Youtube: Amanda Rose
Amanda Rose is our resident champion pole dancer! She has been doing pole for about 5 years but was previously involved in ballet and competitive gymnastics. Known for her impressive strength and agility, Amanda is a well rounded instructor. Her style ranges everywhere from sexy flow to power moves. She loves finding new and unique transitions, shapes, grips and tricks. Although we miss her when she is gone, she loves being a world traveling performer, instructor and competitor.
Competition Titles: California Pole Dance Championship 2013 2nd place, Most Entertaining 2013, Most Artistic 2013, Pole Championship Series 1st place 2013 pro, Women’s North American Pole Championship 2013 pro, National Aerial Pole Art 1st place NEO 2013, Paragon International Pole Dance Championship 2013 Pro 3rd place, National and North American Champion, 3rd place World Champion
Sarah was a gymnast as a kid and has always been happier upside down! She has been pole dancing for about 6 years and tends to gravitate towards the sexier side of the sport. She loves the heels, flowy movement, and tricks. She loves being a pole instructors because it makes her so happy seeing women build strength and confidence all while having fun!
Pole Idols: Olga Koda, Eva Bembo, Alethea Austin (She is very inspired by all the dancers in Russia!)
Competitions: Pole Stars 2010, California Pole Dance Championship 2012, Ink n Iron 2014
Performances: Aerial Showcase for Japan 2011, Ink n Iron 2012, Pole Show LA 2013 and 2014
Pole & Flexibility Instructor
AJ has been doing pole for around 3 years and is very involved in the fitness world. She competes, volunteers and trains pole athletes. With a knack for fusing tricks into flowing combinations, her style leans towards modern dance with fun shapes and balancing.
Competitions: Ink N Iron, Pacific Pole Competition, PSO Nationals, CPDC, Pole 2 Pole
Performances: Pole Show LA, Volare Variety
Pole & Aerial Instructor
Jolene was heavily involved in gymnastics, dance and cheerleading throughout her life. She has been doing pole for over 6 years and aerial for over 3 years with equal love for both. Her style is more geared towards the fun and gymnastic side of dance with aggressive spins and fast movements. Jolene loves rolling around on the floor and finding innovative ways to move around.
Pole Idols: Marlo Fisken, Karol Helms, Olga Koda, Kapi Huria
Competitions: Pacific Aerial Arts Competition 2014 Lyra 1st Place, Pacific Pole Competition 2015 Level 4 Entertainment 1st Place
With no dance or gymnastic training, Lisa began taking aerial in 2008 at The Aerial Classroom after seeing an article about them in the OC register. At the beginning, she couldn’t even lift herself but her persistence prevailed and she eventually got stronger and more flexible class by class. After shadowing her aerial mentor Elizabeth, Lisa started subbing classes in 2010. Then in 2011 she started teaching on her own for The Aerial Classroom, which has since moved to the Valley. She continues to take classes everywhere to better herself and to stay up to date; always a student. Knowing how gratifying it feels, it gives Lisa so much joy to see people get things that they never dreamed they could do! Those “if I could just…” moments that students execute make her the happiest.
Lisa’s past performances include various private parties, breast cancer events, an event supporting veterans on USS Iowa, health fair by Kaiser, blue martini and many more.
Erika has had a passion for the performing arts and circus since before she can remember. Growing up she was not permitted to dance, however she competed on her high school varsity swim team. In college the opportunity to dance finally arrived. Erika began taking ballet consistently for two years, but sadly had to quit temporarily due to the loss of her mother to cancer. Soon after Erika decided to follow her original childhood dream and finally set foot into the circus world. At 24 she found her first aerial studio and since then has been training 5-6 days a week in Lyra and Silk at various studios in Hollywood and continues to take classes in both modern and ballet.
Aerial Idols: Lesley Vaughn, Rain Anya, and Terry Beeman
Erika has performed at Blue Martini Ball and Womack and Bowmans studio showcase.
Danielle Shaw grew up dancing from the age of 3. After taking a few years off she decided to get certified in Pilates. While studying Pilates she took her first Aerial class in 2009. She was immediately hooked, taking class 5 times a week from the top instructors in Los Angeles. Quickly she started assisting her instructors and then moved on the teaching right along side them. She continues to train, teach, choreograph, and perform on a regular basis. She has performed all over California at private events such as Belasco Theater, Sababa, and Snoop Dogg to name a few. She has a passion for teaching and is excited to see her students accomplish things they never thought possible.
Mando has been doing aerial for about 7 years and teaching for a little over 5 years. Surprisingly, he came into aerial with no gymnastics or dance experience at all but this does not stop him from choreographing routines and running our student showcases. Contributing to his wide range of aerial knowledge, Mando is studying kinesiology.
Aerial & Flexibility Instructor
Lindsey began her career as a gymnast for over 13 years. During college, she decided to take an aerial class and fell in love with it. She has been doing aerial for 4 years and has performed at various venues and events in California. She has also branched out into contortion, hand balancing, rope and hammock. Currently, she teaches aerial tissu classes as well as flexibility and conditioning. She is very excited to be teaching aerial at Urban Aerial Fitness.