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Instructor Spotlight – Whitney C

When did you start Pole Dancing, Instructor Whitney? 
W: June 2014
Why did you decide to start pole dancing?
W: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was advised by my Doctor that if I became more physically active, it would help me better cope with the pain. I was not interested in going to a conventional gym so I purchased a home pole. I managed a few spins on my own, but I wanted to have proper instruction and spotting before inverting. That’s when I found Aradia!

What kept your interest in the sport?
I started off being able to invert without any issues and it was fun learning all of the inverted tricks. I was slow to get on the flexibility train, but I advanced to a level where I needed to be more flexible. I don’t know if there is ever a dull moment with pole – from strength training and flexibility, to watching those instagram videos and trying to recreate a crazy combo!

What do you do outside of instructing pole classes? Hobbies? Interests? Work Life?
Outside of pole, I am an area sales manager and dealer business manager for a telecommunications company. I have 4 small dogs that keep me entertained. Something you may not know about me is that I like to sew once in a while


What is one of your fave pole moves that you can do, and why is it your fave?
Brass monkey split with no hands! Nothing like hanging on the pole with just your foot and using your hands to pull you into a full split 🙂

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What is a common misconception you hear about pole dancing, and what are you thoughts and feelings towards that misconception?
“I’m not strong enough” or “I need to lose weight before I try pole”
As an instructor, it’s my job to ensure that you build strength. I like to design my classes focused on strength and flexibility so there’s no need to be “strong” before you sign up for classes. Pole classes are a great way to get into shape, all body types are accepted. You don’t need to lose any weight before coming out to class with us. At a minimum, I’d love for people to try out “Intro To Pole” to get a feel for it, and see that they CAN do it!

What do you enjoy most about being an instructor?
Off the pole – I love when my students first get their splits! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing their hard work pay off. On the pole – I love when students nail a trick! All of the positive energy that comes from teaching is an amazing feeling

Have you ever felt challenged and defeated by pole? If so, do you have any recommendations on how to defeat those challenges?
Absolutely!!!!! I remember my first move I couldn’t get right away was bow and arrow into Special K (butterfly). I remember thinking maybe this move just isn’t for me. I kept working on the move and a small tweak, and BAM… I nailed it. I tried a few more times just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Pole is a challenging sport – mentally and physically. Somedays you’re a superstar, and somedays you can’t even do the most basic things. Accepting where you are today and focusing on growth will help you pole better tomorrow.

Instructor Spotlight – Asia H

asia-hAsia is one of Aradia Fitness’ newer instructors! We are so happy to have her on board. We’ve asked her a few questions about her pole journey! Enjoy!

When did you start pole dancing?
A: I started pole dancing almost 2 years ago, in August 2015.

Why did you decide to start taking pole dancing classes with us?
A: I decided to start pole dancing because of a fortune teller. I had gone to the fringe festival with my family, and I had been feeling very low and run down. I felt as though I had lost my spark. I decided to get a card reading done, on the off chance that some stranger may have a brilliant insight on what I should do with my life. I was so upset when this woman told me that I needed to start pole dance! I paid a stranger $45 just for that?! Needless to say, I signed up shortly after (just on the off chance that this stranger was right), and I was hooked!

Once you started pole dancing, what kept your interest to continue?
A: The community of people played a large part in what kept me and still keeps me interested. I had finally found a group of like-minded people where I can be myself…. without censorship! I always look forward to going to classes, whether I am the teacher or the student because I know that I will find joy and support there. Pole also keeps me interested because there is ALWAYS a challenge. No matter how much I have learned, there is always something new to work on.

What do you do outside of instructing pole classes? Hobbies/Interests/Work?
A: Outside of pole, I am pursuing my Masters in Psychology. During the day, I stay at home with my two little girls, ages 5.5 and 3. I love paining and knitting. I play the piano and am currently learning to play the violin alongside my daughter.

What is your faveourite pole move?
A: Currently my faveourite pole move is the allegra. It took me a really long time to get that move, and everytime I get into it I get a rush! Makes me feel like I can do anything!

Do you follow any pole stars or inspirations? If so, who inspires you the most in your asia-h-2
pole journey, and why?

A: I think I follow all the pole stars that are on social media! I love watching their videos and getting new ideas! However, the people who have inspired me the most are the instructors and students at Aradia. The instructors amaze me with their strength and commitment to the pole community. My first pole teacher has been my main inspiration. She has supported me through my pole journey from day one. She inspires me with her strength, creativity, and passion. The students at Aradia never fail to inspire me with their drive and determination. I watch them support one another in each and every class.

What are your must haves for pole?:
A: My absolute must haves for pole are booty shorts, grip, knee pads, and a good bra that keeps the girls in when I invert 🙂

What are your faveourite things about being an instructor?:
A: I have so many faveourite things about being an instructor! One of my faveourite things is that I am in a position to be a determining factor in helping others increase their self-esteem and self-efficacy. I love it when women really start to embrace themselves and their bodies for what they can do, and stop obsessing over how they look. I love it when a student “knows” they can’t do something, but with some conditioning and practice, they surprise themselves with being able to do it! That translates in to real life! All of a sudden, many things that were once impossible become possible. I also love it when a student inverts for the first time: for many, this is a very magical moment, and I love being a part of it! Pole can really push you out of your comfort zone, and while that can be daunting, it’s also where change happens.

If you could be a teacher to yourself as a new student, what do you wish you could have told yourself as a brand new Pole 101 student?
A: My instructors told me exactly what I needed to hear as a Pole 101 student. When I had a bad pole day, I was told to give up the phrase “I can’t,” and replace it with “not now” or “It will come.” That really helped me a lot! My instructor also always reminded me that pole is not a race. My pole timeline is my own, and it will be different from everyone else’s timeline. Don’t rush. Enjoy the process. Relish in the challenge, and it will come 🙂