Our Team

Our instructors are some of the best in the world - seriously! We have best in class instructors and the quality of their teaching is unparalleled. Learn from top champions with years of experience at every class level.
Train and learn from the best at Oakland Pole & Dance.

 
 

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Amy Bond

Pole, Lyra, Aerial Silks, Handstands, Flexibility, Pole Choreography, Russian Exotic

Amy Bond is the owner and founder of Oakland & San Francisco Pole and Dance. She has been competing in PSO level events since 2012, when she entered her first competition and did a back walkover right off the stage! Amy has been teaching pole and aerial for over 4 years and opened San Francisco Pole and Dance in May, 2016.

Amy has competed in 8 competitions to date. She is the 2016 semi-pro Pole Theatre Pole Comedy division winner, and also competed in the 2017 Pole Theatre Pole Comedy professional division. She has performed around San Francisco in everything from So You Think You Can Lapdance, where she won season III, episode 7 and won second in the season III finale, to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

She teaches pole, lyra, aerial silks, gymnastics, and sexy choreography. When asked which one she likes the most, it’s the artistic and performance side of pole dancing. She can’t wait to share it with you!

 

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Karri Mae Becker

Pole, Lyra, Twerk, Hott Seat, Sexy Choreography

A NASM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE and AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Karri taught several different class formats in fitness centers in across Northern Virginia and now in San Francisco. As an extension of her fitness training Karri was introduced to pole fitness 11 years ago and quickly became dedicated to the sport of pole fitness.

She has been teaching and performing pole fitness for over 10 years and opened her own pole fitness studio – Pole Pressure® of Leesburg in 2009. Karri owned a successful Pole Pressure® Studio in Northern Virginia for 4 years before closing its doors to relocate to San Francisco where she continues to spread the love of pole. Currently, Karri is the General Manager of Oakland Pole and Dance in addition to her duties as a Regional Group Fitness Manager for Crunch Gyms in San Francisco. 

In addition, Karri has the following ventures…
Founder, CirqFIT Aerial Instructor Certification 
Founder, Aerial Arts Association
Founder, Aerial Hoop Tricks
Founder, Pole Trick of the Day

 

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Aurora Rose

Pole, Lyra, Sexy Choreography, Russian Exotic, Hott Seat, Flexibility, Straps

Aurora lives a life of screwing the patriarchy one seven inch heel at a time. They are genderfluid and genderqueer and believe that dance helps people find and express their truest self. They have spent their life studying dance, martial arts, Chinese medicine, and movement. They are a proud feminist and can be found performing in San Francisco and Oakland most weekends.

As the poet Warsan Shire says: “I belong deeply to myself.”

 

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Maxine Anderson

Pole, Lyra, Sexy Choreography, Hott Seat

Max teaches Pole and Lyra and is a CirqFIT Master Trainer, which is a Lyra instructor training program. She has a background in accounting and finance and is the Financial Manager of Aerial Arts Association. She is also passionate about health and fitness through aerial arts, especially making them accessible to every body.

 

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Elizabeth Keyes Blanchard

Pole, Tricks Clinic, Aerial Straps, Lyra, Contortion

Elizabeth is a Kinesiologist and aerialist; a cast member of EmCirque performance group, Oscillations dance company and a traveling instructor.   An educational background focusing on biomechanics with emphasis on developing personal movement Elizabeth focuses on proper body alignment for optimal sport performance and injury prevention. Dedicated and passionate about pole and aerial she is eager to share her knowledge and training with others.  Her goal is to teach and instill proper technique, confidence, motivation and love for all things pole and aerial related in everyone she works with.

 

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Yoko Taketani

Pole, Sexy Choreography

Yoko Taketani has been a classical ballerina from the age of six. She began pole dance training at Studio Polish, Tokyo, in 2009, and has been instructing since 2010. Yoko’s pole performances include Pole Dance All Stars 2013, Japan Pole Exhibition 2014; Miss Pole Dance Japan 2012&2014; US National Championship 2013; Pole Theatre Sydney 2014; Pole Classic at Pole Expo 2015; Pole Theatre Japan 2015 and 2017 Guest Performance and the Felix Cane Pole Championships 2015 and 2017. 

