Odette’s pole dancing addiction started in 2010 during a bachelorette weekend. After returning home, she took her first class at Brass Ovaries and could not move the next day! She quickly bought a pole and started training almost daily; discovering it to be an exhilarating and freeing experience as well as providing both physical and mental therapy during tough times. She credits pole dancing for transforming her into the strong, confident woman she is today.
Odette attended her first competition as a Finalist in the Fitness Category for Miss Texas Pole Star in 2012. She has also won numerous awards as a doubles partner in Duo Et Cetera, including 2013 Capital of Texas Pole Championship Partners Pole 1st Runner Up, 2013 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles 1st Runner Up, 2014 Miss Texas Pole Star Doubles Winners, and 2014 United Pole Artists Video Challenge Doubles Winner.
Odette is happiest in helping others obtain their own pole goals. She started instructing in 2012 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.
Odette is the Secretary and Vice President of the US Pole Sports Federation (USPSF), the national federation working towards Pole Sports being recognized globally as a sport and the eventual inclusion into mainstream sports events and the Olympic Games. As such, she is also a Pole Sports and Arts World Federation (POSA) / USPSF Certified Pole Sport Judge. She has judged at 2017 US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) Battle For Armageddon, 2018 USPSF Texas Regional, 2018 POSA Pole Sport World Championships, 2018, 2019, and 2020 USPSF National Championships, and 2021 USPSF Spring Semi-Finals. She was most honored to be the Head Judge for the 2021 USPSF National Championships.
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!
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, 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 Twerk Fit, 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.
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 carry-on.
Jenni has been playing with flow props since the third grade when she first picked up a baton. Since then, she's tinkered with many props, but when she picked up a hula hoop two years ago, she found her passion. She loved that a plastic circle could provide an outlet for creative expression and an opportunity to burn calories while providing a constant challenge to learn new moves. She was also excited to find some cardio that wasn't boring! She's excited to have the opportunity to share what she knows and help others discover their own flow.
Roxie Moxie is a glam-punk-rockin' streak of flash and sass. As a classically trained dancer and burlesque striptease artist, Roxie took up pole dancing in 2014 and has since unleashed her inner pole monkey with abandon. Roxie is also Top Tease at The Burlesquerie where she produces large-scale burlesque, pole, and aerial shows; and she teaches regularly at the Austin Academy of Burlesque.
In search of empowering exercise for both the mind and the body, Korey began her pole love affair at the start of 2017. She began taking classes for fun, but after witnessing the execution of an Iron-X in heels, she knew there was much more to pole fitness. In 2019, Korey applied her love of pole toward her achievement of the Xpert Pole Instructor Certification, Levels 1-4.
Since her certification, Korey has discovered a true passion for teaching, as she thrives within holding and creating space for each unique individual to grow; she wants all of her students to feel acknowledged and seen, both in the present and in the person they aspire and strive to become. Korey is here for both the conquering of nemesis moves and the "hey man, I just showed up today" moments - so when in doubt, she has your back! Korey believes in community, and she cannot wait to explore movement together!
Katy fell in love with being upside down at a very young age and never found a cure for it. She spent over a decade doing way less impressive gymnastics than Simone Biles and Chellsie Memmel. Then she spent many barren years with no official reason to be upside down. Luckily, she found Brass Ovaries, pole, and a new way to make the world topsy turvy in 2018.
Katy has been teaching or coaching in some capacity most of her life, and she is thrilled to share her love of upside-down balancing with the Brass Ovaries community!
Ro considers dance to be an important, if not necessary, form of human expression. Having been a dancer all her life, she has found that when dancing she is able to release her emotions in ways that are not comparable in language. She believes that exploring emotion through movement while connecting with music is one of the most cathartic forms of art and one of the only ways in which the complexity of the soul can be explored.
Having been trained in many disciplines, from Flamenco first while growing up in Seville, Spain, to Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Belly dance, and Modern later on (when her mom would drop her off at the local dance studio after school instead of paying for a babysitter) she has learned many approaches to self-expression.
Ro found the world of pole in 2015 when she decided to take a class at Brass Ovaries after hearing so much about them and their performances. She was looking for a new way to express herself; a way in which she could explore a more sensual side to dance. She quickly learned that pole, although flowy and beautiful, is more like a sport where endurance and strength are key. Ever since she has been working towards her goal of becoming a stronger dancer. After being granted a scholarship for an Xpert Certification, she hopes to use the opportunity to share her passion and knowledge by teaching those curious about pole and self-expression.
When a wonderful friend brought Beth to Brass Ovaries in late 2016, she was not a dancer, she was not in touch with her body, and she had no idea how to be sexy. Luckily, there were some bomb-ass goddess instructors at this glorious studio who took this self-conscious, awkward little girl under their magnificent bad bitch wings and helped her become a strong, empowered, sexy woman. And now this dangerously confident lady hopes to pay that incomparable gift forward to as many people as possible. She'd love for you to join her classes for some joyous poling and some naughty dancing!!