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!