Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

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, certified Pole Instructor through the Canadian Pole Fitness Association, and has completed instructor specific training with the Aradia Fitness Canada, YogaFit Canada, and the US Pole Sport Federation, just to name a few. She also holds as Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from McMaster University.

 



Heather Poulin instructs the following:
  • Pole Condition and Sculpt
  • A full body workout customized for pole dancers to target the muscles and movements needed for pole specific movements from beginner spins to the most advanced tricks. Focus will be mainly on core and upper body. This class is held in the main pole studio and uses the poles for conditioning work.
     

  • Intro to Pole
  • New to Pole Dancing?  This is where to start! Our introductory level will give you to the perfect foundation of basic pole conditioning, floor work, beginner holds and spins to get you started. These classes are challenging, lively and fun. No previous pole dancing experience required!

    What to Expect:
    In the Intro to Pole level of our Pole Dancing curriculum, you will begin each lesson with a warm up and some fun and sexy floor work designed to make for great dance and transition elements in your pole routines but also to build your strength for the pole work. You'll then spend the rest of each class learning the foundations of movement on and around the pole starting from walking around the pole to some basic strength and spin moves. You'll finish off each class by "dancing it out" where your instructor will lead you through a mini routine on the pole.

  • Advanced Pole
  • Students should now be comfortable with Extended Butterfly and will begin learning even more advanced variations on this beautiful move. Aerial Inversions, Shoulder Mount, Helicopter, Superman and Hip Holds, Cupid, Figurehead, Genevieve, Dove, Shooting Star and Half Jade are just a few of the moves you will learn in this level.
     

  • Cirque Kids (8-11 years)
  • Does your child climb anything and everything in sight? Why not sign them up for the circus themed classes?  Aerial arts are a great way for kids to build strength, coordination, and confidence. During an 8 week session, children will have the opportunity to experience multiple apparatuses, including aerial hammock, silks, hoop and static/dance trapeze, learning basic technique and skills on each. Each class starts with playing fun, active, circus themed games, warming up the body. The children will also learn to stretch safely to maintain or increase flexibility and prevent injury. Class sizes are small (a maximum of 6 students per instructor), and children will progress at their own speed and comfort level.

  • Pole Performance Troupe Halloween 2018
  • This is an 8 week pole choreography session that culminates with performing in a group performance at our Halloween Showcase and Party, to be held in the Brass Butterflies studio the evening of Friday, October 26, 2018. All levels of pole students who have completed at least one session of Intro to Pole at Brass Butterflies (or equivalent) are welcome to join. (SCHEDULING NOTE:  Based on agreement with participants, practices might be slightly longer than 1 hour or there might be one additional practice scheduled on a day other than Friday during the 8 week period because the showcase takes place on the 8th Friday in the session)

    By registering for this session you are committing to attending all sessions and practices, learning the choreography and performing in the showcase. It is very important for the experience of everyone in the troupe that you commit to attending all sessions. If you miss more than one of the weekly sessions (due to illness or emergency), you may be asked to drop out of the troupe, without refund, or practice on your own time to catch up, on a case-by-case basis. There will be a dress rehearsal the week before the showcase and there may also be additional supplemental rehearsals or practice sessions scheduled at the instructor's discretion. These are included in the session fee. No refunds for withdrawing after the first meeting.

    PLEASE NOTE: Troupe participants will be expected to purchase a costume for the performance. While every effort will be made to keep costume costs affordable, it could cost upwards of $50-100. This cost is NOT included in the troupe fee and should be budgeted for when deciding to join the troupe.

    The cost of the troupe is

    $199 + HST for students not also enrolled in one or more other curriculum classes during the September/October session, or

    $149 + HST for 8-week session students who are enrolled in one or more curriculum class during the September/October session, or

    $99 + HST for Chrysalis and Monarch members. Monarch members may pay once and attend as many troupes as they like.

    Your enrolment also gains you free access to special posted "Showcase Performers Only" practice times throughout the the 8 week period leading up to the showcase.