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 Aerial Hoop, Intermediate/Advanced Silks, Partner Acrobatics and Kids Classes.
HER DAY JOB: Elsie is a 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
Emma began dancing in 2011, as she was looking for something more challenging than other fitness classes she had tried. Since then she has definitely caught the dancing bug, performing in 2 competitions, and also training with top pole professionals including Pantera Blacksmith, Bendy Kate, Jess Leanne Norris, Felicity Logan, Natasha Wang, Kristy Sellars and Marlo Fisken.
In 2014, she decided to become an assistant instructor, helping out in Beginner classes. She loves watching beginners come out of their shells week after week and become more confident in themselves (she used to be shy herself!).
Emma’s favourite thing about pole dancing is that there is always a challenge to overcome, whether it’s a new move, new combination, or dancing in heels!
HER DAY JOB: She is a Document Controller within the Oil and Gas sector
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 industry
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
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. She hopes to keep developing herself, especially after being given the opportunity to shadow teach Trapeze at Inverted in April 2016. This is still very new, and Kris hopes with time to improve her skills in this area and help others fall in love with flying, and all the positive effects it can have on your life.
HER DAY JOB: Cost Controller
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.