We had a great first day of our US Pole Sports Federation Judge’s Certification Workshop. It exciting to be part of such a great organization 🙌🏅💪 #uspolesportsfederation #brassovaries… https://t.co/bMeiJo0mhV
Odette’s pole dancing addiction started in 2010 with a haphazard spin on a pole during a bachelorette weekend. After returning home, she found and 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: 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.
Odette finds herself 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.
Most recently, she was 'pole mom' to Anika Noni Rose; getting her ready to play a role as a pole dancer for BET's The Quad. She was also a judge for the Amateur division at the 2017 USPDF Battle For Armageddon.
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.
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.
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.