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THE STUDIO

INSIDE our
STUDIO

From the moment you walk into our studio, your experience begins. Our 10,000+ square foot space features five studios, hundreds of classes, renowned instructors, custom equipment, the B&P shop, common spaces and familiar faces. Located in the heart of Chelsea, B&P sets the standard for aerial sports in NYC and beyond.

Reception Desk in our Store Front

Retail and Merchandise in our Store Front

Ground Floor Lounge and Ground Studio Entrance

Ground Floor Lounge and Ground Studio Entrance

Ground Floor Stairwell

2nd Floor Lounge Area and Stairwell

2nd Floor Lounge Area and Stairwell

2nd Floor Lounge Area and Stairwell

2nd Floor Front Studio Entrance, Sitting Area, Logo Wall

2nd Floor Co-Ed Changing Room

2nd Floor Co-Ed Changing Room: Lockers and Cubbies

2nd Floor Co-Ed Changing Cubicles and Lockers

Basement Co-Ed Changing Room

Basement Co-Ed Changing Room

ABOUT our METHOD

Every time you practice at Body & Pole, you will learn something new and beautiful. Our classes follow a rigorous, proven methodology that is designed to not just foster progress and development, but to accelerate it. So that when you walk into a class and think I can’t do that, you walk out 90 minutes later thinking what’s next? With over 180 weekly classes, we offer the most comprehensive aerial curriculum, anywhere.

The TEAM

Our leadership and instructors are the soul of Body & Pole. Distinguished members of the international aerial community, these competitors, trendsetters, and acclaimed artists, are passionate educators. Certified and trained in multiple modalities, they share their experience with the local B&P community, giving our clientele unparalleled access to a wide spectrum of expertise.

WORK, STUDY, SOAR

We believe in the transformative power of aerial. Our work-study program offers the opportunity for people who are serious about pursuing aerial dance on a deeper level to learn from the best. Whether you want to compete, teach or switch careers, this year-long program will help you evolve to meet your goals.

WORK, STUDY, SOAR

We believe in the transformative power of aerial. Our work-study program offers the opportunity for people who are serious about pursuing aerial dance on a deeper level to learn from the best. Whether you want to compete, teach or switch careers, this year-long program will help you evolve to meet your goals.

The B&P STORY

Long before Body & Pole had a physical home, the roots of its existence were formed. A passion for dance and expression lived inside both co-founders Kyra Johannesen and Lian Tal Lebret from early childhood. However, this passion led each down very different paths. Kyra to pursue a professional career in dance. And Lian first the Israeli army, then to a career as a video editor. 

The pair met in 2006 as teacher and student. At that time, Kyra had already developed a widely popular pole dance program at a large NYC gym chain. Lian happened to be there taking a yoga class one day. She left midway out of frustration and noticed there was a pole dance class happening at the same time. The students looked strong and graceful. But more importantly, they looked like they were having a blast. She made a mental note to return the following week. She thought, ‘Why not take a chance?’

She did return and found herself inside Kyra’s classroom. She discovered there was a surprising substance behind its initial allure. The class was extremely difficult while still being addictively fun. Strength and ability once unimaginable now seemed within reach. She was hooked.

Lian soon began teaching out of her apartment. Word spread and before she knew it, she had dozens of regulars lined up. Demand was so high she decided to rent a small room in an existing yoga studio in Nolita in December of 2009. At that point, Lian knew she could not continue growing Body & Pole without Kyra by her side. And together, on New Year’s Eve of that same year, they knocked down a wall and expanded the tiny space. 

Their combined talents and skillsets led to a unique partnership, and in April 2010, Body & Pole found a home all its own in a single room studio located on 5th Avenue. From the moment they first opened their doors, classes were at capacity for months out. It was then they realized, they were building something bigger than a pole dance studio. They were impacting lives by providing a space where self-discovery through aerial dance was possible, and attracting highly gifted instructors to help lead the transformation. They were going to need more space.

Finally, in January 2012 Body & Pole moved to its current Chelsea location and added aerial classes to the schedule. In 2013, they expanded to take over the building’s storefront and basement floors. Body & Pole had grown from a small home-run pole practice to the largest pole and aerial dance studio in NYC located in the heart of Chelsea in a sprawling 10,000 square foot space. Bringing together some of the most talented pole dancers and aerialists in the world. Building a community of athletes and artists. Equipped to bring anyone willing to walk through its doors along for the ride. 

Through this journey they have found that aerial is a sport, an art, but also something more, it's a medium for change - this change starts within and who knows where it will go. 

The B&P STORY

Long before Body & Pole had a physical home, the roots of its existence were formed. A passion for dance and expression lived inside both co-founders Kyra Johannesen and Lian Tal Lebret from early childhood. However, this passion led each down very different paths. Kyra to pursue a professional career in dance. And Lian first the Israeli army, then to a career as a video editor. 

The pair met in 2006 as teacher and student. At that time, Kyra had already developed a widely popular pole dance program at a large NYC gym chain. Lian happened to be there taking a yoga class one day. She left midway out of frustration and noticed there was a pole dance class happening at the same time. The students looked strong and graceful. But more importantly, they looked like they were having a blast. She made a mental note to return the following week. She thought, ‘Why not take a chance?’

She did return and found herself inside Kyra’s classroom. She discovered there was a surprising substance behind its initial allure. The class was extremely difficult while still being addictively fun. Strength and ability once unimaginable now seemed within reach. She was hooked.

Lian soon began teaching out of her apartment. Word spread and before she knew it, she had dozens of regulars lined up. Demand was so high she decided to rent a small room in an existing yoga studio in Nolita in December of 2009. At that point, Lian knew she could not continue growing Body & Pole without Kyra by her side. And together, on New Year’s Eve of that same year, they knocked down a wall and expanded the tiny space. 

Their combined talents and skillsets led to a unique partnership, and in April 2010, Body & Pole found a home all its own in a single room studio located on 5th Avenue. From the moment they first opened their doors, classes were at capacity for months out. It was then they realized, they were building something bigger than a pole dance studio. They were impacting lives by providing a space where self-discovery through aerial dance was possible, and attracting highly gifted instructors to help lead the transformation. They were going to need more space.

Finally, in January 2012 Body & Pole moved to its current Chelsea location and added aerial classes to the schedule. In 2013, they expanded to take over the building’s storefront and basement floors. Body & Pole had grown from a small home-run pole practice to the largest pole and aerial dance studio in NYC located in the heart of Chelsea in a sprawling 10,000 square foot space. Bringing together some of the most talented pole dancers and aerialists in the world. Building a community of athletes and artists. Equipped to bring anyone willing to walk through its doors along for the ride. 

Through this journey they have found that aerial is a sport, an art, but also something more, it's a medium for change - this change starts within and who knows where it will go.