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meet your instructors:

the APS family ♡

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AKILA

Studio Owner & Founder

Hey besties! I'm Akila, the proud owner and founder of Akila Pole Studio! Ever since opening our doors in the summer of 2021, my mission has been to create a vibrant, supportive, and inclusive space where people can feel empowered and experience the sheer joy of pole. At the heart of everything I do, is a deep commitment to creating a space that nurtures personal growth, celebrates diversity and encourages self-expression. Community is the driving force behind my approach. It is the cornerstone of our studio, where people from all walks of life come together, support one another, and celebrate each other's successes.

I started my pole journey back in 2019, and it was love at first spin! Like most people I became completely captivated by it and eventually pursued my teaching qualification and started teaching out of my own home. It’s incredible to think that just a few years later, Akila Pole Studio was born! Having a background in drama and physical theatre has given me a deep appreciation for the power of movement as a form expression and storytelling. My personal style is characterized by flowy, spinny movements that embody grace and fluidity, and I strive to create space for students to explore their own unique style while embracing fluid movements.

I love to bring a super energetic, non-judgemental & uplifting vibe to every class, so students feel safe to freely express themselves, build confidence, and above all, have fun! Creating a community that embraces and supports each other is incredibly important to me, and my aim is to ensure that each person, regardless of their background or experience, feels welcome and valued. 

You can catch me teaching group classes at the studio on Mondays & Wednesdays (and floating around on other days of the week!) <3

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Kitty (Damn Kitty)

Certified Pole Instructor

Introducing Kitty, our talented pole instructor who brings her passion for dance and pole to to Akila Pole Studio. With a diverse dance background, Kitty discovered pole in 2020 and has been on a remarkable journey ever since.

 

Kitty's love for pole has led her to achieve notable milestones in a short time. She's earned recognition for her performances and has been awarded titles in various competitions, including ExGen Spain 23’ 1st Place Old School Semi-Pro, ExGen UK 22’ Overall Winner Amateur & ExGen Uk 22’ 1st Place Old School Amateur. Kitty's talent has even taken her to perform alongside renowned artists like Snoop Dogg.

 

Join Kitty at Akila Pole Studio on Tuesday nights! 

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Lara

Certified Pole Instructor

Lara Olivia's journey as a pole dancer began in the Netherlands in 2014. Her passion for the art form quickly flourished, leading her to become a dedicated and talented practitioner. Not content with simply mastering the pole herself, Lara embarked on a new adventure as an instructor, sharing her expertise and knowledge with others. For the past three years, she has been helping aspiring students reach their pole dancing goals, igniting their own passion for this captivating discipline. Lara's dedication to both her personal growth and the success of her students truly makes her a shining star in the world of pole!

Find Lara at Akila Pole Studio on Thursday nights!

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Rosanne (Unicorn Power)

Certified Pole Instructor

Rosanne has been pole dancing since 2013 and is known for her sensual and flowy style on (and off!) the pole. As a teacher, Rosanne’s classes focus on technique, self-expression and guiding students in finding confidence in their own style of movement. She has an approachable, enthusiastic teaching style and loves nothing more than to share her love and knowledge of pole to aspiring students. Her philosophy is that pole dancing can help anyone discover what they are capable of: “There are no limits to what you can do if you work hard and believe in your own journey, let’s work together to achieve your goals!”

Rosanne teaches both heels choreography classes and tricks classes from Beginners up to Advanced level.

Join Rosanne on Monday evenings at Akila Pole Studio!

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Angie

Certified Pole Instructor

Angie is a pole dancer, performer and instructor. Originally from Sydney Australia, Angie loves to express her sensual goddess vibes both on and off the pole. Angie has over a decade of experience teaching all levels of pole, and enjoys guiding her students movement through her signature Old School style of pole. Her experience as both a performer and competitive pole dancer also provides her students with a wealth of knowledge when preparing for their own performances and routines. 

Find Angie at Akila Pole Studio on Mondays & Wednesdays!

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Rachael Gisella

Certified Pole Instructor

Rachael Gisella is a professional pole dancer and performer who splits her time between London and Lisbon. She has gained recognition for her dynamic and sensual low flow routines and emphasis on musicality. As an award-winning dancer, she has earned titles in Basework and is the current title holder of ExGen New Face Flow. Her talents have also taken her to share the stage with acclaimed artists such as Snoop Dogg and Burna Boy. Rachael loves nothing more than sharing her passion of Sexy Style Pole with students; striving to create a safe space for them to freely express themselves. 

