Fawnia Mondey

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Canadian born Fawnia Mondey is the pioneer of pole dancing instruction as she produced the world’s first instructional video on how to pole dance. Since her start in 94 Fawnia has produced seven instructional DVDs, taught thousands of women worldwide, and owns ‘Pole Fitness Studio’ with two locations in Las Vegas, NV. USA.

Fawnia is respected judge for pole competitions around the world at the highest of levels including the World Pole Dance Championships, the World Pole Sports Championships by the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) and the International Pole Championships (IPC) hosted by the International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA).

With over 20 years experience teaching, Fawnia’s certifications include Personal Training, Group Fitness Instructor with AFAA, plus iKick, Zumba, and PiYo. Seeing the demand for safe and effective pole dancing instruction, Fawnia created the Pole Dance Instructor Certification (PDIC) which is a complete training program and guide for running a safe, informative and successful pole dancing school. Fawnia wrote the forward for The complete Idiots Guide to Exotic and Pole dancing Illustrated (Paperback) in 2007 and was voted The United Pole Artists Pro-Poler of the year 2011. In addition to teaching at Pole Fitness Studio, Fawnia instructs pole dancing workshops at the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) and also offer education lectures at UNLV's "Dance 103: Sex, Dance and Entertainment" class. Fawnia is on the board of directors for the Pole Fitness Association (PFA) and on the Olympic committee for the International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) as an Elite Athlete with efforts towards the pole being in the Olympics. The Pole Dance Community (PDC) awarded Fawnia with the PDC Pioneer Award in 2012. During the International Pole Championships (IPC) in Singapore Fawnia was awarded the IPDFA Industry Leader of the Year award for 2014. Locally she was awarded Las Vegas Top 100 Women of Influence for 2014 & 2015.

In 2011 Fawnia created Pole Expo and hosted the first Pole Expo in 2012 in Las Vegas. In 2016, the 5th annual Pole Expo has grown to be the largest event of its kind, welcoming 2000 attendees from over 50 countries. You are invited!

“Where would we be without The Pole? Thank you “The Vertical Pole” for you gave us a unique way to express ourselves as we discover how strong, beautiful and talented we really are!”

Fawnia Mondey’s Competitive History

  • 2nd Place 2016 Day Dream Pool - Bikini

  • Winner 2011 Spy on Vegas Hot100 - Bikini

  • 2nd Place 2009 Fitness America – Figure Short

  • 2nd Place 2009 Canadian Fitness and Figure Nationals - Figure Medium

  • 3rd Place 2008 Canadian Fitness and Figure Nationals - Figure Medium

  • 1st Place 2007 Canadian Fitness and Figure Nationals - Figure Medium

  • 1st Place 2006 Best Legs Las Vegas, Rainbow Bar & Grill

  • 5th Place 2006 Emerald Cup - Figure 5'3"-5'4"

  • 1st Place 2007 Canadian Fitness and Figure Nationals - Figure Medium

  • 1st Place 2006 Best Legs Las Vegas, Rainbow Bar & Grill

  • 5th Place 2006 Emerald Cup - Figure 5'3"-5'4"

  • 1st Place 2005 BC Championships Figure Short

  • 2005 NPC Pittsburgh Amateur & Pro Show up to 5'4"

  • 3rd Place 2005 Emerald Cup - Figure 5'3" - 5'4"

  • 9th place 2004 Canadian Nationals Figure medium

  • 5th place 2003 Sophie's Swimwear Pageant

  • 2nd place 2003 BC Championships Figure short

  • 1st place 1999 Muscle & Fitness Mania Women's Lightweight Bodybuilding

  • 1st place Miss Nude Internet 1999

  • 3rd Miss Hawaiian Topic - British Columbia, Canada 97 and 99

  • 1st Miss Nude BC 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 1st Miss Nude Western Canada 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 1st N.American Exotic Dance Champion 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 1st Canada's Rookie of the year 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 1st Canada's Western Champion 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 1st Canada's Edmonton Champion 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 1st Miss Nude Amateur World 95-96 (exotic dancing)

  • 4th place 1994 BC Championships Freestyle wrestling


Instructors


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Kevin Adams

Kevin Anthony Adams grew up in New York City, where he attended the School for Performing Arts and discovered Dance! Kevin has been dancing professionally after graduation in New York City and San Francisco for the majority of his concert performing career.
Kevin has been fortunate to have worked for the past seven years on cruise ships and he’s delighted to have had the pleasure of visiting seventy five percent of the world. It was while in Budapest, Hungary he was introduced to pole dancing. He immediately gravitated to the sensuality, gracefulness, and full body workout of being a pole dancer. He has recently relocated to Las Vegas and had the pleasure of finding Pole Fitness Studio where he js currently studying under the guidance of Fawnia Mondey and her amazing family of teachers!

