Courtney L'amour has been working in the entertainment and dance industries for over 13 years. She's worked and toured in such places as NZ, Australia, New Caledonia and South Africa. She opened one of the very first pole dancing schools in NZ over 10 years ago and has been teaching burlesque and burlesque fitness classes for many years. She was part of the first neo burlesque troupe in Wellington, called the Sisters of Strangelove and runs her own award winning burlesque cabaret dance troupe called Les Folies de L'amour.
Courtney performs at festivals and shows around NZ and overseas and teaches workshops and classes. She is the creator and organiser of such successful shows as The Burlesque Masquerade Ball, Cabaret L'amour and Burlesque Baby.
She has won "Peoples Choice Award" and "Contribution to NZ Burlesque" in the New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2014.
Carina has a background in competitive gymnastics as well as being a gymnastics coach. She has been rock climbing since 2011 and took her first pole dancing class in January 2013. She loves that pole dancing challenges you, not only physically, but creatively as well. Due to her background in sports, her dedication and passion as a student, she quickly progressed to become an instructor and performer. She loves passing on her knowledge and love for this sport to her students and enjoys watching them grow as people and as fellow pole dancers.
I have been pole dancing for about 5 years and teaching for about 4 of those. It started as just a hobby and turned into a major passion that has transformed my life.
I train for Pole fitness as many times a week as possible, I love free-styling and also train Calisthenics workouts at the gym; and in my spare time I love to do yoga.
I am currently taking some time off for the pregnancy of my first child and hope to return as soon as I can.
-NZPC 2011 finalist
-NZAPP competitor 2011, 2012, 2013
-MPDNZ finalist: 3rd place in the Semi-pro division and overall best costume winner
-Have performed in local pole shows in the Wellington pole scene (The Pole Room) and with the Black Sabbath cover band 'Sabbra Cadabbra' at the Misty Mountain music festival 2014.
Have done workshops with/in the following:
- Nadia Shariff
- Anastasia Skukhtorova
- 'That pole guy'
- Carlie Hunter
- Bendy Kate
- Derick Pierson
- Suzie Q and Toby
- Amy Richardson
- Karry Summers
- Bonnie Black
- Anastasia Ilevia
- Burlesque with Tanya Drewry
- Contortion with Mim
- Handbalancing with Miguel
- Aerial Yoga
- Lyra with Doug
- Bootay with Trillian
I have been doing pole fitness since 2010 and started teaching 2012.
I have had experience with yoga, bikram yoga, pilates ,zumba and I used to love climbing trees all the time when I was younger. I have also tried circus fit conditioning to help build my knowledge.
I search out different exercises and stretches to help me progress and to teach to the students of stretch and conditioning .
I have performed a few times, my stage name is Lil Miss Strange.
I have also done workshops with Pantera, Bonnie Black, Marlo, Nadia Sharif, Carley Hunter, Karry Summers and Derick Pierson just to name a few.