Archive for December, 2014

Rafaela Montanaro at SoBe Pole Dance Studio

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

RafaelaSoBe Pole Dance Studio offers different type of classes taught by qualified and  talented instructors. We are proud to have Rafaela Montanaro on our team. Rafaela teaches on Mondays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM Stretch Into Sleek, Pole Dance Routine, and Level 2 Beginner and Tuesdays from 6:00PM to 9:00PM Level 3&4 Intermediate, Level 1, and Level 1 & 2 Beginner. She is known worldwide for her amazing performances that balance strength, flexibility and artistic diversity, performing different characters and dance styles from classical ballet to rock ‘n roll. She is the most recognized Brazilian pole dancer, teaching and performing all around the world. She came from Brazil to teach in Miami and continue her amazing carrier. Rafaela performs pole dance, hand balancing, dance shows and Aerial dance. Born in a family of athletes, she began her carrier at the early age of three with gymnastics, which she pursued until she was twelve and had to quit due a knee injury. It was at this time that she discovered her true passion in dance; she then took ballet, contemporary and ballroom dance.

At the age of sixteen, after watching a Cirque du Soleil show she decided to try out for a circus career. She was admitted at the renowned École National e des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois in France. She attended for eighteen months and due to family problems couldn’t finish the four year course. Back in Brazil Rafaela felt the need of heroic knowledge to develop and specialize as a teacher and athlete so she decided to take Physical Education in college, getting her degree in 2008. At the same period practiced Kung-fu Wushu and was part of the national team in 2006.

She began her pole carrier in 2009, and won the National and South American Competition only five months after starting. Pole certainly was love at first sight! The following year she started teaching and intensified her training methods that led her to three titles at the biggest competitions in the world: Pole Tricks, third place at Miss Pole Dance World 2010, in Switzerland, and Pole Fit Champion at International Pole Championship 2010 in Japan.

In 2011 Rafaela won the national division at the Pole World Cup, and got second place at the international division. In 2012, after three months without any kind of physical activity due to a shoulder injury, and having only forty-five days to get back in shape and come up with a world level performance, she won for the second time the Pole Fitness Champion Title, in March; and in November the South American Championship again.

Rafaela believes that winning is possible to everyone, as long as there is commitment, focus and determination. To be always at the top of her game she practices everyday for long periods, not only her pole technique, but aerobics exercises, and dance lessons as well. She is currently working on competing in the Florida Pole Championship, in April 2015, US and America Pole Sport Championship in June, In New Orleans. She is also exploring the possibility of opening her own pole dance studio one day and expanding her marketing presence while aggressively participating in numerous future competitions and performances. Rafaela hopes to showcase her abilities while bringing a larger audience to the sport of pole.