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I was introduced to pole fitness in 2013 and at that period of time in my life I was dealing with several life events and struggles that compelled me to make a change for myself and my happiness. I felt the urge and desire to search for something that brought me emotional and physical happiness, something beyond a mere fitness routine. Fitness was not the only thing I wanted and was not the only thing I felt was missing from my life. I wanted something that not only fed my body but also fed my soul. I wanted something not only to occupy my time but also occupy my heart. Like many women I had recently gone through a break up, a career change and felt trapped in a place that felt empty. So my quest began and I was anxious but determined to find and make a change. Little did I know that I would discover a world that would forever change my life.
I made the decision to try something new and what some may even call unconventional. That something new was a pole dancing class. All it took was one class and I knew that my search was over. I knew I had found that thing that I had been so desperately searching for and wanting. What pole has given me is more than just a new fitness routine. It has given me the opportunity to rediscover who I am, what I want, what drives me, what fulfills me and what fills my heart. It has empowered me and changed the way I not only see myself but also how I see the world, pole has made me whole again. Not only has pole changed my life, it has also changed my heart and my soul.
My next step was finding a way to share and teach others the beauty of pole fitness and share with other women what pole has given me. I wanted to be able to share what pole has done for me both physically and emotionally. I began teaching in January of 2016 and just like my first pole class I knew this is what I was suppose to do.
Many times in life, the small, seemingly insignificant moments can offer us unprecedented awareness. My epiphany came six years ago when, as a wife and mother of three small children, I was searching for an exercise routine that would keep me challenged and engaged. I had tried several local gyms and fitness classes, but none of them seemed to be the right fit. I found myself becoming bored with the same predictable expectations-not just from the exercises, but from myself as well.
Then, one day, quite by accident, I came across an ad for something called "pole fitness". Like most people, I almost immediately dismissed it; after all, I was 38, not in the greatest shape, had absolutely no dance background, and was afraid of heights. I allowed myself a moment to consider the intriguing prospect. Then, I did what most people do-I returned to my old, comfortable routine. The idea, however, became a tiny, quiet voice in my head. Could I do it? Could I ever have the confidence to be one of those women who threw caution to the wind?
A few weeks later, when another ad for pole fitness classes came across my computer screen, I decided to take a chance. I apprehensively took my first class. From that moment on, I was absolutely hooked. Thus began my journey-a journey of self-discovery, sensuality, dance, strength, courage and exploration. Pole strengthened my mind, my body, and my spirit. I have done many challenging things in my life; after all, I had a previous career in law enforcement. I was also familiar with the rigors of raising three young children...but this challenge was different. It pushed me on a personal, introspective level. Each minor achievement was so incredibly rewarding that I couldn't wait for each class.
This experience was about me helping myself to become better. It wasn't dependent on a supervisor's assessment, or on another's satisfaction. It was about allowing myself time without apologizing for it. It's not selfish and it's not trivial, though we sometimes allow ourselves to believe that. I've learned that a better me means I can emotionally and physically be a better wife, mother, caretaker and person. Many years later, my love for pole is just as great as my first day, and I am grateful to be able to help other women begin their journey.
Jo, a SoCal native, began her pole journey there in 2010 out of sheer curiosity. She was immediately drawn to the strength side of the sport but also didn't hesitate to slip into her first pair of stilettos after a month of lessons. Jo's journey has taken her to explore the pole communities of the PNW, a PFA certification from Tease Studio in Denver, and continued training withElevatED. She has performed in various pole events in the Seattle and Los Angeles areas. In addition to pole, Jo's training is complemented with barre, Pilates, flexibility training, and rough-housing with her 3 dogs.
I had a lot of reservations and judgments before trying pole. After attending an open house at a local pole studio in 2017 I hesitantly signed up for my first pole class not knowing what to expect. I was a kickboxing instructor and practiced martial arts regularly for 4 years but had no previous dance or acrobatic experience. I prided myself on being one of the guys and I thought "how hard can all this twirling and what not be?"
