Founder and Master Trainer
Michelle Stanek is the 2012 United States Pole Dance Champion and has won 5 out of 6 competitions she has entered. She began cultivating her dance skills from age 8, but it wasn’t until after college, graduate school, professorships and a full-time job in design that Michelle has finally been able to call herself a dancer by profession. And it is because of pole. She has traveled to Dubai, Tokyo, Scandinavia, Europe, Mexico, Australia, the Caribbean and around the U.S. to perform, teach workshops and judge pole dance competitions. When she isn’t traveling, she lives in New York City and instructs at Body & Pole and Crunch Gyms. Michelle is a founding member of the aerial dance company, AERA.
Michelle embraces any and all styles of pole dance. Whether she is shaking her booty in a music video for Diplo, performing in a contemporary art installation at MoMA or dancing in the studio, Michelle cherishes every opportunity to perform and express herself through movement. Always admiring the role of “teacher,” Michelle truly enjoys sharing her skill and knowledge to help her pole students become the dancers they want to be.