Inverted: Circus & Pole Fitness Ltd is the lovechild of three friends and passionate performers, and was born out of the desire to have a large training space to call our own. Following our company incorporation in May 2015, we were delighted to receive an award with the Young Innovators Challenge 2015 (Scottish Institute for Enterprise), which helped make Inverted a reality.
We have been incredibly fortunate with the stream of qualified instructors who contacted us, wanting to be a part of our Inverted team. So it gives us great pleasure to introduce these individuals to you now…
Theo Robertson has a background in bodybuilding and rock climbing, and has been pole dancing for almost 4 years. A qualified Flex Academy Instructor under Jambo Truong, Theo is also the winner of Mr Pole Scotland 2014 and the Male winner at the Edinburgh Pole Competition 2014. He is an international pole competition judge and also competes on a national level himself. Theo combines his passion for fitness nutrition, anatomy and physiology with floor dance in order to encompass an all-round understanding of the human body.
At INVERTED, Theo is responsible for the Management.
HIS DAY JOB: Theo currently studies dance at the Scottish School for Contemporary Dance.
Ritti Soncco comes from a large theater family and has been training in the circus world for almost 10 years. She received her qualification as a circus pedagogue from the JOJO School for Arts and Theater in Germany (2013), has taught acrobatics and aerials to children, adolescents and adults in Peru, Germany and Scotland. She founded the Acrobatics and Aerials department within in the Circus Society of the University of Aberdeen in 2014. Ritti is passionate about establishing a social circus department with theatrical elements for at-risk youth. She has trained under Fred Deb’, Sarah Bebe Holmes (Paperdoll Militia) and Serenity Smith Forchion (Cirque du Soleil).
At INVERTED, Ritti is responsible for Public Relations.
HER DAY JOB: Ritti studies Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen
Elsie Liontou has training as a professional ballerina: she began dancing at age 3 and competing at age 10. Her classical ballet group was twice awarded the First Position in Greek ballet. Elsie began pole dancing in 2011 and training aerials in 2014. Her passion for dance is leading her to explore forms of fusion between ballet and aerial dance.
At INVERTED, Elsie is in charge of Management of Aerial and Pole Department, Finances and Interior Design. She is also a certified Aerial Silks and Hoop Instructor teaching Intermediate/Advanced Aerial Hoop, Intermediate/Advanced Silks, Partner Acrobatics and Kids Classes from ages 18 months till 18 years old.
HER DAY JOB: Elsie is a Lead General Dentist in Aberdeen
Natalie first became interested in pole fitness in 2007; in 2010 she became an instructor as she wanted to pass on her knowledge and passion for pole. Natalie loves teaching and watching how students develop and grow in their experience of pole. She has trained with some of the best pole dancing professionals and strives to continue her development and understanding within pole dancing and stretching.
Natalie has an exercise to music qualification for group fitness, and is a PDC approved instructor.
HER DAY JOB: She is an Office Manager and proud mother of 2
Cherie started pole dancing for a bit of fun nearly 6 years ago & became hooked straight away. She began instructing nearly 3 years ago & loves seeing students grow in confidence & find their own style.
Cherie was the Miss Pole Scotland Instructor Winner 2013 & has trained with the following professional polers: Pantera, Bendy Kate, Sarah Scott, Jess Leanne Norris, Natasha Wang, Eva Bembo & Kristy Sellars.
HER DAY JOB: Cherie works on document control for the Oil & Gas industr
Kirsty joined our amazing team of instructors after starting pole 4 years ago at Inverted and finding the pole bug. She is a whole bundle of energy and joy and brings that to her classes! Kirsty has a dance background and loves incorporating different dance styles into her pole training routines. It wasn’t long after starting pole that she was performing in our studio showcases and this lead to her competing in competitions; winning the Scottish heats of Authentics Pole Dance Competition in 2019 before going one to win the intermediate category at Authentics 2019, winning the semi pro category at Floorplay 2019 and not only winning MMPS 2019 (Miss & Mister Pole Scotland) in the intermediate category but also winning best choreography! She loves to bring a story to life through dance and if you are someone looking to bring contemporary, commercial or jazz styles to your pole or aerial training then make sure you hit her up! She loves seeing her students learning and progressing and coming out of their shell and is an advocate for empowering yourself and loving yourself through dance.
At Inverted, you will find Kirsty teaching floorwork, pole choreography, pole dancing for our level 1 and 2 students and circus movement kids classes.
Marisa is one of our new instructors but has quickly settled into the Inverted studio. A self taught poler who started her own pole studio in Thailand before moving back and settling down in Aberdeen. She is known for her bendy and flexible poses and enjoys exploring new ways to push her body into interesting shapes!
