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Who We Are

Our Mission

To create a supportive, welcoming and fun environment where your needs and goals as an individual are recognized and supported. A place where creativity and expression are met with encouragement and the support of a greater community. We want to help you to gain strength and confidence and to become the best possible version of yourself, both physically and mentally.

We want you to experience empowerment, passion and positivity in each and every class, and to take this with you outside of the studio to positively impact and improve the world at large.

Our Team

Arlene

Arlene is an ‘old school’ pole dance legend and is the heart and soul behind Irish Pole Dance Academy. Originally from Co. Louth, she started taking pole fitness classes with her mum as a keep-fit hobby in 2006. She was a shy person with no background in dance, strength or flexibility, but went on to become the first ever Miss Pole Dance Ireland in 2007, and has won many titles since including Miss Burlesque Ireland 2016/17 and Pole Theatre USA 2018 Comedy Champion.

She set up IPDA in 2011 after 2 years of being an unemployed graphic designer and a social welfare statistic in the last economic recession. Her vision was not only to create a space where she could share her expertise in pole dance, but a community that brought people together and made them stronger.

Now, she has achieved that and so much more. She also has taught pole dancing classes all over Ireland and the world including Las Vegas, Istanbul, Auckland and more.

Arlene’s favourite things apart from pole dancing are depressing hipster music (especially The Smiths),  very strong coffee and Existentialism.

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Leela

Leela is originally from France and began her pole dancing journey in Paris in 2017 while studying computer programming. She dropped out of college shortly afterwards as she knew already that her heart was in dance and she wanted to become a teacher.

After some to-ing and fro-ing as well as struggling with her mental health, she found herself in Dublin and fell in love with the city and it’s people. Pole dancing permitted her to feel strong and sexy at the same time during a phase in her life where she felt like none of those things.

Leela graduated as a personal trainer in 2019 and joined the IPDA team later in the same year. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students to reach their goals, to share with them her passion for pole and being unapologetically seductive.

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Jillian

Jillian started pole dancing in June 2011 and has been hooked ever since. She loves to share her passion for pole dance and education with others; she completed the XPERT Pole Fitness instructor training in 2013 and this combined with her own experience as a language teacher has laid important foundations for her journey as a true pole professional.

Jillian’s goals as an instructor are to help empower others to feel as good as they can in their own bodies and to help students to overcome challenges, experience triumphs and see improvements at each step of their pole dance journey.

She is certainly best qualified to do this as pole dance has helped her not only to learn how to love her body again after having her son, but also to help her maintain her sense of self when walking away from toxic relationships.

Jillian is also an avid reader, loves to travel and loves to challenge the status quo with some intersectional feministin’.

Guillermo

Guillermo is a life-long dancer from Caracas, Venezuela, where he taught pole dancing at Gala Dance Studio.

He came to Ireland as a refugee and has been through the Direct Provision system. Now, he lives in Dublin and studies music production, as well as sharing his love of dance in his classes at IPDA.

Guillermo says that dancing makes him feel connected to himself and brings him inner peace and freedom. His dream is that the world will one day be a place where you can be whoever you want to be without the fear of being judged or criticised and where people are kind and compassionate to one another for kindness sake.

When he is not dancing, his favourite things are collecting vinyl (his favourite artist is Florence And The Machine), human rights activism, watching Rick & Morty as well as anything by Studio Ghibli.

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Mich

Mich has been a lover of all forms of dance since she was a child. Unfortunately, she had to give
up dancing following a car accident in her late teens, which prompted her to begin a quest to find relief from the chronic pain she was experiencing. It was then that she discovered yoga and Pilates.

Mich believes in exercising safely and effectively; she offers modifications and progressions in her classes whilst maintaining a continuous flow of movement. She is a qualified pole dance instructor (Xpert Pole Fitness Level 1 & 2 and The Essential Science of Heels), and has trained in Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Pilates for Osteoporosis, Pilates for Spinal Pathologies, Pilates with Props, Level 3 Advanced Mat work, Reformer 1, 2 & 3, Pilates at the Barre, Barre and Bone Health, Total Barre, Ballerobica, BarreConcept, and Liquid Motion floorwork dance methodology.

As well as this, she holds several pole dance competition titles including Pole Dance Ireland Princess 2015 and Pole Theatre Ireland 2017 (Comedy).

Some of Mich’s other favourite things are history, cats and aerial dance.

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Santina

Santina Spitfire is the friendly voice you will hear when you call our number! Santina handles all things admin at IPDA, and also happens to be an internationally published pin-up model and award winning Burlesque dancer.
 
Santina is Miss Burlesque Dublin 2016/17 and Miss Pin Up Milan 2014. She is also a familiar face on Irish TV as an advocate for body positivity and Burlesque. She is a buxom, confident broad and all-round good gal who lives her life by the ageless, shapeless, timelessness of Burlesque.
 
In Santina’s free time, she is passionate about veganism, environmentalism and story-telling, particularly ghost stories!

