Hold your horses… Here is our fabulous judges for Pole Theatre Scandinavia 2018
HEADJUDGE – BRANDON GRIMM.
Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Brandon started his gymnastics and dance training at an early age. After
competing and performing all over the country he moved to New York City. While studying for his BFA in Fashion
Design Brandon discovered aerial acrobatics. After just a short year of training he began performing with
International Entertainment Company, Aerial Artistry and Cirquetacular Entertainment. After working years as an
aerialist in NYC Brandon stumbled upon renowned pole studio, Body and Pole while taking flexibility classes.
Shortly after, he was offered a job with National and International touring dance company, Diavolo Dance Theater in
Los Angeles. It was with Diavolo where he developed his point of view as a performer; giving choreography and
performances in pole a very human element. During his three years with Diavolo Brandon began training at the
world-famous BeSpun while also teaching at Cirque School LA.
Currently, Brandon teaches at BeSpun, offering classes in Flexibility, Pole Tricks, and Contemporary Poleography. He also teaches Flexibility, Contortion, Hand-Balancing, Ground-Acrobatics, and Aerial Fabric at Cirque School LA.
Hanka has been a competitive gymnast for over 14 years. Since 2006 she has applied all of her experience in gymnastics into the field of Pole Dancing. Since 2007, she has taught master classes and workshops all over the world including the USA, Russia, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Poland, and Sweden, UK, Brazil, Japan, Singapore and Chili. Currently, Hanka teaches workshops/privates for her own company ‘Studio Ad Astra’ and groupclasses held at the University Sport Centre in Nijmegen. Her group of students consist of all levels from beginners to elite athletes. Hanka has been successful in competitions for years. She won both the Benelux and European Championships 3 times, competed in several worlds finals (and earned the title for “Best Poletricks” in 2011). She placed 2nd in the Pole WorldCup 2014, won Dutch International PoleArt and 1st runner up during the Pole Expo Pole Classic in Las Vegas and most recently placed 3rd in the IPSF World Artistic Pole Championships.
Jordan Kensley is a California-based pole dancer and instructor. She discovered pole dancing from a Youtube video in the summer of 2012 and, with no prior movement experience, decided then and there that she needed to be able to “do that”. After moving to Los Angeles she discovered her first pole dancing home, BeSpun, and was soon in any class she could break into.From that first spark of interest, her passion for pole dancing has grown ever since, fed every time she enters a studio.
Since starting her training, she has become a resident instructor at the world famous studios: Allure, BeSpun, Cleo’s Rock’n’Pole, and The Vertitude. She is a permanent dancer at the infamous Jumbos Clown Room in Hollywood under her pseudonym Roxie Jordan, and has become a powerful presence in the pole world by competing, performing and teaching all over the world.
Jordan strives to embody the athlete, the artist, and the goddess in every dance. Her goal as an instructor is to help her students realize those same qualities in themselves. Pole Dancing has allowed her to appreciate movement, especially in the form of free styling, heel clacks, and has forged her signature sexy dynamic style. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with her friends and students. She has met so many inspiring people within this community and is looking forward to meeting many more in the years to come.
Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Shaina has studied various forms of dance for over 25 years. Her professional training began in high school when she was selected to attend the VA Governors School for the Arts. After performing in numerous productions, Shaina decided to further her knowledge of dance and its history by attending Old Dominion University and obtaining her BA in Dance Performance. While in college, Shaina continued to hone her technique and performance abilities with Virginia-based contemporary ballet/modern dance companies from 2004-2009. In 2010, Shaina made the move to NYC in search of new opportunities in the dance world.
In October of 2012, Shaina took her first pole dance class at the infamous Body & Pole of NYC. She immediately fell in love with the combination of athleticism and grace and was selected to participate in the 2013 work/study program at Body & Pole of NYC. After completing the program, Shaina joined the Body & Pole staff as an elevatED-certified pole instructor. Known for her ”legs for days” and stylized contemporary pole dance choreography, Shaina shares her passion through the aerial dance company AERA, her competitive performances and with her students.