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Josiah Grant "Bad Azz"
Josiah Bad Azz is a world renowned pole artist that is gifted with an amazing talent on the pole. Starting from the age of 7, Bad Azz would often sneak away from his scheduled gymnastic assignments to experiment with an unprecedented routine all on his own.
Bad Azz secretly purchased his own vertical, retractable pole for his bedroom at the age of 16 as a self taught pole dancer, where his artistic flow took him where no male before him had gone. He studied insatiably to improve his craft.
Hip hop, gymnastics, ballet, and contortion lessons filled his high school roster of events, before and after class hours.
Bad Azz has been featured on the Doctor's Show. During this notable segment, the cast of The Doctors joked about men getting involved on the pole, and Bad Azz played the role a regular audience member challenged to try a trick or two. He has been a recurring guest on the Jerry Springer Show, again featured as a gifted anomaly to the pole dancing community. He has also appeared on ABC Family, MTV, TruTV,La Hair and his own series of pole instructional videos, and countless brief television appearances and interviews.
2015 National Aerial Pole Art Champ, 2013 North American "Elite" Champion, 2010 PoleCon Bad K. Spin & Tricks, 2010 "3rd Place " American Pole FitChamp.
World Champion Natalia Tatarintseva started gymnastics when she was just four years old. All throughout this time, Nataliia trained and competed in rhythmic gymnastics, and was awarded both champion of the city and a regional champion in her discipline.
She was awarded a Master of Sports in Ukraine Rhythmic Gymnastics, was 7 times Ukraine champion, and the winner of both the European and World Championships. Then in 2010, she started to teach flexibility at one dance school, and this is where she tried Pole Sport for the first time. The following year, Natalia Tatarintseva started to compete nationally, winning the People’s Choice Award for one of the competitions. In September 2011, she competed in Miss Pole Dance Ukraine 2011 and took out First Place. It was first steps in big pole life where she is now! She has a lot of titles and also her own schools in Ukraine!
Sam King Mr Pole Fitness 2016 started poling 6 years ago without any dance, gymnastics or aerial background but since a friend dragged him to his first pole class he became obsessed and now spends as much time as he can upside down!
Sam is an official X-pole boy representing the company at a host of fitness conventions and was crowned Mr Pole Fitness UK at the 2016 October competition.
Sam has performed all over the globe at both corporate and private events, performing front of names such as Kate Moss and Simon Cowell! He has even appeared on BBC3’s show Bad Education, been featured on an item for BBC South East new, as well as in two music videos. Sam is a well-known name on the competition scene holding a host of titles and trophies.
Ashley Fox, 28, is the Owner of Foxy Fitness and Pole Training Studios in New York & New Jersey. She is a competition coach, instructor, and cho
reographer. She has won 1st Place in the 2016 Paragon, New England Pole, Titans of Pole, and Atlantic Pole Championships. As well as the 2015 Atlantic Pole Championships, and the 2014 Pole Classic at Pole Expo. She strives to spread love, health, and empowerment through pole dancing.
World Champion Galina Musina was born in Tula, Russia in 1992. As a child, she started attending rhythmic gymnastics, music and dance.
In 2010, she went to study in Moscow, where she lives at the moment. In Moscow, she teaches kids rhythmic gymnastics and beginner pole dance lessons for adults.
In 2012 she attended her first pole dance class, and now its been one and a half years since she's into it. During this period, she successfully performed in Russian competitions. Won first place in the Championship of Russia and the CIS in 2013. In 2015, she became the World champion.
The Winner of the World Pole Sport Championship 2015 (Beijing, China)
Winner of the 5 Cup of Russia on air sports Equilibrium 2013 category pole art.
2nd runner up in the Pole Sport International 2013 (St.Petersburg)
Winner of the Superiority of Russia and CIS air sports equilibre.
The Finalist of the World Pole Dance Championship 2014 (4th place).
