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Student Spotlight – Jordanna

Student Spotlight, May 2017

Introducing our amazing student Jordanna!

Every month we feature an Aradia Fitness Calgary student who we feel embodies our community of positive, supportive, powerful and fabulous women! For the month of May we are featuring Jordanna!  This amazing woman is at the studio all the time and we can’t get enough of her!  The commitment she has and shows is an inspiration to instructors and students alike! She is an absolute joy to have in class, works so hard and always shows support and encouragement to her peers.  Here is her story.

Aradia Fitness Calgary Student Spotlight Jordanna

Student Spotlight for May 2017, JORDANNA! Here she demonstrates her Bridge with beautiful technique.

Hometown:  Calgary

Favourite Pastime (outside of pole):

Baking

What gives you the motivation to come to classes consistently?

I think what motivates me is just how much fun pole is. I’ve never felt like it was a chore or a burden and there’s always something new I need to master.

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

What surprised me about pole is really just how challenging it is physically. Pole dancers make it look effortless and it is absolutely not effortless by any means!

One word that describes how you feel after a class?

One word I’d say that describes the post pole feeling would be PUMPED.

How has pole bettered your life?

Pole has bettered my life in numerous ways, but I would say that most importantly it has improved my overall confidence and self esteem. When you have something you’re incredibly proud of, and that you can consistently work towards, it adds so much value to your life and it simply makes you feel amazing. I’m so grateful pole is now a part of who I am.

What’s your favourite class and why?

My favorite class, oddly enough, is probably spin pole now. I say oddly because I used to hate it and how difficult it was/is! Now that I’m a little stronger and have improved it’s definitely made spin a lot more fun. I also enjoy challenges and spin has no shortage of those!

What advice would you give to first time polers?

The advice I would give first time polers would just to be consistent. The more you pole (or anything really) the better you will be! Something will seem impossible for weeks and then suddenly, it won’t be impossible anymore. Working on your flexibility also doesn’t hurt! 😉

 

Student Spotlight – Karen

Student Spotlight, April 2017

Introducing our amazing student Karen!

Every month we feature an Aradia Fitness Calgary student who we feel embodies our community of positive, supportive, powerful and fabulous women! For the month of April we are featuring Karen!  She is so much of an inspiration to our instructors, that she was the overwhelming favourite this month!. Karen took her first pole class with us in June 2016 and since then has been committed and focused on her progression (which is outstanding by the way). Even with her busy career in property management in real estate, she manages to take at least one if not two or three classes per week. She is an absolute joy to have in class and always has a smile on her face.  Here is her story.

Aradia Calgary Student Spotlight Karen

Student Spotlight for April 2017, KAREN! Here she demonstrates her Swan with beautiful technique.

Hometown:  Calgary

Favourite Pastime (outside of pole):  Cooking and doing Hot Yoga.

Where were you in life before you joined and became a student at Aradia?  How were you feeling?

I was so bored!  I was literally running and not going anywhere, but more than that, I was desperate for something new.  I wanted a change and I had ALWAYS wanted to try pole (I tended to hang off of door frames and twirl around – even as a kid).  I have my own pole now so at least it’s more legit!

What was your turning point when you decided to take action and come to your first pole class?

I was actually lacing up my runners when it hit me how much I needed to do something different, something that was fun and completely for myself.  I googled Pole Dance Calgary and found Aradia – that was nearly a year ago and I have loved every single week since that intro class!

What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

I felt like I had finally found the “tribe” I had been searching for – like maybe these fantastic women who came here and the amazing instructors also hung off of door frames as kids and pretended to pole dance!  It was fresh, it was fun and it fit perfectly.

What keeps you motivated to come to classes consistently?

I can challenge myself – the harder I work and the more I am willing to push myself, the better I am.  I like that it keeps me focused.  I love it! 🙂

Travelling? A Guide to Picking a Pole Studio!

When I’m travelling, I always look to see if I can book a private pole lesson in that city if there isn’t an Aradia studio. There are so many options, especially in large cities like New York, Chicago and LA for example, that it can get confusing. Here is a cheat sheet that can help when picking a pole studio:
– Location: This is the most important factor in my opinion. You don’t need to go to the closest studio, but you do want to find a studio that is convenient to get to (e.g. subway, taxi, car). There are definitely examples where I have not taken this into account because I really wanted to go to a specific studio/instructor. If that’s not the case, figuring out a convenient plan is definitely something to consider.
– Website: When checking a studios website look for the following: design, professionalism, instructor bios and pictures of the studio. You should have an overall feel of the studio through how their website is displayed as well as what to expect. It’s helpful if the website is mobile friendly.
– Pricing: Always know your budget and stick to it. Remember to take into consideration that you might find some cute shorts that you want to buy on the way out!
– Response Time: If the studio you contact via email or phone does not respond within 24 hours, this may be an indication of what is to come in terms of customer service. With a private lesson, keep in mind that they may need a couple of days to confirm an instructor after you have given them the date or dates you would like. Give them some options to accommodate you. For example in New York I requested a specific date but I was flexible within a four hour time period.
– Confirm your goals: In order to get the best experience out of your private lesson, you should confirm with the studio in advance what you can do (ask your Aradia instructor for the terminology if you are unsure) and also let them know what you would like to work on. I truly believe that learning from different instructors is a good thing. Everyone has their own style and strengths. I personally was taught by four Aradia Instructors when I was a student and I have taken over 15 private lessons or workshops in the US and Europe in the last four years. Committing to your home base studio is important but adding some outside learning can help you grow as an athlete as well.

We have also provided private lessons for people travelling to Calgary, and local students have requested our services as well. If you are or become a VIP membership client, don’t forget you have a one hour private lesson included at no charge.
Hope this helps and happy international poling!

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