US Pole Sports Federation Committee

Executive Committee:

President – Summer Vyne

Summer is currently the Innovation Technology Director of a international technology company and the owner of Bittersweet Studios out of Florida. Summer began her pole and aerial journey in 2010. Summer has competed in multiple pole competitions and enjoys performing with her entertainment company BSweet Entertainment. Summer leads a competition team out of Jacksonville, Florida and loves to teach/choreograph routines in the aerial discipline. She is certified and has had professional training by several pole and aerial organizations along with being a certified International POSA Head Judge and the USA Official Master Trainer. She loves teaching aerials and pole; and is an AFAA, elevatED, and Bokwa certified fitness instructor.

Vice-President – Allison Sipes

Allison Sipes was a National Junior Olympic gymnast and trained in professional dance as a child. She is now an ACE and AFAA certified group fitness instructor, an international performer and instructor, and an entrepreneur. Allison is an X-Pole Sponsored Athlete, a USPDF Pro and has recently placed 3rd in the Miss Pole Dance America 2015 competition. She is the founder of, Aerius Fitness Training, the Florida Pole Fitness Championship, Foxy Kleen, and Her classes focus on combining dance, spins, aerial tricks and flexibility training from beginner through advanced levels. Allison not only brings her professional competition experience but also her classical dance and gymnastics expertise from her over 20 years of training to create a unique teaching environment.

schannon Secretary General – Schannon Hester

Schannon has been involved in competitive sports since childhood. She first competed and performed as a gymnast for many years, and then began training in Tae Kwon Do. She received her black belt, and won silver medals in both forms and sparring in the Junior Olympics. Schannon became involved in pole in 2009 and started competing in 2011. She opened the Richmond, VA branch of Pole Pressure in 2013 and is excited to be helping to bring pole to a wider audience in her area. Schannon is also a nationally certified International Pole Sports Federation Judge.

  Accounting – RW Wealth

RW Wealth is a CPA and Registered Investment Adviser Firm located in Florida.  The two senior partners, Hal Ringeisen and Dan Worrell have been practicing together for 25 years. RW Wealth provides professional money management and financial planning services for individual investors and businesses.  In addition, RW Wealth provides comprehensive accounting and income tax services year round for both individuals and businesses. One of our specialties is small business support including, QuickBooks consulting, cloud and collaborative accounting, investment portfolio management and retirement planning.

Kira Zander  Co-Marketing Chair – Kira Zander

Kira grew up participating in competitive cheerleading, gymnastics and dance.  She decided to try pole fitness classes in an attempt to reconnect with the sports she loved so much growing up. Almost 4 years later, she loves pole fitness and the pole community more than ever. She believes pole is empowering and helps participants gain strength and confidence both on and off the pole! Kira is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on local government and non-governmental organizations.

   Athlete Chair – Kristen Pafford

Kristen is currently a Quality Assurance Analyst for an international company providing IT Solutions for the Healthcare industry for the last 20 years. She has a BS in Computer Information Systems Technology from the University of North in Jacksonville, FL. She is a POSA Certified Judge and is passionate about Pole Sport, assisting any way she can to help further this challenging sport and its eventual future in the Olympics.

Marketing Chair – Kasey Valdivia

Kasey has been a lover of dance and fitness since she was a child. In the spring of 2012 her journey of Pole & Aerial began when she opened her first Vertical Pole Studio location in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Falling in love with the sport and the community, she followed her passion along with her entrepreneurial spirit and opened an additional three studio locations in cities that did not offer Pole & Aerial. Currently residing in Navarre Beach, Florida, Kasey loves to teach and train others in Pole Fitness, Dance, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Fabric, and Choreography. Kasey is an active member in the Pole & Aerial community, and loves helping others reach their goals. She is certified and has been trained by numerous professional pole and aerial organizations throughout her career. Along with being a studio owner, Instructor, and Master Trainer, she is also a Business Consultant to other studio owners across the country, a Presidential Director with Body by VI, and helped launch the new sister company LIV. Kasey not only brings her energetic personality and charisma to help the US Pole Sports Federation for the future endeavors but over 25 years of sales and marketing skills.

 Education Director – Rafaela Montanaro

Rafaela was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, into a family of athletes. Her mom was a long distance runner and sprinter, while her dad was a volleyball player. She stated her career on the young age of 3, when she was taken to her first gymnastics class. She then went on to compete several times in the Brazilian national competition. Then at the age of 11 she moved to Oklahoma for better training opportunities. Unfortunately, the following year she suffered a bad knee injury and decided it was time to give up gymnastics. Rafaela then dedicated herself to different styles of dance and a few different sports, but missed the acrobatic side. Therefore, at the age of 16 she joined the local circus school. At 17 she was accepted at the prestigious Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque in France. But due to family issues, she only got to attend the school for 1 year. She then trained Kung Fu and even made the national team in 2006! She found pole in 2009 while surfing online looking for circus videos and ran into Felix Cane’s performance from 2006. She immediately went to look for a pole class and on the first day, the teacher saw potential in her. The teacher then asked her if she wanted to compete in nationals that was only 4 months away. She said yes and the rest is history. She is a two time World Champion and holds the current record for highest score.

Pole Sport Tech Committee:


Pole Art America Tech Committee:


Pole Classique Tech Committee:

Katie Cooper – Tech Advisor

Katie grew up taking ballet and was taking ballet classes again as an adult when she ventured into her first pole class. She was immediately hooked and transferred her classes from the barre to the pole, bringing with her the desire to dance no matter the apparatus. She has competed in many competitions over the past six years, including winning the professional division of the US Pole Sports Championship in 2016 and placing second in the elite division the following year. Katie also competed in the professional Classique division of the first Pole Theatre USA competition: while she loves all aspects of pole, she particularly enjoys the art of dancing in heels.

USPSF Championships 2018

We are excited to host our 2018 Championships at Pole Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

USPSF Pole Sport Championships and Pole Art America will take place in September 2018. Pole Art America & Pole Sport Championships will be on Wednesday before the official Pole Expo event.

Application dates for the 2018 USPSF Championships will closed on June 1st, 2018.


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