Meet our Team: Rain Rose

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Rain Rose (26, she/her; they/them) is a dancer, choreographer, Pole dance & Burlesque teacher and performer.

In 2016 she graduated from University of California’s Dance department (B.A.) and since then has been teaching dance and performing in various venues mostly in LA. Back in LA she also received her certification as a Pole Dance instructor (XPERT teacher training) as well as a professional Yoga teacher certification (200HR Yoga Alliance Certification).

Last year she took a brave decision to move to Berlin (lucky us!) and since then she has been teaching in Pole Flow Berlin. Rain teaches a variety of different classes – from Exotic Pole Flow, to Pole Tricks in all levels, as well as advanced flexibility skills. Her classes are filled with creativity, patience and playfulness.

But how much do you really know about her?

We sat with Rain to ask her a few question about her pole journey and pole teaching story. Curious to hear what Rain had to tell us? Scroll down to read the full interview >>

In 2016 Rain Rose graduated from University of California’s Dance department (B.A.) and since then has been teaching dance and performing in various venues mostly in LA.

When did your relationship with Pole first began?

I was always interested and excelled in the aerial arts since my introduction to them in university. Funny enough, I visited a strip club in Vegas around that time and was absolutely entranced by the dancers and how they managed to grip the pole and do all the fun and crazy moves. I became more seriously interested when I first met Nadia from Twisted Movement at a movement workshop in Los Angeles a few years ago. Some months later I decided to try the Intro Offer at Leigh Ann Orsi’s BeSpun LA because my circus friend convinced me to do it with her. From that moment, I was hooked!

What was your motivation you to become a teacher?

During the two weeks of unlimited classes I took 22 classes. I was immediately hooked when I tried it. I decided I wanted to teach because I loved the way my instructors made me feel in class. I had been teaching various styles of movement (modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, belly dance, yoga, etc.) for years. I started performing and competing dance at the age of 5 years old – and I had not found a form that made me feel so empowered and free as Pole Dance had.

What do you like the most about teaching Pole? Which class do enjoy teaching the most?

The best part is feeling the space that has been created in class. A space where students feel free to embrace their bodies, sensuality, creativity, mobility and strength. I really love all the classes that I teach. I cannot pick one, two or even three. I like the variety that is offered at pole flow, which allows me to share many parts of myself and my experience.

Rain teaches at Pole Flow every Tuesday (18:00-19:00 Spinning Pole Beginners: 19:15-20:15 Spinning Pole Intermediate; 20:30-21:30 Pole Flow) and Thursday (19:15-20:15 Spinning Pole Beginners; 20:30-21:30 Exotic Pole Flow)

What is the most challenging part about teaching pole?

Silly… but I find the music used for class so important! I love the playlists that I make, yet I play them so often that I can get sick of some music so quickly. The somewhat constant need to find more music is tedious (and made somewhat easier thanks to Spotify’s radio-based-on-this-song feature).

How has your experience as a teacher affected you as a pole dancer?

Being a teacher has helped me to connect with many other pole dancers and artists at the studios where I work and have worked. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with many individuals thanks to my work as an instructor. My only drawback to teaching is that it is a challenge to make time to train on my own and push my training to greater heights. However, teaching (in any form) always makes me a better student when I do take class.

Rain and Annie perform their duet at Pole Flow Berlin Showcase 2019

You have recently decided to move to Berlin. What made you choose to move here and how is it like in compare to life in Los Angeles?

I moved out of LA to ‘open my mind’, but I didn’t consider Berlin at first to be where it would happen. While working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, I would search opportunities for performance, research & development, choreographic residencies and more. Most of the opportunities were based in New York or cities across Europe. I made a pact with my friend Lyla Palmer that we would move to this continent after living in LA under a year and being unsatisfied with our growth and opportunities. Of course, a year later, I grew tremendously as well as received & created many opportunities in LA.. This made it VERY difficult for me to make the decision to leave, but I am so happy that I did.

What is your #1 tip to students who are just starting with pole?

Tough question! I would say to be kind to yourself, don’t take yourself too seriously. More than any other movement practice I have come across, pole will push you to do things you didn’t think were possible at a rate that you did not think was possible. Take note of the achievements when they come, big or small.

What other activities do you enjoy doing Off the Pole?

Aside from performing and teaching in all its glory, I deeply enjoy creating! Specifically telling stories through video. I used to create videos as a child with my siblings and cousins when webcams first hit the market. Later, as an adolescent, my friends and I would constantly use MacBook Photobooth or Flip Video Camera to create the most nonsensical and/or fantastical videos. I have recently gotten back into the practice thanks to online performances during the Corona Virus Pause. Rediscovering this passion has been very fun and surprising.

How has been your experience teaching at pole flow so far?

Teaching at pole flow is one of my favorite things about living in Berlin. The community of pole flow is diverse, inclusive, vibrant and loving. I feel unbelievably lucky to call pole flow my home.

Thank you Rain! We feel incredibly grateful having you as a teacher at Pole Flow Berlin

To find out more about Rain you can check her IG account @chunkysandwich or enjoy her classes in person every Tuesday and Thursday at Pole Flow Berlin!

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Mateva

Born in 2000, Mateva is a rising Pole Dancer and Pole Dance instructor originating from Italy/Germany. Pole Dance has become her big love since 2017 and she has been sharing her passion through teaching in Vienna, Bavaria and now finally in Berlin, where she is rocking her best pole dance life.

