Pia has been instructing at Polercise WA since October 2014 and currently teaches Basic Pole but is training up to also instruct Intermediate Pole and Basic Aerial Hoops.
How long have you been coming to Polercise W.A. and what classes have you done/are still doing?
I started pole with Tracey in February 2013 and have continued through and am currently working through advanced pole. I have also started hoops.
What made you decide to join Polercise W.A?
I had done pole previously when living in Perth back in 2009 and loved it, but after I finished my competitive sports Acro training in October 2012 I was after a new challenge.
What exercise do you do outside of Polercise W.A?
Functional kinetic link training and Pilates
What is your favourite thing about being an instructor?
Watching the skill and confidence grow in the women as they progress. I love to interact with all the women, and I love how a common entity like pole can bring women of such vast backgrounds together to show such amazing comradely and support for each other.
Why do you love Aerials?
I come from a history of gymnastics, sports Acro and flying trapeze so I love being off the ground and upside down. When I started pole I talk about it fulfilling my upside down quota in life, but I truly love the daily and weekly challenge of achieving movement with my body that seem to defy gravity.
When you first started, during your first few weeks, how did you feel?
I felt exhilarated after having to retire from gymnastics and sports Acro I had s large void I wasn’t sure could be filled, but Polercise W.A. has come above and beyond the void and flared a new passion within me.
What challenges have you encountered throughout your Aerial experience, was there a turning point for you? Is there anything you still struggle with now?
I was very lucky come from a gymnastics background that I trusted my arm strength and loved being upside down more than most. There are always limitations and there are certain skills my body cannot do but the challenge is to work around them and constantly aim to overcome them. The skill ‘knees’ will continue to be my nemesis but one day I will master it!
Who is your aerial inspiration?
What is your favourite move and why?
Ayesha butterfly. Ayesha is such a strong feeling move and I love the butterfly variation as it is different and elegant.
None. IPDFA certification is the long term goal
What advice would you give to a brand new aspiring aerial artist?
Don’t give up, have fun, and we were all where you are now once upon a time.