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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 – Jillene

At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we celebrate the success of our students.  Every month, we feature the student who has shown extraordinary improvement, commitment, and superstar attitude.  This month, we are proud to show off Jillene.

Jillene attends classes regularly and lights up the studio with her smile and fiery red hair!  She sets a wonderful example for all the students in class with her determination to succeed and the joy she clearly finds in dance.

Thank you for joining our Aradia family, Jillene!

1.  Where are you from?  Hometown?
 I am originally from Lillooet, British Columbia. I do not have a specific place I consider my home town as I have never lived in a place for more than two years until I moved to Calgary.
2.  Favourite pastime (outside of pole), including any other dancing you do…..
My favourite pasttime is my burlesque. There are so many creative elements to building a burlesque dance, like building a story, choosing music, creating coreography, and designing and making a costume. I love seeing how an idea progresses into a stage production. Burlesque is so beautiful and versatile, and it is something I feel my soul resonates with.
3.  What do you love most about pole?
I love that pole is constantly challenging me to connect with my body. I love that it pushes my mind and body to work together. I still take level one classes and realize I have more to learn. I also carry trauma in my body that has disconnected me from fully moving within myself. Pole and aerials have helped me engage my muscles and body in such a healing way.
4.  What is your favourite pole/aerial move? What is your favourite class at Aradia? 
My favourite pole and aerial move are actually the same!! The fallen angel! My favourite class is definitely the 2/3 splits on Tuesday mornings with Robin. I actually build my work schedule around being able to go to that class. I always laugh a lot in that class.
5.  What keeps you motivated to come to your classes consistently?
I have moved through a lot of different fitness classes and spaces. Aradia fitness is different because I feel like I am apart of a fitness family. The teachers are amazing and I have met incredible people in the classes as well. I look forward to seeing everyone at the studio. I also love that it is easy to see your own progress. I always learn a new move and struggle with it, and then after consistent work I can do it. It is empowering to see your own growth. Pole and aerials both feel like their own language. The more I learn of them the more I feel I can speak through them, so I am anxious to learn as much as I can!
6.  What surprised you about pole and aerial dance and fitness?
I think what surprised me the most was how painful both are. I am sure almost everyone has seen me on the floor at some point or another, clutching some part of my body. But in many ways it has taught me resilience. The more you let it hurt and work that area, it hurts less over time. I was surprised as well to learn the versatility of pole. I had a very stereotypical view of pole as mainly a sensual type of dance, which I have always loved about it, but I have learned how pole can be used to express so many emotions. That really hit me when I did Robin’s pole fluidity class. The movement was expressively sad and heavy. I loved it.
7.  Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
I would join for either of two reasons. First, Aradia has such supportive and engaging teachers. I always feel so encouraged, challenged and celebrated every single class. It is easy to see the instructors value your growth as a student. Second, pole and aerials are absolutely badass and empowering. You can do both of them at Aradia! As a burlesque performer, taking classes at Aradia has expanded my dance vocabulary and improved my strength. As a human, taking dance here has improved my physical and mental health. I think everyone should take classes here.