Michelle Stanek is the United States Pole Dance Champion! She swept first place in both rounds— compulsory and optional—to take home the ultimate title. Michelle lives in New York City and instructs at Body & Pole and Crunch Gyms. Crunch is also where Michelle created and launched classes including “The Hot Seat,” “Pole Power,” and “Poleography.”Michelle is a founding member of the aerial dance company, AERA and has performed pole, silks and contemporary dance with AERA at PS1 MoMA, Pole Convention, Pole Art and various venues throughout New York City. As a dancer, Michelle is known for her body awareness, clean lines, extension, unique choreography, powerful movement and captivating performance quality. Her style is not just the traditional "sexy" and not just the traditional "contemporary" but an interesting blend of both. She takes a great deal of care in making sure her classes offer students the opportunity to explore their own movement, develop their own style of dancing, increase their strength and flexibility and learn proper form so they can take their poling to the next level while having fun.
Work the Floor
Need to get to that other pole and don't know how? Walking is not an option! As pole dancers, the floor is often the neglected space between the poles. Utilize the floor space to continue your movement and creatively pass to the other pole. We will work on pole-to-floor dismounts, floor work fluidity and style, and floor-to-pole transitions. The floor is a great way to bring unique and dynamic movement to your pole dancing. Learn how now! (Bring pants, legwarmers, socks, knee pads, if possible)
$50.00 Members $60.00 Non-members
Movement Dynamics and Performance tips
Imagine a song or a piece of music that was just one note. The whole song. 3 minutes of only B sharp...You'd fall asleep or walk out! Your dance must be the same. Learn how to vary your movement, explore dynamics and capture an audience's rapt attention. This workshop will explore the nuances of movement; dive deep into movement exercises to broaden your repertoire and allow you to break out of your comfort zone; apply different dynamics to the same movement to create different effects. The best performance has both clean, strong tricks as well as audience engagement. Find out how to incorporate both in this interactive, exploratory and rich workshop.