August Roska (New York)
Aerial Instructor at Body & Pole
Shayne Evans (LA)
Owner of Vertical Life PR (the only publicity company in the world for pole dancers and aerial arts), Owner for Volare Pole & Aerial Arts Magazine and works with United Pole Artists
Owner of Pole Ex Studio
August: I was practicing yoga above Body & Pole, I wandered into the space and immediately thought taking pole/aerial classes would be a great thing to try. So I did! I was instantly hooked and began practicing aerial religiously for enjoyment, but quickly soon after decided I wanted to truly pursue the craft.
Shayne: I went to a hens at Bobbi's Sydney. The first move I was taught was the hello boys. I fell in love with pole and signed up for classes that day. Back then it wasn't a fitness craze and there wasn't all the press there is about it. I just knew it was fun and never even thought about the association and sigma it had attached.
Hayley: I was cutting a lady’s hair in a salon. She told me she had pole dancing class afterwards & told me to try it. So I did! It was love at first spin!
August: I love the combination of strength and grace in the air, the adrenaline, and the feeling of pure freedom.
Hayley: The best part about teaching pole is watching someone achieve something when they once said “I can’t.”
Shayne: I love traveling the world for pole events and shows!
August: My best advice to another poler & aerialist is safety first. Be smart, know what to look for, know what questions to ask. In regard to performing, do not undercut for exposure, it hurts you and everyone else in the industry.
Hayley: “Comparison is the thief of joy” Never compare yourself to others. Own being you.
Shayne: Just like everyone looks different and everyone has a personality, your pole dancing style should be a reflection of you. Find your own balance and style and the dancer that you are will be created & never ever give up.
In dance & all things life
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
— Vincent van Gogh