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Learn more about Ashley!

Ashley

Learn more about Danielle!

Danielle

Learn more about Erin!

Erin

Learn more about Hillary!

Hillary

Learn more about Jill!

Jill

Learn more about Jolene!

Jolene

Learn more about Lauren S.!

Lauren S.

Learn more about Lauren!

Lily (Lauren)

Learn more about Lydian!

Lydian

Learn more about Naomi!

Naomi

Sky High Studios instructor - Ashley

Ashley

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Current Founding “BENDY BUNNIES R US” to make you flexy, Liquid Motion Notions, Picture a Sloth and a Scorpion making a baby and that’s what I’m bringing to the table.

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Prior to Ashley’s meta-whore-phasis you could say she was looking for herself and an alternative hobby that didn’t involve teaching her cats paddy-cake and would work on her social skills. That’s when she came across a very aggressive extrovert that told her to go take a pole class ,or, don’t on her own free will. Ashley decided it was in her best interests to probably go and so she did. In her “deer in the headlights” phase teachers would describe would describe Ashley as awkward and quiet. They could not tell if she was having fun but she kept showing up. Ashley was having a great time though you have to start somewhere and Ashley started from a load mash potato on rock bottom. It took Ashley a while to progress but her instructors didn’t give up on her so she didn’t give up on herself. As her self esteem grew so did her passion for pole. She made a few friends though somedays she was more awkward than others. As she branched out of intro she tried a variety of other classes to see where she fit best. She found love in Liquid Motion, Freestyle, and Flexibility and it only was up from there.

Pole is for every-body. I pole because it made a few people angry and I got some well placed nudges that made me believe in myself. Since haters make you famous I road that wave. So after dealing with the passive aggressive people, uneducated people, and just the trolls of the world. Here I am on the other end to tell you that you can do it too. I told myself when I started if I could make one person change their perspective of themselves for the better and believe in them so they feel safe to explore what they want -so long as it goes with class- and with that it’ll all be worth it. Unfortunately, that feeling is addictive and now I’m just trying to start a cult. As for few things I live by, I stole this from The Pole Comedian but in Amy’s words “There’s no wrong way to do pole fitness – the only wrong you can do is to do it unsafely” and Picasso’s “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”. So what’s my mission? Explore with me and join my cult ,or, don’t, that’s fine too. Hobbies include – snacking (feed me) napping and world domination.

To book a private lesson with Danielle, please email ashleyt@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Danielle

Danielle

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Liquid Motion Master

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I’m a ballet/jazz/contemporary dancer turned pole dance instructor and performer, Master Trainer and Content Developer for Liquid Motion, as well as a full-time professional ballroom dance competitor and instructor. I’ve danced for over 30 years, starting at the age of four and continuing my education at the University of Georgia, where I earned my B.S.Ed. in Dance Education.

Without pole, my life would have been completely different. Pole dance has given me the strength and self confidence that I wish I had in my previous dance training. It has helped me to enjoy exercise, work toward goals, and achieve the impossible. Pole has allowed me the freedom to unleash my feminine sensuality and to celebrate my body rather than hide it or judge it. It gives me an outlet to express myself creatively and explore movement just for movement’s sake. The pole fitness world is a small one, and it is incredibly supportive to all its members. One of the best ways pole has affected me is the community I’ve found. Through pole, I’ve met amazing people as I’ve traveled across the country to visit pole studios, making memories and building lifelong friendships. I feel incredibly lucky to have been involved in pole dance and this wonderful community for over a decade now.

To book a private lesson with Danielle, please email daniellem@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Erin

Erin

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Dramatic Pole, Choreography/Musicality and Nurturing Pole Babies

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I had been an admirer of pole for years prior to my first class. My fitness background was horseback riding (not a lot of overlap there), but I was also a musical theater nerd who loved performing. I found the dramatic side of pole really appealed to me but I hadn’t worked out in years so for me it was quite a transition from couch potato to pole potato (I will never give up potatoes). Sky High was my introduction to pole and 4 years later I am both a teacher and pole competitor. My accomplishments include earning a gold medal in levels 1, 2 and 3 for dramatic pole.

I pole in part because it makes me feel like everything I assumed I would never be. I had never felt like an athlete before. I didn’t think I had it in me at all and now I have…muscles! I’d really like to pass forward that experience of empowerment to my students. So, I try to make class fun and accessible to everyone regardless of fitness background. I also love working with people who want to write routines for performance or competition.

To book a private lesson with Erin, please email erinm@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Hillary

Hillary

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Pole Flow, Upbeat & Fast-Paced Choreography 

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I grew up in dance – studying tap, ballet and jazz for over 20 years. I was always curious about aerial fitness and one day I was feeling bold and decided to give it shot! I did mainly aerial silks for 2 years then took my first pole class and I was hooked. I have been training pole since 2017 and  I can’t imagine my life without it!

