MPDA Judges

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Jordan Kensley

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”. Only a few short years later, she now teaches for Allure, BeSpun, Cleo’s Rock’n’Pole, and The Vertitude. Jordan has gone on to compete, perform and teach all over the world. The journey through her Pole Dancing career has made her appreciate movement, especially in the form of freestyling, heel clacks, and sexy dynamic style. Jordan Kensley loves finding new ways to stylize and reinvent simplicity around the pole. She also 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.

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Judy Jovanelly

Judy, an ex-professional dancer and mother of two is a firecracker with a mission. She spent several years working in and around the entertainment industry – everything from dance companies and regional theater productions to working on cruise ships as a featured dance act with a dance partner (her new partner is now her dance pole…)!Her mission is to bring a warm and supportive environment to women who want to break out of their boring exercise routines and try some really fun ways to get fit.When not dancing around or exercising, Judy loves to go watch her husband’s band, volunteer at her daughter’s elementary school whenever possible, hang with her friends and just laugh a lot. Since reaching an age of over 40, her motto regarding life is “I’m not goin’ down without a fight,” and she hopes to inspire women of all ages to continually remain optimistic that, whatever your age, the best is yet to come.Judy began studying dance at a very early age, locally and in New York at such renowned institutions as Steps and Broadway Dance, training with some of the best dancers in the world. Throughout her late teens into her early 30’s she also taught classes in Connecticut, Florida and Vancouver, British Columbia, after having spent several years working in dance companies, regional theater, and as the female lead of a featured dance partnering act on cruise ships. When time permits, Judy continues her dance studies in Connecticut and in New York. Judy is also very passionate about fitness in general. She is an active participant in pole fitness and has turned her passion for dance and love of pole into a way to help get other women comfortable with themselves and into the shape that they want to be. Judy is also CPR/AED certified and an X-Pert Pole Fitness Certified Teacher.

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Dalijah Franklin

Dalijah Franklin has over 25 years of dance and gymnastics training. She is trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. She is a graduate from The Ohio State University with a Degree in Nutrition and Community Health and is also certified in Holistic Health from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Dalijah began Pole Dancing in 2010 in New York City. She immediately fell in love and was selected to participate in the 2012 work­study program at Body & Pole in NYC. Mid­way thru the program she joined the Body & Pole staff as an elevatED certified pole instructor. Since then she has been in many performances and shows all over New York City. In 2013 She was a featured aerial dancer in the Non­ Profit company AERA’s show ‘Covered Sky’. Dalijah is the founder of Black Girls Pole, an organization to inspire, motivate and educate Black Women about Pole dancing! Dalijah is the 2013 Level 3 Atlantic Pole Champion and the 2015 U.S Aerial Champion!

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Michelle Wincze Abbruzzese

Michelle Wincze Abbruzzese owner of Work It Fit in Norwalk CT Creator of Dance Yourself Fit: A Burlesque Inspired Aerobic Exercise Video and Tone and Tighten: A Total Body Workout. Appeared in 12 additional exercise videos. Owner of Work It Dance and Fitness pole dancing studio. Over 4 decades of dance training including ballet, tap, jazz, cabaret, pole, cheer dance, and bellydance. Over 15 years of teaching dance and fitness. Former New England Patriots Cheerleader and recipient of the NEPC Rookie of the Year award.

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Roz “The Diva” Mays

NASM certified Roz “The Diva” Mays has dedicated many late nights at the gym to becoming a stronger and healthier athlete. Pole dancing is her sport of choice to teach, followed by TRX, core conditioning and flexibility. Among her finest contributions to the pole world has been creating Dangerous Curves: A Celebration of Plus Size Pole Dancers. Her talents have lead to appearances on America’s Got Talent (Season 10), Law and Order: SVU, Inside Edition and The Doctors. As a SAG member, she’s done for professional stunt work in Law and Order: SVU, The Big C and That’s My Boy. She loves to teach obnoxiously loud classes at Body & Pole and IncrediPole in New York City. When she isn’t half naked and sweaty, Diva’s usually making pancakes with Beyonce.

