About Us

About Us

At Spin City, our courses are taught by the Spin City team of Instructors. If you are taking online training with us, you will be allocated a mentor for the duration of your training. Our Instructors come from a range of backgrounds, including fitness, dance, yoga and pilates. Our team has been chosen for their comprehensive skills as trainers, they have undergone extensive training through our own internal programme and have been accredited as trainers and assessors by SkillsActive. We run a vigorous internal quality assurance programme and are externally verified by SkillsActive. You can be assured our trainers will support you throughout your training, they will be on hand to answer any questions and provide the information you need to become a successful Instructor. 

The team

  • Kate Edwards

    Director

    Kate Edwards is the owner and director of Spin City Aerial Fitness, one of the largest aerial fitness schools in the UK. A fully qualified fitness instructor, group exercise instructor and personal trainer for over 10 years, Kate specialises in the fitness aspect of aerial training, teaching at her dedicated studios in Bristol, Exeter, Hungerford, Brimpton and Newbury.

    Kate is the World Pole Sports and Fitness 2011 doubles pole runner-up and winner of the ‘Best Entertainer’ award alongside ‘Bendy’ Kate Czepulkowski, a former student of Kate’s. She is also the 2011 British Universities instructor champion, an integral part of the Equity Pole Dancers Working Party which strives to increase standards in the pole industry, a regular x-pole representative and also the co-founder of the UK Professional Pole Championships - the UK's premier professional pole fitness competition.

    Kate is constantly looking to further her own education and training. She has completed aerial training with NECCA and Circomedia among others and holds over 30 fitness qualifications, including advanced anatomy and physiology, group exercise, pilates, pre- and post-natal training, shoulder stability, advanced flexibility and injury prevention. Kate is a level 5 PDC-certified instructor and a level 3 REPs accredited instructor. She has trained some of the world’s top pole performers to win both national and international titles.

    Kate now specialises in training other instructors to teach pole fitness, aerial hoop and pole fabric, applying her extensive fitness background to help educate instructors worldwide. She has written five certified aerial fitness courses which are accredited internationally with ACE, REPs, SkillsActive and the PDC. Alongside her training courses, Kate writes and produces the ‘Pole Bible’ and the ‘Aerial Hoop Bible’, two of the leading education resources available for aerial dancers worldwide.

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  • Cath Ballantyne

    Training Leader

    Cath Ballantyne was one of Spin City’s original students. After discovering her passion for fitness through pole, Cath trained as an instructor through Spin City. This spurred her on to qualify in several disciplines to increase her knowledge and skills. Six years on, Cath is qualified to teach aerobics (ETM level 2), boxercise, pilates, suspension training, metafit and bodybalance. She is currently working on a pre- and post-natal qualification. Cath is a level 3 member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), as well as being a PDC 3 star instructor. She is also qualified as a tutor and assessor through SkillsActive.

    Cath now runs Spin City Bristol, the UWE and UoB pole societies, and takes an active role in the development and management of the Spin City syllabus. Her aim is not necessarily to teach the latest crazy move, but help people to achieve their goals and improve their strength and fitness through safe and proper technique in exercise.

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  • Mandy Foster

    Training Leader

    Mandy Foster has over 30 years of dance experience, ranging from ballet to street. She taught classical dance styles for 10 years in Germany and the US. At the same time, she danced for three professional sports teams in her home state of North Carolina, competed in a range of dance styles across the US, as well as teaching competition level dance classes. She began pole dancing 5 years ago, shortly after moving to the UK, and has subsequently added aerial hoop and silks to her repertoire. She was a founding member of the street dance team ‘She Boom’ based in Swindon. 

    Nowadays most of Mandy’s dancing is done with the Reading-based burlesque troupe ‘The Scarlet Vixens’ under her stage name Lady Lisette Ruby. She is a qualified instructor in pole fitness, aerial hoop, yoga, pilates, zumba, just jhoom and burlesque. She joined the Spin City instructional team in 2013 as a tutor and assessor. Mandy graduated with a BA in Teaching History from North Carolina State University and loves attending football and basketball games when she visits.

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  • Allison Sipes

    Training Leader

    Allison Sipes was a National Junior Olympic competitive gymnast and trained in professional dance as a child. She is now an A.C.E. and AFAA certified group fitness and aerial instructor, an international performer and instructor. Allison is an X-Pole Sponsored Athlete and a USPDF Pro. She is a Master Trainer for XPert Pole Fitness and is the founder of OnlinePoleLessons.com, The Florida Pole Fitness Championship, The Florida Pole & Aerial Arts Showcase, and is the co-creator of Foxy Kleen, a fun scented fitness equipment cleaner. Allison has been Pole Performing and Instructing since 2005.

