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Instructor Feature – Amanda

We have another instructor feature for you this week! Amanda Myers has been pole dancing for about eleven years and started teaching pole dancing at a pervious Aradia Fitness franchise. Amanda, and one of our owners Demetra, met at that studio. When Demetra opened up Aradia Fitness Calgary, Amanda came back to Aradia as an instructor.

This badass instructor is also a paramedic. In the winter, Amanda tries to get out snowboarding as much as she can. Otherwise, she’s in the studio working on her pole skills, and recently Lyra and silks too.

Amanda is always so full of energy, and we love her positive approach to…well, everything! Although Amanda will make you work super hard in her classes, she’ll make sure you have fun too. You can’t expect someone who films awesome pole combos for us dressed in a panda costume to be totally serious all the time. Give her a follow on Instagram!

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Amanda Myers in a genie pose on pole

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

How much of a full body work out it is. And the random bruises you’ll end up with.

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

Is that supposed to be one I can do, or one I dream of doing? Kidding. Sort of My favourite move that I hope to do one day would probably be the Fonji Fip, but my favourite to work on for myself right now is probably a Jamilla Tumble.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

For myself, I like to do lots of handstand and core balance conditioning, I also like to get lots of stretching in – flexibility will make such a difference in your pole career, and helps prevent injuries too!

What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?

I really encourage my students to make their fitness journey their own, to have fun and be proud of their individual progress. I know for myself, I strive to take inspiration from other pole dancers/aerialists, but not get wrapped up in comparisons.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I personally started my pole journey with no previous sports or dance experience, so as an instructor, I hope to inspire students by showing them that you can be successful with aerial arts regardless of your background, but also to use their individual strengths from whatever other hobbies, activities or sports they do.

What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?

I’m sure every student could give the same answer, but I truly believe your studio becomes your family. I’m so fortunate to have my the other instructors and my students to push me, challenge me, encourage me and sweat right along beside me. I’ve never seen a more positive and diverse group of talented humans. The studio is one of my favourite places to be.

Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?

Be patient and put in the work for your strength conditioning, it’s a slow grind and we’re all going through it together. When you build strong foundations, not only is it a safer way to train, you’ll save yourself heaps of frustration later. It’s much less overwhelming when you can focus on learning the tricks, rather than having to build strength as well as wrap your head around all the new information!

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Amanda Myers posing in Lyra

Instructor Feature – Cassia

This week in our series of instructor features, you get to know Cassia Farias Thibert! She is one of our wonderful aerial instructors and teaches both Silks and Lyra (hoop) Cassia always has a genuine smile for her students and fellow instructors. You can’t help but be happy and excited for class – even if Cassia is going to make you do some difficult conditioning.

Cassia’s teaching experience extends back sixteen years to when she was teaching gymnastics in Brazil. The transition from gymnastics to circus and aerials happened eight years ago, and Cassia joined the Aradia Fitness Calgary in March 2018. Cassia also has a business that brings Physical Literacy to daycares. She believes that a lifelong affinity for fitness starts as young as preschool age, and their mission is to impact young kids with a fun, convenient, and affordable gymnastics based physical development program. Some circus elements are also brought in, of course.

Cassia has a one-year-old son Levi and an adorable Samoyed, Sky. We’ve seen some cute videos of Cassia training with little Levi and Sky supervising. Give Cassia a follow on Instagram to see what her family is up to and what you might get to try in her Silks and Lyra classes.

Aradia Fitness Instructor Cassia Farias on aerial silks

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

How close to aerial [silks and Lyra] it can be.

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

I love all the drops on silks and splits poses on hoop.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

Aerials conditioning on silks.

What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?

My goal is get back in shape for performing, and for my students. I want to help them get the best experience with fitness and aerials.  

How would you describe your teaching style?

Accommodating. I try to adapt my teaching according with the students.

What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?

Access to a variety styles of fun and fitness class with a high level of technique. 

Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?

Never give up and do it for the fun of it. Focus on your journey not everyone else path. 

 

Aradia Fitness Instructor Cassia Farias performing a move on Lyra

Instructor Feature – Clare

Clare Burton is our resident polerina and our latest instructor feature! She came onto the team in October 2018 as a Lyra instructor. By December 2018, Clare was also teaching pole and silks classes. We love it when she speaks Australian to us, and we couldn’t imagine the studio without Clare Bear! [ed note. Clare Bear obviously comes from Demetra].

Clare’s ballet and contemporary dance training come through in her Dance Flow classes, and you will (almost) always see perfectly pointed toes and long extensions from her on the pole and Lyra. Recently, Clare started entering pole and aerial competitions in Canada, and she has placed in all of them! Her titles are 1st Place in Dramatic Level 3 at PSO Clare West, 1st Place Dramatic Level 4 PSO West, and 2nd Place in Hoop Level 2 at CPCF.

One way Clare brings her style and uniqueness to competitions and performances is by designing and sewing her own costumes. The outfits are beautiful, and some of her Aradia friends have commissioned outfits from her. Like all our instructors featured so far, Clare has pets. Coco, Navel, Blaze, Petrie and Tifa are the tiny cuties often featured on her personal Instagram. Follow her aerial Instagram account for all the pretty lines and dances.

Aradia Fitness Calgary feature instructor Clare Burton pole dancing in the Canadian Rockies

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

The confidence I gained in myself was definitely the most surprising. Growing up as a dancer, I was always sure of my body and myself, but this taught me to think outside the box and train in some styles I never thought I would love or be capable of.

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

Allegra! An all rounder flexibility move that I am always working on improving.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

Inch worms! (Travelling along the floor through walking out to a plank, completing a push up, then walking the feet up to the hands). It definitely did not start out as a favourite, as it was very difficult, but I know now from how much I’ve progressed that it was a big helper for me, my wrist and shoulder strength. 

What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?

Maintaining my flexibility has always been my most serious goal. I think so many moves in both pole and aerial benefit from long lines that come from consistent stretching, therefore I always have a focus on this in my classes.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I feel that I am encouraging, but also serious in my approach. I want students who come to my class to leave feeling like they have achieved something new, or gained a better understanding of a skill. 

What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?

A wide variety of unique skills, a newfound appreciation for your body and what it is capable of, and a passion for dance!

Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?

Be persistent. Some things will not happen right away, and that’s okay. Take your time and build on your strength and flexibility, both inside and outside of the studio.

 

Woman in black leotard in split pose on lyra

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