Ayana Setareh (Thanatos) أين is an African-American, Italian dual citizen and entertainer based in London, UK. Thanatos (the Angel of Death) is the personification of Death, and the Ancient Greek variation of the Hebrew, Malakh Ha-Mashhit, or 'the Destroying Angel.'
Born, Ayana Joy Patton in Seattle, WA, and raised in Monroe, WA, Ayana sees herself as an entertainer with a social purpose. Being exposed to both private and public school education from a young age (as well as homeschooling), Ayana attended Visitation Catholic STEM Academy and Meany Middle Schools. She later went on to attend Ingraham and Rainier Beach High Schools, where she was Senior Class President, a Varsity Cheerleader, and a member of the Dance Team, African Drum Ensemble, and Running Start.
She graduated from High School in 2004, despite serious personal struggles, and went on to attend the illustrious, Howard University, Washington, DC (c/o 2008, B.A., Dean's List, Journalism & Politics).
Ayana moved to London in 2009 to pursue an M.A., Financial Economics. She graduated the following year with Merit overall and Distinction on her final dissertation (a study on economic growth in South Africa, before and after Apartheid). With over eight years' experience in the UK Charity Sector, Ayana is a Full Equity Member, an RSA Fellow, and a Full Member of the UK Institute of Fundraising.
In 2018, she left a successful career in Philanthropy, due to mental health struggles, and has been performing and advocating for Pole Dance as an Art form across the US and Europe ever since. Ayana uses performing as a tool to educate others and recreate history, on stage, and perform traditional artistic work in a unique and innovative way.
With an upbringing heavily influenced by Persian, Native and African culture, and a life-long interest in politics, Ayana sees herself as a modern-day, Amytis of Media.
Ayana views Pole Dance as an empowerment tool, which can help women heal and explore the divine feminine, whilst staying true to moral, Southern Christian values. She loves to experiment with the Russian Elite and European Classique techniques of Pole Dance & Sport and founded the
Persepolis Pole Project in 2016.
Welcome to my Dressing Room :)
Below you'll find a selection of completely Selfie-less, behind-the-scenes flicks from some of my most intimate moments within the pole community, fashion industry, and so on.
I hope you let these capture you the same way you've let me. :)