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Our Team

Arlene

Arlene is an ‘old school’ pole dance legend and is the heart and soul behind Irish Pole Dance Academy. Originally from Co. Louth, she started taking pole fitness classes with her mum as a keep-fit hobby in 2006. She was a shy person with no background in dance, strength or flexibility, but went on to become the first ever Miss Pole Dance Ireland in 2007, and has won many titles since including Miss Burlesque Ireland 2016/17 and Pole Theatre USA 2018 Comedy Champion.

She set up IPDA in 2011 after 2 years of being an unemployed graphic designer and a social welfare statistic in the last economic recession. Her vision was not only to create a space where she could share her expertise in pole dance, but a community that brought people together and made them stronger.

Now, she has achieved that and so much more. She also has taught pole dancing classes all over Ireland and the world including Las Vegas, Istanbul, Auckland and more.

Arlene’s favourite things apart from pole dancing are depressing hipster music (especially The Smiths),  very strong coffee and Existentialism.

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Leela

Leela is originally from France and began her pole dancing journey in Paris in 2017 while studying computer programming. She dropped out of college shortly afterwards as she knew already that her heart was in dance and she wanted to become a teacher.

After some to-ing and fro-ing as well as struggling with her mental health, she found herself in Dublin and fell in love with the city and it’s people. Pole dancing permitted her to feel strong and sexy at the same time during a phase in her life where she felt like none of those things.

Leela graduated as a personal trainer in 2019 and joined the IPDA team later in the same year. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students to reach their goals, to share with them her passion for pole and being unapologetically seductive.

Follow Leela

Jillian

Jillian started pole dancing in June 2011 and has been hooked ever since. She loves to share her passion for pole dance and education with others; she completed the XPERT Pole Fitness instructor training in 2013 and this combined with her own experience as a language teacher has laid important foundations for her journey as a true pole professional.

Jillian’s goals as an instructor are to help empower others to feel as good as they can in their own bodies and to help students to overcome challenges, experience triumphs and see improvements at each step of their pole dance journey.

She is certainly best qualified to do this as pole dance has helped her not only to learn how to love her body again after having her son, but also to help her maintain her sense of self when walking away from toxic relationships.

Jillian is also an avid reader, loves to travel and loves to challenge the status quo with some intersectional feministin’.

Guillermo

Guillermo is a life-long dancer from Caracas, Venezuela, where he taught pole dancing at Gala Dance Studio.

He came to Ireland as a refugee and has been through the Direct Provision system. Now, he lives in Dublin and studies music production, as well as sharing his love of dance in his classes at IPDA.

Guillermo says that dancing makes him feel connected to himself and brings him inner peace and freedom. His dream is that the world will one day be a place where you can be whoever you want to be without the fear of being judged or criticised and where people are kind and compassionate to one another for kindness sake.

When he is not dancing, his favourite things are collecting vinyl (his favourite artist is Florence And The Machine), human rights activism, watching Rick & Morty as well as anything by Studio Ghibli.

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Mich

Mich has been a lover of all forms of dance since she was a child. Unfortunately, she had to give
up dancing following a car accident in her late teens, which prompted her to begin a quest to find relief from the chronic pain she was experiencing. It was then that she discovered yoga and Pilates.

Mich believes in exercising safely and effectively; she offers modifications and progressions in her classes whilst maintaining a continuous flow of movement. She is a qualified pole dance instructor (Xpert Pole Fitness Level 1 & 2 and The Essential Science of Heels), and has trained in Pre/Post Natal Pilates, Pilates for Osteoporosis, Pilates for Spinal Pathologies, Pilates with Props, Level 3 Advanced Mat work, Reformer 1, 2 & 3, Pilates at the Barre, Barre and Bone Health, Total Barre, Ballerobica, BarreConcept, and Liquid Motion floorwork dance methodology.

As well as this, she holds several pole dance competition titles including Pole Dance Ireland Princess 2015 and Pole Theatre Ireland 2017 (Comedy).

Some of Mich’s other favourite things are history, cats and aerial dance.

Follow Mich

Santina

Santina Spitfire is the friendly voice you will hear when you call our number! Santina handles all things admin at IPDA, and also happens to be an internationally published pin-up model and award winning Burlesque dancer.
 
Santina is Miss Burlesque Dublin 2016/17 and Miss Pin Up Milan 2014. She is also a familiar face on Irish TV as an advocate for body positivity and Burlesque. She is a buxom, confident broad and all-round good gal who lives her life by the ageless, shapeless, timelessness of Burlesque.
 
In Santina’s free time, she is passionate about veganism, environmentalism and story-telling, particularly ghost stories!

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sinead taking pole dancing class in dublin

It’s really cool to be able to take up something in your mid-thirties and see improvement and growth each week. I’m really happy with my body in a way I haven’t been before. It’s able to do things I wouldn’t have thought possible. I’m so much stronger and more flexible than a year ago. I definitely feel sexier and comfortable with my body from that perspective too.

Sinead