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Student Spotlight – Leah

Our Student Spotlight for October 2019 is our amazing student Leah!

Every other month we spotlight an Aradia Fitness Calgary student who we feel embodies our community of positive, supportive, powerful, and fabulous men and women. Just about every day of the week, Leah can be found at our studio dancing on the pole, spinning on the Lyra, or flying on the silks. She is an absolute natural; her progress has been outrageous. Leah works so hard and always shows support and encouragement to her peers. Here is her story.

Where are you from?

I was born in Manitoba, but Calgary is essentially my home town!

What is your favourite past-time? (Besides pole of course, haha)

Leah’s paintings

It’s more than a pastime but I love painting and drawing! I am in my last year of art school, working towards my BFA in Drawing. I am also working on my Certification in Women’s Counselling and would love to find a way to incorporate the two in my future career.

What do you love the most about pole and aerial?

I love that it’s such a well-rounded means of getting healthier. The creative nature of the sport makes you reconnect with yourself and your body in such a unique way. I love that my fitness goals are no longer centered around aesthetic achievements that would often leave me feeling discouraged and ready to fall out of routine. Now I’m just focused on what I am capable of and the journey is so exciting, rewarding, and addictive! I also feel really supported and encouraged by the community, and am really honoured to be part of such an amazing group of people at Aradia and the pole community in general.

What is your favourite class at Aradia? What is your favourite move?

My favourite pole move lately is jade split! It’s one of the first moves I saw that I was really enamoured with, so it’s been really satisfying to work towards. It’s tough to choose a favourite class, I love my regular levelled pole classes because that’s where I see the most of my improvements and always learn something new! But I also love getting into my 8-inch platforms and doing Exotic Flow classes. I also like how restorative Aerial Flow is after a weeks’ worth of exhausting pole/silks/lyra classes.

What motivates you to keep coming to your classes consistently?

I would really like to try competing one day! As a kid I did vaulting competitively (for those who don’t know, vaulting is gymnastics on a moving horse. Yes, my mom liked putting me in unconventional sports lol) so I kind of missed competing and performing now that I’ve found a sport I absolutely love. It’s also just so easy to want to keep taking classes consistently. There’s a variety of different classes to take throughout the week and almost every day has a bit of something for everyone.

When did you start coming to Aradia Fitness?

I started at Aradia in May 2019 after living a very sedentary student life for multiple years and it has been exactly what I needed! Now I’m there almost every day and take multiple classes a day if I can, I wish I started sooner.

What surprised you about pole and aerial fitness?

I was surprised by how painful so many graceful and lovely looking moves were. It just goes to show how conditioned and powerful pole dancers really are both physically and mentally to make such intense moves look effortless. It’s a good feeling when previously painful positions become easier.

Why should someone join Aradia Fitness and start their pole and aerial journey today?

Pole and aerial sports have so much to offer, whatever it is you’re looking for! You will improve on whatever you perceive your weaknesses to be, and will find new strengths. The people at the studio come from all walks of life and everyone is very accepting and inclusive. I always leave the studio feeling inspired and energized (also very eager to come back). The atmosphere at Aradia is amazing and the classes are so fun and challenging! The studio is bright and beautiful, and the instructors and fellow students make it such a special and welcoming place. It’s improved my mental and physical health, and just my life in general drastically and I’m so thankful for Aradia!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Spotlight – Victoria

Every second month Aradia Fitness Calgary features an outstanding student in our Student Spotlight. Our Student Spotlight Superstar for August 2019 is Victoria!  She took her first class at Aradia Fitness Calgary in January of 2019. Like many others, she became instantly hooked.  It is a rare day that Victoria is not in the studio dancing and flying.

Victoria has been a fearless student. She was a brand new beginner and yet dove right into the pole and aerial lifestyle; trying absolutely everything from pole to silks, and Lyra to aerial hammock!

Thank you for being a part of the Aradia family, Victoria. You are an inspiration to all of us.

Where are you from?

I am from Toronto, Ontario.

Tell us about your life outside of pole – what are your favourite things?

Aradia Fitness Calgary Student Victoria on a paddle board wearing a life jacket.

Another one of Victoria’s favourite past-times, the paddle board!

I used to burn calories by going out to paddle board.

What do you love the most about pole? How does it make you feel?

Pole dancing accomplishes so many things at once, which I love! I don’t have to go to another form of fitness as it’s got the good core and upper body strength builder, as well as cardio and flexibility. I find all the classes really empowering!

Screen shot of students' instagram story expressing joy over the success of a move

She got it!

What is your favourite class at Aradia? What is your favourite move?

The exotic dance classes. I love exotic because the classes include flexibility, strength, and, of course, a lot of dancing. It doesn’t mean I can dance but I love it. Most part, I get to wear those heels!

As for my favorite move, I like to nominate body waves?! The move that includes waving the body towards and away from pole. I think it’s the most sensual move. I don’t have the body wave yet but I love it. Love and hate relationship.

What motivates you to keep coming to class?

For me accomplishment motivated me to come to classes consistently. When you succeed in something great that you never really thought you are possible to get a move or pose and when you do, you want that consistent great feeling awarding you.

When did you start coming to Aradia Fitness?

My very first Pole intro class was January 24, 2018 with Angela. After my very first class, I left feeling energized, empowered, and confident.

Student spotlight Victoria showing off an outside ankle hook on the pole

Outside Anke Hook!

What surprised you about pole and aerial fitness?

It is much harder than it looks!!!!! Pole dancing may look like it’s all about dance/attitude but it actually requires a lot of strength. 

Why should someone join Aradia Fitness and start their pole and aerial journey today?

Pole is an awesome work out! Pole dancing is great combination for all the possible training that are out there. Personally, I find pole classes are great for people who want to have fun while building strength. Plus, it’s a nice studio filled with fun instructors and friendly people. And please, don’t forget about Lyra and silks. I heart aerial fitness! It’s like you’ve got it all right here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Spotlight – Yulia

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we celebrate our students’ success. Every month, we feature a student who we feel exemplifies our Aradia family spirit, and the joy of our pole community.

For the month of July, 2019, we are featuring Yulia Zhdanova. Yulia brings so much positivity with her to the studio. She works hard in class, much as she does in her Korean Martial Arts where she holds a black belt. She is sweet and quiet, and probably the best-dressed on our studio, dazzling us daily. Well done, Yulia! You have come so far and we can’t wait to see where you will go in your pole journey!

Where are you from (hometown)?

I was born in Moscow,Russia.

What is your favourite pastime, outside of pole, including any other dancing that you do?

I have a black stripe in Korean Martial Arts and I enjoy fitness. Taking pole lessons allows me to be more confident and love my body.

When did you first start coming to Aradia Fitness?

My first class in Aradia Fitness began on August 30, 2018 from Intro to Pole.

What is your favourite class at Aradia?

Some of my favourites are Floor Play, Exotic Flow and Pole Circuit.

What do you love most about pole?

All classes and levels of Pole are great with amazing instructors.

What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?

What keeps me motivated to come to Pole classes consistently is my eagerness to learn new Pole moves, having best teachers, and a friendly environment in the studio. Because of those things, I want to come everyday!

What surprised you about pole fitness?

I had a good understanding, that pole dancing requires hard work, and you have to be strong and believe in yourself. As you get more practice, you will begin seeing good results and start loving it even more.

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

I strongly recommend joining  Aradia Fitness Calgary to increase confidence and love for your body.

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