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Master Trainers

Master Trainers


Tracey Ecclestone

Tracey has been involved in the industry for over a decade. She owns WA Aerial Fitness, the largest aerial studio in Western Australia.

Tracey is the author of the 6 internationally selling Pole & Lyra Handbook 101 collection. Tracey has produced 6 SWA pole competitions, director of IPDFA PolePro instructor courses and the vice president of IPDFA.

Qualified in sports and paediatric nutrition, she has a background in gymnastics, the has trained in the circus and with some of the best aerial performers in the works. She has dedicated years to exploring all aspects of the aerial world.

Over the past 10 years, Tracey has gained recognition through judging a wide variate of state, national and international competitions.

Tracey's reputation for her unique teaching style focusing on conditioning, strength, and control has earned her a reputation as a specialist technical judge. Tracey is the head judge for international pole championships 2018.


Stefania Roberto

Born in Leeds, U.K. in 1983, to Italian parents. Moved to the sunny Canary Islands in 1990 and has now been an active member of the pole industry for over 16yrs.

Founder of Polercise™ Tenerife and other 'sister' studios around the world. Stefania is a IPDFA Master Trainer operating in Spain, Europe and Managing the Spanish Sector of the IPDFA PolePro Instructor Courses. Stefania is a Level 4 PDC Instructor.

She has judged in numerous competitions, Including online Finalists for IPC 2018, Stef has taught many workshops around Europe. Stef has hosted many popular Spanish Pole Camps, performed in shows and has had many TV appearances over the years. In 2014 Stefania wrote and published her pole biography 'So I hear you're a pole dancer?'


Karla Richmond

"Karla is an IPDFA PolePro Master Trainer and the owner of the Addictive Pole Fitness Franchise and the Addictive Pole Fitness- Underwood studio. In her early 20s Karla was a Registered Nurse for 5 years, specialising in Intensive Care. She wanted a lifestyle change to get away from shift work, so she left nursing and became a Personal Trainer and Pole Dance Instructor, opening her own studio in 2013.

Karla has been poling since 2011, and says she is totally addicted and obsessed with everything about it. Karla has always had a passion for education and teaching- studying for more than 6 years at a Tertiary level, and continually working on Professional and self-development. Her education and qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Masters of Advanced Practice (Critical Care Nursing)
  • Graduate Diploma Biomedical Science
  • Certificate 3 & 4 Fitness (Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor) registered with Fitness Australia
  • Master Trainer IPDFA PolePro

Karla continues to study and has recently completed courses in Myofascial Release as well as Restoring Optimal Function of the Neck and Shoulders. She is passionate about healthy movement and living an active and adventurous life, and wants to help Pole Instructors and Students pole dance for as long as possible through knowledge of pole technique and training methods"


Cindy Cooijmans

My name is Cindy Cooijmans, I'm an internationally certified Pole instructor, coach, judge and creator of the Pole Move Box. As a judge, I judged many local-, video- , nationals- and international Pole competitions. To name a few big ones:

  • 2015 IPC Singapore,
  • 2 Pole Classics in Las Vegas and
  • 3 World Pole Sport Championships.

For the IPDFA I am a Master Level PolePro Trainer and I’m their technical adviser.
I also work voluntarily as Judges director for the IPSF.
UPA awarded me with: Industry person of the year 2017
Head Judge for the Online Entries for the IPC 2018


Pia Jorgensen

Pia has been Instructing Pole for 4 years, she is an IPDFA PolePro Master Trainer.

In her youth she was a Western Australian State Artistic Gymnast Champion and a Trapeze performer. Pia Jorgensen is a physiotherapist with 10 years' experience, studying her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. She also a certified Dr Vodder manual lymph drainage therapist.

She has an interest in all injuries but specifically likes to work with sporting injuries, dancers, aerialist, women’s health patients and Clinical Pilates. Pia’s preferred treatment methods are a combination of hands on therapy and exercise rehabilitation.


Jillian Hardy

Jillian found a love for pole dancing eight years ago, after growing up competing in gymnastics, athletics and figure skating. Being able to dance, get a strength building workout, and bring in her figure skating experience with tricks and flexibility on the pole quickly became her passion. Jillian is a multi-award winning national showgirl who has choreographed and toured nationally endless pole workshops and has worked with some of Australia’s renowned showgirl choreographers. Jillian’s is renowned for her strength and conditioning pole class, drawing on her clinical pilates, personal training and ballet barre qualifications. Her passion to inspire and educate her students of all walks in life and all levels in correct techniques is her passion, with a very high injury prevention rate in her studio. Jillian is currently the Head Coordinator and Choreographer for the Core Health Group’s Pole studio in Carrum Downs, Victoria, as well one of main instructors for their barre/pilates classes. Jillian also works for one of Melbourne’s leading hospitals in inpatient rehabilitation. Jillian has also been accepted in a Bachelor of Health Science where she will also be training in clinical myotherapy. Jillian is looking forward to incorporating all her extensive knowledge of human movement, along with her athletic history into the prestigious IPDFA Master Instructor’s qualification.