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My proudest performing moments are those opening nights when the stage lights comes on, the curtains open, the audience quite down as do the butterflies in my stomach. I love sharing my Art of Dance and hard work knowing that I gave it my all.

What pole moves are your favorite?
My favorite pole moves are the inversions and shoulder mounts, Brass Monkey, Genie, basically everything that pushes my body to get stronger and to its limits. I enjoy bending in ways i didn’t thought possible on the Pole.

Describe yourself in three words:
Magical, Eager, Blessed

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio?
I love the welcoming atmosphere and friendliness from the moment I walked into the Pole Fitness Studio. I enjoy the encouragement of the students, teachers and staff along with the feeling of home.
 

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Jenny Bascos

Levels 1-7

Jenny Bascos was first introduced to pole dance at a local gym in New York when she was looking for a fun and challenging way to supplement her training as a professional dancer and yogi. She instantly fell in love with both it's physical rigors and potential as an individual artistic form of expression. Upon retiring from performing as a core member and soloist at the Metropolitan Opera and as a freelance flamenco dancer for 15 years, she moved to Las Vegas in 2010 where she currently resides with her family and shares the joy and expression of teaching pole dance technique and fitness to women and men at Pole Fitness Studio while being a full time mom to her one and a half year old daughter. Jenny's style and technique has been influenced by her teachers which include Fawnia Dietrich at Pole Fitness Studio, Wendy Traskos of New York Pole Dancing, Marlo Fisken of Body and Pole and Jenyne Butterfly.

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
Watching Students take a movement or choreography of mine and becoming creative with it and making it their own. I get inspired by students who enjoy the physical and creative challenges dance offers and who want to push me as their teacher to give them variety and challenge as much as I enjoy pushing them to get stronger and more proficient with their movement and body mechanics.

What pole move(s) are your favorite? 
Scissor climbs are great for strength and endurance. Jade split, twisted split handstand variations, spins on static pole.

Describe yourself in three words:
Disciplined, creative, joyous

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio? 
I enjoy the warm and encouraging environment that comes from the staff as well as the students who take class at the studio.

 

Alli Carroll

Alli Carroll is a choreographer, dancer, urban burlesque performer, video model & fitness teacher.  Originally from Missouri, Alli began training in jazz, ballet & gymnastics at 5 years old. Eventually she found & fell in love with hip hop, which has become her home.  Alli was introduced to burlesque while performing in the Kansas City Fringe Festival. This form of dance instantly became a favorite form of artistic expression, which led to the birth of her urban burlesque persona, AlliZen James. Then she found pole fitness while teaching dance in St. Louis, MO and things got really exciting. Being a woman of many styles & genres, she now travels, teaches & performs nationally combining all of her versatile movements to put on a show & help empower others!  She will  take you on an exhilarating ride that will pull out your grace & beauty, as well as your sass, sex appeal & ratchetness!  For the last three years, she's been teaching Twerkout, Video Vixen, Jazz/Burlesque, Hip Hop, Pole 1 & Sexy Chair classes throughout Missouri, Kansas & Colorado! She's been backup dancing & performing in festivals, drag shows, rap shows & making music videos with artists such as KStylis & Bill"C"Dadon, but she is now in Las Vegas to take it to the next level, as she learns from & teaches with the best in the business! Come take a class with Alli at Pole Fitness Studio!

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My favorite moments as a teacher happen daily but in different ways. Whether it's seeing a woman who came to my class with no self confidence, leave my class walking out like she's Beyoncé or a student really nailing my choreography or a trick & being so excited & thankful that I taught them that. That fuels the fire in my heart. That lets me know that every ounce of hard work I've put into this dance life journey of mine has been worth it. I'm living out my purpose & that humbles me. I grow as a performer because of the wonderful students who inspire me to go hard! 

What are your favorite Pole Moves: 
I'm obsessed with climbing, especially the fireman climb on spin pole! Chair Spins to back hooks are so beautiful & Hollywood's are fast & fun! 