 

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Nate James

Aerial Straps, Aerial Silks, Lyra, Flexibility, Handstands

Nate James began his journey as a self-taught student of the world, chasing dreams of grandeur! His experience is primarily in aerial and flexibility, however he finds other circus disciplines and extra curricular activities keep him well rounded in his practice. He has a well rounded background, as well, from opera and musical theater, to drag and improv, to fully fledged circus freak working as a free lance artist, and for a small touring company called The Ramos Bros Circus. He moved to Budapest, HU for a year to pursue his dreams, where he studied, taught, and performed aerial at Baross Imre school of acrobatics and the Fővárosi Nagycirkusz (Hungarian National Circus). He most recently finished a contract as an aerialist with Cirque du Soleil in the DR.

Currently he is in the Bay Area training and creating!!! He’s excited to share with, and learn from you!

 

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Sable Stewart

Lyra, Aerial Silks

Sable is in love with movement. They began their affair with performing as a teenager practicing street theater and object manipulation, and made it official when they attended the New England Center for Circus Arts as part of the Professional Track Program. They founded and now co-own Esh Circus Arts, Boston's premier circus school, and have performed on stages up and down the continent, from intimate experimental shows to big-budget touring circus spectacular. In 2011, they were awarded Best Artistic Performance at the Aerial Acrobatic Arts Festival in Denver, CO. They incorporate their ongoing training as a Feldenkrais practitioner into their body-mechanically-focused teaching style. Sable loves the depth of understanding that comes from teaching movement arts to both professionals and recreational students, and they constantly look forward to the interaction and inspiration that come from working with their students. 

 

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Julia Langer

Lyra

Julia teaches Lyra and is a CirqFit certified instructor. She received a Masters in Public Mental Health. Julia believes that aerial and circus arts are a great way to shape personal and public health through cooperative and supportive community and psychical activity. At 12 she tried flying trapeze and knew the circus was where her heart was. Julia began performing Lyra in Baltimore, MD, then moved to California to continue training, teaching and performing. Her focus is on Lyra and flexibility but is excited about all aspects of movement arts.

 

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David Nguyen

Lyra

In the air and on the ground, David is a whirlwind of infectious joy. He’s an aerialist known for his dizzying athleticism and charming performance style. He started as a rock climber and swimmer, but caught the acrobatics bug after watching his first ‘boylesque’ circus show while living in London. Inspired by the troupe’s sassy nature and amusing athletic hijinks, he began training with some of San Francisco’s finest talents at the Circus Center, Acrosports, and the Mongolian Contortion Center. David specializes in aerial hoop and trapeze and dabbles in contortion and aerial rope. Most recently, he finished a summer of training in the Intensive Professional Program at New York City's Circus Warehouse. David has carved his name out as one of the few male aerial hoop artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and as an act you have to watch. 

 

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Victoria LeBrun

Pole, Sexy Choreography

I began pole dancing 4 years ago and it very quickly became my passion and therapy; I want to bring that same life changing joy to others. My goal is for my students to safely build strength, feel sexy, gain confidence, flexibility, and create new friendships all while having the time of their life.
Don’t get in the way of your own potential, let’s do this!

 

Tiffany Mockler Rose

Pole, Hott Seat and Sexy Choreography

Tiffany Rose Mockler is a former National Champion for Synchronized Swimming and found Pole Dance in 2010. She has competed and performed around the world. She is the current Pole Championship Series Silver Medalist and a cast member in Tonya Kay’s Pin Up Pole Show in Los Angeles. She is also a online instructor for Cleo’s Rockin’ Pole and teaches in both Northern and Southern California. She loves sharing the art of Pole dance with others.

