Julie Swart - Committee Members - SAPSF

JULIE SWART

Julie is the founder of Vertical Vixen®, co-founder of the Pole Sports Federation of South Africa and owner of the brand Aerial Yoga.

Julie started her career in fitness in 2005. On returning from the UK she signed up for pole dance and Bikram yoga classes hoping to shed some unwanted weight gained during her travels. 8 Years later, she is still hooked. She found her passion in pole dance, aerial yoga, and fitness. In 2011 Julie decided to turn her passion into a full time endeavour.

This year she travelled to the IPSF World Pole Sports Championships as a coach to South Africa’s first ever Junior athlete, Kyra Ayling, who placed 7th in the World! She is a certified IPSF Judge and has judged on many panels.

Julie was the winner of APAC 2016 Professional Art Division, she also took 1st place in the Pole Classique division of Pole Theatre South Africa 2015.

Julie is committed to sharing her passion for dance with her students, and states that her most satisfying moments as an instructor include watching the transformation her students undergo as they become more confident, more self-assured and happier within their bodies.

  • SA Pole Dance Championship 2010 – Winner
  • SA Pole Dance Championship 2008 – 1st Princess
  • Miss Pole Dance 2007 – 1st Princess
Tracey Simmonds - Committee Member - SAPSF

TRACEY SIMMONDS

Tracey Simmonds is a Pole Fitness Instructor and Pole Performer originating from the UK with over 10 years experience. Tracey now lives and works in South Africa.

Tracey is the co-founder of the SA Pole Sports Federation (SAPSF). The SAPSF strives to uphold and promote a positive image of Pole Sports through education, events, performances and pole fitness competitions in South Africa.

Tracey is the creator of four Pole Fitness instructional DVDs. The trilogy ‘A Comprehensive Guide to Pole Dance’ from 2009, and now the 2012 FIPO Basic Trainer DVD. All DVDs are sold internationally.

Tracey frequently travels within Europe for advanced workshops, as well as under her role as the international Master Trainer for and representative for the Ahlsport Fitpole.

  • Pole Championship Series International Finals 2017 (Ohio, USA)
  • Pole Championship Series Africa 2016 Winner (South Africa)
  • Pole Factor SA 2015 1st Runner Up in Pole Acrobat Professional (South Africa)
  • Outstanding Contribution Award Nominee IPSF World Pole Sports Competition 2013 (England)
  • Pole Art 2012 (Sweden)
  • International Pole Championships 2012 (Hong Kong)
  • World Pole Sports & Fitness 2009 (Jamaica)
  • Miss Pole Dance UK 2006 & 2008 (England)

MELANIE MARTIN

Melanie has been poling since March 2011, her passion for the sport and art of pole, fitness and dancing is her life!! After joining a pole studio and being a student she realized that this sport was something she could see herself teaching others and decided to become a qualified instructor, after qualifying in December 2011 and teaching for 2 years she decided to open her own studio, and on the 9 November 2014 The Poling Station was born. Melanie is not only qualified as a pole instructor, she has qualifications and many years’ experience in the following: group instructor fitness, hi/lo impact, aqua aerobics, step, katabox, spinning, stretch & tone and personal training. She decided to compete before going to her first pole class and took to the stage for the first time at the Miss Pole Dance SA in 2011 Intermediate Division, after dancing for only 6 months. She competed again in 2012 and won the title of Miss Pole Dance SA Intermediate division.

Melanie joined the South African Pole Sports federation in 2016 so that she could help grow this incredible sport in South Africa.

She is also a pole coach to athletes competing in national art and sports pole competitions throughout South Africa

She is the founder of Acro Pole Art Classic which takes place annually each November, which offers acro, art and classique divisions incorporating all age divisions and levels

Her background stems from gymnastics, diving, swimming, netball & several disciplines of dancing:-modern, ballet, high energy, rock n roll, and she has been a group fitness trainer since 2001.

Melanie firmly believe that the only limitations you have in life are the ones you set yourself. Hard work, determination and fun are the aspects she incorporates and instills in her students and her own training and classes. She began teaching pole in 2011 and decided to open her own studio, The Poling Station, in November 2014, it has been the most exciting, and fulfilling adventure of her life thus far:

“sharing this passion with others is where my heart truly lies, My Pole journey thus far has been such an astounding one, I have learnt so much about myself, I have made profound friendships and have had the opportunity to travel overseas and compete and meet world class athletes. Pole has been life changing, not many people get the opportunity to live their dreams’’

In 2014 she took part & competed in the following events & competitions:

  • Polebatics Showcase
  • National Pole Sports Competition Silver Division – placed 2nd
  • Dance Master South Africa Professional Division – Regional & SA Colours, placed 1st
  • Pole Unity Group Dance – Choreographer & Performer
  • Miss Pole Dance SA Professional Division – Placed 3rd
  • Polesque Professional Division – Miss Trixter, placed 2nd

 

2015

  • South African National Pole Sports Competition Elite – Placed 2nd & qualified for World Pole Sports Championships 2015
  • World Pole Sports Championships London – Ranked 32 in the world
  • Pole Unity Showcase – Choreographed Group Routine & performed Solo Act
  • Pole Evolution Professional – Placed 1st overall

 

2016

  • Miss Pole Dance South Africa Professional – placed 1st
  • Arnold Classic Africa Pole Championship Series – placed 2nd
  • National Pole Sports Competition Senior Women Elite – placed 2nd & qualified for World Pole Sports Championships
  • World Pole Sports Championship 2016 – Ranked 12th in the World
  • Pole Unity 2016
  • Pole Factor Professional art division
  • X POLE SA’s Pole Slasher for Aug 2016
  • Pole Evolution 2016 Professional Division – placed 1st

 

2017

  • National Pole Sports Competition – Ranked no 1 in SA, qualified for the World Pole Championships
  • Pole Championship Series Africa at the Arnold Classic – Placed 1st in the Pro Division
  • Qualified for Arnold Classic Pole Championships Series OHIO 2018
  • Pole Art South Africa Elite Division – Placed 3rd
  • World Pole Sports Championships Senior Women Elite – Ranked in the top 10 for 2017
  • World Pole Sports Championships Artistic Senior Women Pro Div – Ranked 7th in the world
  • World Pole Sports Championships Ultra Pole Championships – Finalist

 

Showcases 2017

  • KZN East Coast Pole Competition
  • Pole Unity
  • Vertical Vixen 10 year Showcase

 

Judging Portfolio

Melanie is a Level 2 Qualified IPSF Pole Sports Training Judge and has sat on the following judging panels:

  • Miss Pole SA 2014 – Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Division
  • South African National Pole Dancing Competition 2015 – All divisions
  • Pole Evolution 2015 – Beginner & Intermediate Divisions
  • Pole Evolution Battle 2016 – All divisions
  • Pole Evolution 2016 – Amateur Division
  • Arnold Classic Pole Championship Series Africa 2017 – Masters, semi pro, mens division
  • KZN East Coast Pole Competition 2017 – Lyra, all pole divisions
  • South Africa Skye Aerial Arts Awards 2017 – All levels – Pole, lyra & silks
  • SA Pole Sports League 2017 Gauteng, KZN & Cape Town – All divisions