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The Pole Studio Pretoria

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Pole Fitness
  • Tues/Fri
  • with Tracey

Dance Choreo
  • Thurs
  • Tania/Nataschja

Stretching & Mobility
  • Wed/Sat
  • with Tracey

Aerial Hoop
  • Daily
  • with Alison

Barre Concept
  • Sat
  • with Tracey

  • Tues/Sat
  • with Tracey

Our Trainers

Tracey Simmonds


Tracey Simmonds

Tracey Simmonds is the owner of The Pole Studio SA. Winner of Pole Theatre SA 2017 Pole Art Division, Pole Championship Series Africa 2016, IPC 2012 First Runner Up in Pole Fitness, Pole Art 2012 Finalist. She created and launched the first accredited pole instructor training programme in South Africa. She delivers the instructor training programme for the original 'The Pole Studio' in the UK with Sarah Brown.




Courtney started Pole Fitness at The Pole Studio in 2017. She has become an accredited Pole Fitness Instructor learning from Tracey Simmonds and the other certified instructors at the studio. Courtney enjoys competing, and has so far competed in a regional event and plans to compete nationally soon.




Alison started pole fitness at The Pole Studio in 2014. She has competed at a national level in Pole Sports and Pole Art, as well as performed and choreographed for national showcase events.
Alison is the owner and head instructor at The Lyra Project SA.
Alison's Health & Fitness certifications include;
Qualified Sports Masseuse.
International Pole Sports Federation Head Judge.
Accredited Pole Fitness Instructor.
Accredited Aerial Hoop Instructor.




Jade started Pole Fitness in 2016. Since then she has performed in group and solo showcases, become an Aerial Yoga instructor as well as certified as an Intermediate Level Pole Fitness instructor with The Pole Studio.
Jade enjoys helping her students gain strength and confidence through this challenging and creative sport.
Jade’s Health & Fitness Certifications include; 
Aerial Yoga Beginner Course.
 The Pole Studio Beginner Pole Instructor course.
 The Pole Studio Intermediate Pole Instructor course. 
 The Pole Studio Handspring course.




Penny started pole fitness in 2015. She is passionate about the sport, finding it both challenging and exciting. Penny has been a certified instructor since 2018. She has performed in many showcases including Pole Unity SA and The Pole Studio showcase. Penny enjoys teaching at The pole studio, sharing her enthusiasm for pole fitness with her students.

Tania Becker


Tania Becker

Tania trained in ballet tap, modern, Spanish and contemporary dance. She won awards at Pro Arte for Dance Artistry and Best Senior Dance Student. Later, she performed in various dance productions and worked as a choreographer. Tania is now a pole and aerial performer, instructor, award-winning competitor and national judge.

Nataschja du Plessis


Nataschja du Plessis

Nataschja has had a passion for fitness training for many years. A student of The Pole Studio SA since 2014; she has competed and performed in many national pole competitions and events. Nataschja became a certified pole fitness instructor in 2019. She is also a fully certified REPS SA Personal Trainer and Mat Pilates Instructor (HFPA).

Irma Van Zyl


Irma Van Zyl

Irma has been training at The Pole Studio since 2017. She performed in Pole Unity, the official fundraiser for the SA Pole Sports Federation, and has received awards for her pole fitness achievements in the Pole Icon Competition. Irma has a natural talent for pole fitness instruction, always bringing the best out in our students. She became a certified pole instructor at The Pole Studio in 2019.

Latest Gym News

Arnolds 2020

December 4, 2019 by Tracey Simmonds (0) Comments

Pole & Aerial at Arnold Classic Africa15th - 17th May 2020Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Intermediate & Advanced Group Pole Fitness Classes

April 15, 2016 by polestu (0) Comments

Intermediate and Advanced Pole Fitness classes will be available to The Pole Studio’s students who have successfully completed Beginner Levels. Intermediate and Advanced classes…

Level 2 Beginner Group Pole Fitness Classes

April 15, 2016 by polestu (0) Comments

Level 2 teaches you more demanding spins, transitions, dance moves and floor work. You will also be introduced to climbs and work up the…



  • Thank you for a such great course full of knowledge and many ways to make us understand and get to the point! Tracey Simmonds you're a wonderful teacher and also a really nice person! It was incredible! You made my day! And also I wanna thank Salima Peippo and Christian Fernandez for this amazing Studio with amazing people that make myself feel at home! -  Tarragona, Spain Handspring Course & Tracey Simmonds Workshop 22nd July 2017, hosted by ArtMove Studio.

    Bruna Nepomuceno

    (Bruna Nepomuceno, Ballerina at Cia Aérea de Dança)

  • Thank you so much!!! It was great formation and I feel motivated to reach outside my comfort zones! Another day of visits and more pole in Catalonia... watching my beautiful friends Salima Peippo and Christian Fernandez... AND RECEIVING 6 hours and a half of a lot of information with Tracey Simmonds... teacher training and your workshop ... fantastic as always! It was an inspirational day for me and your handspring course is very helpful for instructors to teach the progress to handspring in the safest way and to all kind of bodies! I totally recommend!!! -  Tarragona, Spain Handspring Course & Tracey Simmonds Workshop 22nd July 2017, hosted by ArtMove Studio.

    Vane Lunatica Avila

    (Vane Lunatica Avila, Professional Athlete/Artist)

What We Offer

Pole Fitness

Zoom Drop-ins

  • Intermediate Pole
  • Advanced Pole


Weekly Livestream

  • All Levels
  • Dance Techniques

Aerial Hoop


  • Beginner Level
  • Intermediate Level


Stretching & Mobility


  • Improve Flexibility
  • For All Levels


Private Training


  • Pole Fitness
  • Pilates


Instructor Training

Online Courses

  • Accredited
  • All Levels


Frequently Asked Questions


Am I too old / Overweight / Weak?

You’re never too old to take up pole! We teach people in their 50’s and 60’s!
We will help you lose weight and gain strength, so the simple answer is no! Everyone starts somewhere!

Is there an age limit for Pole Fitness classes?

Participants under 18 must have written consent from a parent or guardian.

When will I see the physical results of pole fitness?

This also depends on individual differences, consistency of training, diet and lifestyle.

Our clients have reported to see results within five weeks. The first benefits reported, aside from feeling great, are weight loss and improved muscle tone.

What shall I wear?

Wear something that you feel comfortable in that does not restrict movement. Gym clothing is fine. You do not need to wear shorts for the first few lessons however exposing skin on the legs (and arms) allows you to grip on to the pole. If you feel shy about wearing shorts you can wear tracksuit trousers at first.

Lycra shorts are recommended. If you do not have any we sell Pole Studio shorts specially designed for Pole Fitness classes.

In order to protect our poles and your belongings, jewellery must be removed prior to commencing a class.

You can wear trainers, ballet shoes or go barefoot for our pole fitness classes.

The above page is general advice and The Pole Studio accepts no liability resulting from any advice taken from this page. If you have any particular concerns please consult your doctor as soon as possible.

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