MEET THE TEAM
Greta Pontarelli is a true artist who lives her life in pursuit of creation, connection, inspiration, fitness, and positivity. Her talent and drive have allowed her to travel the world performing, teaching, and learning. Among the highlights of her impressive career to date (with no signs of slowing): performing with Chuck Norris’ stunt team, winning five world pole dance championships, appearing in a Miley Cyrus video, and competing on American Ninja Warrior.
Read more about Greta in her own words:
As a 68-year-old pole artist, I am faced with numerous challenges, but those challenges have become my thrusting block for inner growth and to serve others.
In 2012, the first time I was invited to compete in America Ninja Warrior, I was shocked to learn I was the oldest person to ever attempt the course. I thought, “where is everyone else?” That moment I had an epiphany where I realized the importance of using my art form to empower others to believe in themselves and to become the best that they can become. I began creating choreography based on the empowering archetype of transformation and competing to give visibility to my message.
Winning an 8th World Championship is not on my bucket list, but striving to make a difference in the lives of others is. Pole Fitness has become my platform to help manifest my mission to in some way inspire others to not let age or any limitation stand in the way of passionately pursuing their dreams.
Megan “Bunni” Thompson began her dance training at the age of eight. She continued her study in dance and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She has worked with many world renowned choreographers such as Robert Battle, Jawole Zollar, and Tania Isaac. When she lost her mother to cancer it was dance that got her through it. Being able to express herself through movement, dance became a visual journal that allowed her to cope with life’s challenges.
Bunni discovered a new discipline — pole dance — when she began training for pole competitions with Vertical Joe’s Pole Fitness Studio 2013. She was honored to be a finalist in The Pole Classic 2013 shortly after. She currently holds the title for Southern Pole Championships 2014 Senior Dramatic Level 4, NAPDC 2014 National Essential Division, NAPDC 2014 Sexy Chair Dance, and Miss Texas Pole Star 2014 Pro Division.
Bunni has since showcased and taught workshops at the Michelle Mynx Extravaganza, Live Dancing Girls, NAPDC, International PoleCon. Bunni is currently a Brand Ambassador for the fabulous Artista Apparel and is excited to be a Sponsored Athlete for Home Pole Studios as well.
Jena Clough is a plant-based pole dancing mama with a passion for pole dance and movement. Her drive to make her dreams come true has led her on an 8-year pole dance journey that has taught her self love and self expression through dance.
Her pole competition adventures started 2 years ago with the Inaugural Dance Filthy USA competition in 2016 — then, in 2017, she returned to the competition and took home 2nd place in the Amateur Division; and in 2018, she was accepted to compete in the Pro Division! In 2018, Jena took home 1st place in Low Flow Level 5 and 3rd place in Exotic Level 5 at the PSO Northeast Pole Championships. Jena has also performed in well-known showcases like Bad 2 the Chrome (2017 and soon to perform in the 2019 event), and has been accepted into national competitions like USPDF (2018, 2019).
Jena owns DreamFyre Pole Fitness in Massachusetts and instructs at her two locations. As a primarily self-taught pole dancer, she is an advocate for self love and finding happiness within. Jena is known for her very technical style of teaching tricks, but her true passion is in exotic style. In addition to her role as a Sponsored Athlete with HomePoleStudios.com, Jena is a Brand Ambassador for SneakyDeez and PediPleasers.
As much as Jena loves performing, her heart is in teaching pole dance and spreading knowledge of the sport and art form. Dreams of traveling the world teaching pole dance with her family keep her driven and focused on her goals.
Krystal a.k.a. Karmen is a wife, mother of two boys and helps manage her husband’s AC company. She began her pole journey 8 years ago after attending a pole party. She was immediately hooked and practiced as a student for a few years before becoming an instructor. She has been teaching for about 4 years and loves it! She found that she has a passion for helping women realize their strengths, feel confident in their own skin and abilities and accept the notion that it’s ok to be sexy and strong. Recently, Krystal’s teaching path has taken a slight turn as she is on a new endeavor of starting her own pole and aerial dance studio, Enchantress Dance and Fitness. The name embodies the feeling she wants women to have when they attend her classes.