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Bob Zamora

Bob started pole dancing seven years ago after finding out that a local pole studio offered men’s pole classes. Bob works privately with USPDF 2010 Champion Estee Zakar, and studies classical ballet at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance. Bob has been an invited showcase performer at the North American Pole Dance Championships, the Canadian Verticalove showcases, and a 2013 Colorado Pole Championship Masters Division finalist. He has choreographed and danced in ballet productions that blend pole dance and contemporary ballet. When Bob isn’t pole dancing he works as a research meteorologist and plays ice hockey. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife Carol and two lovable Siamese cats.

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Mary Ellyn Weissman

Mary Ellyn Weissman Mary Ellyn is a Chicago native where, with her husband Jim, she owns and operates two pole studios in the south suburbs. She has been pole dancing for 14 years and is the organizer of the North American Pole Dance Championships and has worked internationally as a certified pole dance judge for 6 years.

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Colleen Jolly

Colleen Jolly is an AFAA-certified personal trainer, entrepreneur and pole dance instructor. She has been poling for five years and is the CEO of the International Pole Convention. She runs several businesses, is active in leadership roles and Board positions in arts and association non-profit organizations and is also an award-winning artist, writer, and speaker on visual communications and general business topics all around the world. She previous owned and managed a pole studio, writes a monthly blog for Bad Kitty and regularly competes in pole competitions.

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To date, he has won 2015 National Aerial Pole Art Champion Men’s Pro Division, 1st Place in the Bad Kitty Spins and Tricks, 3rd as the American Male Pole Dance Champion NYC, and 2013 North American ” Elite” Pole Dance Champion. He has garnered the sponsorship of top pole companies, namely Mighty Grip, Honey’s Artistic Pot, and Wink Clothing Designs. To watch Bad Azz perform is to understand that the pole is his alter ego. His credo is: “One can only become an Artist after acknowledging and knowing your true self.” Hence, what Bad Azz knows he is also able to effectively teach and inspire in others. Bad Azz is also a world-celebrated pole clinician, respected by his male and female peers. From Australia to Japan, from Canada to Mexico, Europe and all throughout the United States, Bad Azz is a talent without boundaries, with a performance charisma that is worthy of any onlooker’s awe. Ascend, descend, spin, stretch and strengthen your belief in the vertical superiority exuded in this transcendent performer!

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Natasha Wang

Natasha Wang is a pole performer and instructor who holds the titles of US Pole Dance Champion 2011, USPDF West Coast Champion 2010, California Pole Dance Champion 2010, and East Meets West Miss Pole-AM 2010. She has been a guest performer on The View on ABC and Good Day L.A. on FOX, and has performed with the Doug Aitken art-theater project “Black Mirror” starring actress Chloe Sevigny that premiered in Athens, Greece in June 2011. A late fitness bloomer, Natasha began taking pole dance classes at the age of 29 with no previous dance or gymnastics experience, a journey which eventually took her from S Factor to The Pole Garage, Be Spun and Kinetic Theory Circus Arts, where she studied contortion. Natasha currently instructs and trains at Los Angeles’ The Choreography House and Be Spun, and is a principal dancer with Kelly Yvonne’s Girl Next Door show. She is sponsored by X-Pole, Kelly Maglia Couture, Dew Point Pole and The Choreography House. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Advertising and a BA in French, Natasha has worked as a publicist for nine years and is a published poet.www.natashawang.com

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Fran MacKenzie is the creator and producer of Verticalove, Canada’s largest Aerial Arts and Showcase which is now in its 4th year. Last year, she created and produced her first competition The Great White North Pole Competition which featured 60 competitors. This year, she has created a new show, The Girlie Show which showcases the sexy side of pole dancing attracting Americans as well as Canadians from all over. Fran loves coming up with new and innovative ideas to encompass all parts of pole dancing and is excited to be part of Mr. Pole Dance America!

