Joanna Nicholas (Pole)

Joanna Nicholas (Pole) posted on 28th Sep 2018

We are excited to welcome Dr Joanna Nicholas to the Core Fusion team.

Joanna is our resident DR with a phD in Pole Dance research
She has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, consultant, and presenter, including 6 years as the head lecturer at the Australian Institute of Fitness (Western Australia). She started dancing in her early teens training in in classical ballet, contemporary, ballroom, Latin, and jazz. In her early twenties she discovered pole dancing and fell in love with everything about it. Since 2006 she has worn the hats of pole instructor, performer, competitor, studio manager, and sees herself as a lifelong student.

As a dance and exercise scientist, she is interested in understanding the science of pole dancing as a form of physical activity. The overall aim of her research is to build foundation knowledge on the psychological (participation motives and outcomes), physiological (metabolic and cardiovascular demand, fitness and body composition changes) and injury-related characteristics of pole dancing. The outcomes of this research will assist in educating the community, health professionals and studio owners on the associated benefits, limitations and risks of pole dancing; plus serve as a platform for future research to be conducted in the areas of pole dancing psychology, physiology, and injury prevention.