    Allison not only brings her professional competition experience but also her classical dance expertise from her over 20 years of training to create a unique teaching environment in the "art of pole." Allison demonstrated for X-Pole at one of the largest fitness and body building expos in Europe at FIBO 2013, and was a special guest performer at the Miss Texas Pole Star Competition in 2012. Allison has also been a featured guest performer at the International Pole Convention for the past 4 years.

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  • Becky Campey

    Training Leader

    Becky started dancing at 3 and hasn’t stopped since, she studied Dance Performance at Middlesex University, including Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Becky has worked as a choreographer, teacher and performer for over 15 years, her experience has offered her great opportunities including appearances on Gok Wan's 'How To Look Good Naked', and ITV's 'The Royal’. Becky is also a qualified fitness instructor and has broad experience of teaching fitness classes from Pilates to Body Combat.

    Becky started pole dancing in 2005 and loved the fitness and dance challenge so much she opened her school, Blush in 2008. She currently manages her team of teachers at studios in Manchester, Sheffield and Stockport, as well as teaching Burlesque Fitness Class, Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop and Pole Fabric.

    Becky loves to improve her skills and professional development and believes the key to being a great tutor and performer is to always learn. She is a PDC Level 4 star instructor and has qualifications in Fitness, Dance, Pole Fitness, Aerial and Circus with recognized companies and organisations such as NECCA, Vertical Leisure, Spin City, GreenTop Circus and is also a qualified NLP coach.

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  • Shelly Courtney

    Training Leader

    Shelly Courtney has always loved everything fitness. She spent 3 years in travelling the world, visiting over 35 countries and during her stay in Australia in 2006, she fell into the world of Pole Fitness. She was the owner of The House of Pole, a pole fitness school in England before she moved to Dallas, Texas where she now teaches Cardio, Flexibility & Aerial Art fitness classes at The Girls Room.

    She is also a tutor and assessor for the Instructor Training programs at Spin City USA. Shelly is XPERT, Vertical Dance, The Girls Room & Spin City Certified and has completed aerial training with NECCA, Body & Pole and Milan Pole Dance. She has trained with Marlo Fisken, Felix Cane, Steven Retchless, Issac Pena, Bendy Kate, Rebecca Star, Prana, Natasha Wang, Anastasia & Evgeny, Alethea Austin, Brynn Route and Michelle Stanek. She is both AAFA and CPR certified.

    She is currently studying for an AcroYoga Lunar Immersion course (Yoga, Flying Therapeutics & Thai Massage) which fulfils one of the prerequisites for the AcroYoga Teacher Training. This event also qualifies for 30 contact hours as part of the One Yoga USA TT and Yoga 4 Love Advanced Trainings She was a finalist for the Ultimate division in Miss Texas Pole Star 2012 and Ultimate and Doubles in Miss Texas Pole Star 2013, and is an International Performer.

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  • Varie Anderson

    Training Leader

    Varie is a multi-skilled aerial artist and pole performer currently based in Macau, China. She is the founder and Head Instructor of Hidden Talent Aerial Dance and Acrobatics and has recently consulted for the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group show TABOO. She has dazzled audiences with her performances on aerial silks and pole, and is currently creating a new aerial hoop act to be debuted very soon. 

    Varie’s love of the aerial arts began 7 years ago when she discovered pole dancing in her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, and she has been performing and teaching ever since. Varie moved to Bristol, England, in 2008 and soon started working as Head Instructor at Spin City Aerial Fitness. She began training aerial silks in late 2008 and aerial hoop soon followed. 

    In addition to performing and teaching, Varie is also co-founder and organiser of the UK’s most successful pole dancing competition, the UK Professional Pole Championships, she is an international pole and aerial competition judge, and also provides consulting services for competition organisers.

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  • Kimberly Meinhart

    Training Leader

    Kimberly has been dancing to the tune of her dreams since she was a small child growing up in Oklahoma. During her university years, Kimberly had the chance to study in Valencia, Spain while working towards earning her degrees in Spanish and International Business. This led to a love of travel that has taken her on extensive exploration through Europe with plans to continue pursuing other cultures and countries.  Soon after her return to the U.S., she quickly became involved in the welding industry by working in sales and marketing for an industrial equipment company and studied extensively to achieve the prestigious status of Certified Welding Inspector through the American Welding Society. Additionally, she serves on the advisory committee for the welding department at Eastfield College in Dallas, TX. 

