Natalie TeKanawa
Owner/Founder & Managing Director, Pure Pole Academy

Pure Pole Academy – Managing Director, President
Pure Pole Management – Founder, President
IPDFA – Competitions, Systems and Criteria Specialist (2010 – 2015)
Girlfriend Fun and Fitness – Founder, Managing Director
Girlfriend Management – Founder, Managing Director

Natalie TeKanawa is one of the first pioneers of professional pole dance, having been involved in all aspects of the industry from clubs, pole studios and gyms through to the competitive and elite performance arenas since early 2000. With over 10 years of experience in both managerial and training capacities, Natalie is known for providing elite level pole dance training across Australia and around the world.

Training pole instructors and performers is Natalie’s main passion and her focus. Her extensive training and choreography record speaks for itself, with many of her performers having won awards both nationally and internationally.

Natalie is also the current Competitions, Systems and Criteria Specialist for IPDFA, where she is responsible for setting guidelines and standards for pole competitions, writing the IPC judging criteria, profiling competitions seeking IPDFA approval and managing the IPC judging panel.

Natalie is passionate about promoting pole dance as an art and a sport that is accessible worldwide to all members of the community. In addition to this, Natalie currently manages both Girlfriend Fun and Fitness and the Pure Pole Academy, whilst also acting as an agent for a variety of world-class performers through Girlfriend Management and Pure Pole Management.