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Mystical, Radiant, Unafraid

Why do you enjoy teaching at PFS? 
The energy of this studio is unlike anything I've seen thus far. It's a family & a beautiful, loving, strong, supportive one at that! Everyone here is encouraged to be who they are & to grow into their beautiful selves. With a leader like Fawnia, how can you not? She is beyond fantastic & I look forward to learning from the best!.

 

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Sam Dubinski

Sam was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada with a passion for dance ever since high school. When she started college Sam wanted to increase her muscle mass, but she hated the idea of going to a gym. Her best friend invited Sam to her very first pole dancing class and the rest is history. She fell in love with pole dancing because of the strength, grace, dancing, and gymnastics involved that kept pushing her to her limits. Sam started pole dancing in 2015 and became an official instructor at Pole Fitness Studio in 2017. As an instructor, Sam focuses on sharing her knowledge of pole dancing moves with smooth transitions and incorporating different genres of choreography. She challenges her students to not only become talented performers, but serious athletes. 
When Sam is not in the studio, you can find her being a full time student on the campus of UNLV in pursuit of getting a BA in dance production and management, which she will be graduating in spring 2019. She also is a member of a hip hop dance team, Culture Shock Las Vegas, which holds multiple performances throughout the year.

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My proudest teaching moment has to be when a student finally accomplishes a move they have been working on and when they feel amazing about themselves! 

What pole move(s) are your favorite? 
Superman, Pretzel spin, and Seahorse! 

Describe yourself in three words! 
Encouraging, Creative, and Dedicated 

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio? 
I love teaching at this studio because the instructors and students are like one big family. Everyone is so welcoming and encourages one another it is such a good environment to be in!
 


Sara Deanna

Sara Doyle started doing yoga when she was 17 years old. She instantly fell in love with the physical aspects of it, but later on decided to get her certification to teach because of the mental and emotional healing aspects of yoga. She knew yoga had something amazing that she needed to share with people. Sara recently completed her RYT 500 hour certification and is pursuing another RYT 300 hour course that covers the psychology of yoga, meditation, and chakra theory.

Sara started pole dancing at Pole Fitness Studio in October of 2014. She started it for fun, but soon decided it was something she wanted to excel at because of the physical and mental challenges it brings. To Sara, pole dancing is empowering and she can't wait to obtain her certification to teach so she can share that feeling with others. 

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My most proud performing moment would actually be when I first decided to stand up in front of people and speak poetry. I was so nervous and thought everyone would hate my poem, but I had people coming up to me all night telling me how much I touched them. I knew that night that I wanted to help people by teaching, sharing and speaking.... and also that I loved being the center of attention (blushes). 

What pole moves are your favorite?
Pretzel on spin pole is so beautiful. I also love inside and outside leg hangs. 

Describe yourself in three words:
Passionate, inspiring, raw

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio?
At Pole Fitness Studio, the teachers make you feel sexy and empowered, but they'll also teach you to laugh at yourself. While learning anything, especially dance, you have to understand you won't be perfect right away. That vulnerability will make you stronger and once you get through the uncomfortable phases of your development, you can really enjoy the feeling of confidence, sexiness and empowerment!


Kerri Ann Friedman

Levels 1-4

Kerri Ann has been a dancer on and off her whole life.  She first experienced dance through ice-skating at the age of three and continued until she was 15.  Intermittently during her ice-skating, she has studied jazz, ballet, and gymnastics.  Her dance experience further extended itself to social dances like ballroom, country 2-step, and ballroom dances as she grew older.  She feels that all of these various genres of dance have not only contributed to her pole dancing and instructional style, but they have allowed her to realize how unique pole dancing is to all of them.

Apart from being a pole dance instructor and soon to be competitor in various national stages for Pole Dancing, she is also the Technical operations manager for Pole Expo.  She is also a successful Entertainment technician and carpenter for various Las Vegas companies including: Cirque du Soleil, The Smith Center of the Performing Arts, PRG, MGM Grand Arena, etc. Her whole life has revolved around performance and entertainment. It’s about time she has taken it upon herself to perform as well!!!

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My favorite pole moment is when I truly help someone discover their abilities in pole.  Pole is difficult and a lot of the time scary, so helping people over come that initial fear and discover their own abilities is rewarding every time.

