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Student Spotlight – Melissa

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we love all our students. To show them our ongoing appreciation, we choose one every month for a special student spotlight. The choice is based on dedication, commitment, attitude, and general sparkliness. This month, we have chosen Melissa. She came to us in Pole 1 with a great sense of humour and wicked smile. Now in Pole 5, Melissa flies on the pole with so much grace and confidence, that she inspires us all to do the same.

Melissa flies in the Daphne pose.

1.  Where are you from? Hometown?

I’m from Calgary.

2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing you do….

Outside of pole, my husband and I coach a salsa dance performance team. We used to teach classes, but find with two young children it’s more time efficient to focus on a choreography with a set group of dancers. We also love to social dance at the local salsa events.

3.  What do you love most about pole? 

When I was a kid I was really into gymnastics, so getting to flip upside down and do tricks & combos again is like food for the soul.

4.  What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?

The instructors and other students are so inspiring!  I was just saying in class last night that I thought I would be satisfied now that I’m in level 5.  However, I’m surrounded by these physically strong, talented women in my classes who inspire me to keep working through the levels.

5.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

There’s a few surprising facts:
A. It’s shocking how much strength and control is required to make things look polished.
B. It hurts, which in turn makes you tough.
C. There’s a misconception about what pole fitness really is. I feel like that’s partially because of class attire. I know I was taken aback myself in the beginning…..seeing girls in sports bras and shorts. I didn’t understand why that was necessary. Can’t we just wear leggings? No! Because you really need bare skin contact with the pole.

6.  Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?

Try it and feel your strength increase. Do things with ease that in the beginning were so hard. Talk about a serious fitness challenge as well as learning balance, coordination and endurance. I tell everyone to try it!

 

Student Spotlight – Laura

For the month of October, Aradia Fitness is proud to Feature Laura E. for our student spotlight. Laura has come so far since the day she first walked into our studio for Pole 1. When she started, she was quiet and unsure of herself her new environment. She was determined, however, and now after taking 2-3 classes per week, she has changed her personal mantra from “I can’t” to “I absolutely can”.

We love Laura, she makes us all laugh, and she especially loves to blow kisses ;), right Laura?

We are proud to have her as a part of our Aradia Fitness Calgary family.

Laura demonstrating her Descending Angel.

Hometown

Brandon, Manitoba
Favourite Pastime (Outside of Pole)
I have a horse that I enjoy riding & competing in show jumping competitions, as well as spending time with my dog.
What do you love most about pole fitness?
I enjoy the fun supportive group of people that I’ve met.
What keeps you motivated to come to classes consistently?
I find it’s kind of self motivating – the more I come to class, the more I want to keep coming to as many as I can. The skill progression is fun and keeps you interested & there’s always things for you to work on while you’re building your up your strength. It doesn’t feel like a workout like heading to the gym and doing the same repetitive workouts with the skill and dance based aspects to it.
Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
It’s a great time and you’ll enjoy it! But besides that, the instructors are all great – fun and friendly and good at what they do and the studio is always nice & clean (somehow even the giant mirrors are always clean!) and tastefully decorated.

 

 

 

Student Spotlight – Madison

Every month, we feature one of our lovely students for our spotlight. It is always a tough decision because all of our students are wonderful. We consider dedication, effort, attitude, and in this case epic hair flips.  For the month of September, we are featuring Madison!  She inspires all of us with her lovely lines and toe point which suggest a true love for dance. Madison has been taking 4 or 5 classes per week, and arrives early with a smile that lights up the studio. Her progression has been outstanding, and we are grateful to have her in our Aradia family.

Madison in a lovely layback pole sit.

Hometown

I am from Calgary originally, moved to Bragg Creek then London, Ontario for 3 years now I reside in Okotoks. 🙂 I consider Bragg Creek as my “Hometown” growing up.

Favourite pastime (outside of pole)

My favourite past time other than pole is Latin Dancing. I LOVE performing with my Latin Dance team BachataKiz. I love all the styles including: Bachata, Kizomba, Cha Cha, Salsa and more!

What do you love most about pole?

I love how much pole pushes me mentally and physically. How every class I can see the changes in my strength and confidence.

What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?

I don’t even know how to describe it! I guess I would say it’s an outlet and another form of dance for me that pushes my body more than the gym or dance practice does. It’s also really nice to see the changes in my strength and the difference each class as I learn new moves.

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

I knew pole required a lot of physical strength but I didn’t really know until my first class! I also didn’t think I’d fall in love with it so fast!

Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?

I think if you want to learn pole this is the studio to go to! They’re very professional, kind, organized and you feel safe learning new moves and supported through your pole journey regardless of your level or experience. Very satisfied!

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