Since I first started this blog, I have taken up teaching pole dance, twerk and chair dance through studio teaching, workshops, online and offline private classes and online tutorials. I have also started teaching at university and led a variety of workshops on Internet criminology and platform governance stuff. This page will be all about that – so that you can come to my classes, workshops or book me if you want me to teach you something that doesn’t involve using scissors or tying your shoelaces properly, because I still haven’t how to do either.
Dance teaching qualifications
I am an online and offline London-based XPert and Pole Teacher Training certified pole dance instructor. I teach pole tricks for beginner and for intermediate pole dancers as well as pole choreographies. I’m also a Twerk Technician certified instructor, having learnt the origins of twerk and the different styles and techniques from trainers behind the certification created by the world-famous Vertical Joe Fitness in Atlanta.
Where I am based: Offline studio teaching
My home studio has been Akila Pole Studio in Brixton, London, since September 2021. Here, I have been teaching intermediate pole tricks and pole choreography. As my academic commitments and travel have increased, I have now taken a step back from teaching my regular Tuesday classes and mainly teach workshops. at Akila’s, so keep an eye out for my next ones!
I started my teaching journey at Exotica Pole Dance in 2019, where I taught beginner and intermediate pole as well as choreography. I left Exotica in April 2021, as I was still uncertain about teaching offline when London had just begun to reopen.
Workshop and talk offering
I have taught chair dance, twerk, pole and floorwork sold-out workshops for a variety of events, such as Killing Kittens, London-based event companies and pole dance societies in British universities.
I specialise in heavy metal, rock n’roll and themed dance workshops, where I create pole, chair or floor choreographies to the music I love. I brought these to events such as the Pole Weekender in the form of workshops and seminars, and to a variety of national and international pole and dance studios. Find my workshop and talk offering in the menu below (swipe right for info).
Throughout the pandemic, I moved from regular online group classes to workshops, one-to-ones and less frequent classes in order to manage my increasing academic, blogging and speaking commitments.
- Pole tricks
- Pole choreography
- Chair dance
- Helping with showcase / competition routines (either through direct choreographing or for advice)
I tend to upload my tutorials and online workshops to my Buy Me A Coffee page here, so if you’d like to purchase them AND support me you know where to go 🙂
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and more info.
Dance Teaching Testimonials
Some lovely messages and teaching testimonials written by my students and published with their consent.
Academic / Activist Workshops
Aside from teaching criminology and journalism at a couple of London universities, I’ve been giving talks and keynotes and teaching seminars, lectures and webinars on issues such as online abuse, conspiracy theories, algorithm bias, social media censorship and online moderation for universities, brands, charities and other organisations.
Organisations I’ve delivered talks to include: John Cabot University; Università di Trento; the Oversight Board; John Cabot University; The Society for Computers and Law; Rankin Creative; Pole Weekender; UAL’s Creative Computing Institute and Refugee Journalism Project; The Goethe Institut etc.
Some examples below.
Get in touch
If you’d like to host me for a dance workshop, a seminar or a research talk, email me at email@example.com to chat rates and expectations.