Join us Monday night for Pole Flux, Burlesque, & Performance Engagement with Odette and Zaftigg.… https://t.co/xol648nLfr
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 as providing 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 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.
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 constantly learn from nationally recognized instructors in pole, lyra, trapeze, and hammock and being the eternal student. Never in the beginning of her aerial training did she imagine she would teach and share the magic where she first learned!
Mary is certified in Spin City Beginner Aerial Hoop instruction and 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 local Violet Crown Collective aerial troupe.
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! 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!
Belly Dance, Flexibility, 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.
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!
Twerk and Pole Instructor
Michaela discovered the power of dance and what it can do for a person at a very young age. Michaela took ballet, tap, jazz, high-step / showdance, and hip-hop classes but found a love for the art of Twerking. She is a Twerk Scholar from La Marque, Texas. She starting Twerking in her mother's living room in 5th grade, but really picked up the art of it in 2013. Michaela teaches a Twerk-Out class at The University of Texas at Austin empowering women to take their bodies back for themselves, and to feel comfortable with what they have. She invites everyone to be a Twerk Scholar and understand where Twerking comes from, the different types of Twerking, and the power that a woman can have over her sexuality from solely Twerking.
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 finds teaching to be her most rewarding endeavor yet.
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.
Matthew's passion for dance began at his family's dance studio - The Queensboro Institute of Music and Dance. Usually "the only 'boy' in class", Matthew's practice began under the instruction from his aunt. His early studies include formal styles of dance from classic ballet to tap. After relocating to North Texas, Matthew was soon accepted to the Velocity Dance Company at Tarrant County College. As Matthew made his way to his Fine Arts Degree, he would not only dance by day but exposed his training to the club dance scene at night; creating a way to absorb other dance influences and simultaneously pay for his schooling. Currently, Matthew's focus directs out to a more informal fluid, freestyle form of dance.
Twerk and Pole Instructor
A native Austinite, Dinah went to college in Washington D.C. and lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil before returning home to the city she loves to pursue a master’s degree in public affairs. From high school dance team and cheerleading to training in capoeira as an adult, Dinah has a life-long passion for dance and never lets a good dance floor go empty, especially at weddings. After the birth of her second child, she discovered pole dance through the urging of a friend who trained in aerial arts. It was love at first “sexy walk”, and she’s been getting vertical ever since.
Dinah gravitates to the exotic, stripper style and sexy flexy approaches to pole dancing. She is also an avid twerker and appreciates the divine, sexual, feminine energy that is created from booty popping. Dinah loves seeing students find their passion and build confidence through pole and twerk. Whenever she travels, she enjoys training at studios in other cities, experiencing the universal bond of pole. Addicted to stilettos, you will rarely see her dancing without a pair of Pleasers, so she has perfected the art of squeezing 7” platforms into a carryon.
Pole and Twerk Instructor
Erin started dancing at age four and started teaching and choreographing in her young teens with ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and gymnastics. She began her pole journey when Carmen Electra had a launch party at a high end gym where Erin was a manager. Carmen was launching her sexy strip tease exercise video and brought in poles with Gogo dancers. Erin took her first spin and was instantly hooked! After a bad breakup in 2009 she started taking classes and got a huge burst of inspiration that got her excited about dance and gymnastics again.
Erin has a fifteen year career in personal training, managing personal trainers and nutrition coaching. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, CPT through NESTA, TRX Certified, Holistic Nutrition Certified and Access Consciousness Certified. She also runs her own Empowerment Coaching and Energy Healing business called Source Energy Wellness and loves to play guitar and sing in her spare time. Erin brings a variety of dance styles to Brass Ovaries. She just moved to Austin in early 2017 and is very excited and grateful to be here!