Meridian pilates studio

KT Coates

Vertical Dance Coordinator and Head Instructor

KT Coates is the owner of Vertical Dance and the creator of the Vertical Dance Workout Training Program, the winner of the IPC contribution to the industry award 2012, the President of the International Pole Sports Federation, The Chair of Pole Sports UK,  a Level 5 PDC certified instructor and a  Level 3 REPs instructor. She has been in the pole industry for over 16 years and is one of the pole industries pioneers and leading authorities in pole fitness and instructor training programs. She has helped to raise the profile of pole fitness and more importantly  health and safety standards within the pole industry. She is responsible for the push to get Pole Sports into the Olympics and for getting pole sports officially recognised as a sport. KT has created the UK’s first fully comprehensive insurance package the covers pole and aerial skills.

The Vertical Dance Pole Instructors Certification is recognised worldwide. Her courses are endorsed by ACE, AFAA, CANFITPRO, REPS, Skills Active, PDC, IPDFA and the PFA. Her training programs have certified over 1000 instructors across the globe and courses are endorsed by schools and insurance companies worldwide.

KT, has worked alongside competition and event organisers as well as the leading national and international federations, associations and leaders within the pole industry to create the first rules, regulations and scoring system, which have aligned with Olympic standards.

KT has trained some of the world top instructors, performers and celebrities as well as touring the world teaching pole. KT has performed pole with the Rolling Stones, in movies, commercials, as well as teaching pole to celebrities and thousands of students.  She has worked tirelessly to gain recognition and respect for pole for many years and has worked alongside the PFA and the IPDFA in creating a unified list of moves and assists with PDC regulations. KT is a qualified Gymnastics Judge and has judges Pole Competitions all over the world.  KT has worked alongside the PFA and the IPDFA in creating a unified list of pole moves.

KT is continually seeking to educate herself so that she can pass on the wealth of knowledge and understanding she has gained in pole fitness. She currently holds qualifications in the UK and USA in Group Exercise, Pre and Postnatal Exercise, Injury Prevention, Shoulder stabilization, Kids Fitness, advanced flexibility and free style yoga. She has written 5 certification programs, teaches trapeze and is the cocreator of Tri-Fly Fitness Aerial Fitness Instructor Training Program and DVD series and the Vertical Dance DVD series.