Pole and Flexibility Instructor
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. Since then, she has 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 also a Pole Sports and Arts World Federation (POSA) / US Pole Sports Federation (USPSF) Certified Pole Sport Judge. She has judged the Amateur division at the 2017 US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) Battle For Armageddon, 2018 USPSF Texas Regional, 2018 USPSF Championships, and 2018 POSA Pole Sport World Championships.
Belly Dance, Barre, and Flexibility, 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.
Burlesque, Dance, and Pole 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!
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.
Handstands and Pole 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 finds teaching to be her most rewarding endeavor yet.
Pole and Flexibility Instructor
Matthew grew up learning at his grandparents' music and dance institute in Queens, NY as well as occasional visits to his Aunt's dance classes at the infamous La Guardia HS. Learning alongside New York’s next generation of upcoming artists, Matthew quickly realized that he would never fit the artist mold or meet his family’s expectations to become a professional musician, actor, or dancer. In Matthew's adult life, he studied dance throughout the state of Texas; working towards his Fine Arts Degree while simultaneously working at night experiencing the ‘dark dancing’ realm at clubs and bars. With his raw feminine energy and his sultry, sexy, unique ways, it is clear that Matthew has absorbed styles and shapes in the shadows of the dance floor by night as well as in the studios by day. In June 2018 while he was riding his bike, Matthew was struck and run over by an SUV. Since the accident, Matthew feels he has been pushed to re-emerge with intense focus and with a new sense of loss and growth.
Pole and Twerk 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.
Hula Hoop Instructor
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.
Lisa has always been interested in body movement. As a child, she participated in dance, swimming, and gymnastics. At the age of 15 she began lifting weights after a knee injury. She then went on to excel at martial arts becoming a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at 22. That same year, inspired by her personal movement experiences, she became a Certified Personal Trainer. Later, she further explored Mixed Martial Arts. A few years later, hugely inspired after seeing a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, she began her aerial adventure here in Austin, Texas. Always the determined and astute student, she quickly moved up through the class levels and did teacher training with the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA). Lisa has trained in various studio's all over Austin as well as in Houston and at Trapeze Las Vegas. She has expertise in aerial silk, aerial hammock and lyra. When not up in the air, she can be found on the ground performing acupuncture within her practice, Whole Health Acupuncture.