Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee

Kathy is the owner of The Pole Project. She moved to Cape Town from London in 2012, before deciding to ditch the long hours of a corporate law firm and open her own dance studio.

Having trained with several professional and inspirational teachers, Kathy became a qualified instructor and started The Pole Project with the aim of growing and expanding the pole dance community in Cape Town, and bringing the same euphoria and empowerment that pole dance brings to her, to her students.

Kathy has immersed herself in various dance forms since a young age. Her passion for the arts feeds into her appreciation of the strength and beauty of pole dance as an art form.

Kathy loves:

- The sensual style of pole dance. Sexy is strong, and strong is sexy.
- Travelling. She has been all over the world – born and grew up in Singapore, lived in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai… and now resides in SA.
- Her cats, named after her favourite Japanese beers. She wishes she was as flexy and nimble as them.
- Snowboarding, surfing and wakeboarding… anything that involves fun in the sun with her feet attached to a board.

Kathy has competed in various competitions, including:

- Miss Pole Dance SA 2013, Doubles Division, 1st place
- National Pole Sports Competition 2014, Doubles Division, 2nd place
- Pole Theatre SA 2014, Pole Classique Division, 4th place
- Pole Theatre SA 2015, Pole Classique Division, 2nd place

Hedwig Taylor

Hedwig Taylor

Hedwig has always admired the grace and agility of dance and how the body is an outlet for expression in ways that words cannot. She started dancing Ballet from a young age, training at the UCT Ballet School until age 12. After trying out badminton and dragon boating among other things, her passion for dance was rekindled when she saw a clip of Jenyne Butterfly on YouTube. After attending her first Pole Dance ‘Intro Class’ , she was hooked and has been ever since.

Hedwig took to the pole like a duck to water and six months into her ‘Pole Life’, she decided to become an instructor, gaining experience in teaching Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. She never ceases to be amazed at her mental and physical transformation that has resulted from pole dancing. For her, most of all, “Pole dance has helped me feel confident about who I am and the skin that I’m in. The best part of pole is not only the fact that you are able to overcome mental barriers that you thought would never budge – both in pole class and in the outside world – but that you can watch your students do the same. There’s nothing like that smile of achievement that spreads across a student’s face when they ‘finally got that move right!’”

No, Hedwig was not named after Harry Potter’s owl. The name is actually German, as the lovely lass is in fact half-German.

Hedwig’s all-time favourite pole move is the Superman Stag, and when she’s not unwinding on the pole, Hedwig enjoys wine tasting, creative writing and practising handstands on the beach.

Anel van der Walt

Anel van der Walt

Being a gymnast for the best part of her life, it was difficult to find a sport that shares the same physical challenges and technical skill set, until Anel stumbled across this new sport they called Pole Sport and Fitness. She started pole dancing in 2011 and she was immediately hooked. Pole dance gave her a platform to deal with epic personalities and meet extravagant people! It allows for strength, grace and artistry and gave her a new skill set all together. Anel is now a competitive pole dancer and instructor, and is proud to be a performing artist in this industry.

Anelma Botha

Anelma Botha

Anelma’s love for dancing started at age 5 thanks to her flat feet. The doctor advised her mom to take her for ballet lessons to help develop her foot bridge!

A few years later she started taking modern dancing and tap dancing lessons and continued with ballet. She passed her advanced modern exam with distinction and ballet intermediate exam with honours. Anelma started pole dancing in 2013 and fell in love with this amazing sport!

Anelma is passionate about teaching and likes to choreograph new routines using various styles of dance. Creativity, flow of movement, perfectly beautiful lines and musicality is what inspires her.

Leda Wright

Leda Wright

Leda started pole in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the pole community.

She took first place in the Professional Pole Provocateur division and placed runner up with Hedwig in the Pole Duets division at the first Pole Factor competition 2015.

She has trained in multiple styles of dance and loves performing.

She is a Fashion Stylist in the film industry as well as a designer and is the founder and creator of our favourite pole wear range called Siren Pole Wear.

Leda is a strong believer of the phrase "strong is the new sexy" and loves combining beastly strength moves with the sensual side of dance. She always has an infectious, positive attitude and a smile on her face!

Robyn Khoury

Robyn Khoury

Robyn started pole dancing in 2011, in a small studio in Pietermaritzburg, before joining The Pole Project in 2014. Having had no prior dance or gymnastics experience, Robyn understands the hard work and dedication that is required to increase your strength and flexibility for pole.

Robyn finds pole dancing incredibly rewarding, and constantly surprises herself as she achieves moves and combos that she never dreamed were possible! She loves the flexibility and freedom to experiment that pole dancing provides, and is known for her fearlessness and back-breaking moves.

Robyn started teaching Beginners and Intermediate classes at The Pole Project in 2016. She has found so much joy in being able to share her passion for pole, and in taking students on the journey that changed her life.

Sherry Bremner

Sherry Bremner

Sherry started pole dancing in 2011 and fell in love with it instantly! With a background in acrobatics and modern dancing, she quickly progressed to the competition stage. In 2013, as part of a duet, Sherry competed in and won the National Pole Sports Competition. Her and her partner then went on to place 2nd at the International Pole Sports Championships. Since then she placed 1st in the Pole Art division of Pole Theatre 2015, competed in the Pole Championship Series Africa 2016, as well as the Elite solo and duet divisions of the National Pole Sports Competition 2016. Sherry also won the duet division of The Pole Factor 2016 with her partner. Sherry has been a brand ambassador for X-Pole South Africa since 2015. She also loves her part time job as a pole instructor, finding that sharing her passion is extremely fulfilling.

Vanya Keren

Vanya Keren

Vanya’s passionate pathway to pole led her to The Pole Project.

Her respect and admiration of this art form and sport not only propels her to excel at pole, but to also break down the misconception that pole is synonymous with “striptease and sleaze”.

Vanya was immersed in the world of dance since age 3, and was a professional dancer from age 16. This paved the way to Vanya becoming a renowned yoga instructor since 2009. Her background in dance and yoga has also equipped her with an impeccable work ethic.

Vanya’s inherent ability to “mine the silences” between movements and moments is fluid and dynamic. As an instructor, she possesses the patience, tolerance, compassion, kindness, care and fun-fused-energy that is so essential in making a good teacher; while injecting each and every student with the power and inspiration to dare to go beyond themselves and achieve NEW HEIGHTS!

She entered her first Pole Factor competition in 2016 – after only 10 months of poling - and won the Pole Artiste Amateur division.

“Confidence and making the IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE is true power. I love that this sport allows both men and women to do just that - I could go on, but that’s another chapter in what has been an awe-inspiring journey. See you in class.”