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Student Spotlight – Amy

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Amy working her flexibility on the aerial silks.

Every month at Aradia fitness Calgary, we celebrate one of our most dedicated and delightful students. Our Student Spotlight for March, 2018 is Amy Karst. Amy is a joy to have in class with smiles and laughter, showing encouragement to other students, and setting a wonderful example by coming to class and working hard. Her progress in pole and aerial fitness has been outstanding. We are proud to have Amy in our Aradia family. Keep going, Amy!  xoxo
1.  Where are you from?  Hometown?
I’m homegrown, born and raised right here in old YYC. My parents are from Saskatchewan so I have Rider Pride, and I believe through humour and carbs all things are possible!
2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole)
I believe quality motion and stillness are the keys to happiness so when I’m not around the pole, in a hoop, or wrapped in silks, you’ll find me on my snowboard or downhill mountain bike. I started tap dancing this year too, making 2018 the year to tackle new opportunities for motion, and annoying my downstairs neighbors! I’m also a voracious reader and experienced napper.
3.  What do you love most about pole?
I am in love with pole because you can visually capture your strength gains from week to week. One week you can’t even begin to hold a move, and the next week you can for half a second, and then for a whole second, and then for two! The progression is extremely thrilling and motivating to push yourself further, even when your pole kisses (bruises) are showing.
4.  What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
The evolution of my strength, and the burning desire to be able to do what the YouTube videos make look so dang easy! Tip: none of it’s easy but it’s all beyond worth it!
5.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I was surprised by how fast my body adapted to the new challenge, and how supportive each class is! It’s never a competition, we all want to climb to the roof together!
6.  Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
A) the true hilarity of looking the absolute opposite of sexy as you try to do any move from pole 1 for the first time!
B) the joy of doing a pole up!! That’s right, I used JOY and a BODY WEIGHT PULL UP together.
C) the commraderie, support, and inner (and outter!) strength that comes from such an empowering, endurance building, anything’s-possible workout that can change your outlook, your body, and your life.
At Aradia you get to bust out your wild side, your sexy side, your soft side, your strong side. I RAVE about Aradia to anyone who’ll listen, and when I can’t find the words or they don’t believe me, I just show them my biceps! 
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Amy showing her progression in Lyra.

 

Student Spotlight – Belu

Every month at Aradia fitness Calgary, we celebrate one of our most dedicated and delightful students. Our Student Spotlight for February, 2018 is Belu Perez. She represents our pole community of positive, supportive, and wonderful people. She has shown outstanding progress, commitment to her pole journey, and is a joy to have in class. We have had the pleasure of watching Belu grow into a proud pole athlete.  Keep going, Belu, we are so grateful to have you in our Aradia Family!
1.  Where are you from?  Hometown?

I was born in Queretaro, Mexico. 

2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole)?

I love doing yoga and Latin dancing.

3.  What do you love most about pole?

Its super fun and also really good for building strength and flexibility. And it makes you feel good about yourself. 

4.  What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?

Every time I go to class I feel like i learn something new and I become better and better. Also it feels awesome when you finally get a move you have been working on for a while.

5.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

I didn’t expect there to be so many moves! You never stop learning new things. 

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

Everyone at Aradia is super nice and friendly! All the instructors are so encouraging and they know so much. You will always be learning new things! Classes are always fun and its just a very nice environment!

Student Spotlight – Kelty

Introducing our amazing student Kelty!

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 May we are featuring Kelty!  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.

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Kelty in her Stargazer. We are so proud of you!

  1. Where are you from?  Hometown?

I am from Edmonton, Alberta.  I moved here July 2008.

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

Other than pole –  I hike, paddleboard and spend time with my cat named O’Malley.  When I was younger, I was in gymnastics and competitive figure skating.

  1. What do you love most about pole?

Learning and becoming stronger every week! I enjoy seeing the progress I make every week. I also have a lot of fun at class.

  1. What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?

The instructors are professional and positive. I always feel welcome each class that I attend.  Becoming stronger keeps me motivated to keep attending. I look forward to learning difficult moves that without strength and practice, I would not be able to complete.  A good friend of mine growing up attends Aradia Fitness Sherwood Park and posts her progress, so she also motivates me to keep going with my training.

  1. What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

How physically demanding pole is. Pole uses muscles that you do not necessarily train in a gym.

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

The Aradia instructors are professional, courteous and respectful.  The Studio is always clean and has open doors to anyone that would like to start pole fitness.

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