Rafaela Montanaro began training in gymnastics at the age of 3. She was a gymnast for 12 years studying classic and modern ballet as well as jazz. At the age of 16, Rafaela starting training with Ã‰cole Nationale des Arts du Ciruque, in France. When Rafaela returned to Brazil she earned a degree in Physical Education and was introduced to pole dancing while she helped make a Youtube video of world-wide champion, Felix Cane. Rafaela adored the movements of pole dancing and decided to start training to become a pole dancer. Pole dancing came to Rafaela quite easily due to her gymnastics and circus training. With great dedication and a lot of hard work, Rafaela won the title of Miss Pole Dance Brasil 2009 and Miss Pole Dance Sulamerica 2009. Rafaela will be competing in the finals of the World Pole Fitness Championships 2010.