Mairi has been dancing since she was a teenager. Since then, she has studied hip-hop, has done years of belly dance and has also been part of a belly dance show group, which allowed her to gain a lot of experience with performing on stage. In 2016, pole dance won her heart completely. That was the year when Mairi began doing pole acrobatics classes and later, exotic pole dance, which she has been loyal to this day.
Mairi has continued to learn and expand her knowledge by studying with various experts in the field, such as Anastassia Skukhtorova, Kaya Blum, Eva Bembo, Alyona Amber, Sasha Meow, Sarah Scott, and many others.
In 2020, she fulfilled her long-time dance dream of opening her very own pole dance studio – Pole Mermaids.
- Old School category at Moscow’s Exotic Generation New Face 2019 festival
Yoko has been doing pole dance since 2014 and has been an instructor for over 5 years. Pole dance was Yoko’s first experience with sports in general and with dance in particular. It charmed her from the very first class. In 2019, she underwent the Xpert Teacher Training Program taught by Sarah Scott. She has also studied with dancers such as Anastasia Sktuhorovna, Natasha Wangi, Doris Arnoldi, Alex Schukini, Sarah Scotti and Jeyne Butterfly by attending their workshops. As a passionate follower of the Exotic style, she has also had the opportunity to dance under the instruction of Eva Bembo, Alyona Amberi, Mari Platicina and other well-known dancers. In addition to pole dance, she also does aerial silks and aerial hoop with which she performed and competed at the Zero Gravity festival in 2019 and achieved second place. In the summertime, she can be found at the wakepark, and in the winter, snowboarding in the Alps.
At Pole Mermaids, Yoko teaches two styles: Pole acrobatics and Pole Heels. In her classes, Yoko places the biggest emphasis on creating exciting combos that offer both a challenge and the joy of discovery to all participants, regardless of their skill level. In addition to developing strength, it is very important to her to also work on developing graceful movements and the skill of creating a complete and whole dance. But the most important thing is to find the most suitable approach for each student to ensure that they achieve success and are able to continue constantly growing, no matter what their background or earlier experience with dance or sport. All are welcome!
Gertu started her pole dance journey 4 years ago. Pole dance is important for Gertu as it provides her with confidence and power. She has further expanded her skillset by participating in pole dance camps abroad and by studying under experts such as Eva Bembo and Kaya Blum. Gertu has also had the opportunity of participating in the Pole Emotion competition in Latvia. Her goal is to continue competing in the future as well to continue testing herself.
Gertu teaches pole dance beginners where she teaches easier poses, sits, climbing and pirouettes. Recording her journey is very important to Gertu, which is also why she encourages her students to record their achievements at the end of every class.