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Instructor Feature – Angela

We hope you’ve been enjoying our instructor features and getting to know a bit more about the team that is taking you through your pole and aerial journeys. Our next instructor being showcased is one of our lovely pole instructors.

Angela Valiant joined our team in December of 2018. She started her pole journey at Aradia Fitness Calgary about five years ago, and when we were looking to expand our team, we knew we had to have her. Angela is fantastic with her students, always has a smile, and is especially good at making new students feel welcome. You don’t have to worry about small talk while you’re concentrating on this brand new activity you are trying for the first time, Angela is bound to keep you entertained. 

Angela also works as a radio host on x92.9 (tune into her show 10 am-2 pm) and an Arena Host with the Calgary Flames. One of her favourite actives (outside of the studio) is snowboarding. Follow her on Instagram to see all her adventures, and her adorable pup, Nymeria.

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Angela showing off a table move on pole

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

The community! I always knew the challenges pole would have as a fitness and dance pursuit but I had no idea the friends I would make along the way, no idea how inviting and kind the people would be.

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

I have always liked laybacks – they are scary but it feels cool to do! As a tall, lanky individual I also LOVE plank.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

Elbow stands. I enjoy being inverted, because it’s tough but satisfying to accomplish! My elbow stands are far from perfect, but I like that I can practice them at home and the benefit of practicing balance, compression, and hip flexor strength has been really great for my body! 

What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?

My pole goals are to begin practicing more consistently. My aerial goals for myself are to learn more drops, and for my students to be able to put together combo’s by themselves in new ways! 

How would you describe your teaching style?

I would say it’s quite laid back – I like to open the door for students to work as hard as they can, but they have to choose it for themselves and some days are harder to give it the 110% you want. I like my classes to be challenged, but equally important, I want the class to have been a positive experience so that the next class is even easier to work at. 

What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?

Aradia has SO much to offer in terms of not just pole and aerial classes, but the attention and care given to provide workshops like helping with inversions, climbing, flexibility and strength are SO helpful for any student on their fitness journey. Not to mention some pretty amazing guest workshops from celebrated professionals to really increase the learning opportunities. 

Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?

At some point – things will plateau. It’s frustrating and you’ll want to quit. But keep at it, maybe go back to training moves you love and just work to make them stronger and periodically revisit that ones that you can’t seem to wrap your head around; try other instructors’ classes who may have a slightly different idea to help you. But most importantly, don’t give up. Every journey is different but every journey is improved by training over time!

 

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Angela on lyra

Instructor Feature – Tianna

Tianna Gervais is the first of our aerial instructors being showcased in this series about our incredible team. She has such a calm and welcoming presence, perfect for her classes! 

Tianna is our aerial hammock instructor and has been training aerial hammock for over four years. When she came onto the Aradia team, she also started into pole fitness. Her experience also includes five years as a Yoga teacher, and she is part of an online training program, Sophrosync. We love how supportive and disciplined Tianna is when helping her students achieve the tangible benefits of her classes. In addition to the classes she teaches for us, Tianna offers Aerial Energize and Acro Aerial as daytime classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. You can get more information for these daytime classes, and register by emailing Tianna.

Show her some love and give her a follow on Instagram! You will get to see what she’s up to on the hammock, in the gym, and see her adorable puppy Edison.

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Tianna Gervais in pike pose on aerial hammock

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

The thing that surprised me the most about pole is how much it hurts!

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

My favourite aerial move is cross back into straddle.

Do you have a favourite off the hammock conditioning exercise?

I like going to the gym.

What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?

My pole goals are to begin practicing more consistently. My aerial goals for myself are to learn more drops, and for my students to be able to put together combo’s by themselves in new ways!

How would you describe your teaching style?

My teaching style is a dance of yoga flow and acrobatics in, around and using the hammock. 

What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?

Aradia takes every student and builds up their strength, and most importantly their confidence. Any person can walk in and feel free to express themselves, and own their movements to feel on top of the world. 

Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?

Obviously the #1 piece is get to practice as much as you can – but an important part is also to cross train! Yoga and climbing are good ones to improve grip strength, core, shoulder health and stamina.

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor feature Tianna

Instructor Feature – Jordanna

To kick off 2020, our first instructor feature showcases Jordanna Hogan! We love how creative she is in her classes and how her fun and sparkling personality shines through. Jordanna is a very valued member of our team, and her commitment to learning more and more to be the very best instructor she can be is something we admire about her. She always keeps us laughing, and we are all so lucky to have her!

Jordanna became a member of the team in November 2018 after completing training for Pole 1 through 4. She also teaches some of our Exotic classes (her favourite style) as well as the occasional Pole Fluidity class. Outside of pole, Jordanna plays piano and guitar and does a bit of painting. You can get a taste of some of her passion for music on her instagram stories as well as other hilarious material (including her new kitty =^-^=). 

Featured Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Jordanna in a floor split with pole

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

How something that is so challenging was also fun and rewarding enough to hold my attention and actually stick with – not an easy feat! 😉

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

Lately it’s been anything involving deadlifts, mainly deadlifted one-handed handstands and aerial shoulder mounts.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

I like to work on my flexibility with yoga and deep stretching and also handstands are great conditioning for pole.

What are your current pole and aerial goals for yourself and for your students?

My personal goals are to significantly improve my flexibility and range of motion. For my students, my goal is that they feel and see tangible progress in their pole career everyday!

How would you describe your teaching style?

I would say I’m quite laid back and like to make my students laugh, making it an easy going, enjoyable class. I also try to keep my students mindful of proper technique and always make sure their toes are POINTED.

What do you think students gain from being members at Aradia?

I think that students are truly gaining exceptional instruction and stellar foundation with Aradia. I say that with confidence because even going through my certification I gained a new found appreciation to the amount of learning the instructors go through just to be able to pass that knowledge onto their classes.

Can you provide one piece of advice for students working through their pole journey?

Do not compare yourself to others!!! 

Featured Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Jordanna in forearm hold split on pole

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