2013 Florida Pole Fitness Championship
2012 US Pole Dance Champion
Michelle Stanek is the 2012 United States Pole Dance Champion. When she is not traveling the world to teach and perform, Michelle lives in New York City and instructs at Body & Pole and Crunch Gyms. She is a founding master trainer for XPERT: The Professional Pole Fitness Instructor Training Program and of the aerial dance company, AERA. As a dancer, Michelle is known for her body awareness, clean lines, extension, unique choreography, powerful movement and captivating performance quality. Her style is not just the traditional “sexy” and not just the traditional “contemporary” but an interesting blend of both. Michelle’s credentials also include: Pole Dance Universe champion 2011, USPDF Amateur champion 2011, PFA’s Pole Drama champion 2010 and Polesque champion 2010
As a teacher, Michelle takes a great deal of care in making sure her classes offer students the opportunity to explore their own movement, develop their own style of dancing, increase their strength and flexibility and learn proper form so they can take their poling to the next level while having fun.
2010 USPDF Miss Sexy
Karol Helms is famous in the pole community for her sexy, unique flow and dramatic drops and fall stunts. Also known as RED_KE71 on YouTube, Karol’s pole dancing obsession began in 2006 when she purchased an X-Pole and began self teaching herself and helping others through videos on YouTube. She started competing in 2008 and currently holds the titles of Charlotte’s Poleapalooza 2008, USPDF East Coast Champ 2009, and USPDF Miss Sexy 2010. Now, sponsored by X-Pole, Itac Sports Grip, and a Brand Director of the Pole Fit line by Bad Kitty, Karol loves traveling around the world performing and teaching others to find confidence and strength through the art of pole dancing. http://karolhelms.com
2011 APFA Male Champion
Derick Pierson began his pole dancing and circus career almost four years ago. Starting later in life due to injuries generated by car accidents, he developed a “never give up attitude.” As an ex-cheerleader he has a very competitive drive and a background in tumbling. At the age of eighteen he commenced training with the South Florida Circus Arts School in Miami Florida. He has trained in contortion, trapeze, silks, lyra, and aerial cube. Now Derick works for Rainbow Circus when he is not traveling to teach workshops or compete in pole competitions.
Discovering his love for pole Derick started through both self-teaching, and then branching out to find Allison Sipes (USPDF Pro/ Master X-pert Trainer) his teacher, and friend. With her help and the support of Michelle Martin owner of cheeky fitness he started his competitive pole career. Derick is now the 2nd place International Pole Masters Champion 2012 , Male National Aerial Pole Art Champion and Best Technique 2012, American Pole Fitness Champion for 2011, and the IPC 2ND place Pole Art Champion 2010. He has also gone and competed in the pro division for Pole Dancing Universe and was offered a spot to compete in the World Pole Sport Championships in London in July 2012.
Derick was voted in Pole Dance International Magazine as best new artist, best pole flexibility, and best over all male performer. He has also been featured on the cover of Pole Spin magazine, and featured in Vertical Art and Fitness magazine. Currently Derick is working to become a master instructor with the certification program X-pert, working at Pixie Fitness Florida, Pole Stars in Hollywood, and is traveling the world doing what he loves best; teaching and performing.
2010 USPDF East Coast Champion
Rebecca Starr is a professional Circus Aerialist and Pole Acrobat. She comes from a background in Circus Arts and Gymnastics and is the 2010 US Pole Dance Federation East Coast Champion. For the past 10 years she has been performing professionally as a Contortionist, Aerialist and Acrobat in Cirque style productions around the world. She currently performs regularly as part of an Aerial Duo known as “Lyralicious” known for their unique displays of artistry and ingenuity in their Duo Lyra and Body Balancing acts.
Rebecca has spent the most of 2012 performing on World and National Tours with America’s largest Cirque production company, Cirque Dreams, as a featured Aerialist and Pole Acrobat. In addition to performing as part of Lyralicious, she debuted an all new Freestanding Pole Act, the first of its kind to bridge the gap between Pole Dance and Circus Arts. Through performance and instruction she continues her work, introducing a new style of pole to audiences around the world and challenging the publics perception of Pole Dance through the promotion of Circus Arts.
When not performing with the circus, Rebecca teaches pole, aerial arts and flexibility classes at Body & Pole in NYC and at Vixen Fitness in Orlando, FL. Rebecca was also an online judge for this year’s competition.
ISIS MASOUD grew up in Florida, where she trained with Dana & Mia Michaels and received her BA in Theater from the University of Miami. A well-rounded performer, Isis’s credits vary from choreographer to producer, in all realms of the business including film, new media, television, commercial and theater. Recently, Isis choreographed for Nas at Radio City Music Hall in NYC & was featured in the new film ROCK OF AGES alongside Tom Cruise, & Catherine Zeta Jones. She also served as assistant choreographer on BOYS FROM SYRACUSE with Broadway Choreographer Dan Knechtges & Director David Schweizer. She was hand picked to be an artist associate on a Broadway workshop choreographed by David Parsons, and directed by John Caird (LES MIS/ JANE EYRE). Isis’s choreography was featured on the ABC Family television show DANCE FEVER as well as Season 9 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Her Student Eliana Girard won the female title of “America’s Favorite Dancer” & performed Isis’s choreography early in the season. Isis has also choreographed music videos by Telling On Trixie, Violina, Machine Drum, Woodpecker, & Birgit Õigemeel, winner of Estonia Idol. She has choreographed regional productions of HAIR, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, and LA FEMME EST MORTE. LA FEMME was part of the NYC & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, won Best Ensemble in Edinburgh, & has run Off-Broadway in NYC. Isis co-wrote, directed, and choreographed AT THE DINER, an original dance musical, performed Off-Broadway at The Duke Theater in Times Square. She is currently a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center & Steps in NYC and is working as a master teacher with many dance organizations all over the country. She performed work by Savion Glover in NYC, and can also be seen in the film, KISSING DON’T LAST, BUT COOKING DO, as well as her award winning web series THE POLITE GIRLS! With over 7 million views on YouTube, an invitation to perform on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, & international news coverage including CNN, CBS, FOX, NBC, & The NY Daily, The Polite Girls Hit international fame. Isis recently choreographed “The Last Goodbye”, an inevitable end of a passionate, volatile relationship, told through contemporary pole dance starring: Marlo Fisken & Kyle DesChamps.
You can usually find Joel hanging from a structural cable on a ship in San Francisco Harbour, but when he is working he is a Nursing Home Inspector for the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services. You know us better as “Public Aid.” I am a surveyor generalist…doing abuse and neglect investigations, supportive living inspections, federal medicaid waiver audits, Minimum Data Set rate set methodology, crawling under mattresses looking for”pests”, photgraphing dumpsters,inspecting kitchens, writing reports, completing determinations of need for new applications to Long Term Care status. Joel has been a pole enthusiast since 2008 and has ventured off into other aerial apparatuses including silks and trapeeze. He has attended numerous pole events around the country including the USPDF competitions, the International Pole Convention, the MidWest Pole Convention, various Pole Jams and Pole Camps. Joel offers comprehensive insight and feedback for aerial videos on YouTube and has an impeccable attention to detail.
Certified Fitness Coach and Aerial Instructor
Kristen has been in the world of fitness for most of her life. As a certified group fitness instructor Kristen tries to focus her classes on new techniques and exercises. Fitness is always evolving and she tries to bring new and creative ideas to a traditional work-out. Strength and toning are her areas of focus. Kristen is also a great aerial instructor! Having been a competitive gymnast, collegiate co-ed cheerleader, and collegiate dancer, aerial fitness is a great way for her to combine her past sports and fitness background.