Maridza’s passion for dance started with ballet and jazz at a young age. She has studied with many choreographers of hip hop, street jazz, cardio funk, and modern dance. Her fascination with pole dance started while taking Cardio Strip Tease Classes in Austin, Texas back in 2004. She was intrigued by the fact that classes were always overcrowded with high energy women dancing sexy while having such a good time. At the time, she had heard about Pole Dancing becoming the latest fitness trend, but classes had been hard to find. When she finally tried it she was amazed by the way pole dancing pushed and toned her body and immediately became addicted.
After moving to San Diego, she commuted to Orange County and LA to attend classes and workshops. She later attended an instructor training course at Pole Position Fitness. She is also passionate about yoga and completed a 200 hr Ashtanga Yoga teacher training program in San Diego, and has since taught both yoga and pole dancing to students of all levels.
She completed a Pole Dance Instructor Certification course as authored by World Renowned Pole Dance Instructor and Performer, Fawnia Mondey-Dietrich of the Pole Fitness Studio in Las Vegas, NV www.polefitnessstudio.com/PDIC-Instructors.htm and has trained with KT Coates, the world’s leading pole instructor and founder of Vertical Dance, UK. In the past 3 years she’s noticed that pole fitness dance has become very popular and inspires most women lucky enough to try it. So, try it and become addicted!
Always having been an exercise nut, Carmen has done a variety of physical activities. As a small child she was practicing gymnastics in school, and then came the cheer leading stage, then running, then aerobics, on to weight lifting in the traditional gym setting. Somewhere between those activities she would take a variety of dance classes. Dancing at nightclubs became a favorite of hers for many years to come and she wasn’t above putting on her white go-go boots whilst dancing on podiums doing her part to spread the love across the room. She related the energy of this type of dancing to pole dancing.
A few years back after going through a hard break-up and feeling unmotivated to do much for about a year she gained 10lbs. Realizing that 10lbs could start adding up she thought it was time to get back into some type of workout, however, the traditional gym setting no longer had the appeal to her that it once had. Then within the course of a week she saw different television shows talking about the new workout: pole dancing and all the benefits of it. When she saw how much fun the women were having while getting fit, she identified with it and started doing research on the internet to see if these classes were being taught in San Diego, indeed they were. Needless, to say after trying one class she was hooked! The transformation in her was tremendous, not only did she loose the 10lbs. in a few months, while having one of the best times in her life; she also met some of the most awesome women on the planet.
Getting back in touch with her body, her sensuality, physicality and inner peace was and remains to be the best form of healing she could have found. After a year or so of taking classes Carmen and Maridza sharing the same passion for pole fitness, opened their own studio. Their focus is to share their passion for the pole with all the other like minded individuals. Carmen continues to hone her craft by taking as many workshops as she can. A few that she has attended were facilitated by Trina at heartandpole.com and by taught by Katie Coates, Rock Angel, in Calabasas and more than one workshop with Jenyne Butterfly. To maintain flexibility, control and develop the strength needed with advanced pole work she also incorporates yoga into her workout. As well, she is certified to teach, by Mary Ellyn Weissman at Empowerment Through Exotic Dance, Ltd sm.
Come into the studio and bring the pole creature out in you!
Lorena comes from a lifetime of dance in a variety of styles, discovering with the pole a unique physical expression that is amenable to so many different motivations. She embraces the artistry along with the strength, agility, and flexibility required of the more gymnastic and acrobatic side of pole’s power moves and tricks. She has taught all levels and types of pole dance & fitness classes and workshops since 2010 (including “Tubo en Español”!), acquired various certifications (ACE Group Fitness, Pole Position Fitness, PoleMoves Master Trainer), and has trained directly with dozens of top global pole pros. Lorena continues to partake in showcase and competitive events as a pole professional herself, at regional and national levels, in various roles from producer and judge, to performer or competitor — but possibly most gratifying, behind-the-scenes as trainer to others aspiring to take their pole skills to the stage (coached over 50 trainees who went on to compete). She loves all that’s possible with pole: from the physical accomplishments to the psychological fulfillment; from the sexy to the athletic to the artistic… Her ultimate enjoyment is the incorporation of all the above into complete dance routines on the pole – through which stamina is built, skills are perfected, goals are met, strength is achieved, personal style is highlighted, emotions are expressed, and confidence soars. Join Lorena for a spin on a pole or lyra (her favorite aerial apparatus) where she will support you to go “higher baby! and don’t ever come down!” — in the healthiest way possible of course!
Throughout the course of Ashley’s time as an instructor, she has learned to adapt and overcome challenges set by pole dance and incorporates her own experience as a way to teach and relate to students in their own pursuits. The moment Ashley set foot into Pole Sinsations, she knew this practice was going to change her life for the better. Having started off as a student at the studio, Ashley knows the frustrations of low self-esteem and overly ambiguous fitness goals; and has since, learned how to cope with these frustrations and turn it into a positive experience through pole dancing. Ashley focuses her attention on the technicality of pole dance- breaking down the basics in repetition and then shifting her focus in fluidity. In doing so, she aims to help guide students in finding their own creative dancing styles; focusing on the strengths and inner prowess of her students to achieve their fitness goals in a fun and exciting way.
A native to San Diego, Athena found her passion for dance at the age of 8, beginning at a youth recreation center.
She decided to continue pursuing her passion and partook in the Visual and Performing Arts program at Mendoza Elementary school from the 4th-6th grade, then from the seventh grade all the way into her senior year of high school, partook in the School for Creative and Performing Arts program at Chula Vista Middle School and Chula Vista High School. Throughout these years of dancing she gained experience in tap dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, hula, and Tahitian dance. After graduating high school, Athena found a new passion for pole dance and fitness right at our studio in July of 2015. Now, as one of our dance instructors, she has developed a newfound passion for sharing this specialized form of dance with our clients at Pole Sinsations. Outside of taking pole dance/fitness classes and performing in gigs around San Diego, Athena is attending junior college in hopes of pursuing a career in the field of kinesiology. If you don’t find her dancing, you’ll mostly find her studying or taking cardio kickboxing classes.
Nadine began pole dancing in 2009 and has fallen in love with performance and teaching. She has competed at the Pacific Pole Championships and at the California Pole Dance Championships in Los Angeles as well as assisted at National Aerial Pole Art in Las Vegas.
Her style is strength and tricks based with an emphasis on energy, fitness, and music. She loves teaching advanced combos by breaking them down into manageable parts so students of all levels can enjoy their stage of dance!
Anna Kavyrshina is a 2017 Pacific Pole Championship winner of the Level 4 Exotic Pole Dance category and placed 1st at the US National Championship category “Low Flow.” She is a native born Russian. Intimately involved in dance and fitness throughout her life, she started taking pole classes in 2013 and soon after that she had begun teaching pole dance. At the same time she discovered Yoga as an additional strength and flexibility training and with completion of the Yoga Alliance 200-hour training program at Yoga One Studio in San Diego, California Anna became a certified yoga instructor in 2015. Combining both strength and flexibility training in her classes, Anna helps her students in finding their own style and defining their strong sides in pole dancing. Concentrating on technicality and clean execution as opposed to chasing new tricks, Anna is able to create a story in her dance that is shown through the moves polished to perfection