The Wall brings dance and visual art together. It is a space to showcase visual artists who explore movement - in any way, style and interpretation - to complement the movement and creativity that happens within these walls every day.
My passion is to curate and produce experiences that educate and entertain audiences who are curious to learn more about the arts. For over ten years, I have brought my passion for art and design to a wide array of groups and places from small, guided tours of the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi to scavenger hunts of the MoMA to large-scale, multi-media design conferences.
After earning my Master’s Degree at Pratt Institute, I was hired as an art history professor and taught Survey II: Renaissance through Rococo and in their pre-college summer program.
In a turn of events that makes for an eclectic "professional summary" I have also become a professional pole dancer and instructor. With a dance background since age 5, I've taken my lifelong love of dance to a new apparatus. Body & Pole has been my second home since 2009. I learned my craft, honed my skills, created my title-winning performances and cultivated the greatest family of colleagues and friends in this incredible space.*
At Body & Pole, I am also the Pole Department Manager, overseeing 60+ classes/week and 25+ instructors. I am a founder of elevatED: pole dance fitness and flexibility teacher trainings. As an independent performer and teacher, I’ve traveled across the US, Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico, Australia, Japan, UAE, Brazil, Russia, Africa and more.
I feel incredibly fortunate that I can now bridge my two passions—art and pole dance—as the curator of The Wall at Body & Pole. I look forward to bring the visual arts and aerial arts together and to new audiences.
- Michelle Stanek, curator
* Pole dance titles
* Miss Pole Dance America Group champions AERA 2015
* United States Pole Dance Champion 2012-2013
* Pole Dance Universe Champion 2011
* United States Amateur Pole Dance Champion 2011
* PFA (Pole Fitness Association) "Pole Drama" Champion 2010
* Polesque Champion 2010