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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.

Student Spotlight – Alexandra

We are pleased to introduce our amazing student Alexandra!

We love featuring Aradia Fitness Calgary students on our blog. These women embody our community and demonstrate that they are positive, supportive and powerful. For May, we are featuring Alexandra! She is so much of an inspiration to our instructors that she was the overwhelming favourite this month! Alexandra took her first pole class with us in January 2019 and since then has been committed and focused on her progression (which is outstanding by the way). While remaining focused on her pre-med studies, she has tried out just about every single Aradia class. We are all envious of her perfect toe-point, definitely a ballet background! She is an absolute joy to have in the studio and always has a smile on her face.  Here is her story.

Where are you from? 

I’m from Calgary – not too interesting in my mind, but during university, I’ve lived in England for a year and Ontario for a semester.

Favourite pastime (outside of pole and aerial)?

I feel like I’m almost passionate about too much sometimes! I’ve been involved in dance and music all my life. I’ve been involved in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, and I’ve played violin and trombone. (I don’t have many pictures unfortunately but here’s an old ballet picture)

I also love science. I’m hoping to go into medicine, as I’ve found it fascinating since childhood. I’m working on my undergraduate Life Sciences degree, then hoping for med school! 

What do you love most about the aerial arts?

I’ve wanted to try pole dance and aerial arts for so many years and I’m so happy to have the opportunity. I find it gives me an opportunity to connect with my body in a meaningful way (after struggling with body image for many years I find that so important), as well as an opportunity to be artistic and creative.

What is your favourite move, pole or aerial?  What is your favourite class?

My favourite move in pole is the backwards spin, and my favourite Lyra move is probably mermaid, just because I know how to transition it well. My favourite class has to be Lyra – it hurts but it’s so worth it.

What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?

What keeps me motivated is just the classes themselves! I look forward to it every day I go. The instructors are always so supportive and encouraging, while still pushing me to improve.

When did you first start coming to Aradia Fitness?

I started coming at the end of January and couldn’t get enough. I think I’ve gone to nearly every class I could since then – including some aerial hammock classes, some chair dance classes, and a FlexAbility class.

What surprised you about pole dance and aerial fitness?

Being someone that started in ballet at a young age, I was honestly surprised by how kind and welcoming the instructors were. Not to say that ballet teachers aren’t lovely people, they just tend to be a tad harsher – especially with exams and performances always on the horizon. Aradia has been an amazing experience for me. Also, I was surprised with how quickly I could pick it up – at the beginning of pole, I was convinced I’d never be able to move up a level, yet I’m nearly there now!

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

If anyone is considering Aradia, I’d tell them to just go for it! I know all the barriers that seem to stand in the way – you’re not fit enough, skinny enough, strong enough – I was there just 1½ months ago. I love everything about the studio and it’s been an amazing experience – it genuinely brightens up my day knowing I have a class coming up.

Interested in taking Alexandra’s advice to just go for it? We’d love for you to come try a class. We currently have some special $10 day time classes and every other Friday! Check them out on our schedule.

Student Spotlight – Mya

Mya is also a very talented baker.

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we celebrate our students’ victories. Mya Bakk is our Student Spotlight for February, 2019! Mya has come so far in her confidence and ability that she is performing a solo in our Spring Showcase in April. We can’t wait to see her shine!

1.  Where are you from? Hometown?

I was born and raised here, in Calgary.

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

Baking is a passion of mine. I love experimenting with desserts, cakes, chocolates and candies. I love it so much that I went to pastry school and now I’m working on getting my red seal!

3.  What do you love most about pole?

I love that pole is a combination of strength and art. I really respect the discipline and dedication dancers have for what they do and pole dancing is no exception.

4.  What is your favourite pole move? What is your favourite class at Aradia?

The butterfly. It’s not my best move, but I have fun doing it. I’ve also taken a liking to the martini sit.
My favourite classes are Exotic Flow and Pole Fluidity. It’s great seeing how the moves we learn in class can be strung together to make infinite and beautiful combos! They also really bring me out of my shell and boost my confidence, since I’m usually pretty reserved outside of the studio.

5.  What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?

Seeing my progress week after week is fantastic but my sisters are the best motivators for me. The three of us all do pole and we share pictures and videos of our progress with each other. Watching my sisters’ fitness journeys and being able to celebrate our milestones with each other encourages me to keep doing my best.

6.  When did you first start coming to Aradia Fitness?

I started in October of 2016 for a couple of months but took a break to focus on school. I took up classes again in January of 2018.

A very comfortable martini sit. Nice, Mya!

7.  What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?

I knew a lot of muscle control was required for pole but I was definitely unprepared for how much you had to condition your skin to perform certain moves.

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

The pole community is amazing! Everyone I’ve met at the studio has been so friendly and encouraging since day 1. They celebrate the victories with you – big and small – and help lift you up when you’re feeling discouraged. It’s a great environment, where I feel like I’m not being judged and I can learn at my own pace. Pole is an amazing workout and confidence booster. It’s also a lot of fun!

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