Saara is one of our founding members and has been instructing for over one and a half years now. She has been training for about six years now and glides around the pole with grace built up over the years. This spring she instructs the Stretching class. You can also spot her in our shows!
When she's not on the pole Saara studies media and communications. On her free time she likes to read blogs and spend time with her family and friends. She's also considering attending a painting course this autumn!
Jenny took up pole dancing a year and a half ago with us at Otanko. Due to her strong background in dancing and yoga she has great control over her body and has progressed rapidly in poling. Quite quickly she started instructing our stretching classes and has gone on to be in charge of the Pole Strength and Spin Pole classes. Jenny graduated from energy engineering last spring.
Jenny is currently working in her own field. When she's not she enjoys cooking vegetarian food and tasting raw cakes.
Sara has been with Otanko since the classes started, first as a student and now as an instructor and our president. She has her strongest background in CrossFit, which she still trains in, though she has done everything form ballet to horseback riding prior to poling!
This semester Sara is in charge of our Choreo Class. As a board member she can also be spotted in many of AYY's events representing Otanko! When she's doing nothing sports related Sara studies industrial engineering and management.
Jaakko found pole dancing during his exchange year in Scotland. He had a lot of fun and made a bunch of friends. His goal is to make that kind of experiences possible with us at Otanko as well. At the moment he's reaching for this goal as the treasurer of Otanko after being president last year. This semester Jaakko instructs one of the Technique Class Beginners.
Before Jaakko started pole dancing he was a keen climber and he still goes for it once in a while. At the university Jaakko studies Engineering Physics.
Juho has been pole dancing with a laid back attitude for almost two years now. He is a prior board member and, as a flexible person, acts as a substitute instructor for our classes. He's a sixth-year environmental engineering student one unwritten thesis away from graduating.
For Juho, primitive life of a summer cottage surrounded by nature is the most relaxing environment. Therefore Juho jumps on every chance to visit his family's summer cottage. His other interests include video and role playing games, (cheap) fantasy literature and sailing.
Matilda got excited of pole dancing, or pole fitness as she learned to call it during her exchange semester in London last autumn, at the first sport experiment hosted by us. She has been training with us ever since. With a strong and versatile background in athletics, especially running, and ballet she picked poling up quickly and is now in charge of one of the TC Beginners.
At Aalto Matilda studies industrial engineering and management. In addition to sports, she is keen on seeing musicals and loves eating good breakfast.
Maija discovered pole dancing almost two years ago. She had no idea what it exactly was, but decided to go try together with her friend. The more she danced, the more she started to love it and now she is completely hooked. Maija is the freshest face of our instructors and will be instructing the Intermediate Technique Class this spring.
When Maija is not dancing, she usually hangs out with her friends or does yoga. Sometimes she also tries to study and she majors in molecular biology at the University of Helsinki.
There are also a couple other instructors, Chrisu, Eini and Sini who don't, unfortunately, have time to take their very own class this semester. You might still run into them at the association room or our other events and shows. Furthermore, they might fill-in if one of the regular instructors is ill or otherwise unable to make it to their class some time. Go say hi if you spot them, they'll be happy to help you if needed!