Oona Kivelä: International Pole Champion 2012 Reveals her Workout, Paleo Diet and Success Secrets

OonaK (Oona Kivelä) is a former gymnast who found pole few years ago in New York City. It was love at the first spin. Self-taught, OonaK wants to create and explore pole dancing as a form of art. “I am a dreamer and I always want to bring something new and experimental on stage”.

Oona Kivelä has changed the world of pole dance. Unbelievable musicality, flawless technique and unique moves are her trademarks which together has created a new form of art.

Oona Kivelä started doing gymnastics at the age of 9 and continued until the age of 24. In 2008 she visited New York and read an article about pole dancing. From that moment she knew she would have to try it. It really was love at the first spin. Oona Kivelä comes up with her own moves and it seems like nothing is impossible for her. She tries. She succeeds.

From Pole Art 2009 Oona Kivelä found a choreographer Marko Keränen. She trains everyday and once a week with Keränen to correct every ankle position and hand gripping on pole. They want to create a perfect show: Every rhythm has its own set of movements and every movement is made from perfect lines. The primary goal is to mesmerize the crowd.

Oona Kivelä works daily at her own Fitness Club for Kids and Youngsters called Gymi. The training along the work includes gymnastics, ballet, parkour and pilates. She teaches PowerPole -classes specially designed for pole dancers to improve their skills on pole.

When we ask her what is the best thing about pole dancing she immediately answers: “Flow”. This means to her attitude, musicality, creativity and surprises. Oona and the pole together creates a flow like no other pole dancer is able to do today and that makes her the most interesting pole artist at the moment.

Oona Kivelä is the current World Cup and Pole Art 2011 champion. She loves to compete and perform in front of an audience. Competition-wise the shiniest gold medal is a flow feeling that rarely happens to an artist. This goal makes her train and dream harder.

Achievements of Oona Kivelä

  • 1st place Pole Art 2012
  • 1st place International Pole Championship 2012
  • 1st place Pole World Cup 2011
  • 1st place International Pole Art Competition 2011
  • 1st Runner UpInternational Pole Art Competition 2010
  • 1st Runner Up European Championships 2010
  • 1st place Finnish Pole Dance Championships 2010
  • 1st place International Pole Art Competition 2009
  • 1st place North-European Championships 2009

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