Instructor of Pole
Favourite Vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald
‘Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.’
- Anaïs Nin
Zahra’s natural state is upside down. She is a Penthouse Pet, Hustler Honey and award-winning striptease artist. Beginning her career as a podium dancer at the old Dancers Cabaret in Kings Cross, she went on to tour Australia as a feature showgirl. She modelled at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria, was an art muse at Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Tokyo, taught pole dancing workshops in Stockholm, performed in drag at the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, judged Miss Pole Dance Bavaria in Germany, hung from trapeze at Auckland Erotica Expo, and undressed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
‘Zahra embodies all the qualities that smash any stereotype you might think about women working in the adult industry.’ - Trash Vixen Magazine
Hooked on endorphins, lactic acid and the exhilaration of flying, Zahra loves creating athletic, captivating shows that employ a mix of burlesque, acro-strip and aerial artistry. Zahra has been a pole instructor for over six years and loves the camaraderie and support among dancers. While she worked in the industry, she interviewed many of her colleagues for her Master of Arts thesis on erotic labour, which she published in the book Queer Sex Work, and she is now writing her PhD on feminist pornographies.
‘Zahra won our hearts with her versatility to both perform and produce films and her progressive politics.’ - Feminist Porn Awards
Zahra’s teaching style is warm, friendly and encouraging and she finds beauty in everyone and everything. Focusing on technique, self-development and breaking down moves, she hopes students will leave her classes with greater confidence, body awareness and stronger biceps! She loves creating an affirming space where students can all learn, love and sweat together. You will find her around the studio if you look out for pink or rainbow hair.
‘Zahra is a true representative of the modern Australian Penthouse woman: a strong, smart, forward thinking, talented and sassy female… unique combo of brains, beauty and pizazz.’ - Australian Penthouse