Alexis has a background in physical theatre and athletics. She began her aerial silk and hoop journey as a student at Embody Alternative Fitness in 2012. She was consistent and dedicated from the start, taking up to six classes a week! Alexis views aerial as an artistic and expressive outlet and a way to empower yourself and others. She plans to continue growing, learning and evolving along with her students and calls Embody her "home away from home!"
Alicia started her pole journey with Embody in 2013 with zero dance experience. Her previous athletic background has helped adapt her strength as she discovered her own style, flexibility and flow. Over the years Alicia has developed a hardcore passion for pole, and is constantly encouraging newcomers to experience this empowering sport. She hopes to share her experiences to help a variety of students discover their potential and celebrate their achievements.
Alysia Michelle James has been training aerial for over a decade and performing professionally since 2010. She has experience in tissu, lyra, rope/Spanish web, hammock, swinging trapeze, triple trapeze, cube, specialty apparatuses, partner and trio work, etc. Currently she is the lead aerial trainer at Pirates Dinner Adventure and Aerial Coordinator/Resident Aerialist at Teatro Martini. As an instructor she focuses on proper form, transitions, combos and performance etiquette leading her students to use aerial as an expression of the beauty within.
Analy started her journey at Embody Alternative Fitness in October of 2014 after wanting to try something new. She first began with aerial silks and hoop, but had to wait 8 months for her 18th birthday to take a pole class. She hated pole at first but eventually fell in love with it. She has a background in figure skating and dance. She loves to spin as fast as she can and her pole style is a mix of flexy and strength moves. Analy continues to train on all apparatuses Embody has to offer and strives to be even stronger and bendier than the week before. In addition to instructing pole, she is a history major at a local university.
After finding Embody in 2016, Audra became inspired with the studio’s welcoming and empowering environment. Shortly after, she became a intern at Embody. She is passionate about pole, burlesque, and hoop; but most of all loves twerk. She is best known for making it “clap”. In 2017, she became a twerk instructor and loves every minute of it. “It’s exciting to see to what you can achieve here at Fembody. I love helping students find their “bounce” after they say that they can’t twerk!”
Cady has been hooked on pole dancing since her first class at Fembody in November of 2012. She combines strength moves with sensual flow and enjoys free dancing, aiming to match movement with music. A self-proclaimed "pole nerd", she hopes to pass her knowledge of body and musical awareness to help her students feel strong and confident in their dance and poling abilities.
Alyssa comes with a very diverse movement background. First, she started Hula and Tahitian dancing at the age of 8 and continued that for over a decade, and along the way, she added dance team and classical ballet to her skill set. Having entered the competitive dance world at the "very late age" of 14, Alyssa knows how frustrating and unwelcoming the dance world can be to adult-beginners, so she was very scared when she first came to Embody. She fell in love with the way everyone at the studio celebrated and encouraged each other. In her classes, you can expect a strong emphasis on safety and technique, tons of encouragement, and loads of accessible combos!
Arlene started as a student at Embody since 2013. She immediately fell in love with the studio and got inspired by all the great instructors. She continues to be a student and now teaches Barre. She also continues to take Aerial Arts and Pole. Besides her passion for Fitness, Arlene is a Realtor who loves helping others achieve their goals of buying or selling Real Estate. Arlene says "Cant wait to meet you, and show you what I got!" Take class with Arlene and you'll get an awesome workout!
Britta says “Dance is a portal to my best self”. Britta is an ElevatED Certified pole instructor. As an artist with a background in multiple dance mediums, movement has transformed into a vital life source for Britta; her source of adventure, healing, and imagination. Since 2013, Britta has been studying various forms of aerial art, and eventually settled on pole as her specialty. Each class she teaches brings elements from each discipline that has brought her success; energy work, dance technique, contortion training, resistance training, and detailed anatomy and physiology comprehension.
Candace is the Lead Fitness/Dance Instructor at Embody. She teaches both Barre Sculpt, Barre Cardio, Suspension Straps, and Candace specializes in Burlesque. Not only is Candace a phenomenal and motivating instructor in fitness and dance but she is also a featured singer, dancer and choreographer of the professional Burlesque troupe "The Black Veils!" Candace's upbeat and energetic personality makes everyone feel welcomed and motivated in her classes.
