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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.

Student Spotlight – Melissa

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we love all our students. To show them our ongoing appreciation, we choose one every month for a special student spotlight. The choice is based on dedication, commitment, attitude, and general sparkliness. This month, we have chosen Melissa. She came to us in Pole 1 with a great sense of humour and wicked smile. Now in Pole 5, Melissa flies on the pole with so much grace and confidence, that she inspires us all to do the same.

Melissa flies in the Daphne pose.

1.  Where are you from? Hometown?

I’m from Calgary.

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

Outside of pole, my husband and I coach a salsa dance performance team. We used to teach classes, but find with two young children it’s more time efficient to focus on a choreography with a set group of dancers. We also love to social dance at the local salsa events.

3.  What do you love most about pole? 

When I was a kid I was really into gymnastics, so getting to flip upside down and do tricks & combos again is like food for the soul.

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

The instructors and other students are so inspiring!  I was just saying in class last night that I thought I would be satisfied now that I’m in level 5.  However, I’m surrounded by these physically strong, talented women in my classes who inspire me to keep working through the levels.

5.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

There’s a few surprising facts:
A. It’s shocking how much strength and control is required to make things look polished.
B. It hurts, which in turn makes you tough.
C. There’s a misconception about what pole fitness really is. I feel like that’s partially because of class attire. I know I was taken aback myself in the beginning…..seeing girls in sports bras and shorts. I didn’t understand why that was necessary. Can’t we just wear leggings? No! Because you really need bare skin contact with the pole.

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

Try it and feel your strength increase. Do things with ease that in the beginning were so hard. Talk about a serious fitness challenge as well as learning balance, coordination and endurance. I tell everyone to try it!


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