Pole and Aerial Small Group Fitness Studio

The Brass Butterflies Team

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.


Operations Manager, Official Photographer
Alexa was introduced to Brass Butterflies through a student who recommended her for her professional photography skills. After working together to do the first commercial shots for the new studio location, we knew we had found a kindred spirit, even if we hadn't gotten her on a pole or aerial apparatus yet! Alexa has since worked on several photography projects with Brass Butterflies and began subbing on reception when needed.  In mid 2017, Alexa progressed into the role of Operations Manager for Brass Butterflies, taking on some general administrative duties and operational tasks on top of reception work. The studio has become her second home and if she’s not working on something for the studio she’s working on creating something with her photography or body painting.  Check out her amazing creative work at www.alexabakerphotography.com.  
Customer Service Manager, Receptionist

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.

Aerial Instructor

Andrea was hooked on aerials from her very first class at Firefly Circus and Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta in 2011. Starting from barely being able to dangle from her knees on the trapeze, to learning big tricks twenty feet in the air, it’s been a love affair, only slightly marred by bruises in interesting places. After training for two years in Edmonton, Andrea continued her practice at Esh Aerial Arts in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she learned exciting moves like the death defying ‘Big Russian Slack Drop,’ and ‘The Blender'. Andrea has attended aerial workshops and instructor training sessions at the New England Centre for Circus Arts (NECCA), in Brattleboro, Vermont.  
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.
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.
Aerials Instructor
Katy has been doing aerials off and on for about five years, training mainly on static trapeze with Kingston Circus Arts and the Circus Academy in Toronto. She began aerial hoop with Brass Butterflies in June and is trained in teaching Lyra by CPFA, currently working toward her certification.
Zumba and Group Fitness Instructor

Kristen took her first ever Zumba class in June 2012 in the basement of a grocery store in the small town of Chalk River, 2 hours west of Ottawa with a population of just over 1500. She was the only person under 30 in the class but within minutes she was hooked. She’s been leading classes in Kitchener Waterloo for over 4 years and is also a certified Fitness Instructor with CanFitPro. Her favourite thing about teaching Zumba is watching her participants come out of their shells and the fun from the positive energy she is able to create in her classes. If you’re looking for a fun and care free environment to work on your fitness, Kristen’s classes are definitely for you. Each and every class is a party.
Pole Party Instructor

Kristina is a certified educational therapist/dyslexia specialist by day who became addicted to pole dancing in the fall of 2015 after taking her first class with Heather.  Since joining Brass Butterflies, Kristina has performed in four showcases, and competed at the 2016 CPFA Provincials. The studio has become a second home filled with the most inspirational and driven people she knows. She is passionate about poling and hopes you feel that "butterfly" sensation, too.
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.
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.
Pole, Chair Dancing, Fitness Class Instructor

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!

Yoga Instructor

Maya D’Alessio is new to the circus world and is currently addicted to aerial hoop (Lyra). She completed her yoga teaching certification last year and is now making it her mission to bring yoga to the Brass Butterflies community. She has a passion for gentle, restorative, and relaxing yoga to help restore the body and mind, especially after the rigours of an aerialists training regimen! When she’s not in the studio you can find her at home with her cats or in her graduate research lab slowly getting closer to graduation.
Aerials Instructor

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.
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