Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

Open (Mixed) Level Pole


This class is taught by:

Heather Poulin

Owner, General Manager, Instructor

Heather has been pole dancing since April 2010.  Married mom of two, she started taking lessons at a studio in her hometown of Oakville when she was 35 years old.  In her first year of pole dancing she fell head over heels in love with pole dancing and alternative group fitness.  Pole inspired her to make healthy changes to her lifestyle.  She lost more than 50lbs that first year, but, more importantly, she regained confidence she had lost in her journey into motherhood and reconnected with her sensual side, learning to love her body again.  She became an instructor at the Oakville studio after just a year, also starting down the road to certification in yoga and other group fitness. After becoming an instructor, she even designed some non-pole fitness classes that were incorporated into the studio's drop-in program.

In the fall of 2012, the opportunity presented itself to purchase her own studio in Kitchener and she took the leap into entrepreneurship, moving her family to the Waterloo region the following year.  The years since then have been an incredible journey.  She loves all the amazing people she meets every single day in this business, be they students, instructors, suppliers or fellow entrepreneurs.   She loves introducing new students to Pole Dancing, Aerial Arts, and general fitness, and nurturing the incredible community that has developed in our studio.

 

Heather is a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist with CanFit Pro and has done instructor specific training with the Canadian Pole Fitness Association, Aradia Fitness Canada, YogaFit Canada, just to name a few. She also holds as BA and an MBA from McMaster University.

 

Natalia Skomorowski

Guest Instructor

Natalia had been dancing since she was three years old and has sustained her love of expression through movement and music all her life. She has also trained in gymnastics, weightlifting, and more recently, aerial circus arts. Pole is now her passion and she is very excited to help others reach their goals and point their toes!
 
Natalia was formerly the Lead Instructor and Pole Program Director at Brass Butterflies.  She has since moved out West to follow her career in engineering, but Kitchener is her family's home and we're lucky to have her back again this holiday season, if just for a short visit.  

Laura Nickels

Pole Dancing, Fitness Class Instructor
 
Laura has been pole dancing since 2010 and became and instructor in 2012. She originally started pole dancing as a New Year’s resolution and has been hooked ever since. She is an Advanced level student herself and thoroughly enjoys the sense of mastery that comes from perfecting a new move, especially when it’s an inversion. Her all time favourite move is the Cross Ankle Layback. In 2015 Laura took on the new challenge of  learning and creating choreography and performed a beautiful routine in the VerticaLove Pole Dancing and Artistry Showcase in Hamilton.  Laura has a degree in Psychology along with minors in philosophy and sociology. She works at an insurance company during the day.

Kyla Howey

Pole Dancing, Fitness Class Instructor

I began my pole dancing journey in January 2014 as the Studio Assistant.  I don't come from a dance background.  I grew up playing competitive ringette and lacrosse as well as recreational hockey.  So, needless to say, pole dancing hasn't come naturally for me.  It certainly has its challenges but has been the most rewarding thing I've ever done. In March 2014 I performed along side the owner, Heather, to a very sexy chair routine at our grand opening showcase. It brought me completely out of my comfort zone and was such a rush that since then I've performed in all of our studio showcases as well as competed in The Great White North Pole Competition in June 2015.  In April 2015 my role in the studio changed from the Studio Assistant to Aradia Instructor.  It's such an honour to watch all of our students grow and find themselves in this sport and knowing that I've been apart of that process as well.

Katie O'Neill

Pole Dancing Instructor
 
Katie was inspired to take her first pole dancing lesson in 2012, after watching a performance by Jenyne Butterfly. She is constantly pushed to improve her grace and strength by everyone in the pole community. As an instructor she enjoys having fun in class, and helping students reach their goals. One of her favourite spins is called the pretzel, however, she does not share the same love for the food pretzel. Katie hopes to help her students achieve the same confidence and strength that pole dancing provides her.

Ievgeniia (Jane) Skliarenko

Pole Dancing, Fitness Class Instructor
 
Ievgeniia (Jane) has been active in dance and fitness since she was 7 years old.  She discovered pole fitness and began taking lessons in Russia.  When she moved to Cancun, Mexico, she earned her Instructor Certificate with Martin Solis and Aleksandr Zakirov. While living in Cancun, she taught pole classes at Pin Up Infinity Studio.  Jane is currently a student in the Global Hospitality Management Program at Conestoga College.
This is an instructed class that is open to all students who have completed a minimum of one Pole Basics/Intro to Pole class or equivalent. The format of this class will be a group warm-up and conditioning portion followed by time when the instructor(s) will circulate through the students, working with them at their individual levels. As the instructor works with individuals the other students can be practicing moves they've already been taught. Class will be wrapped up with a cool-down which could consist of an all-levels choreographed combo or freestyle and some stretching.