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.
At Aradia Fitness Calgary, we love our students. We watch them develop strength and confidence throughout their pole journey.
Introducing our amazing student Josephine!
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 June, we are featuring Josephine! 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.
Josie in her iguana. Nice work!
Where are you from? Hometown?
Favourite pastime (outside of pole)?
My favourite pastime outside of pole is staying active. It changes with the season. In the winter I love snowboarding and skiing. In the spring/summer I spend a lot of my time biking and paddling/coaching for dragon boat.
What do you love most about pole?
I love pole because it because it’s fun and gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment.
What is your favourite pole move? What is your favourite class at Aradia?
There are too many pole moves/poses to just pick one! Each pose is beautiful and an intricate work of art and strength. One of my favourite pole moves would be the Ayesha. It took me a long time to be able to consistently perform this move.
My favourite class at Aradia would be the floor play classes. I am by no means a dancer or graceful. But I find with the floor play classes, the transitions and fluidity make me feel that much closer to being an artist/dancer.
What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
There are many things that keep me motivated to return to pole classes consistently. The instructors are wonderful at Aradia. The students are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Also, the progress you see in endurance and strength when you are able to perform a challenging pole move is quite rewarding.
What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I found it really surprising how much strength especially core strength, at the higher levels pole dance and fitness entailed. The instructors and other students make it look so easy and effortless. But watching others perform strength moves or beautiful combos is very inspiring.
Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
Aradia is a great place to start your pole journey. You progress at your own rate. The studio, environment, instructors and student community are amazing. Pole fitness may seem intimidating, but it’s a great investment for your physical and mental health. You meet amazing and supportive people.
There are so many different aspects of pole fitness: strength, flexibility, fluidity, etc. I myself became hooked on the strength aspect. But either way, which ever aspect of pole fitness you focus on, it’s just a beautiful and fun alternative way to fitness.
Every month at Aradia fitness Calgary, we celebrate one of our most dedicated and delightful students. Our Student Spotlight for March, 2018 is Amy Karst. Amy is a joy to have in class with smiles and laughter, showing encouragement to other students, and setting a wonderful example by coming to class and working hard. Her progress in pole and aerial fitness has been outstanding. We are proud to have Amy in our Aradia family. Keep going, Amy! xoxo
1. Where are you from? Hometown?
I’m homegrown, born and raised right here in old YYC. My parents are from Saskatchewan so I have Rider Pride, and I believe through humour and carbs all things are possible!
2. Favourite pastime (outside of pole)
I believe quality motion and stillness are the keys to happiness so when I’m not around the pole, in a hoop, or wrapped in silks, you’ll find me on my snowboard or downhill mountain bike. I started tap dancing this year too, making 2018 the year to tackle new opportunities for motion, and annoying my downstairs neighbors! I’m also a voracious reader and experienced napper.
3. What do you love most about pole?
I am in love with pole because you can visually capture your strength gains from week to week. One week you can’t even begin to hold a move, and the next week you can for half a second, and then for a whole second, and then for two! The progression is extremely thrilling and motivating to push yourself further, even when your pole kisses (bruises) are showing.
4. What keeps you motivated to come to your pole classes consistently?
The evolution of my strength, and the burning desire to be able to do what the YouTube videos make look so dang easy! Tip: none of it’s easy but it’s all beyond worth it!
5. What surprised you about pole dance and fitness?
I was surprised by how fast my body adapted to the new challenge, and how supportive each class is! It’s never a competition, we all want to climb to the roof together!
6. Why should someone join Aradia Fitness Calgary and start pole today?
A) the true hilarity of looking the absolute opposite of sexy as you try to do any move from pole 1 for the first time!
B) the joy of doing a pole up!! That’s right, I used JOY and a BODY WEIGHT PULL UP together.
C) the commraderie, support, and inner (and outter!) strength that comes from such an empowering, endurance building, anything’s-possible workout that can change your outlook, your body, and your life.
At Aradia you get to bust out your wild side, your sexy side, your soft side, your strong side. I RAVE about Aradia to anyone who’ll listen, and when I can’t find the words or they don’t believe me, I just show them my biceps!