Spin Pole: Level 1/2
Pole Level 3+: Tricks & Combos
Beginning her pole journey at the end of 2011, Amanda has since found a liberating creativity through dance that she is excited to share. Her expression is heavily influenced by her extensive background as an actress and theater artist. She places emphasis on connecting in to the heart and using raw emotions to explore unique movement and story-telling styles on and off the pole. Amanda is a proud member of Jagged: A Contemporary Pole Dance Company and Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Pacific Pole Championships, Dramatic category.
Contemporary Pole Choreo (Beg / Int)
Advanced Pole: Tricks & Combos
Anna began pole dancing in 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Dollhouse Pole Dance Studio. She moved to Los Angeles, California in 2016 and currently teaches and trains here in California. She is the 2017 PSO U.S. National Women’s Pro Champion, placed 2nd in the Pole Championship Series at the Arnold's, 3rd at the North American Pole Dance Championships, International Elite Division, and 2nd at the PSO Pacific Pole Championships. Anna is excited to share her passion and love for the art of pole.
Movement Lab (Pole, All Levels)
Pole Level 2/3: Tricks & Combos
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A former couch potato with a background in acting, Danielle Christine started her pole journey in 2006 with erotic movement classes taught by a friend, and a few years later, transitioned into the aerial pole world. Since then, she has been taking classes around LA and developing her love of all things pole, lyra, and freestyle. One of her greatest joys is spreading her love of it all to her friends and students, and seeing them succeed!
Danielle is also co-owner of Poleitical Clothing, chronicles her pole & lyra journey at Poleitical Diaries, and is a contributing blogger for Bad Kitty Exotic Wear. In her non-pole time, you can catch her still being a couch potato, with her kitties and fella by her side.
Mondays and Wednesdays, 5pm
Intro to Pole: FUNdamentals
Pole Level 1-2: Techniques
Pole Level 1: Choreo
Intro to Pole: Sexy Basics Choreo
Intro to Pole: FUNdamentals
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Danielle's love of pole and aerial began as part of a much larger, life-changing transition. At 30 years old, Danielle found herself overweight, unhealthy and unhappy, so she set out on a mission to not only lose weight and get healthy, but to also do the things she always wanted to do. After losing 60lbs, learning to pole dance was next on the list. All it took was one class and she was hooked. She began teaching in 2014, and became the owner of The Vertitude LA in November 2016.
Danielle has a passion for teaching beginners and loves nothing more than watching her students move on to more intermediate and advanced classes with a solid foundation to pull from. She will make you do the hard work early, and have fun doing it, so that when you’re ready to fly, you will be able to do so with strength and grace!
Movement Lab (Pole, All Levels)
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Iris first became fascinated with movement and exploring her body's capabilities while taking gymnastics classes as a young girl. When academics pulled her away, she never thought she would return to that world. But in 2009, she discovered pole dancing videos on YouTube and got the itch to try a class- just one, just for fun. Having no prior dance experience, she wasn’t sure if she would fit in with the other students. However, after the first spin, she was hooked and knew she had found her passion Iris trained with Cat Gennaro at Poleates for one year - and at the encouragement of her teachers and fellow students, decided that one day she would also become an instructor. In 2011, Iris met Sergia at Poleates and they developed a fast friendship. Shortly after that, Sergia opened The Vertitude and invited Iris to teach. Iris has also studied with Leigh Ann Orsi, Tiffany Hayden and Amy Guion at BeSpun Los Angeles; Tammy Brandel at The Choreography House; and Faith Daniels and Leigh Acosta at Poleates. She has trained in advanced workshops with Felix Cane, Zoraya Judd, Jenyne Butterfly, and Natasha Wang. Her recent performances include the grand opening celebration of The Vertitude, and dancing at Fly - The Afterparty for Girl Next Door - A Pole Dance Soiree. In addition to dancing, Iris photographs pole with her partner Joe Woods through their business, Alloy Images.
