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This is not just about POLE. This is about BUSINESS.
About the International Pole Industry Association

Vision: A successful, inclusive and sustainable pole industry.

Mission: To protect and positively impact the business interests of the entire pole business community.

This includes any and all people that make a living or a portion of their living through pole such as pole-related service, product and event businesses; studio owners; sex workers/strippers; performers and teachers.

Tagline: This is not just about pole. This is about business.

The International Pole Industry Association (IPIA) is lead by Executive Director, Colleen Jolly. Colleen has been working in the pole industry for six years as a teacher, studio owner, performer, competitor and owner of a pole-related business. She has extensive non-profit experience through her work leading the boards of APMP and CHAW and has 21 years of for-profit, international business experience. She is passionate about the business of pole.

The board of the IPIA is made up of volunteers within the pole industry community. Each board member serves for a 2-year term. The board will meet virtually, quarterly. The first board has been appointed and their bios are below.

In 2021, the board will expand another 6 seats for a full board of 12 + the Executive Director (13 total). Those board members will be voted on by the IPIA membership.

Meet the 2020-2022 Board!

Irina Pestova, Board Member

Irina Pestova (she/her) has been pole dancing for 13 years and teaching pole for 10 years. She previously owned Sugar Dance pole studio in NY and currently is the founder and content director of pole business @123poling.com_pole_tutorials , teaching thousands…

Doneshia ‘Egypt Shari’ Crowder, Board Member

Doneshia 'Egypt Shari' Crowder (she/her) has been a pole performer for 16+ years, starting as a SWer dancer. She built her career on the mainstream stages of Las Vegas and performs regularly in nightclubs and with numerous musical artists including…

Jax Spencer, Board Member

Jax Spencer (she/her) is a self-taught pole dancer with 13+ years experience on the pole and is the owner of The Pole Academy in Greenville, South Carolina. She found pole happily by accident as an exotic dancer and has been…

Kate E. Gaga, Board Member

Kate E. Gaga (they/them) is an experienced performer, pole artist, and professional educator; as well as the founder and owner of Ascension Pole and Dance in Boise, Idaho, USA. While spending just over a decade in a career that included…

Nova Caine, Board Member

Madame Nova Caine (she/her) is a Sex Worker/Stripper Advocate with 13 years of experience in the Sex Industry Owner of Nova Caine Dances, Llc "Helping push a change of narrative of Sex Work, in the Pole Industry and society." Connect…

Virgil Avery, Board Member

Virgil Avery (he/him) is the first black male pole studio owner in the world. He runs @foxyfitnessandpole in NY and NJ and is the talent manager for their lead, award-winning instructors @foxyashleyfox and @yumiko.harris . Virgil is also the pole…

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