Josiah “BadAzz” Grant
I, personally, heard of Josiah “BadAzz” Grant for the first time a few years ago at the Midwest Pole Dance Competition where he amazed the crowd and the judges with his amazing performance to “Queen”. However, he has been taking a variety of dance classes including, belly dancing and hip-hop. He has also had training in contortion, martial arts, and gymnastics.
Josiah “BadAzz” Grant has worked tirelessly to train himself into a phenomenal pole dancer. He also produces fantastic video tutorials, including some on his original tricks. He has a great reputation in the pole community as a great person as well as talented dancer and artist.
Sean Michael Rau
Sean Michael Rau is another male pole dancer who is an amazing talent. He had his first experience on a pole in the center of the pole world Australia (specifically Cairns). At the time the pole industry was experiencing explosive growth. Shortly thereafter a friend introduced him to the world of circus pole. Sean Michael fell in love with the community support aspect. Pole dance was his first experience allowing his body to communicate his emotions. Watching Sean Michael dance is an amazing treat. If you have not done so- look up some of his performances on You-tube.
Sean Michael envisions a world where the pole dance community is welcoming to every type of person. Like countless dancers, he struggled with the decision to compete, eventually choosing to compete because he wanted to push himself to be the best dancer and athlete he could be.
Jimi Blu is another amazing male pole athlete. Jimi is a rarity in pole: not only is he male he is also in his fifties. Originally, from France, Jimi came to the United States as a teenager. He has taught many years of Body Balance Training and is an instructor at Pole Fitness Studio. He was the overall winner at the first ever Las Vegas Pole Expo in 2012.
Evgeny Greshilov is the 2013 PoleArt Champion. He is originally from Siberia, Russia. In addition to being a pole athlete and dancer he has had drama training. While attending university in Moscow (Moscow State College of Circus and Variety Arts and Moscow State University of Culture and Arts) he worked as a dancer and aerial gymnast in the Great Moscow Circus. Currently, he is a dance instructor in a variety of dance styles including: hip-hop, house, contemporary and pole dance. He is a sought after workshop instructor and competition judge.
Josh is known as an innovator of new material and new teaching methods. He is currently affiliated with studios in London, Milan, Barcelona, and Zurich. Josh has coached and taught amateur dancers and professionals alike. His workshops are popular the world over as in addition to tricks Josh incorporates choreography, stretching, and the physics of pole. Josh also has a vast experience performing as well as teaching. One of his goals is to inspire people to enjoy dance as an art form as much as he does.
Pole dancing is one of the few sports that is female dominated. As fantastic as it is for women to have a domain, the majority of female pole dancers do not want it to be an exclusive environment. Most members of the pole community believe that there is something to learn from everyone- male and female. Hopefully, as the community grows there more people will see how incredible pole is as a sport and an art.