    Having a love of dance her whole life, she continued taking ballet classes and was honored to have danced with Momentum Dance Company in their productions of The Nutcracker and other ballets.  While recuperating from a knee injury that kept her from her ballet classes and a ballet apprenticeship with Momentum Dance Company, she came across an opportunity to take an aerial dance class. It was love at first flight and she became absolutely smitten with the aerial hoop and silks. Through much hard work and dedication, Kimberly became involved with performing professionally and teaching aerial dance, while also serving as a master trainer for Spin City Aerial Instructor Training.

    Kimberly lives with her husband, 3 dogs and 1 cat in Lewisville, TX. They love to spend time together hiking as a family, travel, enjoy art exhibits, & attend concerts. She is passionate about  animal welfare and rescue and is an active volunteer at the Lewisville Animal shelter, North Texas Pet Food Pantry and is involved with educating the public on how to care for their animals through vaccinations and sterilization. 

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  • Caty Mae

    Training Leader

    Caty Mae has been involved in circus arts for over seven years. She studied in Los Angeles in a full time Professional Training Program at Kinetic Theory where she explored aerial arts, acting, clowning, contortion, dance, tumbling, and object manipulation. She also studied privately with coaches such as Rachel Walker, Sarah Steben, and Lilia Stepanova.

    For three years, Caty Mae toured with George Carden Circus International. She spent her time performing on silks, lyra, spanish web, and several elephants. After relocating to Austin, Texas in 2013, she began studying Hand to Hand Acrobatics with nationally recognized porter and coach, Nick Milan. They have since formed a partnership called Duo Maelan and have toured their act all over the United States with Lagunitas Brewing Company. Duo Maelan has major roles in the Las Vegas based Equestrian show, Gladius the Show.

    Caty Mae was the Winner of the 2013 Miss Texas Pole Star Lyra Division. She has shared her talents working for major companies and organizations such as SundanceTV, Silk, Dos Equis, Hendrick's Gin, A&E, Circus for Hope, Formula1, Crash Alchemy, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mountain Dew and others.

    Most recently, Caty Mae has been touring the country teaching her favorite disciplines and has helped judge several aerial competitions. She has been selected as a Lyra finalist in the US Aerial Championships 2015 and is excited to be a new member of the Spin City family.

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  • Jo Maudsley

    Training leader

    Jo joined Spin City whilst working as a teacher of Visual Arts and Special Needs. With 8 years’ experience in education she is no stranger to marking assessments of all kinds and has taken on the role of assessor with enthusiasm. Starting off with aerial hoop, she soon expanded her interests to trapeze and eventually pole. In addition to the Spin City Instructor Training, Jo has undertaken training with NECCA and Skills Active to become one of Spin City’s Training Assessors and Class Instructors.

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  • Katy Walklet

    Training Leader

    Katy Walklet has no background in fitness, dance or gymnastics, and couldn't get to grips with exercise of any kind until she started Pole Fitness classes with Spin City Newbury in February 2012! She became hooked straight away, and after training for around a year and taking her Spin City Instructor Training, Katy started teaching and quickly fell in love with all aspects of teaching. She now teaches up to Intermediate Pole Fitness and Beginners Aerial Hoop!

    A short while later, Katy started working with Kate Edwards, assisting with the management and day to day running of the studio and the Instructor Training business, having completed her Petals, Tutor and Assessor Training. Katy provided full cover for Kate while she was off on maternity leave with help from the amazing Spin City team. She continues to provide support for Kate in the day to day running and growth of the businesses, while at the same time being a Mum to her own pole fitness obsessed 7 year old daughter! 

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  • Lex Gumn

    Training Leader

    After a childhood of kayaking, windsurfing and swimming, Lex was never very interested in exercise that meant keeping her feet firmly on the ground, Then 9 months after having her first child, while suffering Post Natal Depression and struggling with weight, a friend suggested she try Pole fitness, and she hasn't looked back since! She has now been training in pole for 7 years and aerials for 3 years.

    Based on her own experiences Lex is a firm believer in the power of aerial exercise to help improve, not only physical, but also mental health and has helped many students to overcome or improve issues. Having completed training with both Spin City and NECCA in pole fitness, Aerial Hoop, Silks, Trapeze and Aerial Sling she currently instructs at Spin City Newbury and has her own Pole and Aerial School in Andover, Hampshire. She is also currently a 3 star PDC instructor. Lex particularly enjoys teaching beginners in both pole and aerials and is also our children's aerials instructor. As well as a love of all things aerial, Lex is an artist and can often be found, when not upside down, with a paintbrush in hand.

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