MoNika Ell an Albanian Cambodian mix athlete was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, USA.
His athletic history consist of: Pole fitness, aerial acrobatics, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, cross-fit, yoga and Pilates.
In 2013 he was awarded best male performer in Portland Oregon, 2014.
2nd at the prestigious Pole Passion "World Pole Dance Sport and Fitness Championship" in the United Kingdom.
1st at the Florida Pole Fitness Championship and 1st at The National Aerial Pole Art Championship.
He currently teaches: Pole, aerial and Pilates in Arizona his home base but also travels nationally and internationally to teach and perform.
International pole champion, 2 time national pole champion and 3 time state pole champion Gracie Buntine is a true dancer and has been involved in the dance industry for over 10 years on numerous levels. Gracie has been a featured pole performer all over the globe and has had features in documentaries, magazines, chat shows, music videos and tv shows. Gracie has become a globally well known and respected performer and instructor within the pole industry after only a short time. Her titles are:
2012 Australian Pole Fitness Champion
2013 Professional Victorian Pole Champion
2013/14 1st runner up in Miss Pole Dance Victoria
2013/14 1st runner up Miss Pole Dance Australia
2013 Miss Ink Victoria
2014/15 Miss Pole Dance Victoria Champion
2014 Aerial All Stars Champion
2015 1st runner up Aerial All Star
2015/16 Miss Pole Dance Asia Pacific Champion
2015/16 2nd runner up Miss Pole dance Australia
2016/17 Miss Pole Dance Victoria Champion
Brian Wolf has been poling for about 3 years and trains at numerous studios around southern California. He has a background in Vogue, Burlesque, and Fire Dancing. Brian is also an international touring artist, sharing his craft and finesse with students around the world. One word to describe Brian would be "fierce" as he puts in his heels and dances his unique Russian Exotic style of dance. Brian trains closely with his pole coach and mentor Veronica Nichols and together he has taken titles such as 2016 Pacific Pole Championship Men's Professional Winner, 2016 National Aerial Pole Art Men's All-Star Champion, and The title of being the FIRST ever Mr. pole Dance America. Brian is excited to come on board with Wink Designs and loves to share his passion with the pole community around the world.
Mimi is 11 years old and started pole at 6 with Ruth Vass at Spin City Brimpton, she now also trains with MPD UK winner Daniel Rosen at IFA Pole and Aerial.
At such a young age Mimi wasn't taken seriously but soon people realised that she was here to stay. Over the years Mimi has tried every form of movement possible but she loves contemporary dance as she can be expressive and combine it with pole, the perfect combination in Mimi's opinion.
- Winner of the Cheshire Aerial Championships Youth Category.
- Youth runner up at the British Pole Superstar Competition 2016 and Best Entertainer 2016.
- Guest Performer - Miss Pole Dance 2015, UKPPC 2015, IPAAT 2016 and POLEX 2016.
- Got To Dance 2014 - Kimberley Wyatt said she was so impressed, so elegant and she hopes she keeps it up. Adam Garcia said Mimi was excellent!
Mimi hopes to one day be like her Idols, Daniel Rosen, Bendy Kate and Charlotte Robertson to name a few, travelling around the world teaching pole and maybe even having her own pole school.
Donna Jane Walton has always had a passion for dance and fitness and with over 12 years of dance and fitness instruction continues to share her passion worldwide.
Her genuine drive and passion have lead her to work with major companies such as Nike Japan, Nike Women, UPN television network and a large listing of a major global recording artist.
Donna Walton feels that pole is the perfect balance of dance and fitness and can be such a rewarding and empowering outlet for women of all shapes and sizes.
Donna has taught all over the United States of America and currently holds the Northwest Bronze Pro Pole Division Title and Gold in Pro Division for Pole Dance America.
Donna also has sat on the judging panel for two of the biggest competitive pole competitions in the industry, both Pole Sport Organization and Pole Dance America.