Pole has given me a creative outlet that is both physically challenging, but also so fun! I love seeing the progress that the students make over time. The pole journey is not a sprint, it is a marathon, so it is really exciting to watch that unfold! I also love working on extensions/lines as well as developing body awareness through flow of movement.

To book a private lesson with Hillary, please email hillarye@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Jill

Jill

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Fluidity, Heels, and Fancy Climbing
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From about 7-10 years old I was absolutely obsessed with the “Dance! Workout with Barbie” VHS tape, in which a stop-motion Barbie leads a dance aerobics class for a group of real girls wearing exactly what you would imagine one would wear to a Barbie aerobics class in the early 90s. This video sparked in me a lifelong love of calisthenics, and is also probably responsible for a lot of my fashion choices. Years later, having dabbled in yoga, pilates, NIA and bellydance, but never able to top the high of mastering the Jammin’ Jogger with Barbie, I stumbled onto an introductory offer for pole dance classes and gave it a chance. With the first class I knew I had found something special. It was physically and mentally challenging, and I loved the combination of dance, strength, flexibility, and sensuality.

My classes emphasize fluidity, connection, and body awareness. I’m a licensed Liquid Motion instructor and draw heavily on that movement methodology. I love working on climbing, heels technique, transitions and making simple, foundational movements look beautiful. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing students do the thing they didn’t think they could do!

To book a private lesson with Jill, please email jillm@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Jolene

Jolene

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Pole transitions, Slooty Heels & Sarcasm

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I have been doing pole for over 10 years. Previous experience include dance, gymnastics, cheerleading and theater. Previously was performing in the circus. I enjoy when people bring snacks to class. I also own a local pole show called studioXpresents.

My teaching style is sarcastic and performance based. Wants students to understand transitions and weight shifts. I love helping building confidence and personal style with each student. Students should come to class with high excitement & low expectations. To get the most out of class, bring snacks.

To book a private lesson with Jolene, please email jolenet@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Lauren S.

Lauren S.

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Pole choreography, Low Flow & Freestyle

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Raising three awesome humans is my proudest achievement in my life. I have two sons, one daughter, a collection of animals, and one suuuper patient husband. When my kids were all much younger, I came across an offer for a beginner pole class, and I had no idea at the time just how much it would change my life. First of all, I found the coolest people I had ever met at that studio. Some of them even became my best friends. Most importantly, though, I discovered a side of myself that I didn’t even realize existed. Of course my life was very full and complete already, but pole showed me that I could do even more. Me! A Mom. A non-dancer. A former cheerleader from the late 1900’s with zero spinal mobility, shoulders that were installed backwards, and a post-post-post-partum abdominal region. ME. Doing crazy upside down hanging-by-one-leg things. I was (outside leg) hooked from day one. In my eyes, this pole dancing thing was magical, my instructors were wizards, and I couldn’t get enough. So, here I am!

I love to share my excitement about movement with my students. I enjoy creating routines with creepy awkward poses, unexpected quirks and dynamic spins. I like thinking up crazy new freestyle exercises for them to try. I like challenging them with bizarre variations of things they already know. I like seeing them work together for high energy performances with attention to musicality. We have fun, we laugh the entire time (except maybe during squats and shoulder burners), and I just love seeing my students enjoy themselves during class each week. Mostly, I love seeing them develop over time. When someone finally nails that trick, or has a moment of personal growth, I’m just as excited as they are. All I want is for my students to get what they need from this sport. We’re all here for different reasons. I know that if you enjoy something, you’ll keep doing it, and if you keep doing it, you’ll gain more skills, more strength, and more confidence. It feels good knowing that so many people choose to spend their time at the studio because it makes them so happy. Taking class at Sky High makes their day a little better, and I’m grateful that I get to be a part of that.

To book a private lesson with Lauren, please email laurens@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Lydian

Lydian

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Liquid Motion, Low Flow and Spin
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I have a strong background in theater and the performing arts. I found pole when I was looking for a new kind of exercise to get excited about and it soon became a passion.

Pole gives me a lot of joy and I love the sense of camaraderie in our studio. I want to nurture the same feeling of joy and accomplishment in our students and build up their confidence as well as find a fun artistic outlet.

To book a private lesson with Lydian, please email lydiany@skyhighstudios.net

Sky High Studios instructor - Naomi

Naomi

TEACHING SPECIALTY

Combos!! Keep it simple… but make it extra!
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I have a background in music. I was never really interested in any type of sport or fitness, until I found pole fitness. I tried a class back in 2018 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I am forever encouraging and ready when you are!
I like to make things as easy as possible… but make it look extra. I love combos. There are often a lot of simple tricks that I like to piece together to make it extra. Point your toes! SMILE! And don’t forget to breathe. I hope to see you in the studio soon!

To book a private lesson with Naomi, please email naomiw@skyhighstudios.net