Lara Michaels first found pole in 2011 through a Groupon. Originally from San Francisco, and a classically trained violinist, she holds two degrees in music performance, a bachelors from the San Francisco Conservatory and a masters from Mannes College in New York. She has a background in ballet and other dance styles. Lara has competed many times, notably with USPDF, Pole Sport Organization, Pole Classic at Pole Expo, US Aerial Championships, Pole Theatre USA, and the Asia Pole Championship. She is an elevatED master trainer and has been teaching at Body & Pole since 2013.