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Michelle Stanek


Internationally Renowned Pole Dancer
2012 USPDF Champion
elevatED Co-Creator
Curator

 

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Michelle Stanek


Internationally Renowned Pole Dancer
2012 USPDF Champion
elevatED Co-Creator
Curator

 

About Michelle

Michelle Stanek is an internationally-recognized pole dance performer and instructor known for her signature "sexy contemporary" style that blends sensual movement with the grace, extension and control of her classical dance background. An early competitive athlete, Michelle won 5 out of the 6 competitions she entered including the 2012 United States Pole Dance Champion title. Her industry-changing performances are notable for their movement innovation, artistry and fluidity. 

A passionate and dedicated instructor, Michelle co-created elevatED: pole dance fitness and flexibility teacher trainings, to help instructors provide informed, thoughtful experiences to their students. Michelle travels the world through Poles On Tour, training instructors, offering her signature workshops, judging competitions, and performing. She is a proud Bad Kitty brand ambassador and instructor at Body & Pole in New York City, where she is also a partner. 

She is also the curator of The Wall at Body & Pole — a unique, contemporary art gallery bringing the visual and aerial arts together. She curates the art on The Wall and produces opening night events, that are unlike any other art gallery opening.

Prior to her full-time pole dance career, Michelle earned a B.A. and M.A. in Art History, working at AIGA, the professional association for design, Pratt Institute and the Assisi Institute. In 2016, she was invited to present as a Main Stage speaker for "Adaptation: AIGA Design Conference" in Las Vegas. Her presentation + performance, "Pole Dancing, Preconceptions, and You," was incredibly well-received as a stand-out presentation. When not immersed in dance and art, she loves exploring the NYC art scene, dancing, bike-riding and adventuring with her adoring and adored husband and a good rooftop pool.

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Pole Dance Titles

Miss Pole Dance America 2015
1st Place, AERA group performance

USPDF 2012
1st Place, Professional

Pole Dance Universe 2011
1st Place

Pole Art 2011
4th Place

USPDF 2011
1st Place, Amateur

PFA 2010
1st Place, Pole Drama

Polesque 2010
1st Place

 

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Featured Roles

Law & Order SVU
“Undercover Blue”
Season 14 episode 17, 2012

Diplo “Set it Off” 
Music video, 2012

Blue Bloods
“Devil’s Breath”
Season 3 Episode 21, 2012

Royal Republic "Underwear"
Music video, 2010

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Performances

Michelle is a founding member of the aerial dance company, AERA, and has performed pole, silks and contemporary dance with AERA at PS1 MoMA, Pole Convention, Pole Art and various venues throughout New York City. She has also recently had the honor of dancing with The Pulse Project, an innovative, contemporary pole dance project. She has performed on stages from South Africa, Dubai, Sao Paolo, Paris, Nashville and more.

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Classes & Workshops


Classes & Workshops


Open Enrollment Classes

During the week, Michelle teaches at Body & Pole in New York City. Her regularly scheduled classes are:

Tuesday - Pole Fluidity Level 3/4 - 6pm

Tuesday - Pole Fluidity Level 2 - 7:45pm

Wednesday - Level 2 Spin Pole - 6pm

Thursday - Open Level - 12:00pm

Private Instruction

Michelle is available for private lessons, choreography consultations, competition coaching and birthday/bachelorette parties.


Workshops

Michelle loves traveling and sharing her passion for teaching and has traveled extensively through Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America. She offers a number of signature workshops, detailed below, and can customize to any level or timing request. She can also create custom workshops based on request. To find out about availability, pricing and fees, contact Poles On Tour.

Michelle's workshop descriptions:

 

Modern-Sexy Fusion 

This is Michelle’s signature class. Step outside the proverbial box and bring a contemporary flow to the pole. This workshop will be floor-based (few aerial on-the-pole moves). We will work around the pole using levels - jumps, rolls, spins, etc., taking inspiration from contemporary dance with the requisite dash of sexiness we cannot escape!  This class can be offered to all levels, but at least a beginner-level of pole dance skills is preferred.

*Wear pants, leg warmers, t-shirt, etc.

 

Master Class

This class is a tricks-based class where Michelle will teach her current, favorite and most popular pole tricks and combos. It will begin with Michelle’s signature warm-up, ensuring all muscle groups are ready to pole before addressing the students’ specific needs and personal attention.