 

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Devon Mitchell

Pole

Devon is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Pole Dance Instructor. She wasn’t involved in a lot of sports you would typically be involved in in high school, but found her passion in Pole Dance when she was a senior in high school. She has been doing pole for over 5 years now. 

Pole Dancing has changed Devon’s life. With the past 4 years of teaching Pole Fitness, she has learned to work with all types of people to help them reach their fitness and dance goals. She takes pride in creating an encouraging, motivational, fun environment when teaching classes and working one-on-one. Devon wants to make everyone feel comfortable in their own skin while also helping them become the best version of themselves.

Devon lived in Reno, NV up until the end of 2018 when she moved to the Bay Area to pursue personal training and explore the amazing pole opportunities the Bay has to offer. She is very excited to be a part of the Oakland Pole and Dance Team. Along with teaching pole dancing, Devon works at Equinox Berkeley as a Personal Trainer.

 

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Katie Wilkerson

Flexibility

Katie Nicole is a multidisciplinary performer and artist, based out of San Francisco, CA.  Her inclination for dramatic choreography, combined with her childlike innocence,  have audiences falling in love across the globe.

 Miss Katie began her aerial journey in 2012, falling head over heels for aerial hoop.  Not long after, she found a fondness to dance trapeze, duo trapeze/aerial hoop, as well as bending over backward and grabbing her ankles occasionally.

 Katie has worked under notable names such as Rachel Strickland, Megan Wegg, Catie Brier, Rachel Walker, Serchmaa Byamba, and Elena Panova.  She has performed with Cirque Du Soleil, and is an approved artist of Cirque Eloize.

 Not only does Katie dazzle an audience, she is also an instructor to the willing in aerial hoop, advanced flexibility, and aerial conditioning.  

 

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Mikal Smith

Pole, Twerk

Mikal started his pole journey 2 years ago after a New Year’s resolution brought him stumbling into classes with SFPD’s Karri Becker, and fell in love instantly with the unique combination of dance, gymnastics, and fitness. Hours of classes, performances, and competitions later, Mikal is excited to share his childlike energy and excitement for pole & dance with SFPD. Coming from a background of dance (hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom) and a brief stint in gymnastics, he is thrilled to sweat and laugh with the SFPD team & students.

 

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Arthur Hong

Aerial Straps

Arthur is a aerial performer and instructor in San Francisco specializing in straps and tissu. His style has been described as both elegant and athletic, combining strength with fluidity and the creative expression of a dancer.

He started his physical journey practicing and teaching yoga. Since then, he's obsessed in further developing himself as a mover and has traveled the world studying from a variety of teachers... ranging from manual therapists and MDs to professional athletes and coaches. Arthur most recently completed an intensive acrobatic study in Montreal under Cirque du Soleil Coach Victor Fomine where he learned dynamic Russian-style straps technique.

Outside of circus, Arthur is the Co-founder of Zenrez where he manages a team of engineers and designers.

 

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Kissy Wan

Pole and Aerial Hoop

Kissy started her aerial life with both feet on the floor. With encouragement from Karri, she took flight in the hoop 3 years ago and became a certified CirqFit instructor 2 years ago. Kissy’s actually terrified of heights, but she overcomes her fear one foot off the ground at time! Her biggest accomplishment was competing in Aerial Arts Association- Fog City competition and placing in the the top 10; as well as competing in PSO- GGPC and placing 3rd in LV 2 Dramatic.

 

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Andrei Fenix

Aerial Straps

Ninja by day, Engineer/Designer by night, Andrei Fenix is a multidisciplinary movement artist based in San Francisco. He began training in various eastern martial arts at age 4, and as a teenager discovered a love for Dance, Parkour, and various Circus Arts. 

With a passion for technique, he is able to combine various movement modalities by drawing from the root similarities of each art, which lends a unique and primal flow to his work. This diverse background, along with over a decade of teaching experience, allows him to communicate the intricacies of both concept and application to his students, whether they are fresh off the street, or or born and raised to the Art.