What pole move(s) are your favorite?
At the moment, my favorite hard move is the handspring dead lift from a climb and handspring variations.  The muscle groups engaged and different bending techniques feel amazing.  My favorite “easy move” is a cross ankle release or any of the cross ankle variations.  They are a beautiful way the rest.

Describe yourself in three words:
Sharp, Feisty, Dedicated

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio?
The girls and boys that come here are humble and sweet. Many are different levels in pole but it’s of no matter.  They all come with the goal to work out and have a great time.  The energy is electric and inspiring.  I've visited other studios and people are not as friendly or welcoming as we are.  It’s almost as if there is a competition between teachers and students occurring.  Pole fitness doesn't do that, and I feel subconsciously we don't encourage that either.  We're a family and we want everyone to be happy with what we provide them as friends and teachers.

 

Trixie Lovett

What is your proudest teaching moment?
How can I pick just one, when every day I am inspired, humbled, and proud of my students? It makes me proud when a student steps on the stage in a competition, to be judged by others, and dances her best. It makes me proud when a student performs in front of her family and peers in a showcase, even though she's nervous. It makes me proud when a student goes home and dances for her spouse. It makes me proud when a student says, "I never thought I'd be able to do what I just did." It makes me proud to be a small part of such an amazing studio, that helps empower dancers every single day. 

What pole move is your favorite? 
This is a toss up! I love, love, love a Fireman Spin. I love it for the beauty in its simplicity. It is a foundation move that when you really "get it", it helps you to understand so many other more complex moves. I'll never tire of a well-executed Fireman Spin. My other fave is a Jade Split. The leg symmetry of this move is so clean. It's fun to teach and one of those moves that when it falls into place you feel like a million bucks.

Describe yourself in three words: 
Fun, Loud, Real

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio?  
I love the variety that PFS offers.  As an instructor, I have the freedom to teach so many different classes: from beginning through advanced pole dance, flexibility and stretching, to booty camp and conditioning. The variety helps me hone my skills as a teacher and communicator. The studio also has such a variety of students! Everybody is there for a different reason. And there is no set demographic either. Young to old, short to tall, big to little. Gals AND guys! Each student brings something different to the classroom and that makes teaching so engaging.

 

Imani Aliyah Montoya

Imani has been dancing all her life. She is trained in Folklorico, Jazz and armature ballet. This Texan has experience in pole but was first introduced to Zumba, Bokwa, Mixxed Fit and the ever fabulous Burlesque the Workout when she moved to Las Vegas in 2013. 

Before moving here, “the gym” and “working out” were words that made her cringe; they were a chores she had to do. But after being lead to the concept of dancing for fitness, her whole world changed. Fitness is now Amazing, Energetic, and Fun! 

It wasn’t long ago that she was an unhappy, unhealthy size 10 shy girl. Now she is a happy, healthy size 2 confident woman. She’s motivated to continue to improve her fitness and skills; Pole Fitness is a big part of that.

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My absolute favorite moments are hearing the words, “Look! I did it!” It’s extraordinary to help someone achieve a goal.

What is your favorite pole move?
The Hummingbird is so much fun.

What’s your favorite form of fitness?
I love Burlesque, but really I’m obsessed with all dance fitness forms from Zumba to Hip Hop- Whoop Whoop!

Describe yourself in three words:
Sexy, Sincere, Supportive

What attracted you to Pole Fitness Studio?
Fawnia has created a “my gym” environment at PFS. From the moment I first walked in I was encouraged to embrace my sensual side while getting fit. The support from the instructors is simply marvelous. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and intimate. Pole Fitness Studio is a unique health oriented experience.

 

Brenda Reese-Quaife

Since the age of three I grew up in my grandmother's and mother's dance studio training in jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics, contemporary, hip-hop... you name it, I did it! By the age of 16 I became a professional dancer as well as I began teaching my own dance classes in Arizona. Shortly thereafter I moved to Las Vegas and dove further into my professional dance career at the age of 19. Showcasing in 12 shows as well as Go-Go-ing in close to every single night club on the strip. I have been in shows from Jubilee to 'X Burlesque' and everything in between. And have Go-Go danced in party venues such as Wasted Space, Light, Foxtail, Sapphire Pool just to name a few.

After performing in Vegas for just a few years I was picked up to dance in a band called '51Fifty'. We traveled the world! We were sponsored by UFC, Monster energy and Tribal Gear. We toured for seven years where I got to Go-Go dance my booty off! Quite literally with all my twerking lol. 