Fast & Fierce (Pole, Level 2+)
Jordan Kensley moved to LA with no movement background in Oct 2012 and found her first home at BeSpun. Soon after she began competing and fell in love with Sergias's dance style and how well Sergia brought life to her characters on stage. So Jordan decided to further her training at the Vertitude. It was for NAPA 2014 that she decided to work with Sergia to create her favorite competition piece; she placed second in the NEO division and went PRO from then on. Jordan now spends her time pushing herself to become better- she strives to emulate the athlete, the artist, and the goddess in each of her routines and specializes in a Strong Sexy Style. She finds inspiration within her idols, friends, mentors and students in The Pole Community; this community has given her strength and confidence in so many ways, inside and outside of the studio. She has been teaching at both BeSpun and the Vertitude since 2014 and loves helping students become comfortable in their own skin — the ‘A-HA moment’ that happens when she helps someone figure out a nemesis move is the best feeling for her, next to giving her students the proper techniques they need to train and dance without injury. Jordan Kensley has also been dancing at the infamous Jumbos Clown Room since January 2013, under the name Roxie. She is available for private lessons when she isn't traveling for pole dancing.
Pole Levels 1-5
Monica Kay (the vegan pole dancer)
Monica Kay began pole dancing in New Orleans in 2009 as a professional exotic dancer. She became certified in pole fitness after moving to Los Angeles. Monica Kay loves teaching pole dance because it makes women stronger physically, spiritually, and mentally. As a 500 hour certified yoga instructor, Monica also finds that pole dance, similarly to yoga, can be therapeutic and meditative. She specializes in shoulder safety and flexibility.
When she’s not teaching classes, you can catch her as a cast member for burlesque shows Star Girls, Bootleg Bombshells and Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show among others.
Beginner/Intermediate Lyra (Aerial Hoop)
Pole Exotic: Level 2+
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Meggan Marie is an LA native and graduate of UCLA’s dance program. She has a true passion for dance and has studied the art extensively. She has been performing with local dance companies since 2004 in every style from bollywood to ballet. Several years ago, she got bit by the pole dance bug, and she especially embraces the sexy and artistic side of pole dance. She has performed in Seven, Girl Next Door and Pin-Up Pole Show, as well as her own production of the Twerkcracker, a twerk themed version of the Nutcracker. After several injuries, she became interested in functional movement training and injury prevention and has since become a personal trainer to help bridge the gap between aerial training and strength conditioning. Meggan is a long time vegan, and she loves her sweet doggie, ironically named Chicken (and also a vegan)!
Russian Exotic Pole: Level 2/3
Triana del Fuego
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Triana del Fuego started pole dancing in Portland, Oregon in 2011. The addiction was immediate and she is now totally obsessed with all things pole! She specializes in Russian Exotic, which is a style defined by clean lines, precise movements, and strength based grace. In addition to performing and teaching pole in Los Angeles, she is a classically trained musician, music editor, choreographer and vegan athlete.
Pole Level 1/2 : Technique & Movement
High Heels, Low Flow (Pole)
Pole 3/4: Tricks & Combos
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Veronika's journey in dance has been one of happenstance or perhaps, fate. As the quintessential shy, demure girl next door, Veronika had never been serious about dance, gymnastics or athletics - besides having dabbled in a little bellydance and a bit of salsa. Those were fun, but nothing really stuck. One day, a friend signed a reluctant Veronika up to attend a free introductory pole class which, ironically, was on her birthday. Immediately, she was hooked or rather, she was born! This was a new birthday of sorts; the beginning of a on-going journey of exploration and self-discovery through dance and aerial arts. Veronika began as a student at the now defunct Xpolesitions, where she fell in love with pole dance, met many incredible women (including the amazing Nadia Sharif) and blossomed into a nurturing instructor. Coming from a family of academic educators, Veronika has a natural teaching ability, a gentle analytical style, and a boatload of patience. Veronika has worked with students of all skill level and backgrounds, but she also has the unique experience of beginning as a student with no dance training that allows her to relate to the challenges and triumphs women may encounter on their own personal journey. Veronika continues to study and train pole and has also begun to explore other aerial arts such as lyra (hoop) and tissu (silks) with great passion, but her primary focus in dance is instructing.