* Can be taught at different levels/classes and it is preferred all students are at the same beginner,  intermediate or advanced level.

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Werk the Floor! 

Need to get to that other pole and don't know how? Walking is not an option! As pole dancers, the floor is often the neglected space between the poles. Utilize the floor space to continue your movement and creatively pass to the other pole. We will work on floor work fluidity and style and floor-to-pole transitions. The floor is a great way to bring unique and dynamic movement to your pole dancing. Learn how now!

* Wear pants, legwarmers, socks, knee pads, etc. 
* Appropriate for all levels

 

Static spins and transitions

This workshop will provide you with tons of spins and transitional work to enrich your pole dance repertoire and fluidity. You will learn how to maximize your power to create long-lasting and dynamic spins and spin combos. It is floor- based workshop—you can probably wear your pants and leg warmers the whole time.
You will learn how to put several spins together in seamless flows as well as create unique variations on basic spins.

* Can be taught at different levels/classes and it is preferred all students are at the same beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

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Spinning pole 

All spin all the time! Once you have the the strength and control you need on spin mode, we will begin to create both fluid and dynamic flows using Int/Adv moves on the spin pole. Learn how to manipulate the spin mode and grow your spin pole vocabulary with swivels, speed, extension and unique poses and tricks you can only do on spin mode.

*Can be taught at different levels/classes and it is preferred all
students are at the same beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

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Poleography 

Learn the secrets to Michelle’s unparalleled, stunning performance quality that has been described as “ferocious,” “hypnotic” and “disarming.” You will learn a routine, with an emphasis on music and movement dynamics, facial expressions and audience captivation. This is your time to dance it out! 

* Appropriate for all levels

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Splits & Tricks

Vertical, horizontal, straddle, Jade, Chopsticks, Russian...how many ways can you show off your split on the pole? This workshop will go over a variety of split tricks, graceful ways into and out of them and how to put them together! We will also focus on stretches for splits to achieve full and over-splits as well as the tricks to make it *look like* you are in a full split!

*Can be taught at different levels/classes and it is preferred all students are at the same beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

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Movement dynamics and performance tips

Imagine a song or a piece of music that was just one note. The whole song. 3 minutes of only B sharp...you'd fall asleep or walk out! Your dance must be the same. Learn how to vary your movement, explore dynamics and capture an audience's rapt attention. This workshop will explore the nuances of movement, dive deep into movement exercises to broaden your repertoire and allow you to break out of your comfort zone and apply different dynamics to the same movement to create different effects. The best performance has both clean, strong tricks as well as audience engagement. Find out how to incorporate both in this interactive, exploratory and rich workshop.

* Appropriate for all levels

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Flexibility

It is very important for every pole dancer to improve their flexibility. This class, loosely based on Michelle’s flexibility and contortion classes in NYC. It will challenge each dancer to deepen their flexibility in their entire body but especially those areas needed to execute pole tricks—rib to knee muscles including hip flexors, chest, shoulders, hips, groin, hamstrings and back. It is challenging to each individual’s flexibility level and offers valuable exercises and tips to continue in their own practice.

* This workshop is sometimes combined with Werk the Floor or other workshops for a 2-hour class

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elevatED


elevatED


elevatED

Along with her industry-leading colleagues, Kyra Johannesen and Marlo Fisken, Michelle created elevatED: pole dance fitness and flexibility teacher trainings. An elevatED teacher training is an in-person, 3-day, 20-hour course comprised of lecture, techniques and mock instruction. The program is designed to build leadership skills, confidence, movement repertoire and knowledge to deliver not just great classes but memorable experiences students will crave.

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Gallery


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In-studio Playtime
Dancing with Olga Koda

2012 US Pole Dance Championships
Professional Division, Optional Round
1st Place Performance

Pole Art 2012
Guest Performance

Miss Pole Dance Brasil 2013
Guest Performance

2012 US Pole Dance Championship
Professional Division, Compulsory
1st Place Performance

2011 US Pole Dance Championships
Amateur Division, Optional Round
1st Place Performance

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Press


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Contact Michelle


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The Wall at Body & Pole


The Wall at Body & Pole


The Wall at Body & Pole is a unique contemporary art gallery in New York City. It brings dance and visual art together. It is a space to showcase visual artists who explore movement - in any way, style and interpretation - to complement the movement and creativity that happens within these walls every day. Curated by Michelle Stanek. 

To find out more, visit:

http://www.thewallatbodyandpole.com