexibility and pole dancing led me to teach, and I am now so passionate about helping students find their own potential and discover what their body is capable of."
Aerial Amy (@aerialamy, USA)
"My goal as an instructor is to build a healthy self confidence from within by helping students gain strength, sass, and skills on the pole safely. I am known for my ability to break tricks down and clarify mechanics and technique, with an emphasis on fluidity and flow. I truly believe that all of us are beautiful, that all hips are inherently sexy no matter what size, shape, color, or gender– and that anyone can pole dance. Despite having zero background in dance, or any kind of fitness until my mid-twenties, I can do multiple pull ups in a row, a pretty awesome body wave in 8″ heels, and have toured internationally teaching workshops, performing, and judging competitions."
Emily Laura (@emily.laura_, UK)
"My passion is to share my knowledge and love of pole with others. I am known for my graceful, elegant, strong style, and, as a teacher, I'm passionate about encouraging students to become the pole dancer they want to be. Having trained with the world's best pole-dancers and yogis, I have developed a wealth of knowledge, and I can't wait to share it with you!"
Billie Brooklyn (@billiebrooklyn, Australia)
"With over training in classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance I love to keep the dance in pole dance. Since discovering pole I have been performing and competing all over Sydney. I was a finalist in Pole Candy Semi Pro in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014 and was Sponsors Choice at Miss Pole Dance Australia - NSW in 2012. While I love the stage my true love is teaching. Bringing a bubbly and high energy to my classes, I love passing on my knowledge and passion for pole dancing to my students."
Pole Mimi (@pole_mimi, Germany)
"I started my pole and flexibility journey at the age of 26. I love to see my students growing, building strength and celebrating their successes. I believe my strength is breaking down tricks and combos into small steps, so students can follow. At the beginning of my pole journey, I couldn't do the splits and my back was not bendy! After working hard, I become very flexible and was surprised how my body changed. I've learned that you don't need to be flexible to do bendy tricks on the pole - it's all about nice lines! That's the trick!"
To be confirmed.
Your pole program
Do you want to become a better dancer? We have carefully crafted our retreat pole program to help you build skills in all the key areas of pole dance. You'll experience classes in Dynamic Pole, Fluidity & Flow, Bendy Pole, Bendy Backs, Splits, Handstands, Floorwork, Free Dance, Exotic Pole plus a heap more! We want to help you grow, not overload you with tricks. You will experience 15+ hours of pole workshops over 5 days. You'll also get the chance to practice what you've learned in regular pole jams.
We are accepting a maximum of 20 dancers per retreat, so you will benefit from personalised tuition and all the one-on-one attention you need. All classes will be held at the beautiful Pole Souls studio, not far from your villa. With 8 static poles & polished wooden floors, this intimate studio is the perfect place to learn!
Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is open to both beginner and more advanced pole dancers. The only requirements are that you can pole sit, climb and invert. We will bring dancers of similar ability levels together into groups, and we'll work with you to ensure we tailor our workshops to suit. During classes we will always offer options to simplify or advance, depending on what you need. Remember, each retreat will have less than 20 dancers, which means you will have the chance to ask questions, seek guidance and receive lots of one-on-one guidance and adjustment.
Our instructors will bring their unique passions, style and tricks to a unified workshop program covering these key areas:
Major elements (3 workshops per level)
Fluidity & Flow: We all wish we could dance more gracefully on and around the pole! This workshop series will focus on spins, flows and transitions to help you add fluidity and creativity to your pole dance. 3 workshops per level
Dynamic Pole: The word “dynamic” comes from the Latin word for “power”. In this workshop series we’ll learn to generate spin, power and momentum on the pole. Let’s fly, spin, drop, tumble and flip! 3 workshops per level
Bendy Pole: Pole is all about creating beautiful lines and shapes. Learn how to harness splits and back bends on the pole, to create visually stunning combos and beautiful shapes, even if you're not very flexible yet! 3 workshops per level
Floor Work: Let’s roll around on the floor! Learn to love the floor and the space around the pole and find out how to use it more creatively. Get more confident in bringing floor work into your own dance!
Pole Dance: Learn simple, fun routines. Have fun, follow along & dance. Get a great cardio workout & build your confidence in following choreography. Heels optional.
Bendy Backs: Let’s start to open up our shoulders, spines and hips to create beautiful backbends. We’ll show you how to stretch and strengthen and get you on the path to bendiness!
Splits: Splits are a huge part of pole dance! Let’s work on our splits together using techniques from a variety of disciplines. Go home with a series of stretches you can use in your own training.
Contortion: Are you already doing bridges and have a mostly flat split? If you're ready, let’s take it up a notch and start working on extreme flexibility using techniques from dance, circus & gymnastics.
Exotic Pole & Heels: Release your inner goddess in this sexy pole workshop. All about bringing out the feminine, sensual side, learn to move with fluidity and how to work your best angles and shapes for maximum sexiness. If you choose to bring heels, we’ll help you gain confidence and have fun dancing in your heels.
Crafting a Performance: Whether your choreographing a routine just for you, or you’re working on a piece for competition, we’ll show you what makes a great performance, and give you tips on how to choreograph and connect with your audience.
Hand Balancing: Let’s get upside down! Learn how to build strength, stability and balance and gain confidence in your handstands and forearm stands.
Free Dance: How do you dance freely, without choreography or combos already prepared? We’ll guide you through tips and exercises to help you connect with your creativity and increase your confidence in freestyling.
Beautiful Basics: Learn how to make foundation moves look beautiful and seem effortless. In this class you’ll perfect and personalize the fundamental moves of pole, from inverts to leg hangs.
Perfect poses: Preparing for a pole photo shoot? Learn tips and tricks about shapes, angles and accents, to help you make your photo shoots more efficient and your pictures more beautiful.