Moonee Ponds Instructors

Tania 'T-Mac' Fletcher (OWNER)

1st Runner Up Doubles Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2016, 1st Runner Up Doubles Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2015, Miss Pole Dance Australia Doubles Champions 2014 (equal 1st), 1st Runner Up Group Division Victorian Pole Championships 2014, Miss Pole Dance Victoria Doubles Champion 2014

With her extensive background in various forms of dance, including ballet, jazz, contemporary and her beloved hip-hop, Tania was amazed at the level of strength and stamina required for pole dancing and immediately fell in love with the challenge!

After completing a Double degree in Arts/Science and traveling extensively around the world, Tania returned to Melbourne to follow a completely different path, opening her own Pole Divas studio in Moonee Ponds! Having taught at Prahran for nearly 2 years and seeing the enjoyment, dedication and incredible physical transformation in her students, she felt compelled to provide women in the West with the same opportunity, and has never looked back!

A natural performer, Tania established her passion for doubles routines and competitions early in her career, winning numerous Unleashed titles before going professional with her best friend and full time instructor Miss Filly. Since their debut winning performance at MPDV 2014 they have accumulated an impressive array of sashes and trophies on the professional circuit and show no signs of slowing down!


Lorien Stark (Studio Manager)

After 11 years of Calisthenics Lorien was ready to take on a new challenge and discovered pole dancing. It was love at first body roll and she hasn’t looked back since. Lorien has extensive knowledge of anatomy, movement and fitness being a qualified personal trainer. She has a Bachelor’s of Health Science with a major in Anatomy and Physiology. Lorien’s proudest pole moment was receiving the 2015 Sponsors Choice award at Unleashed and being featured in the Active Creatures Precious Metals campaign. Lorien is also the Manager of Pole Divas Moonee Ponds so you are sure to see her around the studio. She is passionate about all things dance and LOVES teaching Pole Moves and helping girls reach their flexibility goals in Stretch Technique!

Lorien loves the creativity that pole dancing allows her and she hopes to bring that out in her students!

Relevant Achievements

Survivor 2017 - Finalist
FRISK 2016 - Finalist
STEP UP 2015 & 2016 - Finalist
Unleashed 2015 - Active Creatures Sponsored Choice Award

 

Stacey Mitchell

Stacey is a Pole Divas student turned instructor who has passed every level in both static and spin Pole Dancing classes. With a dance background in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and hip hop Stacey lives life with a love of dance. Stacey has a friendly, bubbly and energetic personality which makes her classes lively and exciting. Having previously taught classical ballet, Stacey loves the strength, agility and overall total fitness that Pole Dancing can provide.

Stacey says that the smiles and giggles, and watching the transformation of girls' confidence, bodies and fitness are the most rewarding aspect of being a Pole Divas Instructor.




Miss Filly (Pole Divas Training Director)

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Miss Filly began her pole dancing career at Pole Divas, one of the longest running pole dancing studios in the city, established in 2004. From there she quickly became addicted to pole and being on stage as she turned professional as a teacher and state level competitor in 2010 after only a year of pole dance as a student.

The inspiration to try Pole Dancing as a new form of dance fitness and exercise came from her sister who, with an extensive dance background was looking to return to a class environment and learn new skills and build strength. Inspired by the teachers and falling in love with the environment, they both became addicted to the sport taking part in 5 or more classes a week and participating in shows and student competitions.

After winning the Advanced student category of ‘Unleashed’, Pole Divas’ in house student competition a young and ambitious Filly was asked to teach for Pole Divas in 2010. Loving where this new found passion had taken her physically and mentally, she quit her job as a Database Implementation consultant to make Pole Dance a full time occupation. It was the best decision she ever made.

"I am passionate about the pole industry, the quality of instructors and the health and fitness benefits for the minds and bodies of the men and women I teach. This passion led me to take on the Training Director role at Pole Divas looking to ensure the safest and most skilled instructors are available to the students. After 7 years in the pole industry from student to teacher and international competitor, I have been taught by some of the best teachers and pole dancers in the world and am excited to teach, coach and mentor others on their pole journey whether that be to compete, get fit or love their body."

2017
Australian Pole Championships - WINNER
Victorian Pole Championships - WINNER
Arnold Classic Pole Championship Series - Professional Division - 1st Runners Up

2016
Victorian Pole Champions - 1st Runner Up
Miss Pole Dance Australia 2016/2017 - WINNER


2015
Paragon International CHAMPION
Victorian Pole Championships - 2nd Runner Up & 1st Runner Up Group Division

2014
Miss Pole Dance Australia 2014/2015 - WINNER
Miss Pole Dance Victoria - WINNER & DOUBLES WINNER
Pole All Stars - 1st Runner Up
Australian Pole Championships - 2nd Runner Up

(con't 2014)
Victorian Pole Championships - 1st Runner Up Group Division
Miss Pole Dance Australia - Doubles Winner (equal 1st)

2013
Miss Pole Dance Australia - 2nd Runners Up

2012
Australian Pole Championships Best Trickster
Miss Pole Dance Victoria - 2nd Runners Up & Doubles Champion

2011
Miss Pole Dance Victoria - 1st Runner up & Doubles Champion

2010
Miss Pole Dance Victoria - Doubles Champion
 

Mischka

Mischka started dancing with Pole Divas in 2010, and her ambition has been to teach ever since she began! She has competed at Miss Pole Dance Victoria for the past 3 years, placing 1st Runner Up at MPDV in 2015, which qualified her into the 2016 Miss Pole Dance Australia final in Sydney. She also competed in Rising Stars 2013 and 2014, Victorian Pole Championships 2013-15. She finds pole dancing to be an amazing combination of sexiness and strength and an incredible self-esteem booster. She finds nothing more satisfying than to see her students flourish into confident, strong and sexy dancers.

Mischka also completed her Masters degree in Exercise Rehabilitation in 2013 and has been a personal trainer for the last 7 years. She finds this experience can be applied to her pole dancing classes to safely get the best out of her students..

Relevant Achievements
Australian Pole Championships - Finalist
Victorian Pole Championships - Finalist
Floor Play Melbourne 2017 - 1st Runner Up
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2016 - 1st Runner Up





Pip

Pip started pole dancing at the Moonee Ponds studio in 2013 and has never looked back. In those five years, she have completed every level in both spin and static pole and for the last two years, have been training as one of Miss Filly’s elite level students. Pip has competed in Frisk as both a doubles competitor and soloist. She competed in Unleashed twice – winning first place in the Elite category last year and also competed in her first interstate comp, Step Up in Sydney in 2017.

She has a background in jazz, tap, ballet and pointe and taught junior dance for two years, as well as dabbling in choreography for school musicals and rock eisteddfods. Pip was drawn to the challenge, athleticism and skill that pole dancing requires, but quickly fell in love with the other aspects of pole as well! Especially the shoes!!

Pip grew up near the beach, so surf lifesaving played a big role in her life until she moved to Melbourne for university. She has always loved being active and was a competitive surf-boat rower for three years, winning medals at both a state and national level.

"I love to spend my time outdoors and when I’m not at the studio, you can probably find me outside climbing a tree, hanging off a fence or doing yoga with my parents dog Meg. I’m pretty lucky that I get to call both of my jobs my passion (I am also a nurse in real-life) and even luckier that I get to share my love and enthusiasm for pole dance with my students! It really is the ultimate confidence and mood-booster."

Relevant Achievements
Unleashed 2017 - Winner
Step Up 2017 - Finalist
FRISK 2017 - Finalist



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