Christina started her pole journey in 2013 after yearning for a new creative outlet. As a graphic artist, Christina strives to create clean lines with fluidity and musicality in her dance and appreciates the small details of a performance. Christina is a self proclaimed “slow poler” taking her time to learn each move with precision and correct technique (even if it takes her longer to achieve!). She is known for her sexy and sultry moves and she hopes her students gain the same confidence and sense of belonging as she has at Embody.
Without any physical sports or dance background, Dara became obsessed with the beauty of aerial arts after one pole class in 2012. Eventually as she became stronger she found a love for all the aerial arts including hoop, silks and hammock. She fell in love originally with pole dance and its artistic expression and specializes in transitional dance movement in the air. She is glad to have found a home with the amazingly talented Embody staff and students and can't wait to share her skills and inspire her students to reach new heights!
De Anne started pole in 2012. After her youngest child she was looking for a new way to work out as the gym was never her favorite. Always curious about this raved about fitness; she gave in to taking a class and was hooked ever since! She feels she is forever a student, always wanting to learn new things; inspired by amazing talent within the community of pole, but most of all by her students. De Anne feels honored and continually rewarded in sharing her passion with others and being a part of each student’s pole journey. She hopes that each and everyone understands that being strong is beautiful.
Grace discovered Embody in 2012 and was instantly drawn to Barre. In 2018 after taking barre consistently for over 5 years, Grace completed the Embody Barre Instructor program and has since become an amazing and motivating Barre Instructor! She is excited to be joining the Fembody instructor team and looks forward to sharing her passion for barre fitness with her students.
Jelly discovered the art of feminine movement and flow in 2013 utilizing pole dance as her outlet to express her emotions. Due to her extra curricular fitness activities she excelled very quickly in strength and flexibility. She came to Embody December 2014 in search of a challenge and knew immediately that she found her new home. Jelly newest passion is the style of "Russian Exotic" pole and teaches classes sharing this powerful sexy style. Jelly wants share her empowering experience with students and give them a safe place to discover their own inner beauty and strength.
Without any athletic or dance background, Jerjan joined Embody in 2012, first taking burlesque and barre classes. She was fascinated with the art of pole and aerial but at the time, was completely intimidated by it. Jerjan is mostly known for her musicality, and accent movements between fast pace tricks; and slow and sensual flow. Beside pole, Jerjan also trains on Aerial Hammock, Aerial Lyra, and Aerial Silks. With each apparatus she focuses on honing her sensual and dramatic style. She hopes to empower every dancer to discover new ways for their body to move.
Kate first got involved in pole fitness back in 2012. Following her very first pole class, she was hooked! Kate is an all levels pole instructor who first started teaching at Vertical Fusion in 2013. She moved out here to California and now has become an instructor here at Embody. Kate has a background as a competitive gymnast, is an avid yogi, and enjoys an active lifestyle. Kate is known for her gymnastics style and loves strength and power pole moves. As an instructor she strives to share her passion for pole and to help others find their own connection with pole fitness.
Krystina first started her aerial journey in 2009 and has been performing in heels since 2012. She came to Embody in 2015 expecting to only take a few classes to polish her technique. However, the encouraging, positive atmosphere of the instructors and students inspired Krystina to make Embody her new home. Her personal pole style can be described as fluid, fun, and sexy. She enjoys exploring all different aspects of exotic pole and encourages her students to discover and hone their own style.
Rie-Rie Bell is dancer, aerialist, choreographer, competition coach and competition judge. Rie-Rie first began teaching dance and aerial classes in 2007. She quickly found that teaching is where her heart lies! However, in 2010, a back injury forced Rie-Rie to take a break from dancing. After a two-year hiatus, Rie-Rie was able to return to dancing, and was overjoyed when she began teaching dance and aerial again in 2013. Rie-Rie's journey back to dance has given her a unique perspective which helps her relate to the feelings and challenges that many students may experience.
Samantha started her aerial journey at the University of California Santa Barbara where she studied movement theater and stage combat. Inspired by her professor and determined to conquer her fear of heights, Samantha decided to pursue aerial arts. Gradually as she became stronger and more confident she began to trust herself and her ability to fly. Samantha continued her training at Embody in 2016 and slowly moved to hammock and hoop as well as silks. Samantha has found that if she can fly on it, she wants to try it. Now she enjoys watching her students take their first steps off the ground, challenging them to trust in themselves, and watching them take flight.
