Meet The Team

Meet the Team

The Team


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ANNA MAYA

Anna Maya is the director and lead instructor at Maya Dance and Fitness. She has been passionate about movement from a young age, with a background in dance and gymnastics. Her movement journey has continued into adulthood and she is now committed to sharing her love for Pole, Flexibility and the Aerial Arts. She has competed in major national and international pole dance competitions including UKPPC and Pole Theatre and has won titles such as Heir to the Chrome "Pole Queen".  She teaches Advanced Pole and Aerial Hoop and loves to watch her students progress and achieve things they never thought possible! 


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PATRICIA THE TEASE

After several years of trying out various forms of exercise from handball to yoga, Patricia has found poledancing in 2014 and has been obsessed with the sensual style of the art ever since. She's performed and placed in several poledance competitions such as Heir To The Chrome and Dance Filthy UK as well as winning 'Sexiest' Award at Bristol Pole Championships. Patricia's love of dancehall helped her develop and master the great skill of twerking. She has since become a certified Twerk Technician and offers a monthly “Twerk it, Werk it” class at the studio; she also teaches Intermediate Pole Level 1 one Wednesdays. One of Patricia's greatest passion is to empower and teach people confidence and self love. 


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ELOISE COMER

Eloise’s love of all things fitness started at the age of 10 when she attended an aerobics class with her Mum. She loved it so much that she saved her pocket money every week so that she could go! She joined an aerobics display team when she was 13 and it was then she knew that she wanted to teach group exercise classes when she was older. She studied performing arts at A-level and then decided to pursue a career in fitness, spending 10 years working as a fitness manager and personal trainer whilst teaching fitness classes and coaching gymnastics in the evenings. She stumbled across Pole accidentally in 2008 when one of the studios she was teaching at introduced it to their timetable. She quickly fell in love and shortly after began teaching hen parties and beginners classes. 10 years and 2 children later she is more in love with Pole than ever! She finds it so very rewarding to watch her students progress and she looks forward to every class. She really can’t imagine doing anything else and feels incredibly lucky to love her job so much!


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GEM HEYWOOD

Gem has been a part of the Pole Industry for 6 years and is completely obsessed with pole.  She was a competitive gymnast, rhythmic gymnast and trampolinist while at school and studied contemporary dance at A level. She first began teaching while at University after doing pole for two years and went on to teach at a studio in Bath. In 2015, she got through to the finals of Pole Theatre and competed in the Pole Art semi-professional category. Gem regularly judges competitions from amateur to professional and is the co-director of the National University Pole Association. She is also the founder and organiser of Pole World Festival, which she set up in 2016 to bring together teachers, students and businesses to showcase and celebrate everything we love about pole. Gem teaches Contemporary Pole Flow once a month which she finds incredibly rewarding; especially watching her students grow and develop both physically and personally on their journey.