Jess Minchin – Head Instructor

jess-minichinJess is one of the very first instructors at Polercise WA, she currently teaches Aerial Hoops as well as a number of different workshops including Handstands and Flexibility. As an IPDFA certified instructor she also steps in to teach Pole from time to time. Jess has been teaching at the studio since May 2012.

How long have you been coming to Polercise W.A. and what classes have you done/are still doing?

I started coming to Polercise WA in October 2010 where I began to fall in love with Pole Fitness. Starting at 1 class per week very quickly grew to 3. I still love training pole, there are always new things to leave and achieve.

What made you decide to join Polercise W.A?

A friend was doing Polercise at the time as I also have a passion for acrobatics and dancing I knew this would be a new challenge I would enjoy. That I did!

What exercise do you do outside of Polercise W.A?

Outside of Polercise I spend a few hours at the gym a week along with regular bike rides in the summer months.

What is your favourite thing about being an instructor?

My favourite thing about been an instructor is watching students grow, not just in strength but as a person.  Nothing makes me happier then when a student who has been working hard to get a move nails it! It’s the best feeling!

Why do you love Aerials?

I love aerials because it’s a fun, challenging and you get fit at the same time!

When you first started, during your first few weeks, how did you feel?

My first class was love at first sight! I would leave class feeling happy and accomplished. I could feel myself getting stronger.

What challenges have you encountered throughout your Aerial experience, was there a turning point for you? Is there anything you still struggle with now?

There have been so many challenges throughout my time at Polercise from competing in my first South West Pole Competition to archiving moves which take weeks or months, but practice makes perfect!

Who are your aerial inspirations?

My favourite aerial artists are Natasha Wang, Bendy Kate, Marlo Fisken, Anastasia Skukhtorova and Marion Crampe just to name a few.

What is your favourite move and why?

I have two moves I can’t pick! My favourite pole move is Iron X. This move looks amazing it shows strength and flexibility.  Aerial Hoops Neck Hold – I love this move because elegant and extreme at the same time!

Accolades

  • Certified IPDFA Beginner Pole Dance Fitness Instructor
  • South West Australian Pole Championships 2012 – Competitor
  • South West Australian Pole Championships 2013 – Competitor
  • South West Australian Pole Championships 2014 – 3rd Place Winner
  • South West Australian Pole Championships 2015 – Competitor

What advice would you give to a brand new aspiring aerial artist?  

To a new aerial artist I would tell them to just have fun and enjoy every minute! To embrace the challenge and keep on going because they can do it!

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