Having only tried one or two pole classes, and with no other dance experience, Stephanie came to Embody in 2016, looking to try out something new and add a little exercise to her weekly routine. Little did she know, it would lead to an exciting adventure, packed with action, passion, and love for a whole new art! Surrounded by encouraging and supportive teachers and peers, she dove into aerial training. Now that she’s accomplished a number of feats that she never thought possible, from that first pull-up to performing in her first competition ever, she’s excited to help new students discover their potential as they begin their own aerial adventures!
Flora discovered pole fitness in late October 2013 and has completed elevatED certification. With consistent training, she gained strength and flexibility and has found her way of combining both into elegant pole combinations. She has competed and received medals in National Pole Championships and is performing regularly. Besides pole fitness, Flora enjoy eating lots of gelato and thin crust margherita pizza on her cheat days.
What started off as a simple way to support a friend turned into a passion Jean never thought could exist. She has a background in lyrical and contemporary dance, but took many years off until May of 2017 when she started taking pole, aerial, and barre classes at Embody Alternative Fitness; She soon realized she found her second home. She hopes to share her knowledge and give students the same feeling of empowerment and confidence with themselves.
Jessica was looking for a barre studio that was not too big and where instructors knew and remembered your name. In 2013 she happened to buy some classes for Embody and has been working hard as a student ever since. After years with the studio she decided it was time for her to teach! In addition to teaching barre, Jessica is a part time music and theatre teacher in the area and works with students in grades K-8.
Julia first came to Embody Alternative Fitness in 2015 as a student. With a background in dance and gymnastics, she was immediately drawn to pole’s ability to combine sensual movement and strength. Julia is known for her sassy and fierce pole style and never shies away from a good hair flip. She has trained on lyra and silks however pole remains her first love. In addition to teaching, Julia is a dancer and aerialist for the professional burlesque troupe “The Black Veils.” She is excited to be joining the Embody team and can’t wait to share her passion with her students.
Katie started as a Work-Study at Embody in 2018 and then completed the Fembody Barre Instructor program in 2019 and has since become an amazing and motivating Barre Instructor! Katie is a also new mom and is excited to be joining the Embody instructor team. She looks forward to sharing her passion and enthusiasm for barre fitness with her students.
Melissa was immediately hooked when she first tried silks in early 2011. One week later she tried lyra, and then six months later, she began training on the flying trapeze (and hasn't stopped since!). As an instructor she loves to encourage students to notice the progress they are making no matter how big or small. Melissa feels the same sense of accomplishment she felt as a beginner each time a student completes a new challenge. Her motto: "Just keep flying!"
Rielle began her pole journey at Embody in 2016. She instantly fell in love with pole’s capability to connect fluidity and strength. She finds beauty in the many styles of pole art, but mainly focuses on simple shapes, sensual flow, and musicality. She is constantly inspired by the encouraging and empowering instructors and peers. Rielle’s gradual pole progress taught her safe and proper technique that she is excited to share with her students. Her ambition for her students is to explore their unique movement and fly, literally and figuratively, with confidence when they leave class.
Sara is an aerial arts instructor and student from Southern California. She currently teaches Aerial Hammock at Fembody in addition to Aerial Silks and Lyra. Sara is also trained in Aerial Yoga and Static/Dance Trapeze. Her teaching style is a blend of physical foundation and mental focus. She is encouraging to others, and believes that everyone has the potential to learn great skills. Her main apparatuses of choice is Aerial Hammock, and Static/Dance Trapeze. She has used aerial arts as a form of self-expressive therapy for 4 years, and continues to train as much as possible.
Yvonne is a Norwegian pole athlete who recently moved to California. She started her pole journey in 2012 when she became a student of Sometimes Pole Studio in Oslo. With no dance or gymnastic experiences, she entered her first competition and won Battle Of The Pole Amateur 2014 in Sweden. She was honored to receive the title of All Around Winner of Pole Theatre UK Professional the same year. She placed 4th in The Norwegian Pole Sport Championship 2015 and was also a finalist in Norwegian Got Talents and Pole Art Italy in 2015. Yvonne is an X-Pole certified level 1-4 instructor and has been teaching since 2013. Yvonne is passionate about pole dance, photography and her chow chow. Yes, she is a crazy dog mom.