Catch Rachael at Akila Pole Studio for popup classes/workshops during her next return to LDN 

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Phoebe

Certified Pole Instructor

Phoebe has over 10 years of experience pole dancing, and has been a part of the Akila Pole Studio family for a year and a half. Her style often combines spinning flow with an artistic touch, as well as choreos with a sassy, energetic flow. Phoebe enjoys providing the building blocks for her students to unlock their own style of dancing. She will help you explore the creative side of pole - whilst making it a fun and empowering journey for you!  

Join Phoebe at Akila Pole Studio on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

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YangYang

Certified Pole Instructor

YangYang discovered pole dancing during university, venturing into something completely different from her usual interests. Surprising everyone around her, especially as someone who had avoided sports in school, Yangyang found herself increasingly drawn to pole classes, choosing to freestyle around the pole over revising for her Economics exams!

After graduating with a 1st Class degree, YangYang faced the challenges of finding and losing a 'normal' job due to Covid. She started receiving bookings while working her regular 9-5 job, performing pole in music videos. Since then, YangYang has expanded her repertoire, showcasing her skills in pole, floorwork, dance, and twerk at various music video productions, shows, events, and parties.

YangYang is a mixture of self-trained and studio-trained, with a heavy dash of freestyling at the $ Club and now during shoots and live performances.

Join YangYang at Akila Pole Studio on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

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Alexandra

Certified Pole Instructor

Introducing Alexandra Mutungi, an accomplished pole dancer who has been perfecting her craft for over three years. Recently, she took on the role of a pole instructor, sharing her expertise with others. Alexandra's movement style is a captivating blend of sensuality, delicacy, and embodiment. For her, pole dancing serves as a powerful method of self-expression, allowing her to explore and convey her innermost emotions with grace and artistry.

Find Alexandra on Sundays at Akila Pole Studio!

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Cheryl

Certified Pole Instructor

Cheryl is a London-based heels enthusiast from Hong Kong and Taiwan. She first started pole dancing in 2018 and currently teaches every other Wednesday at Akila Pole Studio, in alternation with Zac. Her favourite style is technical flow with lots of twirly transitions. Cheryl is also a founding member of Cobalt Flame, a London-based pan-Asian pole dance collective that aims to uplift dancers of Asian heritage and create a safe space for all to freely express their creativity and sensuality.

Join Cheryl at Akila Pole Studio on Wednesday nights!

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Zac

Certified Pole Instructor

Introducing Zac, our talented and passionate pole instructor. With a background in dance and pole since 2019, Zac's journey has been a gorgeous blend of strength, creativity, and artistic expression.

 

Zac's love for all things soft and floaty is evident in his teaching style, where he seamlessly combines the art of dance with the strength and technique of pole. His classes are a fusion of fluid movements and elegant transitions, and a focus on embodying the music.

Join Zac at Akila Pole Studio on Wednesdays & Sundays!

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Cat

Certified Pole Instructor

Cat is an experienced pole instructor, having dedicated themselves to teaching since 2017 and achieving certification in all levels of instruction. They are a regular performer in the London pole dance scene, often showcasing their unique blend of rock 'n roll spirit.

 

As a queer poler, Cat is passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students from all backgrounds. They are actively involved in promoting the rights and amplifying the voices of SWers.

 

Cat's love for pole extends to the artistry of floaty spinning pole moves and dynamic strength combinations. However, their personal favorite move is the shoulder mount. If you attend Cat's classes, you can count on their expert guidance and support to help you master this incredible and versatile trick.

Catch Cat at Akila Pole Studio on Fridays!

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Beth

Certified Pole Instructor

Beth's pole journey began four years ago in Hanoi, Vietnam. Now, as a London-based dancer, her style shines through long, flowing combos, with a love for spinning tricks that showcase her passion for transitions and speed control. In December 2022, Beth transitioned into teaching, blending her skills as a qualified yoga instructor with her pole expertise to offer a mindful, empowering approach. Her guiding principle & her pole mantra is “Pole dancing embodies the journey of self-love.”

Join Beth at Akila Pole Studio on Tuesdays & Saturdays! 

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