MEET THE TEAM

Samantha Kotze

Started acrobatics at the age of 4, after which, my ballet teacher suggested my head stands and rolly pollys wouldn't work for the ballet adjudicators. (Hahaha)

  

I fell in love with acrobatics immediately and soon after started other forms of dance, modern, hip hop, freestyle, contemporary. I was a south African acrobatic champion by the age of 11.

  

In high school I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to wear a back brace for 15 hours a day for three years. This was a hectic time in my life as I could not dance so intensely like I wanted to. The doctors wanted to operate and my mom said no, THANK GOODNESS. She wanted a second opinion and the back brace was my best option. I did not let this issue stop me from doing what I dreamed to do, be on stage..... I was the South African Acrobatic Champion in 1990 and 1991.

  

In the year 2000, I came 3rd in the Disco Freestyle World Championships held in Helsinki, Finland.

  

I started performing professionally in 2002 and did various contracts including Sun City. I performed on a Cruise Liner for Celebrity Cruise Liners, which is a company in America and met a lot of interesting people. I travelled to so many different countries (Places include all the Caribean Islands, Canada and Vegas) on the cruise liner, and this is where I was first introduced to aerial artistry.

  

I was determined and when I got back home I watched videos and taught my self how to do aerial acts. It was hard, as I only had youtube as my reference. But here I am. I have danced and performed in many countries and learned so much through all my travels. Seychelles, Bahrain, Dubai, Canada, Finland, Swaziland and America are just a few.

  

I am also a qualified Acrobatic Trainer and Freestyle Coach and I am now able to share my knowledge with the young up and coming stars of today. I have been blessed to have danced on a liner that took me places like Canada, Caribbean Isle, I worked at Madame Zingara which made my heart so happy. No one has lived, till they have experienced MZ.

  

For the last 4 years, I have danced at Barnyard Theatres, and there too I have learned and performed so many new acts.

  

Professional career: 10 years.

Dancing career: 28 years.

Liras, Spanish Web, Hand Balance, Sphere, Hammock, Perch Pole and Aerial Pole are a few of my favourite acts which I do.

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Chantelle Malan

I started Pole Fitness at the age of 23. I always wanted to dance as a youngster but unfortunately I didn't get the opportunity to. At age 26 I did an introduction course in Aerial Silks and from there I taught myself. I opened up my own Aerial Studio in 2016 offering woman and children an alternative to the conventional fitness methods.

I absolutely love teaching Aerial to young and old.

Through the years I have also competed at a national level and in 2017 I placed 1st in the Womans Elite Double Pole Fitness Division. In 2018 I placed second in the womans professional Pole Fitness division and in 2018 I placed 2nd in the Womans Elite Double Aerial Hoop Category. and 4th in the world ranking.

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