The Brass Butterflies Team
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.
Katy joined the Brass Butterflies family in May of 2016 when we moved to our new facility in Waterloo. She had never tried pole or aerials before but was intrigued. Katy was heavily involved in athletics, especially soccer, until an injury forced her to stop. Missing physical activity and movement, when she was looking for part time employment, the posting for a receptionist at Brass Butterflies caught her eye. She started learning pole at the same time as she began as one of the friendly faces greeting students at our front desk, and she immediately fell in love. She performed in her first showcase less than two months after joining our family and trained to become a party instructor shortly after.
Manager of Aerial Programs
Lindsay is the Artistic Director of Theatre Arcturus where she co-created, choreographed and performed in WEIRD (Best of Fest 2015 Ottawa Fringe, Cutting-Edge Award 2016 Toronto Fringe), Rough Magic, and the more family-friendly Lumberjack Show. Before Arcturus, she directed STALLED in the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival. After graduating from the University of Windsor’s BFA in Acting program, she trained in aerial arts at the Toronto School of Circus Arts, and other studios in the GTA. As an aerialist she has performed her acts at festivals and events across Ontario, with a brief tour to China in 2015. She loves to bring her experience back to the studio as an instructor; after running a small studio in Muskoka under Arcturus for almost two years she is now joining the team at Brass Butterflies in Waterloo, where she’ll be leading the aerial program.
Megan started taking pole dancing lessons in March 2014. Previously, she had tried a few classes at Ottawa Pole Fitness, and couldn't wait to try it again when a friend told her about our studio. Back then, she couldn't lift her body weight, and was terrified at the thought of going upside down! Now, 2 years later, she has performed in 2 troupe routines and had one solo performance in studio showcases. She also competed with a group in the Great White North Pole Competition in June 2015.
In summer 2014, Megan started taking the Burlesque Chair Fit Cabaret class, and instantly loved it! She loves learning new choreography to all different types of music, and also enjoys the fact that the class doesn't feel like exercise, but you still get a great workout. She took over the class in September 2015, and has recently discovered her passion for creating new and interesting chair choreography of her own. She even got to try her hand at pole choreography with the beginner/ intermediate troupe at the 2015 Halloween Showcase!
Megan can't wait to share her enthusiasm and sense of humour with her current and future classes!
Originally from Kitchener, Nicole grew up being a competitive gymnast which fed her passion for physical art and body awareness. As an adult, aerial arts became her new love to keep physically, mentally and spiritually healthy. Through the years Nicole has studied at a number of circus schools including École Nationale de Cirque, in Montreal, Quebec. She has taken her love of aerials and wants to share this exciting form of art and fitness with others through instructing. Nicole now lives on the outskirts of Stratford with her partner, a bunch of rescue animals and some chickens.