It turned out to be one of the most challenging things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. There are still obstacles I have to over come being a pole dancer from a conservative Japanese American family. The highlight of my pole career so far was having my mom watch me at my first pole competition in November of 2017.
In the next phase of my pole journey I hope to share my love of pole with others.
“Since high school and well into my twenties, I've had body image issues. With the rise of social media I became consumed with the idea of "perfection" and what that meant to me. It meant having the hottest body and doing whatever it took to look like those "Instagram models", no matter what the cost. From diet pills to poor eating (or not eating) habits, I'd put my body through a roller coaster of negativity, both mentally and physically. No matter what I did, my "good enough" was never good enough and I was never satisfied with my appearance.
I moved to Seattle from San Diego in spring of 2017 and I told myself I wouldn't bring my problems with me. This was a fresh start and I needed to treat it as such. I remember sitting in my new apartment on a sad, rainy day, when I scrolled across an ad for a beginner pole dancing series. I stared at it for some time before thinking what the heck. This was the perfect opportunity to be impulsive and do something positive for myself. I clicked the purchase button without thinking twice. Instant regret. I immediately had buyers remorse. WHY on earth would I do that? The series didn't start for another two weeks so I had to time to really think it through and mentally prepare myself (and by that I mean find an excuse why not to go). When the time came, my schedule had changed and I wasn't able to attend the days of the series. Oh, bummer. But not really. I really wasn't bummed at all. Relieved, actually. I emailed the studio to let them know I wouldn't be able to attend, and I was surprised to get a bubbly response saying that I could attend a different day that worked better for me. Well, now I HAD to go and I'm so glad I did.
Pole dancing has become one of my greatest blessings in life. It's taught me things I'd never been able to learn elsewhere; not from friends, family, therapy, or medication. It's led me down a path of self discovery and I'm finally able to love and respect my body from top to bottom. I've done things I'd never thought would be possible and I now have the confidence to truly express myself through dance and sensual movement. Words can't describe how much this has changed my life for the better. “
“ I started pole dancing a few weeks after my wedding in 2015 and I don’t think I’m looking back any time soon. I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to become an instructor and pass on my passion for pole. I first learned about pole through my husband, who knew someone back in Australia that did it for fitness. I fell into the rabbit hole on Instagram and resolved to find a place near me. I had no dance background, but I had a roommate willing to dive in with me! I was hooked immediately, signing up to be in a student showcase before I’d ever finished my first 6 classes.
Pole has probably made me a better person. More okay with failures and more ecstatic about successes. I learned to lift the people around me, filling up my own cup as I fill others. I’m always still learning and inhaling the knowledge of all the instructors and students around me. Every class I take, I’m smoothing something out, finding a new movement that speaks to my body, and connecting with the students dancing with me.
Outside of pole, I work too much, spend time with my husband, and go rock climbing. I also read far too often, hike to the tops of low mountains, and play video games (but poorly). “
My pole and aerial adventure began in 2016, a few months after my son was born. My cousin had invited me to try a pole class with her, and I was excited to do it because I thought it would be a fun and exciting workout that could help me get back in shape. Little did I know, it would become so much more than that. Not only was it a fun and challenging workout, I loved that it helped me feel beautiful and I was able to connect with myself in new ways. With a background in figure skating, I have always loved to express myself through movement and dance, so I knew right away I was going to be hooked, and I was.
Eventually, life started to get in the way, as it does. I began only attending a few classes a month, but I was really missing that outlet. I missed dancing, getting lost and letting the music take over me. I decided I needed to make it a priority to once again have some quality “me time”, and in early 2018, I was introduced to lyra and fell in love all over again! It was like learning to fly and dance at the same time. I love the beautiful challenge aerial fitness brings, the journey of finding yourself, learning to conquer your fears, and the excitement of all those little successes.
I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing community of supportive and inspiring dancers. You never stop growing, and I am so excited to share my love for aerial with others, to teach and help others find themselves through movement, and discover what they didn’t know they were capable of.