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Brook Notary

Brook Notary is a critically-acclaimed choreographer, with over 20 years of experience teaching various forms of dance and movement, including contemporary modern, ballet, jazz and Pilates.15 years as artistic director of critically-acclaimed modern dance troupe, Notario Dance Company. She has choreographed for a diverse array of high-profile clients, including celebrities, musical artists, corporations, dance companies and educational institutions. Notable high-profile clients include Usher, Harrison Ford and Liz Claiborne. She has proven herself as one of the most versatile and provocative artists in the contemporary dance world. In addition to choreographing, she has performed professionally as a modern dancer, a nationally ranked rhythmic gymnast, an aerialist in shows such as De La Guarda (NYC), and a touring captain and performer in Cirque Ingenieux. This diverse background has charged her vision for The Pulse Project.  She has been artistic director/choreographer for the pulse project for 4 years. She has sold out 8 shows and has obtained worldwide recognition as for creating new genre in dance called Industrial Movement. Brook earned her MFA at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she attended on a full Dean’s scholarship. Her work has been regaled by PBS, The New York Times, and The Village Voice as a highly sought-after choreographer. Brook is a 4 time judge and workshop instructor with the USPDF.

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Leigh Ann Reilly

Leigh Ann Reilly is regarded as one of the world’s top pole dancers and a pioneer of the pole dance movement. Leigh Ann is known for her sexy style, mesmerizing performances and her ability to mentor and train her students into top performers. Leigh Ann has a popular YouTube channel which currently has over 26,000 subscribers in which she travels the world teaching pole dancing and performing. She is owner of Los Angeles’ premier pole dance studio, BeSpun, which opened in 2006. She is also the owner, creator and produces of the world famous Pole Show LA, pole dancing’s biggest stage production that recently crossed into mainstream entertainment with back to back sold out shows at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA and The Joint at the Hard Rock Las Vegas. Leigh Ann is very familiar with the USPDF organization having competed herself and placing in the 2011 championship. Leigh Ann joins the USPDF judges with over 10 years of relevant industry experience not only as a performer but as successful business woman in the industry.

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Nancy Noreman

Nancy Noreman has been in the Fitness Industry for over 25 years. She has been a Fitness Model, Supplement Company Owner, Private Gym Owner, Media Host, ACE & BFT Trainer, conducted various interviews and written many fitness articles. Nancy has always been fascinated with the beauty of the human body, which prompted her to study art and get a degree in Art/Design along with a Masters in Education. Nancy has always pursued careers relating to fitness. Nancy also owned a small clothing company where she designed clothing for exotic dancers, fitness models and fitness competitors. In addition to her other jobs, Nancy is a “Dance Mom,” which she considers the hardest job of them all! Nancy fell in love with Pole Dancing since the time she was introduced to it. Nancy is mesmerized by the control and talent it requires to execute these movements.

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Natasha Wang

Natasha Wang is considered one of the most influential and popular pole artists working today. Based in Los Angeles, California and born-and-bred in Austin, TX, Natasha is a true “pole citizen of the world” and spends a large part of the year traveling around the globe as an in-demand teacher, performer and competition judge. In 2014, Natasha won “Female Performance Artist of the Year” and “Inspirational Artist of the Year” at the inaugural PWN (Pole World News) Awards. As a competitive pole athlete, she has taken home the titles of IPC Ultimate Champion 2013, Pole Art 2012 Runner-Up, US Pole Dance Champion 2011, USPDF West Coast Champion 2010, California Pole Dance Champion 2010, and East Meets West Miss Pole-AM 2010.

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Michelle Stanek

Michelle Stanek is an internationally-recognized pole dance performer and instructor known for her signature “sexy contemporary” style that blends sensual movement with the grace, extension and control of her classical dance background. An early competitive athlete, Michelle won 5 out of the 6 competitions she entered including the 2012 United States Pole Dance Champion title (USPDF). Her industry-changing performances are notable for their movement innovation, artistry and fluidity. A passionate and dedicated instructor, Michelle co-created elevatED: pole dance fitness and flexibility teacher trainings, to help instructors provide informed, thoughtful experiences to their students. Michelle travels the world through Poles On Tour, training instructors, offering her signature workshops, judging competitions, and performing. She is a proud Bad Kitty brand ambassador and instructor at Body & Pole in New York City, where she is also the pole department manager and the curator of The Wall at Body & Pole—a unique space to showcase contemporary visual artists in the city. Prior to her full-time pole dance career, Michelle earned a B.A. and M.A. in Art History, working at AIGA, the professional association for design, Pratt Institute and the Assisi Institute. When not immersed in dance, she loves exploring the NYC art scene, dancing with her adoring and adored husband and a good rooftop pool.

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JoAnna Ross

JoAnna Ross is the producer/creator of the long running comedy and pole dancing show Schtick A Pole In IT. She started her career as a dancer on Broadway in the original cast of Footloose, national commercials, MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Letterman, and the Rosie O’Donnell Show(I am dating myself!) JoAnna made the natural leap from professional dancer to comedienne 10 years ago when she lived in LA and was teaching yoga. She re entered the dance world on the set of Skinja where she was a choreographer.

