which is based in Wellington "KAOS" -
"Kaos Aerial Arts,is where fitness meets circus!
They are Wellington’s Premier Academy for Pole dancing/fitness classes, aerial arts and much more!
Kaos is all about having fun, being challenged and learning amazing new skills while you get fit.
Come and have a go at this fantastic fun way to work out!"
Julia Harris is the head honcho at KAOS and she has been learning pole fitness for 6 years and teaching for 5 years. She started out of curiousity and quickly developed a great love for the sport. Training with international pole champions such as Pantera, Jamilla DeVille, Chelle Hafner, Zahra & Stacey, Kim, Rafaela Montanaro, Nadia Sharif and Natasha Wang has taught Julia a lot about technique and safety. Julia has also trained as a fitness consultant and personal trainer to further her understanding of the body and how it functions when exercising. This has helped with both learning and teaching pole fitness.(How awesome is that..! - Rob )
Mei was my point of contact for the team so when I arrived on the day of the shoot it was great to see her there, and also Katie's smiling face who was also a competitor from the NZAPP.
I have to admit as a photographer I felt honoured walking in there as its essentially a changing room so most were 'between costumes' shall we say,and all greeted my with a typical "Hey Rob".
I had blended successfully into the background.. was great to be welcomed as one of the team.
Quickly I distracted myself and started setting up the camera gear.. ha ha ha..
Now for those of you who haven't ever tried to haul yourself up a jungle gym in the past few years you might get a bit of a shock at how incredibly difficult it is to physically do these sorts of moves,and I can assure you these girls are not only strong but they are tough...!
As I ran around trying to capture the girls pole moves I was in awe of their sheer strength and agility and in Kapi's case outrageous flexibility..!!
Kapi is featured in the image above,which in no way demonstrates her uncanny ability to put her feet behind her head and all sorts,And Kapi isn't the only one,all the girls are amazing.
I even cracked out an attempt at doing the splits myself after all these years.. it was far cry from my flexibility of old.
We had some great laughs and chatted as I shot them in action,day was capped off with a nice warm cup of Hot Chocolate thanks to KAOS boss Julia..
Thanks Julia and thanks to Mei for organising the day.
Great fun with awesome folks.
Regards Rob Wilson