It didn't take long before I fell deeply in love with not just dancing but Fitness of all nature. I recently hung up the ol' g-string and became a personal trainer and dance teacher. 

I began weight lifting seriously by 20yrs old while still concentrating on my dancing. The two worlds melded together perfectly. After some time I decided to run with my passion of lifting and became AAAI/ISMA certified in training and nutrition. 

Simply going through the movements wasn't enough, I wanted to understand why and how to do everything properly and efficiently. I wanted to be educated on health and fitness. And wow, did my certifications improve my dancing skills!

Being in a cut throat world of professional dancing I learned so much about how to meet the standards demanded on us performers in shows. I found my perfect mesh of dance and Fitness and learned to really excel in both worlds. As the years grow on my passion becomes greater and greater. I now am a professional aerialist and moving into the circus world. Talk about well rounded knowledge on pushing your body in every way possible! If lifting isn't for you, let's dance, if dancing isn't for you, let's hang on things, still not for you, let's get stretching! I've got a number of tricks up my sleeve to make your fitness journey as amazing as mine has been.

It's my pleasure, passion and true drive to help others reach their goals just as I have. And not just reach them but to learn to become as passionate about their health as I am. Nearly 30yrs later and I'm still dancing, lifting and now flying through the air. Come join me! What are you waiting for?! 

What is your proudest teaching or performing moment?
I first moved to Vegas to perform in shows. Go-Go dancing came along there shortly after because it fun and extra money. In the beginning I was not all that good at it. People kept telling me I wasn't sexy, I wasn't cute, stop doing choreography, stick to shows, etc, etc. Something inside me snapped and said I won't let people tell I'm not good. I lived in the moment, stopped caring about the negative energy, or maybe that's what drove me. I danced my butt off to some amazing old school rock and roll jams. Next thing I know I'm picked up to perform in a band with a drummer and DJ. We were sponsored by UFC, Tribal Gear Clothing, and Monster Energy. We toured for about 5+ yrs. Not only was it amazing to break out of my shell and show people I could do whatever I set my heart to. But on that tour we performed in the Philippines for over 20,000 people. They were chanting our band name and each of us individually. Hands down the greatest moment I've ever lived.

What form of dance is your favorite and why?
Lyrical/contemporary. The music can really drive you... adding a contemporary element to it adds a rawness. You don't have to be so by the book. If a lyric from the song makes you feel like concaving into yourself and being ugly then you can and somehow it turns into something beautiful and moving. 

Describe yourself in three words.
Understanding, Energetic, Gemini

Why do I enjoy teaching at pole Fitness Studio?
Everyone is so kind. The moment I walked in for my first class everyone was so welcoming. It was like a family. The amazing energy between staff and student makes you never want to leave. It's an absolute honor to be apart of this family.

 

Erika Schwarz

Erika was born and raised on stage, hence why she feels like the world is her stage. Her heart for the performing arts developed around the age of seven when she first started to compete in Show choir and perform in musicals such as Annie, White Christmas, Alice in Wonderland and Phantom of the Opera. Along side that she grew up on horses and pursued a variety of sports throughout her life. Around the age of 24 she met Jenyne Butterfly on a night out and was introduced to the new art form of pole dancing. A beautiful friendship and mutual love of pole as thrived on ever since then. Through the years, Erika has developed an other strong foundation of the aerial arts, which propelled her into many shows and concerts debuting her love of pole and aerial arts. She's been a featured aerialist for such shows as "Bite", "Rose Rabbit Lie" and corporate events in venues along the entire strip and country. Moreover, she has been a featured entertainer who's created and performed pole acts and aerial acts for Planet Hollywood's "Sin City Comedy" show, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, award shows for the Cosmopolitan in "the Chelsea", The Smiths Center, Insomniac events, and night club venues such as "Gallery", "Marquee", and "Bond Bar". Now she still performs in aerial programs along the strip, corporate events, and has been teaching aerial classes and pole classes as well as getting back to an old love of singing and taking up a new passion for hand-balancing and acro yoga.

What's your most proud teaching or performing moment?
Many moments stand out to me and have become dear to my heart over the years. However, I would have to say my most proud moments came from being my first show contract that casted me as the principal aerialist in the "Bite" show at the Stratosphere. Other equally proud moments I've had come from being able to teach aspiring aerial and pole athletes that what they once thought were impossible skills are now possible. I love to encourage my students to tell themselves that "nothing is impossible, because I'm possible!