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Antoine du Pole

Whether it’s a performance or competition Antoine (Antoine du Pole) has always enjoyed being in front of an audience. He trained as a gymnast for many years, but quit in high school to focus his attention to his classical music training. For over 15 years Antoine performed with orchestras and other musical ensembles, but he maintained his passion for acrobatic movement and craved a new artistic outlet. Antoine began pole training 6 years ago and found that his years of gymnastics allowed for a smooth transition to pole. He has been a pole fitness instructor for 4 years, and currently teaches and trains at Pole Position Dance and Fitness in White Plains, NY. As a pole competitor, Antoine placed 2nd at the Atlantic Pole Championship (2013). He performs regularly throughout NYC, and is a monthly featured pole performer on both fixed and aerial poles at Duane Park– NYC’s Classiest Burlesque Supper Club. Antoine is a Mighty Grip junior athlete and sales representative, and received the title of “Face of Mighty Grip” for 2015.

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Jeni Janover

Jeni Janover is the passionate founder and owner of Liquid Motion®. She began her pole dancing career in 2010, and was instantly addicted. Jeni created Liquid Motion® because she wanted to develop a methodology for people of all levels and backgrounds that teaches students the fundamentals of movement through basic dance theory and exploration of natural instincts. Jeni has taught her signature workshops all over the United States, Mexico and Canada, and is excited to be able to bring this new 75 Minute liquid Motion class to Body and Pole. Jeni describes her style of dancing and teaching as a combination of life, love, sex, and raw emotion. She believes that knowledge, exploration, and education are the keys to bringing the aerial arts to the forefront of modern culture and is excited to be a part of the ever growing pole dance community.

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Danielle Green

Danielle Green is the owner of Vixen Fitness, a boutique pole dance studio in Ann Arbor. She has more than 11 years of pole dance experience and has taught thousands of Michigan women in her sought after classes, parties and instructor trainings. Her passion for pole dance was sparked by a private lesson with friends in 2005. Hooked at first spin, she purchased a pole, began self teaching and later set out on a mission to share the benefits of pole dancing with women through home parties. After a year of party filled weekends and relentless request from party-goers, the first Vixen Fitness studio opened in 2007. Since then Danielle has owned three studios and continues to develop a signature, sexy pole dance program suitable for women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds.

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Natalie Gervais

Former gymnast at Eastern Michigan University, contributing to two team MAC Championships as well as a MAC title on the uneven bars and a runner up on the balance beam during her 4 years. Taught acro gymnastics at the Michigan Academy of Dance, as well as at a studio back home in Winnipeg, Canada. Currently finishing up final year towards her degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics at EMU.

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Ja’Cia Croskey

I started gymnastics at the age of 6 and began competitive gymnastics at the age of 8. I competed until the age of 17 and was forced to end my career after a car accident. That’s when I began coaching gymnastics. I’ve coached gymnastics for seven years. I coached compulsory level to optional. Ages 18months to adult. I’m currently in school at Keiser University for radiology.

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Carolyn Bryant

This former beauty queen, turned sports writer and NFL columnist hails from Los Angeles and currently resides in Houston where she runs Total Body Network, a nutrition consulting and sports training business. She is also the Creative Food Technician for Stay Lean Gourmet Desserts/Stay Lean Gourmet Cuisine.
She’s currently a fitness, runway and print model.
Seven years of powerlifting set the foundation for an impressive bodybuilding career that kicked off in 1994 as the Texas State Powerlifting Champion followed by back to back Mississippi State Powerlifting championships 1998-1999 and two-time Mississippi State Bodybuilding Championships. In 2002 she was crown Team Universe Champion and was a member of the World Championship team. A series of shoulder and back injuries forced her to retire from powerlifting and bodybuilding in 2004.

She has been featured in the following publications: Ironman, RxMuscle.com, Flex, Women’s Physique World, Powerlifting USA, Pump Magazine, Planet Muscle, Bodybuilding.com.

Appearances: Real Chicks Dig Sports, The Fitness View, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, MC Hammer Dancer.

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Paulette Frank

I have been in the Fitness Industry for approximately 14 years. I am a former track and marathon runner, and was an organizer and coach for a marathon training program for 10 years. A former district fitness trainer while being the vision impaired specialist for a school district. The current owner of Pressnflex Fitness in Houston and Friendswood, specializing in general weight loss and fitness competition training for the past 7 years. A current Fitness judge for a major sports league.
Education:
BS in Sales and Marketing
Masters in Visual impairment
NASM trained

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Odette Tan

Odette Tan is the current head instructor at Brass Ovaries in Austin, Texas. Like many others, her pole dancing addiction was sparked at a bachelorette party. Realizing this was the workout she had been looking for, Odette quickly bought a pole and started training at Brass Ovaries, continuing to feed her new found addiction and discovering it to be an exhilarating and freeing experience as well as providing both physical and mental therapy during tough times. She has been actively pole dancing since 2010, and she truly credits pole fitness for transforming her into a strong, confident woman. Odette competed in Miss Texas Pole Star from 2012 – 14 and was the 2014 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles Winner. She started instructing in 2012, and she finds herself happiest in helping others obtain their own pole goals. Outside of pole, Odette has more than 10 years of experience in Chinese folk dance and 8 years of experience dancing Hawaiian hula and frequently performs hula around Central Texas.

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Sunita Johnson

Sunita is a certified Zumba fitness instructor using her platform to inspire others. As a member of the ZIN she uses her insatiable zeal for Zumba to educate and promote healthy living. During her tenure as a certified fitness instructor, Sunita has partnered with the American Heart Association, Microsoft and the Houston Rockets.

Visiting Houston and looking for an alternative to the average workout? Drop by Inner Me Studios to attend one of Sunita’s gratifying, gut-busting, high-energy Zumba classes, Sunday through Thursday!