She loves to share her students successes, seeing them progress and achieving those little wins when they make progress.
At Inverted, you will find her teaching strength/flexibility and pole intermediate/advanced.
HULA HOOP, AERIAL HOOP & SILKS
Having had an interest in juggling and object manipulation from her late teens, Rachel progressed from poi and juggling to the hula hoop in 2009 after an impromptu purchase from Oddballs in Camden and found her passion. Self-taught in the beginning stages, she subsequently learnt from Sandra “Safire” Somerville and Brecken through HoopCity
Rach’s debut hoop video can be found on Vimeo and upon release was featured on both HoopCity and Hooping.org
HER DAY JOB: Project Coordinator in the Oil and Gas Industry
Mary was one of our eager students who went from strength to strength and joined our team as one of our aerial hoop instructors and assists in our kids classes! She comes from a martial arts background and as well as aerials, she is very active in training for the Strongman competitions. We have loved seeing her getting stronger and stronger and it’s really shown through in her aerial training! She has been trained at Inverted but has also been active in external workshops and conventions which has allowed her to be trained by some fantastic instructors outwith Aberdeen!
She loves the power of performing and telling stories through her routines and has been a regular performer in our studio showcases, as well as external showcases such as Cirqulation and external Inverted performances. As well as performing in aerial hoop and partner acrobatics, she’s hoping to start performing in aerial straps in the near future!
At Inverted, she teaches aerial hoop and assists with our kids classes in the studio.
Natalie started aerial hoop in August 2016. Within a few months she knew she wanted to become an instructor. She is qualified to intermediate aerial hoop, beginner hammock and foundation silks level. She loves to come up with exciting transitions and teaching them to students. In the near future she hopes to get further qualifications in aerial hammock and silks.
Aside from teaching and training, she is a keen performer. She has performed in several live & online showcases, including Carnival of Carnage.
At Inverted, you can find Natalie teaching intermediate aerial hoop.
Megan started aerial hoop in late 2015 as a fun way to exercise after a couple of surgeries took her away from judo. It didn’t take long before she fell in love with being upside down and she qualified as a beginner hoop instructor in 2019.
Megan enjoys creating interesting conditioning exercises, drops and rolls and anything that includes a back bend.
At Inverted, you will find Megan teaching beginners aerial hoop.
Kris first started Pole Dancing 4 years ago looking for something interesting to do, and completed workshops with Pantera Blacksmith, Felicity Logan, Marlo Fisken & Kenneth Kao. While she still very much admires Pole Dancing, after her first taste of Aerial Hoop 3 years ago, she was hooked. The opportunities to train Aerials in Aberdeen were very limited then, until Inverted came along and her obsession with all things Hoop & Trapeze intensified. Life truly is better upside down.
Kris has a background in hating sport till her thirties – until she took up Aerial & Snowboarding! She hopes this is proof that absolutely anyone can start these disciplines at any age, with any range of ability; and that with dedication you can achieve things you never thought possible.
As well as training within Inverted, she has completed the Nimle Arts intensive teacher training course in 2017, the Paper Doll Militia aerial training retreat in Greece in 2019, trained under Kalina Suter to develop her dance trapeze skills and looking to complete her dance trapeze course in 2021.
HER DAY JOB: Cost Controller
Dave joined us at Inverted when he moved up to Aberdeen and quickly became a knowledgeable and eager student with his previous aerial and acrobatic experience. He became an instructor in trapeze (Beginners/intermediate) and partner acrobatics but his involvement with Inverted goes beyond teaching. Whether it’s helping with rigging, assisting with open sessions, setting up the lighting for our studio showcases or fixing and repairing bits and bobs around the studio, Dave is usually kept very busy!
He has been active in the performance side of circus over a variety of disciplines and both with performances inside of our studio and externally for a number of events! He enjoys going to aerial and acrobatic conventions to further his learning and training and loves taking the fun skills and tricks back to the studio to show off and teach!
YOGA & AERIAL YOGA
Cathy has a background in martial arts and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She became a certified CYS yoga teacher in 2009 with experience in Hatha, Vinyasa + Ashtanga yoga. She has studied with and attended workshops with John Scott, David Keil, Kino McGregor, Matthew Sweeney, David Garrigues & Jambo Truong. Cathy also has an interest in anatomy which informs her yoga teaching and practice.
In 2011 she came home with an aerial yoga hammock after her first workshop and has been hooked ever since, becoming an aerial instructor the following year.