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Instructor Feature – Felicia

This week’s featured instructor is Felicia Salzmann, one of our versatile instructors who teaches everything from silks to pole, to Exotic choreos and tricks. Felicia has been practicing pole for ten years and aerial on and off for nine years. She became an instructor at Aradia Fitness Calgary in December of 2017, but she began teaching years before that. While she lived in Florida for school, Felicia was part of the Florida State University Flying High Circus as a Spanish Web performer.

At our studio, Felicia is well known for her heart-pounding, sexy, and intricate tricks in her Exotic Flow classes. Her Exotic Tricks classes are also very popular. The classes she teaches are always challenging and have you coming back for more. She’s also the person to go to if your heels need some love after all the work they put in at our studio. Felicia customizes and glitters up heels to make them look as good as new or even better. Please give her a follow on Instagram and keep reading to get to know more about her.

Aradia Fitness Calgary featured Instructor Felicia Salzmann in Iron Cross on silks

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

What surprised me the most is how it keeps growing and evolving with new styles and new tricks. Just when you think you’ve learned it all, there’s something new to learn! 

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

My favourite move will always be the classic inside leg hang or a fun yogini drop.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

My favourite off the pole exercises to do usually involve mobility and bodyweight training, yoga, contortion, and hand balancing. As well as classical forms of dance to keep up on cardio.  

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

My current goal for me and my students is to just keep growing and exploring the movement art and function behind pole.

How would you describe your teaching style?

My teaching style is, in two words fun and hard. I like to keep it light hearted in analogies and metaphors to help translate the language of pole into something the average person can understand while also presenting a physical and mental puzzle of interesting moves and combos to keep things exciting. 

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

Students gain a number of things from coming to Aradia but I think the most important part is personal confidence and great support group.

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

My piece of advice – Never compare your chapter 1 to someones chapter 5. Pole/Aerial is a personal journey and everyone is different in when/what/how they progress.

Aradia Fitness Calgary featured Instructor Felicia Salzmann performing bridge on pole

 

Instructor Feature – Tatiana

We are reaching the point in our instructor features where we are getting to some of the people who have been pole dancing for almost a decade or more. They’ve been hooked in and their passion for pole fitness keeps them going. Tatiana Vladimirovna has been a pole dancer since September 2011 and she started instructor with Aradia Fitness in 2013. Aradia wasn’t her first foray into instruction.

Tatiana has been a fitness and martial arts instructor since 2006, when she was still living in Russia. Did you know she holds a 4th Degree Black Black Belt in Taekwon-do or that she is a Canadian National Champion in female sparring? Tatiana actually runs her a martial arts school, Taurus Taekwon-Do SW, where students from kids to adults learn ITF style Taekwon-Do.

Tatiana brings her own style into her classes, and like all strong instructors has been continually developing herself. To work on musicality and dancing skills, she has been taking lessons in contemporary, dance hall, jazz and chair dance. Check out what Tatiana has to say about Aradia and training in pole!

Aradia Fitness Calgary featured instrcutor Tatiana Vladimirovna in front splits on the floor

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

It can be challenging but rewarding at any level.

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

I have many favourite moves – drops and flips are fun. I think Iguana is my favourite move for now.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

Sparring, running, dancing and swimming. Or if you are asking about in class but off pole – plank  and variations are my #1.

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

My current goals are to teach more advanced classes. To start creating some dance routine and pole combinations, try to perform on my own later when I am ready and develop some musicality.

For my students they are to create a positive experience in every class, encourage students to be persistent and not to give up even when it is very hard. To have fun and enjoy themselves.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Dynamic, strong and sensual (sexy).

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

Aradia Fitness offers a new modern and fun way to exercise. On top of fitness goals our students can gain confidence, built self-esteem and discover some sensuality. 

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

Just enjoy what you are doing and don’t give up when it is hard.  And when it is hard – ask instructor for help. We are here for you in this journey.

Aradia Fitness Calgary featured instructor Tatiana Vladimirovna demonstrating a Taekwan-do high kick

Photo by Robert Scott

Instructor Feature – Amanda

We have another instructor feature for you this week! Amanda Myers has been pole dancing for about eleven years and started teaching pole dancing at a pervious Aradia Fitness franchise. Amanda, and one of our owners Demetra, met at that studio. When Demetra opened up Aradia Fitness Calgary, Amanda came back to Aradia as an instructor.

This badass instructor is also a paramedic. In the winter, Amanda tries to get out snowboarding as much as she can. Otherwise, she’s in the studio working on her pole skills, and recently Lyra and silks too.

Amanda is always so full of energy, and we love her positive approach to…well, everything! Although Amanda will make you work super hard in her classes, she’ll make sure you have fun too. You can’t expect someone who films awesome pole combos for us dressed in a panda costume to be totally serious all the time. Give her a follow on Instagram!

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Amanda Myers in a genie pose on pole

What surprised you the most about pole fitness?

How much of a full body work out it is. And the random bruises you’ll end up with.

What is your current favourite pole/aerial move?

Is that supposed to be one I can do, or one I dream of doing? Kidding. Sort of My favourite move that I hope to do one day would probably be the Fonji Fip, but my favourite to work on for myself right now is probably a Jamilla Tumble.

Do you have a favourite off the pole conditioning exercise?

For myself, I like to do lots of handstand and core balance conditioning, I also like to get lots of stretching in – flexibility will make such a difference in your pole career, and helps prevent injuries too!

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

I really encourage my students to make their fitness journey their own, to have fun and be proud of their individual progress. I know for myself, I strive to take inspiration from other pole dancers/aerialists, but not get wrapped up in comparisons.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I personally started my pole journey with no previous sports or dance experience, so as an instructor, I hope to inspire students by showing them that you can be successful with aerial arts regardless of your background, but also to use their individual strengths from whatever other hobbies, activities or sports they do.

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

I’m sure every student could give the same answer, but I truly believe your studio becomes your family. I’m so fortunate to have my the other instructors and my students to push me, challenge me, encourage me and sweat right along beside me. I’ve never seen a more positive and diverse group of talented humans. The studio is one of my favourite places to be.

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

Be patient and put in the work for your strength conditioning, it’s a slow grind and we’re all going through it together. When you build strong foundations, not only is it a safer way to train, you’ll save yourself heaps of frustration later. It’s much less overwhelming when you can focus on learning the tricks, rather than having to build strength as well as wrap your head around all the new information!

Aradia Fitness Calgary instructor Amanda Myers posing in Lyra

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