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 love for art and design to a wide array of groups and places from small, guided tours of the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi for adults to scavenger hunts of the MoMA for colleagues to large-scale, multi-media design conferences for design professionals to interactive New York City art tours for high school students.
After earning my Master’s Degree at Pratt Institute, I was hired as an art history professor where I taught Survey II: Renaissance through Rococo to first-years and Art Appreciation to prospective students for 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 it opened in 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.
I am a founder of elevatED: pole dance fitness and flexibility teacher trainings. And as an independent performer and teacher, I’ve traveled across the US, Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico, Australia, Japan, UAE, Brazil, Russia, Africa and more sharing my love of dance.
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 bringing 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