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Michelle Mynx

Michelle Mynx is best known as half of the acclaimed acrobatic pole dancing burlesque duo, Gravity Plays Favorites with her partner Katrina Dohl. This sensational duo has been performing both nationally and internationally since 2005 covering many genres. They have been honored to perform with The Dresden Dolls and Margaret Cho among many others. Gravity Plays Favorites have been featured at the Burlesque Hall of Fame,The Ink and Iron Hot Rod and Tattoo Festival, and the Rothbury Music Festival. They have headlined the The Colorado Burlesque Festival, The Toronto Burlesque Festival, and Tipping The Velvet Burlesque Show in Gothenburg, Sweden among others. They are the proud recipients of multiple Golden Pastie Awards from the New York Burlesque Festival such as Most Scandalous and Performers you would Least Likely Want to Meet in a Dark Alley. Teaching since 2006, she opened up her very own studio, the Michelle Mynx Academy of Pole Dance in 2010 and has a large arsenal of loyal students and performers. This October marked the 8th year for her annual student and guest showcase, The Mynx Acrobatic Pole Dancing Extravaganza, which has raised nearly $15,000 to date for The Sexual Assault Victim’s Unit of Call For Help.

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B.J. Pettigrew

B.J. Pettigrew is probably best known in the pole community as being the brains behind Pole Sport Organization’s meteoric rise as the world’s largest pole pro/am pole competition, but before she ever set foot in a pole studio, she was already an accomplished figure skating coach at the Ice House Training Center just outside of New York City. She credits her involvement in the skating community, her days as a competitive skater and gymnast, and the experience she gained in managing operations for such Chanel’s flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, for providing her with both the inspiration and know-how for creating the PSO competition format. Living in New York City and Hollywood, she has been fortunate enough to have been surrounded by talented dancers and athletes most of her adult life. What you may not know is that she counts Mayte as one of her closest friends, and she has met many of Prince’s former dancers, including Brian Friedman, who has been such a strong supporter of promoting choreography in pole dance. So to those submitting videos to Prince’s music, y’all better bring it because the bar has been set very high!

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Travis Scott

That Pole Guy – Travis Scott, An Australian living in Paris. THAT POLE GUY is a modern entertainer combining gymnastics, comedy, pole dance and cabaret.His awards include: 2013 Australian Pole Dancing Fitness Championship – Australian Mens Winner
2013, Mr Boylesque Queensland, 2012 International Pole Dancing Champion – Doubles Division

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Tami earned her Ph.D. in Mathematical Neuroscience in 2011, but chose to leave academia behind to pursue her passions of event production & entrepreneurship. For the past 9 years, Tami has produced events of all types and sizes: live shows, non-profit fundraisers, galas, expos/fairs, conferences, summits, corporate events, and weddings. Her dance training began at the age of 3, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she discovered aerial dance and quickly fell in love. She has since dedicated her life to combining her unique skill sets to promote the aerial arts through event production. She formed U.S. Aerial in January 2014 with Elaina Luparello and Jen James.

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Caprice Burrell

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Tavon “Jungle Cat” Hargett

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Keeley Alvarado

Keeley began her pole dancing journey in January of 2012, she started competing and performing later that year and has not stopped. She was immediately drawn to the tall shoes and sensual style of dance. Pole allowed her to feel comfortable in her own skin and reclaim her sexuality. She got certified in 2014 and has been teaching at Inner Diva Studios in Austin, Texas. She teaches multiple classes, but she most enjoys teaching “Head Over Heels”, where she teaches students to embrace their sexy and work it in a pair of heels. Her most favorite competition to date was when she won Dangerous Curves in 2014 where she danced to RuPaul’s Cover Girl.