What’s your favorite pole move or combos?
- windmill into Jamilla split into body
Switch into inch worm into iysha

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Loyal, Artistic, Nerd

What do you love about working at Pole Fitness Studio?
Fawnia and the amazing and passionate instructors who put their hearts into everything they touch! Fawnia's energy is beautiful and it sets the tone for the entire studio. I am blessed to have been brought on to such a charismatic team!

 

SUWASIT

In the ever-changing world of Pole and Aerial Arts, Suwasit Ritthiphon is considered to be the person that professionals go to for immediate proven results.  Since 1997, Suwasit has successfully maintained a performance and competition career as well as an in-demand teaching, coaching, and choreography business.

This enamouring Artist performs and presents in a class entirely of his own, with a style that is both sensual and dynamic. Suwasit is indeed part of Sin City’s remarkable landscape and history, a true Las Vegas icon as the Strip’s first male pole dancer, as well as the reader’s choice ‘Vegas Sexiest Butt 2012’ for QVegas Magazine.

His extensive dance background with Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (So You Think You Can Dance, Mariah Carey ‘Caesar’s Palace’), Missy Cochran (Michael Jackson ‘Live’), Paul Franklin (EFX at the MGM), and Stephan Miermont (‘O’ Cirque du Soleil), gives Suwasit an insight into being a cutting-edge choreographer.

As an Artist, he has performed in the multi-million dollar production ‘SPLASH’ (Riviera Hotel and Casino), and was the Featured Artist in ‘AZURE’ (Silverton Hotel and Casino). Suwasit’s awards range from PARAGON International Pole Dance champion, seven time U.S. medalist, and winner of Pole Video of the Year. 

Mr. Ritthiphon has been and is currently a specially contracted expert for International Pole Convention, Pole Expo, and Aerial Expo. His work has been featured in shows including Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE, The Immortal World Tour, Zumanity, LIGHT Night Club, Franco Dragone’s Taboo (Macau), Fantasy Show, Pin Up Show, Zombie Burlesque, X Burlesque Show, X Rocks Show, Surrender Night Club, XS Night Club, The PussyCat Dolls Show (Las Vegas), and Jubilee (Bally’s).

In addition to providing education to other Performers, Athletes, and Artists, Suwasit broadens his craft with private specialty continuing education through one-to-one sessions with Jenyne Butterfly (1st US Pole Dance Champion), Christopher Harrison (Antigravity Yoga), and Delphine Gaillard (Flexibility Coach, Shine Alternative Fitness).

Every year, Suwasit’s sold-out workshops, private instructions, and studio classes total in excess of 1,000 hours of hands on training culminating to approximately 10,000 hours to date.

  • 2014 PARAGON INTERNATIONAL POLE DANCE CHAMPION.

  • The First Male Pole Dancer to be Featured on the Las Vegas Strip.

  • 2014 Pole Sport Organization Championship, Bronze Medalist.

  • 2014 National Aerial Pole Art, Bronze Medalist.

  • 2014 Pacific Pole Championship, Silver Medalist.

  • 2013 National Aerial Pole Art, Silver Medalist.

  • 2012 American Pole Fitness, Silver Medalist.

  • 2012 National Aerial Pole Art, Silver Medalist & Winner of Most Artistic Award in competition.

  • 2011 American Pole Fitness Silver Medalist & Winner of Pole Video of the Year.

  • What is your proudest teaching or performing moments?

One of my proudest and rewarding moments in teaching is witnessing my students grow and be apart of their journey to fulfill their goals and dreams. 

What pole move is your favorite?
I can’t favorite just one pole move. I love all of them! 

Describe yourself in three words:
Virgo, single, & available ;) 
Happy, passionate, & free-spirit.


Tara Starr

Levels 1-4

Miss Universal Dream 2013, CF-L1 Trainer, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and NASM Certified Personal Trainer Tara Starr was born in Palo Alto, CA, and raised in the beautiful city of Manila, Philippines. A Vegas resident since August 2011, she discovered the art of pole through Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson: Immortal” show. “I saw that girl on the pole and asked myself: “What the hell am I doing with my life?”

