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, AFAA, NASM, REPs, PD Approval, Active IQ, EMD 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

    Studio Manager

    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. Ten years on, Cath is qualified to teach aerobics (ETM level 2), boxercise, pilates, suspension training, metafit and bodybalance. She has recently completed her pre and post-natal qualification, is now a certified Kettlercise instructor and Personal Trainer. 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 9 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jo Maudsley

    Head Assessor

    Jo joined Spin City as an assessor in 2015 and now heads the assessment team. As a former teacher, Jo’s background in education has led to her becoming closely involved with course development including updates to the existing Spin City courses.

    As a visual arts specialist, Jo has also turned her hand to developing graphics for the Spin City brand, which can be found on our clothing products. She was also lucky enough to work with Bendy Kate as the illustrator of the Bendy Kate Colouring Book! 

    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. Keen to continue her learning, Jo enjoys attending workshops in a variety of disciplines and loves meeting like-minded professionals at other studios, aerial dance festivals and symposiums.

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  • Katy Walklet

    Studio Manager

    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 is now in charge of the Spin City Newbury Studio, while at the same time being a Mum to her own pole fitness obsessed 7 year old daughter and vehicle obsessed 1 year old son!

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  • Lex Gumn

    Training Leader

    Lex first discovered pole in 2009 after having her first child and found it was amazing not only to help her get back into physical shape but also found huge improvements in her self-esteem, confidence and body image. She went on to train other aerial disciplines once she discovered Spin City in 2011 and can usually be found rolling around in the Aerial Sling or around the Poles.

    Lex has completed trained with both Spin City and NECCA as well as attending many workshops and specialist trainings and is a registered PDC 3 star Instructor.

    Lex teaches both regular classes and 1-2-1’s at Spin City Newbury as well as Instructing and assessing our face to face Instructor trainings and Mentoring the online learners. Lex is also co-author on our Aerial Sling courses and particularly enjoys working towards improving the CPD opportunities for all pole and aerial instructors.

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