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Overview


Lara
Michaels

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Overview


Lara
Michaels

Pole and Flexibility Performer and Instructor.

 

Based

New York, NY

 

Performance

Pole dance and contortion

 

INstructional Skills

Pole dance, contortion, mobility improvement, injury prevention.

 

Lara Michaels is the 2017 United States Pole Dance Champion. With a background in ballet and classical violin, Lara started pole in 2011 after buying a Groupon for classes.

Lara has been an active national and international competitor since 2012, competing as a finalist most notably with the USPDF, the US Aerial Championships, National Aerial Pole Art, Pole Sport Organization, and the Asia Pole Championship. She was awarded the title of "Miss Trickster" at the 2016 Asia Pole Championship.

As a passionate pole and flexibility instructor, Lara is recognized for her clear instruction, keen eye for individual assessment, and analytical approach to technique. She has been teaching at Body & Pole since 2013, and is a master trainer with the elevatED Pole and Flexibility teacher training program. She travels frequently and has taught workshops across the globe.

Lara is available for travel as a performer, instructor, and judge. She is also a brand ambassador for the fashion-forward bodywear line, MilaKrasna.

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Instruction


Instruction


Instruction

Lara is available for private classes, group instruction, and specialty workshops. She currently teaches at Body & Pole in New York City and is available to travel. For rates and workshop descriptions, please contact Lara here.

Regular Schedule - 

Location - Body & Pole, 115 West 27th St. New York, NY 10001

Mondays - Open Level Pole (level 2 and up) - 12:00pm-1:30pm

Thursdays - Level 2 Pole - 10:15am-11:45am

Fridays - Flexibility Level 2 - 11:45am-1:15pm

Saturdays - Pole Power Levels 3/4 - 10:00am-11:30am

Sundays - Spinny Pole Levels 3/4 - 3:45pm-5:15pm

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Competition


Competition


Competition

 

2017

United States Pole Dance Federation, Pro Division, USA

Champion

Asia Pole Championships, Singapore

Finalist

 

2016

Asia Pole Championships, Singapore

"Miss Trickster"

US Aerial Championships, USA

1st Runner-up

Pole Theatre USA - Pole Art Division

Finalist

 

2015

US Aerial Championships, USA

Finalist

Pole Sport Organization - NEAAC, USA

Artistic Professional Champion

 

2014

Pole Classic at Pole Expo, USA

Finalist

National Aerial Pole Art, USA

FInalist

 

2013

 

 

 

2012

North American Pole Dance Championships

Finalist

Pole Sport Organization, APC, USA

Finalist

 

US Pole Dance Federation, Amateur Division, USA

3rd Place

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Testimonials


Testimonials


Testimonials

 

Sara-

Original cast member, dancer, & choreographer for Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity"

 

It is rare to find a brilliant performer who is also a wonderful teacher... Lara Michaels is just this. Crystal clear with her demonstrations and explanations, she makes pole dancing appear easy. Generous in her teaching she is eager to share her in depth knowledge of the body and pole. All this is huge, but what truly makes Lara Michaels stand out is her 'Let's GO team!' attitude and energy. Her love of performing and teaching shows and this is what makes it such a joy to be one of her students. As an active performer she knows how to keep her body strong in peak form. She incorporates therapeutic exercises into her warm up to help her students gain strength and flexibility and thus avoid injury. Lara teaches to all levels so that each student leaves class feeling fulfilled and inspired. -


Ashlee -

Studio owner, Denver

"I must say I fell in love with Lara and the (elevatED) program. She was a great instructor and made everyone feel very comfortable. After having her for the pole training I am definitely interested in bringing her back to teach the Flexibility Training!"


Sandra-student, Singapore

" Working with Lara is like getting your mind blown, over and over again- in a good way. Lara has a way of breaking down routines that is accessible for your body. You leave each session feeling like you have unlocked your true potential!"


Amanda -

Student, Canada

I recently took a private lesson with Lara in NYC. I was struggling with my handspring after trying to get this move for over 2 years. I was hoping to get a bit of advice on how I could improve my attempts. My biggest fear going in was that she would tell me I just wasn't strong enough to be attempting it yet. Within minutes of starting the lesson, Lara made it very obvious that she was there to encourage and assist me. Every tip she gave me got me closer and closer to my goal. Everything she said was clear and understandable, and I was able to translate it to my movement. By the end, she had given me so much great stuff to work on, that within two weeks of getting back home, I was able to successfully get up in my handspring! Lara made me feel incredibly comfortable and confident throughout the entire lesson, and I HIGHLY recommend her as an instructor!!