With an extensive background in performance arts and fitness, Tara’s strength as an instructor lies in her enthusiasm, flexibility, and general badassery. As Miss Nevada Universal Dream 2013, Tara’s platform was "to encourage a healthy self-esteem and self-concept among our youth". This philosophy carries into her teaching style. Tara’s main goal as an instructor is to help her students with their self-esteem and confidence, encouraging them to let out the inner warrior that lies in each and every one of us.

What is your proudest teaching or performing moment?
“In terms of pole? I would have to say that my proudest moment was this one time when I randomly worked the pole at XS while clubbing and these guys threw 5 dollar bills at me. I felt like a legitimate pole dancer then. Hahaha! Like, “Gee, Thanks! You guys really appreciate me!”

What pole move(s) are your favorite?
“Hmm...sounds like a hard one but I would have to say anything that involves doing the splits---pyramid, drop splits from the top of the pole, anything that requires me to spread it. Hahaha! Kidding. Oh and the pinwheel because it’s pretty, and Superman because flying is fun!!!”

Describe yourself in three words:
Goddess, Diva, Comedian

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio?
“Apart from the fact that everyone at PFS is like family to me, I enjoy inspiring people to let go of whatever hang-ups they may have about themselves and their bodies, and teaching them to love and accept themselves for the infinite beings that they truly are :)”

 
 

Jasmine Valencia

Hula Hoop Fitness

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What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
As a performer, there have been plenty of times that I have missed a trick in front of a live audience. My proudest performing moment is when I can take a slip-up and make it seem as if it was intentional. Everybody makes mistakes but you just have to keep on hoopin'!

What is your favorite form of dance? 
My favorite form of dance would have to be the fine art of ballet. The elegance that ballerinas have in their performance is memorizing to me.

Describe yourself in three words:
Expressive, cheerful, helpful

Why do you want to teach at Pole Fitness Studio?
I look forward to teaching at Pole Fitness Studio because it seems to be a fun loving environment with instructors that are passionate about their art and teaching.
 


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Lauren Levine

Owner of PoleDanceFit, Inc., Lauren Levine actively pursues the development of innovative and effective exercise techniques. Her certifications include ACE Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer & Functional Training Specialist. With specialties in Pole and Aerial, the motivating environment she creates in her classes along with her attention to each student as an individual allows participants of all levels to overcome boundaries and achieve results. Lauren loves teaching classes & seminars and performing while promoting pole and aerial dance as an empowering art form.

My most proud teaching moment:
This is a tough question, over 12 years of teaching I can't pick just one! I have to say generally, I love when a student conquers their first nemesis move.  There's something so special about that victory dance when you've watched them work so hard to achieve that success :-)  However every time one of my students performs or competes I am always beyond proud of the journey they took to get there.

What's your favorite pole move?
Machine gun! Because splits are awesome and this one is not done enough!

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Intense,Compassionate, Authentic

Why I enjoy teaching at PFS:
I love the beautiful studio and the energy each and every individual brings to it! To have a place to truly and unapologetically be yourself breeds the most creative, inspirational and incredible feats and friendships <3


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Jasmine Nyrita

Jasmine Nyrita is a dancer, singer, and full time mother. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana where she took up gymnastics for 3 years. When Jasmine moved to Austin, Texas where she became very versatile in every aspect of performing arts. She took theatre, show choir, and dance in high school all 4 years. She went to Austin Community College and got into the dance department as well. She then moved to Vegas with her family and began her journey in pole dancing in 2015 and has been been her passion ever since. She brings a fun personality and a boost of confidence to every class! Get ready to have fun with this choir nerd slash drama geek and dance the night away!

What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My proudest teaching moment had to be when I walked out of the room and I heard girls talking amongst themselves about how much the love my class and could not wait for the next class to happen!!! 

What pole move(s) are your favorite? 
Butterfly, Flag, Handsprings, and any type of split

Describe yourself in three words! 
Passionate, Outgoing, and Optimistic! 

Why do you enjoy teaching at Pole Fitness Studio? 
I enjoy teaching because I love to see transformations on the body and mind. It brings joy to my life to see growth and happiness from just having a blast doing what we love to do. 


Front Desk Divas

Cassandra - Managing Director

I have worked in many industry fields and found myself in the world of Fawnia in 2008. 

Describe yourself in three words:
Loyal, Honest, Spastic and moves at the pace of a meerkat on crack. 

