Student’s Spotlight: Lars

Student's spotlight Lars

Meet Larsi (officially still 28, and if someone tells you something different – they lie!).

If he’s not hanging, spinning or flying around a pole, he is working as a pattern maker for textiles. Lars has been Pole dancing at Pole Flow for 4 years now, and he is one of our most dedicated students and a substantial part of our Pole Flow family 🖤

We sat with Larsi to ask him a few questions about his Pole Journey.

When did you first start pole and what drew you to keep going?

I started with pole around 4 years ago. Ironically I started with Kaya, who is one of our teachers now.

So first all having a tandem partner, like a friend/sibling, which means you cannot cancel at the last minute – helps a lot. Furthermore, I have to admit the way my body changed and how much confidence I got out of seeing myself in 8 inch heels.

How has Pole affected your life?

Pole affected literally all these mentioned aspects of my life. First of all, as mentioned before, knowing I have the capability of dancing in 8 inch heels and feeling all the freedom in the world is just GREAT. When I dance create my own little world for myself. This liberation is also incredibly healthy for the mind to find the right outlet for all the mundane issues.

Secondly, at Pole Flow I met a community of very individual creatures, who really inspire the way I think and open my mind. Some of these people I even call now my friends/family.

What were / are your main struggles while engaging on this new challenging craft?

When I started exotic in classical high heels, there were many moves which I was not able to do, because they are not made for pole dance !

Additionally, I needed to learn what the right balance of training and relaxation is. Since please bear in mind, you also need to give your body a rest from time to time (self-reminder).

And on top of all these things building up the strength to smile through the pain and be able to hold certain shapes and figures.

Many assume pole dancing is only girls. What is your take on this assumption as a male pole dancer?

There is one little truth to it, since women are far better in handling pain and this is true, so it is kind of a girl thing…

However, I think pole dancing is for everyone! I found so much in it and especially in pole flow so much acceptance, that at least everyone should have tried it once in his life, if male or female.

What would you see as your greatest achievements since you have started?

Finding this great body positivity for myself, but also being able to share and maybe even being possible to hand this over to someone else.

What would be your #1 tip to someone who is just starting pole dancing ?

Definitely start doing pole dance with a friend, so you cannot “chicken out”. Having a friend on your side going through all you are going through at the same time makes a huge difference.

Moreover, be patient with yourself none of us learned pole dancing within a day and it is a tough discipline !

Any last word for us? 🙂

For me Pole Flow is a great place, you can be whatever you want and you find a lot of respect for this. This is probably also because of the amazing teachers, who always give you a great feeling, even if you did not manage the trick properly or you found your own little version. This atmosphere makes it so easy to grow and work on yourself and stay positive to keep on growing.

Thank you Lasi for your time and inspiring words! Your passion, dedication and loving energy makes it inspiring to everyone around to be the best pole dancer and human they can possibly be! We can’t wait to dance with again soon 🙂

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Kotza

Coming from Greece, Christina started her pole journey back in 2017. She has been a member of the group ‘DaDaDolls’, with whom she participated at Pole Theatre World 2019, as well as in various projects such as ‘KARMA’ in collaboration with Marion Crampe.

In the past years, she has been teaching in various studios around Greece.

At the same time, Christina has been studying Modern dance Education at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.), while attending the contemporary & ballet advanced program at the ‘Pas Par Tu dance center’.

In her classes expect to see a lot of dance technique mixed with pole skills, various learning methods, loudness and enthusiasm!

Huong (she/her)

Huong has been dancing since she was a child.

At the age of 8 she joined a Vietnamese dance group based in Berlin and performed at various events (e.g. Karneval der Kulturen). She then moved on to dance Hip Hop for a year and paused to focus on school and college after. During her studies in 2015 she randomly stumbled upon a pole dancing video and immediately looked up pole classes not knowing how much this step will change her life. From then on she fell in love and took all the pole classes she could afford in Berlin until she started teaching others in 2018. She now focuses more on how to improve as an instructor in order to provide a safe space for everyone who joins her classes.

Dance style:
– Heels flow
– Sensual flow
– Freestyle improvisation
– Spinning pole
– Flexibility

Licenses:
– ElevatED Pole Level 1 Teacher Training
– Spin City Stretching & Flexibility for Pole and Aerial

Valeriia Melnyk

Valeriia is a professional Pole Dancer from Kyiv, Ukraine who has relocated to Berlin. She has over 8 years of experience as a pole dancer and is a certified instructor by the Ukrainian Pole Sport Federation. She has also participated and made it to finals in numerous Ukrainian championships and festivals.

‘’Dance is an expression that comes from inside. I am convinced that everyone can learn to live their feelings, explore their emotions and reach heightened states through dance. I am ready to share with you my knowledge, energy and, of course, my sensual choreography.’’

The focus of classes will be about sensual embodiment and the feeling of the dance. Valeriia will show you how to create lightness, airiness and beautiful aesthetic lines while dancing. We will focus on turning our attention inward, listen to our bodies and feel how the body wants to manifest itself through dance. It will be sensual, lyrical and feminine“.

Luigi

Luigi is an Italian pole dance coach, teacher and performer. As a child he studied classical ballet in Bergamo and ever since he has been interested in mastering body expression techniques.

He has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for years, working on both flexibility and acrobatic movements. Additionally he studied contortion techniques with Sofia Venanzetti as well as acrobatics in the Gymnastics school of Treviolo in Northern Italy.

Luigi discovered pole dance in 2016 and it was love at first sight. Soon after this, he became a pole instructor and, after winning multiple national and international competitions, he became one of the members of the Italian Pole Sport National team.He also mastered the flying pole (a Chinese pole suspended on the ceiling) and performed with it in the aerialist circus company “Acrovertical.”

Luigi teaches pole sport techniques, contemporary pole movements and dynamic/acrobatic transitions on the pole.

“Art is a powerful form of expression. In my life, I often couldn’t find the right words to express my deepest emotions. Pole dance gives me the freedom to really be myself, by helping me to find the strength to cope with my fears. As a teacher, I like to enable my students to overcome their limits, discover new skills and polish flowing moves, without ever forgetting that it is a way to express ourselves.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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!’’

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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)
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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!

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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)
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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)