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Experience, Training and Certification at Aradia Fitness Calgary

Aradia Fitness Calgary is dedicated to cultivating a team of highly trained instructors, committed to the safe, successful, and progressive instruction of our clients. Each instructor is passionate about learning and expanding their teaching skills – and we provide the best training possible. As the premiere Pole Fitness Studio in Calgary, we have set a high standard for anyone who earns a coveted spot on our team.

Aradia, as a whole, has developed a thoroughly researched and proven curriculum requiring a high level of knowledge to teach correctly. Candidates applying for the program must be an experienced pole dancer (or aerialist) before they can become one of our instructors. For example, all instructors on our roster had three or more years of experience before starting their training. We conduct training for a level over the course of a weekend. The candidate then completes an internship, practicing teaching alongside an experienced instructor before being tested on their knowledge. In addition, we designed our aerial program, introduced in February 2018, in conjunction with Circus Lab. Training from Circus lab was done with teachers who are also experienced Cirque du Soleil artists.

Demetra and I have been teaching pole and aerial for ten years. What drew me to Demetra, as both a fellow instructor and a business partner, is the similar philosophy we both held about instructing. We are continually learning techniques, movements and exercises. We do this through our travels to studios and gyms across North America, various teacher certification courses and online training. Not only does this increase our skills, but it also expands our teaching repertoire.

Over the past three years, we have put a lot of dedicated effort into cultivating a team (and family) of instructors with the same drive to learn and share knowledge and skills. (I may be a bit biased, but I’d say our team is the absolute greatest).

My students can attest to the multitude of odd and (unfortunately for them) helpful conditioning exercises and stretches I know. After ten years, I am still trying to expand my knowledge. I learn from Cirque du Soleil Artists, triathletes, extreme sports athletes, and travelling pole artists, to give a few examples.

Calisthenics and pole dancing on Miami Beach

Monika training (showing off?) with Calisthenics experts in Miami.

When we have the opportunity to host pole stars like Kira Noire and Evgeny Greshilov, I jump on the chance to learn from them. It’s not just because I can learn some cool tricks. It’s also because once I let them know I want to use some of my time to learn more teaching tips, I get so much more out of the session. We host a variety of pole stars and aerialists at our studio, each having their own unique style.

Jordan Kensley, a guest instructor at Aradia Fitness Calgary training Monika on twerking

Jordan Kensley working with Monika on twerking skills.

Just like the guests we host, all of the instructors at Aradia Fitness Calgary have their unique style and personality. This helps expose students to infinitely more options. It also shows them they can really make their pole and aerial practice their own.

I think one of the most important aspects of a great instructor is willingness to continue to learn and adapt. Anyone can learn how to give a standard explanation of a move. A genuinely dedicated instructor will adapt to their students, always be thinking and analyzing, feel the fire from discovering something new, and be looking for opportunities everywhere to learn and grow as a teacher.



Cirque du Soliel artist and gymnast Sascha Bachmann taught classes at Aradia in 2019.

Cirque du Soleil artist and gymnast Sascha Bachmann taught classes at Aradia in 2019.

Save the Date(s) – Epic 2020 Events Coming!

2019 has been an incredible year for Aradia Fitness Calgary. But, we’re just getting started! After the fantastic experiences with Kira Noire and Evgeny Greshilov, we’ve already been planning our epic 2020 events.

What do we have planned next? SO MUCH! Although I can’t give away all the secrets, I’m sure there’s one you’ve heard about already.

It’s true! Dan Rosen is coming to our Rocky Mountain Pole Retreat in May 2020! Dan is well known as an amazing pole athlete with an abundance of creativity. I took a workshop of his a couple of years ago at Pole Expo, and he is an unbelievable instructor.

Dan Rosen, guest instructor for the Rocky Mountain Pole Retreat 2020, one of our 2020 events

You may also know him from his “Dear Dan” column or as his alter egos “Danielle” (the instructor) and “Susan” (the student). His Instagram (@PoleLOLs) has over 70K followers, and he entertains us all every day. Even though he is in high demand, we were able to convince him to come to teach us “Canadian Susans” (as he put it). Dan is just as excited as we are for the retreat! It will be his first time in Canada, and he can’t wait to meet you.

In addition to his workshops, Dan will be hosting a “Dear Dan” session, where you can submit questions for him to answer. Don’t worry; we’ll let all the participants know how to get their questions selected for Dan to read and reply to.

I will let you in on another secret and one of our planned 2020 events/workshops.

We are working on another world-class exotic artist coming in June/July! This artist has already accepted our invitation. We are now working on all the administration and finalizing details before we announce this STAR.

Stay tuned; you won’t believe who is coming next summer to Aradia Fitness Calgary!


An Instructors Perspective of the Studio Feature Video Shoot

For this week’s post in our series about our time with Kira Noire and Evgeny Greshilov, we voluntold one of our lovely pole and aerial instructors, Clare Burton, to write a piece for us. We also have the perfect video clip to accompany this post on our instagram feed. Make sure to check it out with the sound on. Here’s Clare’s experience of our studio feature video shoot.

Although I knew who Kira and Evgeny were before they arrived, I feel as though I didn’t wholly appreciate the opportunity to learn from them until I was in their presence. I distinctly remember watching both of them practicing before our workshop began and getting chills. The precision, flexibility, and strength took my breath away. As a trained dancer, I noticed these attributes immediately and realized how much I could gain by attending these workshops. All three workshops I attended were hard work, but I came away with a new appreciation for what I am capable of. It’s a never-ending journey of discovery that pole dance has to offer!

When Demetra told us about the video they would be creating for us, I knew this would be a fantastic way for the instructors (including me) to showcase the best of what we offer. Even though I’ve been involved in music videos and similar projects in the past, there’s nothing quite like the experience of hearing “Just one more time!” or “Again!” over and over. Both Kira and Evgeny were committed to producing the best video they could and consistently brought new ideas and angles for us to try.


Kira Noire assisting Clare Burton during the Aradia Fitness Calgary Feature Video Shoot

As I completed my solo shot for the video, featuring my favourite flexibility move, Allegra, I was challenged by them to attempt it with straight legs (which I had not achieved before). Kira pushed and pushed until finally, it was a perfect split. I was so unbelievably happy I was able to complete the move and have it captured in our video! When the final product was released, I could barely contain my excitement. I was bursting with pride for my fellow instructors and my studio. It was a fantastic experience to work with both Kira and Evgeny, two incredible professionals who will always be remembered by us all.