 

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Walker Staples

Acrobatics and Handstands

Walker is an acrobat, freerunner, traceur, fire eater, and juggler with nearly a decade of experience teaching movement arts. His style combines traditional Chinese Acrobatic floorwork and tumbling with Western-style parkour, circus, and comedic acrobatics. With a strong background working in Social Circus, his chief passion in life is making circus arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, experience, or gender. Since moving from a life of freelance performance and education in the Northeast 3 years ago, Walker, currently teaches and performs with Athletic Playground, Circus Smirkus, and Prescott Circus. 

 
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Sierra Camille

Aerial Silks

Sierra grew up talking too loud and taking up as much space as possible in Santa Rosa, California. After wading in the worlds of dance and theater, she found circus to be a place that embraced her poignant skills as a physical theater artist, aerialist, and clown. An avid collaborator, Sierra is co-founder of Levity Aerial Troupe and Skytopia Aerial Arts where she shares her love of aerial art with kids and adults. Specializing in silks and physical theater, Sierra takes characters up into the air. Audiences have called her “an electrifying beam of positivity and happiness in this cynical world”. Sierra earned a BFA degree in theater performance and a certificate in nonprofit management from Southern Oregon University. She’s currently talking loudly and dancing about in Oakland, CA.

 
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Angel Marie

Pole

Aerial SilksAngel is a big personality from a small town in Pennsylvania and moved to the West Coast in 2003. She has taught Hip Hop, breakdance, and gymnastics throughout the Bay Area for over a decade and began pole in 2014 when a friend was selling her matte black 50mm static pole and asked, "Do you want it? I think you would like it!' Purchased. Hooked. Done.

Four months later she did her first pole competition and has since competed with PSO and various organizations from Level 1 to Level 5 including Championship, Dramatic, Emtertainment, and Low Flow. Next up, Exotic and Freedance!

Angel loves the variety of styles, interests, body types, and backgrounds that pole supports and helps flourish. There is something for everyone and she can't wait to help YOU find what you love about pole!

 
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Alexandria Nichandros

Pole and Sexy Choreography

Alexandria has been attending dance class, leaping around the house, and moving to the music since she was old enough to put her hands on her hips. She is known on both sides of the Bay for her deep love of teaching and performing. Her repertoire includes east coast swing, salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha, bellydance, flexibility, pole dancing, floorwork, go-go dancing, high heels, non-verbal communication and body language, leading and following, specialty work with so-called “no-rhythm/two-left-feet” types, and more.

You can find her kicking dust off hearts on both sides of the bay as The Queen of Improv: Peppermint Furiosa. Her always improvisational performance work appears monthly on the stages of both The Rebel Kings Oakland and Debauchery.

Some of her favorite experiences include teaching a class of her own design (Latin Movement for Ballerinas) at the San Diego School of Ballet, and touring Japan with The Zahirah Dancers, a bellydance troupe in which she was both a lead dancer and the Rehearsal Director. You may have seen her performing at the Queer Prison-Haters Ball, teaching at Dark Odyssey Surrender, or her smash hit performance as part of Southern Exposure’s “All These Darlings and Now Us”, a floating performance art piece in 2014 that caught the attention of the New York Times.

 
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Mick Glenn

Flexibility, Handstands and Acrobatics

A passion for physical expression drove Mick into a life of devised theatre. In his early 20's Mick realized he needed something that challenged him further. In 2014 Mick transitioned into circus and has never looked back! Mick's first circus loves were handbalancing and acrobatics, and over time he has also explored dance, trampoline, tumbling, parkour, and tricking. As Mick's circus journey continues, he's explored the idea of returning to performance, but surprised himself with his love of teaching. As everyone has a unique body coupled with unique goals, Mick embraces the vast possibilities for growth offered through acrobatic training.