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 August, 2018, we are featuring Kristine McLean. Kristine brings so much positivity with her to the studio. She works hard in class, all the while encouraging and applauding other students. She has had an impact on all our instructors as well as her fellow students. Well done, Kristine! You have come so far and we can’t wait to see how far you will go in your aerial and pole journey!
Kristine in her Pole 4 Butterfly
1. Where are you from? Hometown?
Hometown is Edmonton, though I have lived here so long Calgary feels like my hometown.
2. Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing, aerial you do…..I love the Static Trapeze! It is my favorite thing to do outside of pole.
3. What do you love most about pole?What I love the most about pole is the sense of strength and flexibility it gives me. I am not someone you would call flexible, however pole has made me more flexible now, as I approach 50, than I ever have been before. In the 10 months that I have been doing pole, my core strength has tripled and my overall strength has improved. It is crazy how quickly it develops with pole.
4. What is your favourite pole/aerial move?
I love being inverted. So any move that is inverted is a favorite.
5. What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?I keep coming back to class because it is fun…and hard…and a lot of fun…and challenging…and hard…and really fun.
6. Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
If you are thinking of working out, try Aradia. I love it for all the above reasons but the best part of Aradia is all the wonderful friends I have met. The environment of the studio is so friendly and encouraging. I thought it might be a body concious environment but it absolutely isn’t. EveryBody is welcome at Aradia.
At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we celebrate the success of our students. Every month, we feature the student who has shown extraordinary improvement, commitment, and superstar attitude. This month, we are proud to show off Jillene.
Jillene attends classes regularly and lights up the studio with her smile and fiery red hair! She sets a wonderful example for all the students in class with her determination to succeed and the joy she clearly finds in dance.
Thank you for joining our Aradia family, Jillene!
1. Where are you from? Hometown?
I am originally from Lillooet, British Columbia. I do not have a specific place I consider my home town as I have never lived in a place for more than two years until I moved to Calgary.
2. Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing you do…..
My favourite pasttime is my burlesque. There are so many creative elements to building a burlesque dance, like building a story, choosing music, creating coreography, and designing and making a costume. I love seeing how an idea progresses into a stage production. Burlesque is so beautiful and versatile, and it is something I feel my soul resonates with.
3. What do you love most about pole?
I love that pole is constantly challenging me to connect with my body. I love that it pushes my mind and body to work together. I still take level one classes and realize I have more to learn. I also carry trauma in my body that has disconnected me from fully moving within myself. Pole and aerials have helped me engage my muscles and body in such a healing way.
4. What is your favourite pole/aerial move? What is your favourite class at Aradia?
My favourite pole and aerial move are actually the same!! The fallen angel! My favourite class is definitely the 2/3 splits on Tuesday mornings with Robin. I actually build my work schedule around being able to go to that class. I always laugh a lot in that class.
5. What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?
I have moved through a lot of different fitness classes and spaces. Aradia fitness is different because I feel like I am apart of a fitness family. The teachers are amazing and I have met incredible people in the classes as well. I look forward to seeing everyone at the studio. I also love that it is easy to see your own progress. I always learn a new move and struggle with it, and then after consistent work I can do it. It is empowering to see your own growth. Pole and aerials both feel like their own language. The more I learn of them the more I feel I can speak through them, so I am anxious to learn as much as I can!
6. What surprised you about pole and aerial dance and fitness?
I think what surprised me the most was how painful both are. I am sure almost everyone has seen me on the floor at some point or another, clutching some part of my body. But in many ways it has taught me resilience. The more you let it hurt and work that area, it hurts less over time. I was surprised as well to learn the versatility of pole. I had a very stereotypical view of pole as mainly a sensual type of dance, which I have always loved about it, but I have learned how pole can be used to express so many emotions. That really hit me when I did Robin’s pole fluidity class. The movement was expressively sad and heavy. I loved it.
7. Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
I would join for either of two reasons. First, Aradia has such supportive and engaging teachers. I always feel so encouraged, challenged and celebrated every single class. It is easy to see the instructors value your growth as a student. Second, pole and aerials are absolutely badass and empowering. You can do both of them at Aradia! As a burlesque performer, taking classes at Aradia has expanded my dance vocabulary and improved my strength. As a human, taking dance here has improved my physical and mental health. I think everyone should take classes here.
At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we love our students. We watch them develop strength and confidence throughout their pole journey.
Introducing our amazing student Josephine!
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 June, we are featuring Josephine! 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.
Josie in her iguana. Nice work!
Where are you from? Hometown?
Favourite pastime (outside of pole)?
My favourite pastime outside of pole is staying active. It changes with the season. In the winter I love snowboarding and skiing. In the spring/summer I spend a lot of my time biking and paddling/coaching for dragon boat.
What do you love most about pole?
I love pole because it because it’s fun and gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment.
What is your favourite pole move? What is your favourite class at Aradia?
There are too many pole moves/poses to just pick one! Each pose is beautiful and an intricate work of art and strength. One of my favourite pole moves would be the Ayesha. It took me a long time to be able to consistently perform this move.
My favourite class at Aradia would be the floor play classes. I am by no means a dancer or graceful. But I find with the floor play classes, the transitions and fluidity make me feel that much closer to being an artist/dancer.
What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
There are many things that keep me motivated to return to pole classes consistently. The instructors are wonderful at Aradia. The students are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Also, the progress you see in endurance and strength when you are able to perform a challenging pole move is quite rewarding.
What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I found it really surprising how much strength especially core strength, at the higher levels pole dance and fitness entailed. The instructors and other students make it look so easy and effortless. But watching others perform strength moves or beautiful combos is very inspiring.
Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
Aradia is a great place to start your pole journey. You progress at your own rate. The studio, environment, instructors and student community are amazing. Pole fitness may seem intimidating, but it’s a great investment for your physical and mental health. You meet amazing and supportive people.
There are so many different aspects of pole fitness: strength, flexibility, fluidity, etc. I myself became hooked on the strength aspect. But either way, which ever aspect of pole fitness you focus on, it’s just a beautiful and fun alternative way to fitness.