Our instructors are ACE/AFAA certified to teach pole fitness. Find out more about this certification here.
What initially drew me to pole was not pole fitness itself, but the seedy establishments in which pole dancing existed. These women danced suggestively, ‘inappropriately’ even, yet their skills weren’t without merit; they spent their nights fighting gravity in stilettos, and coming out as graceful victors.
At that time, pole fitness was virtually non-existent, and I was intrigued by the idea that these techniques were passed from dancer-to-dancer purely through practice and imitation. So I did what anyone would do: I bought a pole and youtubed everything related to ‘exotic’ or ‘pole’ dancing. That was a little 5 years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I am Xpert certified to teach pole fitness, and have been teaching pole for 3 years.
Everyone wants to feel sexy and fit, and pole helps us achieve those goals. It’s not only physically demanding to move in a seemingly-effortless, sensual manner, but also mentally rewarding to finally get that trick… and then smooth out the kinks to make it graceful.
I don’t want to *feel* like I’m working out, I want to get lost in the moment. The fitness aspect is simply a bonus. If it was all about muscles and tricks, we’d take up gymnastics.
I’m ecstatic to share my passion, and to push my students to flourish as both athletes AND temptresses.
Emanuela is a designer and a dancer that was born in Rome Italy, and after almost 20 years spent in New York City, recently relocated to the beautiful Hudson Valley. Emanuela’s first dance experience goes back to those years in Rome where she studied contemporary jazz. Pretty soon her love for movement made its way through her design world and business reveling a passion for forms and contrasts very similar to those expressed in dance. One of Emanuela’s most significant experiences was joining the S Factor pole dance studio in Chelsea where she explored 7 beautiful and enriching years of movement of feminine.
Today, Emanuela continues her journey with her ‘InsideOut’ pole dance conversation.
Shelby’s love for aerial arts began when she was seventeen years old when she started taking lyra classes at Hudson Valley Circus Arts. From there she found Hudson Valley Pole Arts and instantly fell in love. She loved how pole made her feel strong and unstoppable.
Since then Shelby has become a certified cirq fit lyra instructor, an elevated education certified pole instructor and a licensed Liquid Motion instructor. Her goal is to bring confidence, power of individuality, and knowledge of pole and movement to her classes.
Patricia Yndigoyen is an X-pert certified instructor and a seasoned pole competitor. She has been poling for 5 years and trained extensively at Body & Pole (considered by many to be the mecca of pole dance instruction). She loves spin pole as it enables her to hold graceful, flexible positions and maintain a steady flow. When she’s not spinning for her life, you can find her relaxing at her Woodstock home with her two furbabies.
Glenda is a recent graduate of the ACE-accredited elevatED pole certification program founded by pole dance champions Marlo Fisken, Michelle Stanek, and Kyra Johannesen. Read more about this certification here.
Glenda has been pole dancing for 3 years, and is dedicated to finding the rhythm in every song! She was recently hired to work-study at the mecca of pole, Body&Pole, where she will continue studying under the best aerialists in the world. Glenda believes pole greatness can be achieved with a solid pole foundation; in her words, “don’t look for the trick. Just flow, and the trick will find YOU.” She loves creating fun, simple, and engaging choreography, with special emphasis on transitions and “in-between” moments.
We are so excited to have her lead our pole babies in Intro to Pole!