Julie Swart - Committee Members - SAPSF


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 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)