Julie is the founder of Vertical Vixen, co-founder of the Pole Sports Federation of South Africa and owner of the brand Aerial Yoga.

Julie started her career in fitness in 2005. On returning from the UK she signed up for pole dance and Bikram yoga classes hoping to shed some unwanted weight gained during her travels. 15 Years later, she is still hooked as she found her passion in pole. In 2011 Julie decided to turn her passion into a full time endeavour and has not looked back.

Julie has a collection of competition titles to date but the most recent from 2018. Julie took 1st place as SA’s Pole Sports Champion at the SA National Pole Sports Competition in May 2018, in the Elite Division. This qualified her to compete at the World Pole Sports Championship in Spain 2018. She took part in the World Pole Sports Championship, traveling there with the rest of the South African team. Her final placing in the Women’s Elite Pole Sport Division in 2018 was 22nd, moving up from her placement of 35th after the National event earlier that year.

Julie took a break from competing at the end of 2018 into 2019 and welcomed her baby boy Jackson into the world.

Julie is back teaching classes and is committed to sharing her passion for all things pole with her students. One of the the most satisfying moments for her as an instructor include watching the transformation that her students undergo as they become more confident, more self assured and happier within their bodies and with themselves.

‘Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.’ Oprah Winfrey