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Connecting Kira and Evgeny with Aradia Fitness Calgary

Last week, we premiered our studio feature video, and it had me thinking about the experience of the video shoot as well as having our special guests, Kira Noire and Evgeny Greshilov, at Aradia Fitness Calgary. This is the first part of a series of stories I will share with you about our time with Kira and Evgeny. I hope you enjoy following along!

In the fall of 2018, I found myself thinking about how our studio has grown over the last four years. When I bought the Aradia Fitness Calgary franchise in 2014, we were located in the northwest, but I thought it was time to move to the southwest; to build a studio I had always dreamed of. We started with four instructors and offered a total of 12 classes per week (operating only four days a week). Today, we have grown our team to 11 highly trained instructors, and offer 34 classes per week. I remember how we used to struggle booking pole athletes for workshops, and now, pole athletes contact us directly to come to our studio. We had expanded the business so much, but it made me think, “Should I be thinking even BIGGER?”.

The answer was, “YES!”.

Why couldn’t we take it to the next level? In my heart, I knew we could. It was just a matter of deciding what that meant. I thought long and hard about artists I would love to connect with and bring to Calgary, 

I had long been a follower of both Kira and Evgeny. Kira and Evgeny’s list of accomplishments is beyond lengthy. They both work with the biggest Russian Dance-Circus Show at Leningrad Centre, have won numerous international competitions, and are revered for their work around the world. 

Mesmerized by their talent, I had taken their workshops in the past and had experienced (first hand) their incredible instruction as well. I decided to take a leap and reach out to them. I nervously awaited a response, but I tempered my expectations. Why would they accept (knowing it would be their first time in Canada), and how would I even bring them over? Regardless, I got a response (within two days)! It was a resounding, “YES!”

I couldn’t believe Kira Noire and Evgeny Greshilov wanted to come to my studio!

The best part? Evgeny is also a pole videographer and photographer. Together with Kira’s help with choreography, I had hoped they would produce a video for Aradia Fitness Calgary. This was going to be BIG!

Check back next week to hear more about our time with Evgeny and Kira!


Kira Noire and Evgeny Greshilov with Demetra Lykidis at Aradia Fitness Calgary


p.s. To celebrate the release of our video, and to build our family, our New Aradia Client Special is only $34+gst until October 15th! That gives you two weeks of unlimited classes.

Student Spotlight – Alyssia

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we celebrate our students. This month, we chose Alyssia for her quiet determination. Stepping out of her comfort zone, Alyssia arrived at our studio, and stuck with it, always smiling, always supporting her fellow students. An artist by trade, she has expanded her skills to include pole and dancing with us and our beautiful community of strong women. Thank you, Alyssia!!!

1. Where are you from? Hometown?

I was born in Newfoundland! My boyfriend and I moved to Calgary a few years ago & I love it here, it’s definitely home to me now.

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

My pastime outside of pole is work! I run an on online creative business, so spare time is pretty non-existent. I spend my days creating personalized hand bound journals, drinking too much coffee, answering emails & shipping orders. When I am not working on my business or at a pole class I am relaxing at home, sometimes I like to cook.

3.  What do you love most about pole? 

I love everything about pole. I love the physical and mental challenge as well as the confidence it has given me. I especially love the sense of accomplishment I feel after finally figuring out a difficult move!

4.  What is your favourite pole move? What is your favourite class at Aradia? 

I have a few favorites! I love handstands, the superman & the descending angel.

My favorite class is pole 4, it’s challenging!

5.  What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?

I just love the way it makes me feel. It doesn’t matter how busy & stressful my day is going, when I walk into Aradia I instantly feel better. The instructors are so welcoming & the other students are always so nice & encouraging. I am always in a great mood & feel so refreshed when I leave. Plus it’s pretty great to see improvements in my strength & skill with each class, it’s addicting.

6.  When did you first start coming to Aradia Fitness?

I signed up for my first class at Aradia in October 2017. I was immediately impressed with the beautiful studio & talented instructors. I left feeling excited & inspired. It was way outside of my comfort zone, but turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love & look forward to every class.

7.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

It’s hard & it hurts! I am usually bruised all over, but it’s so fun that I don’t mind one bit.

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

If you are on the fence about trying pole you just have to go for it!

Pole has added so much joy to my life. Before I began I was worried that I would feel out of place, but that was not the case at all. The community at Aradia is super supportive & you can really see that the instructors truly care about each of their students. I have gained so much strength & confidence, have made new friends & finally have a workout that I actually look forward to.

Remember the Love

While listening to a sportscaster talk about how a hockey player, 10 years into his career seemed to have lost his love of the game, I started thinking about this in relation to pole.  I still love pole but I do see some major differences in it since my humble beginnings.  Believe it or not, back in 2007 when I started as a student, Instagram did not exist!  There was no comparing myself to another pole dancer half way across the world and wondering if I would ever be that good or how many hours I would need to train to get there.  It was a simpler time and it really kept you focused on your own development.  It was a blessing of sorts as it kept me working on proper technique and not just doing something once and moving on to the next big trick.  The pole climate feels very different from those days but there are some benefits to it as well such as a larger community and more and more friends around the world that you connect with.

“I’ve got to take flexibility, gymnastics, dance and 6 or more pole classes to keep up!”

“I’m not progressing fast enough to continue on with classes”

“I’ll never be able to compete or be as good as I want to be”

Any of these sound like something you’ve said to yourself?  We’ve all been there and felt that way at some point.  Are you getting discouraged or are you losing balance in your life?  When I started, the only measuring stick I had were my friends in class.  It was pretty great given that we all had our different strengths and we all excelled at different things.  I believe our class environment still feels that way…  we all cheer each other on, we are excited for one another but what happens when we see a competition or a crazy trick on Instagram?  Do we start feeling bad about where we are in pole or are we still proud of our achievements?

When I got back after almost 2 months off this year, I had those feelings of insecurity as my strength had diminished and I felt bad about where I was at.  At Pole Expo, I struggled to keep up at workshops where previously, I would have rocked it.  I got back from Vegas feeling a bit down on myself.  I over did it trying to keep up and I could barely lift my carry on luggage into the overhead bin.  I had those feelings of “why bother” but I decided to dust myself off and I called Erica a few weeks later.  I talked about getting back to loving pole so we decided to meet up, just play and do a poleflow from Magnus Labbe that I had learned in his workshop over a month before.  We spent a Sunday hanging out, laughing and just having a good time.  We learned the flow in about 40 minutes and stayed for another hour taking videos of us doing it in tandem.  It became FUN again and I had an epiphany.  I had lost the fun in it all.  I forgot about laughing until I cried when I fell out of a move, enjoying just learning and not taking myself so seriously.

Pole should help self confidence and self esteem.  If it is developing insecurities, you need a reset and remember the love.  Pole should make you happy and be FUN.  It did when you started and you can get back there trust me!  We support you in your journey and anything we can do to help, just know we are there for you!!

Lots of POLE LOVE!



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