Jessica Anderson-Gwin founded Jagged: A Contemporary Pole Dance Company in 2009 and has fabricated pole sets, taken pole dancing on national television MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, and is the subject of the documentary “Off The Floor.” Jessica opened Jagged Vertical Dance & Fitness a studio for aerial arts and fitness in 2014. She has studied dance for 20 years and has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA’s dance program. Jessica has won 1st place pro and doubles titles at Pacific Pole Championship, National Aerial Pole Art, and Oksana Grishina Pole Fitness Classic. Currently she is studying new apparatuses like aerial hoop while continuing with pole. She loves to see artists in any realm expressing their truths and letting their freak flags fly!
Renee Wu instantly fell in love with all of pole’s endless possibilities during her very first class in 2013. She loves to explore movement of all different forms,
blending pole with her background in gymnastics, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. Since beginning her competition career, she has placed at multiple events at both the pro and amateur level. She is the reigning Pole Theatre USA Pro Classique Champion, and most recently also became the PSO Golden Gate Champion. She currently teaches and trains at Poletential and Phoenix Aerial Art and Pole, both in the Bay Area. When not on a pole, you can find her rolling around on the ground, drinking boba, or watching endless cat videos (often
all at the same time).
Liz Kinnmark loves big theatrics, big heels, and big oversplits. As a pole competitor, she’s graced the stage at Pole Theatre USA and the Paragon International Pole Championship Australia. As an instructor, she’s a huge nerd, and is focused on keeping students strong, safe, and fabulous for life. She lives in Memphis, TN with her cat Glitter. Learn more at http://bendybeast.com, and follow @bendybeast on the Insta.
Born and raised in the San Francisco bay area, Seanmichael has been creating art since childhood. He graduated with the Dean’s top honors and was awarded the 2007 Photography Scholar at The University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2011 Seanmichael met a coworker who introduced him to her favorite circus arts class – Pole Fitness and his attraction to it was immediate. Seanmichael approaches his movement practice from a visual arts background and is passionate about the art of storytelling. He is a two time national competitive pole champion and teaches and performs worldwide.
Dakota’s ultimate hero is Xena: The Warrior Princess, who inspired her to live a wild, unashamed life as a woman-warrior. A tomboy until her early twenties, Dakota was introduced to pole dance fitness in 2009. She began to mold her background in martial arts to her powerful style of movement both in the air and on the ground, gaining her a large social media following. She has performed, competed and taught internationally, teaching movement & fitness classes since 2003. Surrounded by other strong, inspirational women at her home studio Aradia Fitness, Dakota competed in her first pole dance competition in 2012.
Instagram – @dakotafox84