Emma has been teaching Pole Dance since 2006, and also runs Aerial Classes; Silks, Hoop and Trapeze, Strength and Flex classes, Dancercise, Hula Hoop and Pole Aerobics.
Emma hosts her own International Pole and Aerial competition IPAAT in the UK.
Emma is best known for inspiring women worldwide with her amazing strength and pole ability and has had several TV and media appearances.
Emma got through to the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2014 and wowed the judges with her amazing performance, please click on the link below:
Kristina Gondová from Slovakia has been dedicated to sport from the age of six; she started in artistic gymnastics and sports aerobics.
Then later dance captivated her so much that she studied at the Dance Conservatory.
Dance has always been a passion of Kristina’s however health problems got in the way and she was unsure if she would be able to dance professionally.
Kristina looked for different alternatives until one day, she discovered pole dance. Kristina’s interest was to link ballet and contemporary dance with pole dance.
With only 2 years experience in pole dance Kristina can boast her first successes, namely:
Czech & Slovak Championship in Pole art:
1st place for Slovak republic in Amateurs category - Approach to European Championship Pole stars.
2nd place on SK FINAL POLE BATTLE LEAGUE.
2nd place - Slovak ranking in Amateurs category and the 8th from 46 in Global ranking.
5th place – European pole art Championship Pole Stars.
Phoenix Kazree is a former gymnast from Los Angeles and is trained in classical, contemporary and ethnic dance styles.
Phoenix has been been dancing professionally and teaching dance since graduating from high school. Phoenix's latest accomplishment is earning the title of Pole Art Italy 2015 Champion.
Phoenix was also 1st Runner Up at 2014 Pole Stars Championship.
She is the 2011 California Pole Dance Champion, and the 2nd place winner of the 2011 and 2012 American Pole Fitness Championships.
She was a finalist in the 2011 and 2013 Pole Art, and placed 4th in Pole Art 2012.
Phoenix was also a finalist in the 2014 Pole World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Phoenix was awarded for "Best Show" at Aerial Pole International Competition 2012 and also earned the award for "Pole Athlete of the Year" at the APFC 2011 and La Pole Battle Montreal 2011.
Daniel Rosen winner of Mr Pole Fitness UK 2013 is known for his combination of flexibility, strength and grace.
Daniel wowed the judges on Got to Dance in 2014 with Kimberley Wyatt saying he has serious skill on the pole, she is in awe of his strength but he made it look graceful at the same time.
As the owner of IFA Pole and Aerial, Daniel now hosts workshops up and down the country as well as his own UK Pole Dance competition Heir to the Chrome.
David Skowronek was born in Poland 1983. All his life he loved music and dancing and in 2008 he decided to move to Ireland.
With a passion for expressing emotions and feelings through dance and without any professional dance background, he got himself into a hard training after seeing a pole dance show with friends.
In 2012 he decided to become a pole dance instructor and open his own studio in Dublin, followed by workshops throughout Europe.
- The All Ireland Pole Dance Championship 2012 – 1st place Male Category.
- UKPPC Grand Final participant 2012 - Professional Category.
- BPSC - British Pole Stars Championship 2013 – 2th place Male Category.
- UKPPC Grand Final participant 2013 - Professional Category.
- The All Ireland Pole Dance Championship 2013 – 2st place Male Category.
- Polenastics Championship 2013 -1st place Male Category.
- Mr Pole Fitness UK 2014 - 1st place Male Category.
- IPAAT - Grand Final participant 2015 – Champions Category.
- Miss and Mr Pole Globe Grand Final participant 2015.
Judge experience : POLE POSITION Italian Pole Dance Contest - Italy 2013 & 2014 - Pole Art of Poland - Poland 2014.
Sky Sports Dance Team
We were honoured to be approached by the Sky Sports Dance Team who have recently been touring wearing Wink! The girls said "This is the first time in ages that we've been excited about receiving our dance kit!"