Exclusive Interview with Tracey Simmonds: Pole Fitness Instructor and Performer

Exclusive Interview with Tracey Simmonds: Pole Fitness Instructor and Performer
Written by Vertical Wise

Get ready to meet Tracey Simmonds, a renowned Pole Fitness Instructor and Performer from the UK. With over 10 years of experience, Tracey has made a significant impact on the pole dancing community. In this interview, she shares insights into her career, performing experiences, accomplishments, coaching philosophy, and her vision for the future of pole dancing.

Tracey Simmonds Introduction

Tracey Simmonds is a Pole Fitness Instructor and Pole Performer from the UK with over 10 years of experience. She is the co-founder of the SA Pole Sports Federation (SAPSF) which strives to uphold and promote a positive image of Pole Sports through education, events, performances and pole fitness competitions in South Africa. Moreover, Tracey is the creator of four Pole Fitness instructional DVDs. The trilogy ‘A Comprehensive Guide to Pole Dance’ from 2009.

Tracey we would wholeheartedly like to thank you for accepting our invitation and honouring us with your interview that is hosted here on Vertical Wise. What brought you to pole dancing?

I read a magazine article about pole dancing classes in London back in 2005. It is funny to think that is was what started my career!

What is your performing experience like? How long have you been performing?

In 2006, even before I began teaching, I took my first steps into the world of performance. From parties to clubs, theatres to corporate shows, music videos to TV shows, and even films (including a notable role in Madonna’s 2007 production, Filth and Wisdom), my dance journey took me to various stages and screens. One of the most unforgettable moments was being one of the opening solo acts for the iconic Dita von Teese at London Erotica, where I performed in front of a mesmerized audience of thousands. The exhilaration and energy in that moment were truly unbeatable!

Tracey Simmonds

Filth and Wisdom April 2007_madonna film


What is your biggest accomplishment in pole dancing?

My branch of ‘The Pole Studio’ in South Africa.

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to success?

A really thorough warm-up and persistence on the things I want to achieve.

What is your diet like?

I eat much more than the average small person. I hate to train when I am hungry.

What is your coaching philosophy?

I hope that I instil values such as patience, consistency and personal creativity in the people I work with.

What are your future goals?

Developing pole sports and pole fitness. Create educational programmes in pole fitness in Europe and South Africa.

Tracey Simmonds

Where do you see pole dancing in 10 years?

I hope that pole fitness teaching will be more highly evolved in terms of standards. I foresee that competitive pole sports will become even more popular, with many more countries competing at a high level.

What will you change to make the pole dancing experience/community better?

I think that some studios are not teaching safely. I would like to see more certified and experienced teachers working from a specified minimum knowledge base. This does not have to cost any teachers their sense of being unique. Standards do not have to be limiting or prescribe a particular pole style. The more professional we can be (as a community), the more respect we can gain.

If we asked you to provide a training tip or advice to our readers, what that would be?

A complex movement is just a number of simple movements all put together. Break everything down and only focus on one thing at a time. Reward yourself for every small improvement you make. I generally like to sum every situation up with a corny analogy like, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. But it’s true! It takes patience and dedication to reach goals worth attaining.


Tracey’s passion for pole fitness has driven her to create educational programs, promote pole sports, and strive for excellence in teaching. Her dedication to safety and professionalism within the community is evident, and she hopes to see the industry evolve with higher standards and increased respect. With her valuable training tips and advice, Tracey inspires readers to break down complex movements and celebrate every small improvement along their pole fitness journey.

Thank you, Tracey!

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Vertical Wise

Vertical Wise is an international website dedicated to supporting and promoting the world of pole dancing and aerial fitness. Our mission is to spread awareness, share knowledge, and celebrate the incredible artistry and athleticism of these disciplines. Join us as we connect enthusiasts, athletes, and professionals from around the globe, fostering a vibrant community that inspires and empowers individuals to reach new heights in their fitness journey.

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