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Donna Carnow (she/her) - is a Brooklyn-based pole dancer, aerial pole artist, choreographer, teacher, performer, and pole champion. Donna’s performative abilities have been celebrated in the New York Times, Variety, The New Yorker, Theatermania, and more. She is known for recently starring in the off-broadway show Seven Deadly Sins NYC in Bess Wohl’s play LUST voiced by Cynthia Nixon and was described as the “production’s true showstopper” (New York Times). She also recently performed at Rochester Fringe Festival with the circus company headliner, Cirque du Fringe. Donna also holds the titles of PSO Northeast Pole Art Champion of 2021 (Boston), PSO Central Pole Champion of 2019 (Chicago), and has performed in PSO US Nationals, the Hard Rock Hotel (Vegas), International Pole Convention, Pole Theatre USA, and in nightlife venues across NYC including The Slipper Room, DROM, House of Yes, and more.

Donna hails from an experimental modern dance background. Originally from the Chicago-land area, Donna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated as a James Scholar with honors. During her time at UIUC she worked closely with Kendra Portier, Abby Zbikowski, Tere O'Connor, Jessie Young, Jess Pretty, Charli Brissey, Sarah Hook, and more. Donna has been recognized and awarded for her experimental integration of post-modern choreographic techniques with pole and loves exploring how these forms collide and coexist in her artistic work.

Donna teaches pole dancing + flexibility training full time at Body & Pole in NYC and virtually around the world through her online group classes. Donna’s technique-focused classes are creatively activated by her fiery energy, anatomical knowledge, passion for her students’ growth, and her belief in the magic of movement. Donna is also a Master Trainer with the ElevatED Pole + Flexibility Training programs and has a power vinyasa yoga teaching background (E-RYT 200).

When not flying through the air, Donna is the Open Performance Coordinator at Movement Research. There, she produces a weekly work-in-process showing that showcases experimental dance and performance artists in various stages of choreographic development.

[Image description: Donna dancing on an aerial pole hovering off the ground, holding herself by her right arm overhead in a grip called pegasus. She is wearing a flannel shirt moving through the air, blue Adidas shorts, and black socks with her hair held in two buns on her head.]

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Past Classes & Events

[In-Person] Open Performance: Betsy Miller, Haley Miller, Sara Pizzi

June 07, 2022
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[In-Person] Open Performance: Jen Silver, Larx, Fusée Minette

May 31, 2022
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[In-Person] Open Performance: Deborah Black, Jenna Beardsley, Maria Jose Contreras

May 24, 2022
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[In-person] Open Performance: Moss Lovejoy, Philip Foster, Bella Stenvall

May 17, 2022
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[In-Person] Open Performance: Amanda Stambrosky, Lindsey Jennings, Breena Cocco

May 10, 2022
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[In-Person] Open Performance: David Sierra, Adrian Collins, and Kristen Klein

May 03, 2022
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