Krystal has also occasionally competed and performed. She placed 3 times in PSO competitions and plans to continue competing in the future…she loves being on stage! She is currently a PSO Ambassador and helping other women on their competition journeys. Her most recent performance was as a fill-in performer at Mr. Pole Dance America.
Krystal’s pole style tended to lean more towards power pole and tricks until she started exploring different styles which recently led her to become a licensed Liquid Motion instructor. She is extremely excited to share this movement with others.
Krystal’s pole journey isn’t always easy as she suffers from a severe vertigo disorder called Meniers’ which causes vertigo attacks and balance issues at times, but she never lets this stop her. She sees it as a challenge and uses it to push harder. She feels like pole has helped her manage it and has somewhat healed her mentally and physically. She is excited to see where her pole journey will take her and hopes to continue following her dreams!
Lucky’s pole dance fitness journey started in February 2012, while seeking a different and fun workout after recovering from a car accident.
She is now the owner of Lucky’s Room Fitness Studio, an XPERT 1/2 certified pole dance instructor, an ACE certified group fitness instructor, and a PSO competition medalist.
Lucky has loved dance and fitness since her youth. As a fitness instructor and Licensed Psychological Associate in the mental health field, her passion is to treat the whole individual… mind, body, and spirit. She shares the art of pole dance through empowering others and blazing the stage with sexy, entertaining performances!
A Veteran of the US Armed Forces, as well as a Zumba and Liquid Motion Certified Instructor — and mom to the BEST DAMN DOG in the world — Black Unicorn is a woman driven to be her true self and live her best life.
Pole fitness has been a witness in her life’s journey; providing a testimony to the power of friendship, self-confidence, recovery, and the truth of living. Her performances are thoughtful yet intense. Her love of life and of others is clearly seen in her smile as she sets fire to the dance floor!
Her personal values of Spirituality, Relationships and Activism guide her steps — enabling her to engage her community in a manner that is respectful of herself and others.
Brittnai is originally from Seattle, WA and began her pole journey over 5 years ago. She is proficient in both power pole and basework. She has led online pole tutorials for 123poling.com and primarily trains and teaches out of her home studio. Her favorite moves are anything dynamic and surprising — bring on the drops, tumbles, and sassy heel clacks! Brittnai is proud to be a Pole Art USA world finalist, USPDF Pro Card holder, and two-time Dance Filthy USA finalist. Her accomplishments to date include:
**Pole Art USA 3rd Place – Worlds 2018 Qualifier
**USPDF Pro 2016 & 2017
**Capital of Texas Aerial Championship 1st Place Doubles & Professional 2016
**Dance Filthy USA Pro 2x Finalist
**Pole Competition Denmark Classique Finalist
**Beastly Built Brand Ambassador
**Home Pole Studios Brand Ambassador
Farley Lynn, CEO/HBIC
Responsible for ideas, visions, design, & finding ways to meet the unique home studio needs of pole dancers.
Farley is a lifelong performer, dancer, writer, activist, entrepreneur and animal-lover who found her way to pole dance in 2013 because she wanted to make some friends. After several months of attending classes at Allure Dance Orlando, it was clear that making friends was just the beginning of a beautiful and intriguing journey. Learning to dance, and building confidence and strength through movement, has had a transformative impact on her physically, emotionally and mentally. Four years later, it’s hard to imagine a life without this beautiful art/sport.
Farley founded HomePoleStudios.com in 2015 on a wing and a prayer, and running the business has since become her favorite career to date. She loves to help fellow dancers realize their dreams and goals by designing and creating products that will enhance home pole spaces of every size. She loves making her own schedule, traveling, performing, building stuff, and trading lessons with awesome dancers she encounters all over the world.
Farley’s professional & educational background includes a potpourri of interesting jobs and pursuits, including but not limited to: one completed (unpublished) novel and another underway, a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!), six years of theatre performance, two years of teaching middle school, eight years in politics & fundraising, three years as a professional exotic dancer, being a cat mom, playing racquetball with her dad, teaching dance lessons, and eating as much vegan food as her tummy will hold.