Staff

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HALEY

Dance and Flexibility Instructor

Fresh from California, this coiling pixie discovered her passion for dance and theatre arts at the young age of 4, though her dance aspirations really took off at age 12, when she made her way into a professional dance company, "Carrie On", under Carrie Pereira and Apryl Hanson. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Theatre Arts at CSU, Sacramento in 2005, and became a well known face and name in the community. She studied with Dale Scholl Dance Art under Dale Scholl, Nolan T'Sani, Lisa Ross, Sarah Bush Dance Project in San Fransico, and the infamous Mark Morris in New York. Haley soon developed into an award-winning choreographer of startling erotic and creative contemporary modern dance, and taught at the advanced college level. During a 5 year hiatus, due to a traumatic leg injury, Haley found the healing and powerful practice of yoga. Having moved to Austin in 2011, Haley continued her practice in contortion, was XPert Pole and BUTI Yoga certified, and has studied movement therapy with Kalila Homann and Barbara Jo Stetzelberger in hopes to one day earn her Master's in Dance Movement Therapy. Recently retired from performing since her total hip replacement, Haley continues to have great passion for choreography and helping others find deep meaning in their personal performances.

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ODETTE

Pole Instructor

Odette’s pole dancing addiction started in 2010 with a haphazard spin on a pole at the Pink Kitty Nightclub in Cabo San Lucas during a bachelorette weekend. Upon returning to Austin, Odette took her first class at Brass Ovaries and could not move the next day! Realizing this was the workout she had been looking for, Odette quickly bought a home 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 asproviding both physical and mental therapy during tough times. She truly credits pole fitness for transforming her into a strong, confident woman.

Odette attended her first competition as a finalist in the Fitness Category for Miss Texas Pole Star in 2012. Since then, along with her pole wife Mary, they together have won numerous accolades including United Pole Artists Video Challenge 2014 Doubles Winners, 2014 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles Winners, 2013 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles 1st Runner Up, and 2013 Capital of Texas Pole Championship Partners Pole 1st Runner Up.

While she is now mostly retired from competing, she finds herself happiest in helping others obtain their own pole goals. Odette started instructing in 2012, often times pulling from her engineering background, and has certifications in XPERT Pole Fitness, Spin City Anatomy & Physiology Foundations, Spin City Stretch & Flexibility, Spin City Pole Fabric, TriggerPoint Foam Rolling, and Kinesiological Stretching Technique.

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STEPHANIE

Pole and Fitness Instructor

Stephanie hails from Ithaca, NY, where she attended Cornell University. Stephanie has been a pole dance instructor for over 5 years, and she specializes in the super-sexy! She enjoys expensive cocktails, very sparkly stilettos, and trips to Vegas! You can find Stephanie in the Brass Ovaries classroom instructing levels 1-3, Pole Peels, Pole Fit and more! Stephanie says she always knew her pole home in Austin was at Brass Ovaries, and she is thrilled to be a member of the Ovary family!

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MARY

Aerial Hoop and Trapeze Instructor

Mary began her aerial journey at Brass Ovaries in 2011 when she took her first pole class from Natasha, soon fell in love with lyra, and jumped into her first live performance at Brass Ovaries' 5th Anniversary Aerial Cabaret show in 2012. Since then, Mary loves to travel all over the country learning from nationally recognized instructors in pole, lyra, trapeze, and hammock. Currently, she is completing her Spin City Beginner Hoop Instructor training to provide a solid foundation for beginner hoop students. She hopes to expand this teacher training to more advanced classes in the near future.

She currently holds the titles of United Pole Artists Video Challenge 2014 Doubles Winner, 2014 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles Winner, 2013 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles 1st Runner Up, and 2013 Capital of Texas Pole Championship Partners Pole 1st Runner Up -- all with her doubles partner Odette. She is a member of the Violet Crown Collective aerial troupe and has performed for big clients from Facebook to City of Austin and even a handful of big name musicians!

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ZAFTIGG

Burlesque Instructor

Zaftigg von BonBon is an over-the-top burlesque performer who never met a boundary she couldn't tease into submission. A true student of Mae West, Zaftigg ardently believes any audience that can be shocked should be shocked more often! She is currently a performer and co-producer of Black Widow Burlesque (the Austin troupe known for "Keeping Burlesque Weird"), a member of Fat Bottom Cabaret's Midnight Menagerie shows, and performer with Austin's Naked Girls Reading. Zaftigg brings a fierce attitude to her performances and is known around Austin for the crazy things she can do with her derrière on stage and her penchant for making her audiences squirm in their seats. She has been a student of pole at Brass Ovaries since 2013 and is over the moon to share her brand of burlesque with the community!

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CANDICE

Pole, Flexibility, Aerial, and Handstands Instructor

Candice began dance and gymnastics at age 4 and in the words of her grandmother, "spent more time upside down than right side up". She continued competing in gymnastics until age 16 then took up competitive cheerleading and dance in high school and college, eventually becoming an NBA cheerleader. After a short and unsuccessful retirement from dance, she began training in pole and aerial arts and after three years became a certified instructor. She teaches pole, lyra, handstands and flexibility and finds teaching to be her most rewarding endeavor yet.

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ANGELA

Belly Fit and Yoga Instructor

Angela is a Professional Belly Dancer, Yoga Instructor, and BellyFit Instructor. After studying the Erick Hawkins Modern Dance technique at Texas State University and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance, Angela discovered the shimmy-licious world of Belly Dance. She has been teaching and performing belly dance for over 10 years – inspiring students and mesmerizing audiences throughout Texas.

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SHELLIE

Hula Hoop Instructor

Shellie White Light has made circles around the globe following her heart in the arts of performing, teaching, healing and hoop dancing since 2008. A free bird now nesting in Austin, she offers local hoop dance classes, workshops, performance art and party entertainment. Also a licensed Neuromuscular Massage Therapist since 2007, she offers in-home deep tissue bodywork sessions. Partnered with her beloved, Kellen Craven, together they deliver Couples Massage and Four Handed Massage. Shellie is working on her first book and lovingly invites you to read her blog ~ www.shelliewhitelight.com

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GIGI

Aerial and Flexibility Instructor

Gigi is originally from Auburn NY. She has been dancing since the age 3. With a strong focus in ballet, gymnastics and cheer, she quickly catapulted into a love of performing and dancing. She began performing professionally in 2005. Mentors and training she has developed from include; Cirque du Soleil, Zen Arts as well as Cirque School LA. Gigi has worked with several companies including, Flaunt, Purrfect Angelz, Insomniac, Fire and Ice, and IDL Entertainment. Her passion for combining Aerial Arts and Dance directed her into Choreography. She has spent the past several years choreographing Aerial segments for special events and corporate entertainment shows. Gigi acquired her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Developments and Family Relations from the University of New Mexico. She comes to Brass Ovaries to share her expertise in Aerial Arts and inspire her students to always reach for new heights.

p: 512-477-7653

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Brass Ovaries
3111 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78723