“Teaching gives me so much joy and inspiration. Since I started with no background in dance or sport, I know that pole dancing is for everyone and anyone. I am here to show you how much fun the learning process can be!”

Maria

Maria has recently joined the PFB team as a pole dance instructor and is happy to share her passion with her students.

“I fell in love with movement when I experienced firsthand the mental and physical benefits of working out. In 2017 my passion drove me to start a Fitness and Health Youtube channel, which allowed me to broaden my knowledge through content creation and research. Curiosity kept me learning about new forms of movement until I finally tried Pole Dance in 2018, and I was hooked immediately. Imagine coming from a very repressive, conservative, chauvinistic country and suddenly stepping into a place where nobody is shamed, where sensuality is celebrated, diversity is honored, and also… people are STRONG AF!!! I was in awe!

Since that day, pole dancing has been helping me connect with my body, reject old belief systems and reframe my own ideas of sensuality, sexuality, and freedom.

I got the opportunity to become a teacher in 2021, and I feel blessed to provide that same safe and encouraging space for others to get stronger, shine bright, and enjoy movement.”

Trisha

Trisha is a professional pole dancer and teacher, originating from Bavaria and since 2022 based in Berlin.

‘’I started my dance journey as a kid taking ballet lessons. My ballet journey lasted roughly 10 years and built the base of my movement as of today. After all those years I got sick of the rigid rules of ballet and wished to explore more. After finding Daria Che on Instagram in 2018 I started taking pole lessons in Munich, where I was based. It started as a hobby but quickly with the love for pole turned into a profession.

Since then I have developed my skills in heels, spinning pole and static flow/ static rotation. I have taken classes with highly skilled trainers such as Estefania Jimenez, Marion Crampe, Lorenza Perrone and of course Daria Che as well. Now I am excited to share my knowledge with my students. I love to focus on details, instead of wild tricks and complicated shapes. I love to keep it playful yet clean and accurate, even with the most basic climbs. Let’s explore and play with the details. I can’t wait to dance with you!’’

Sabrina

Sabrina is a professional dancer, dance teacher and stretching and flexibility instructor. During her dance career she found a personal interest in working on flexibility and body posture. She began teaching stretching classes for dancers and non dancers in 2017 in Argentina and currently continues teaching and dancing in the city of Berlin.

‘’I believe that flexibility is something important for those who do sports, dance or for those who don’t do physical activity as well. Flexibility improves the quality of movement, prevents injuries and contractures. I believe that it is important to work on flexibility in an organic and unforced way. For pole dancers, the elasticity of the body can be a great tool to be able to perform figures and tricks in a fluid and tension-free way.’’

Movement education:

  • Professional dancer and classical dance teacher (School of Classical Dance from La Plata Argentina)
  • Stretching course by biomechanics method in Gurquel Alfred Institute (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Stretching Instructor (AMAIP/ Asociación Mutual Argentina de Instructores y Profesores)

Rosa

Rosa Lisa Groll is a dancer and circus artist from Stuttgart based in Berlin. Already at a young age she started to take dance lessons and joined a youth circus to train various disciplines.

After one year abroad in America where she worked as a circus artist on the trapeze and the handstand art she came to Berlin to make an education as a dancer. Ever since she also has been going to the circus school „International Varieté of Arts“ in Kreuzberg. Besides she has been booked and working in the circus feld as a contortionist and trapeze artist in various shows and events.

I came to poleflow a year ago and am happy to be part of the team to work on flexibility and other cool tricks with you!

Amissa

Amissa is a mover, performer and monkey at heart. They lived their early human-years always dancing and playing in youth theater groups.

Amissa’s love for pole dancing started when they just arrived in Berlin. After just the first class they were immediately in love. Now, they realize it has meant a lot more than just finding an amazing hobby. It also made them find their way back to dancing, performing, creating. It opened doors to a new world, such as the world of aerial arts and circus arts in general. Amissa is very driven to live their life exploring movement in its broadest sense. They are always eager to learn more and more!

As a teacher, Amissa is passionate to pass on what has brought them so much joy. Every class, the students should feel good about themselves. Creating a safe(r) and wholesome space is much more important than pushing students to do difficult tricks!

Movement education:

  • Certified Advanced Pole
  • Dance Instructor by Le Chat Noir
  • Basis Program at Motion*s Berlin (ongoing)

Sarah

Sarah has been teaching Pole Dance since 2014. She just recently moved from Würzburg to Berlin and is super excited to share her love for Freestyles, Sensual Flows and Trick Technique with you. She joined Pole Flow in October 2021 and loves the studios focus on the sensual, sex-positive and community-building aspect of Pole.

Sarah is fascinated by freestyles, movement research and flows. She has been teaching Pole Dance since 2014 and loves how the sensual aspect of Pole empowers the students, brings them back into their bodies and also allows them to process emotions.

“Pole Dance changed me. It helped me to feel more at home in my body and to reconnect to my femininity and sensuality, made me become more confident and connected me to a beautiful community. Seeing these changes happen to my students fills my heart with so much joy and gratitude.”

Movement education:

  • XPert Level 1 & 2
  • Xpert Children
  • Elevated Flexibility
  • Spin City Flexibility
  • Freestyle Intensive with
  • Tracee Kafer
  • Fluent Body (on going)