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 and after almost 20 years spent in New York City, recently relocated, part-time, 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, taught seasonally at Hudson Valley Pole.
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 6 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 continued to study 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 Open Studios with fantastic playlists to get YOU of your head and into your flow!
Jenn is a recovering ballerina, a physical therapist, and a champion pole dancer. She touched her first pole five years ago, at a boot camp in Chester, New York, and realized there was something truly special about this apparatus, and ALL types of dance associated with it.
So she sought devoted instruction at Hudson Valley Pole, and entered her first pole competition a year later, placing 3rd out of 12 at USPDF.
Jenn has gone on to win several gold medals, most recently resulting in an invite to PSO Nationals. She is elevatED certified, loves exotic pole dance AND dramatic contemporary, and draws on her physical therapy experience to offer anatomical, thorough pole instruction in her advanced classes at Hudson Valley Pole.
Ishia is a lifetime mover and shaker. After receiving a BFA in Theatre and Dance from SUNY Buffalo she began performing and producing dance all over the country.
Ishia is also a certified, registered yoga instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching around the Hudson Valley offering flexibility, yoga and barre technique class. She is very grateful to have found pole dancing and is currently an Xpert certified pole instructor, going into her 5th year of teaching pole dance. She loves spin pole, cats, and tiny black booty shorts.