Why do you enjoy working at Pole Fitness Studio?
The experience people take home, from when they enter the lobby, meet the desk staff, play in the class and meet other people just like themselves is addicting.   Pole Fitness Studio makes people happy, and I’m proud to be the manager here.

Monica De La Cruz

Hailing from the bay area of Monterey, California, Monica began ballet and modern dance many years ago. She participated in musicals in high school: Grease, West Side Story, Shakespeare’s Tempest, Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night Dream. Monica graduated from College of Southern Nevada with an Associate Degree of Biological of Science, and is currently working on getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Las Vegas Nevada.

What made you want to start pole dancing?

I wanted to start pole dancing for fitness and to get in touch with my empowering sexy side. I especially love taking the Lap dance class at Pole Fitness Studio because I can show my sensual sexy moves on the chair with or without someone on the chair. (hehehe)

How it changed your life?

I've been Poling for over a year now and I feel more confident in myself and have notice the increase in my self-esteem. It also helped me embrace my sexiness and being more comfortable and confident with my body. My health has dramatically gotten better: physically, mentally, and socially.

What pole move or moves is your favorite and why?

My favorite pole move is the reverse grab stag spin using split grip. This pole move looks elegant and graceful. This is my favorite pole move mostly because when I have to fall back into the pole, I feel I have complete trust in myself with the pole.

3 words that best describe you.

Gentle, Compassionate, LOVABLE

What is your proudest performing moment?

My proudest performing moment is when I had to perform at our 2017 Fall Recital with eight different choreography. I manage to change into different outfits for each performance, memorized each choreography, and perform amazingly in each one with a satisfaction smile.

What do you love about Pole Fitness Studio?

I absolutely LOVE how the Pole Fitness Studio encourage and inspire their students to be their absolutely best in class and in life with positive motivation.

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Diana Otis
Receptionist / Instructor

Born in Queens NY, Diana began dancing at the age of 2 and became instantly attached to this form of expression. Dance became a way for her to understand herself and the environment around her. Growing up she studied and performed ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap with several studios in NYC. Over time, she fell in love with Hip Hop, Heels, Lyrical, Voguing, and Latin Dance (Salsa on 1 and 2, Cha Cha, Bachata) and began training with The Solettes, a NYC performance team. The Solettes performed at festivals and venues throughout NYC, New Jersey, and New England. She has danced with various entities including, Salsa Congress NYC, Flash Mob America, Queensboro Dance Festival, and NYC Dance Parade. Before leaving NY, Diana joined Veganation, a collective of women spreading awareness about animal cruelty and compassion through various art forms. Veganation has preformed at National Animal Rights Day and various Animal Rights Marches in NYC and South Florida.

Throughout this journey, Diana found happiness in sharing her dance passions with youth. She loves to use dance as a way of youth expression and empowerment. In NYC she became a youth mentor and teacher, instructing for over 10 years, using dance as a fun outlet for youth to learn and grow.

In more recent years, Diana has developed a passion for Yoga, Aerial, GoGo and Burlesque. She moved to South Florida, where she trained in yoga, instructed youth, and performed at party venues. Currently, she lives in Nevada and is working/training with Pole Ftiness Studio in pole and various aerial styles. Diana’s goal is to become a lyra beast.

What is your proudest teaching moment?

When you realize you have become more than just an instructor and you’ve influenced a persons’ life in a positive way. Dance can give a being so much strength and awareness and as an instructor, it’s amazing to be a part of that discovery process.

When you realize you have become more than just an instructor and you’ve influenced a persons’ life in a positive way. Dance can give a being so much strength and awareness and as an instructor, it’s amazing to be a part of that discovery process.

What pole move(s) are your favorite?

I am still developing and learning the skill, but so far I love anything to do with being upside down and I’m digging the superman.

Describe yourself in three words:

Compassionate, Passionate, Gypsy,

Why do you enjoy working at Pole Fitness Studio?

From the moment I took my first class, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Pole Fitness Community. You cannot check in for class or take a class without speaking with a funny, strong, crazy woman! I admire these women and I want to learn from them.

I am still developing and learning the skill, but so far I love anything to do with being upside down and I’m digging the superman.

Describe yourself in three words:

Compassionate, Passionate, Gypsy,

Why do you enjoy working at Pole Fitness Studio?

From the moment I took my first class, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Pole Fitness Community. You cannot check in for class or take a class without speaking with a funny, strong, crazy woman! I admire these women and I want to learn from them.

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