We are absolutely thrilled to introduce Connecticut’s first Fly Gym classes at The Girl Spot !
Fly Gym Aerial Fitness® is not only a fun new fitness system, it is also a great conditioning tool for athletes, and it can also be used as a mobility aid in physical rehabilitation. Fly Gym makes a great addition to pole fitness studios -- the fabric slings are incredibly strong, made from a stretchy cotton blend ,and very comfortable! Fly Gym exercise programs are progressive, adaptable, and creative. Fly Gym has dubbed it the "accidental workout" because it helps individuals achieve “Better Health through Fitness Made Fun!”
We are offering 2 days of Fly Gym fun, beginning with an Instructor Certification for those who want to learn how to teach Fly Gym Aerial Fitness on Saturday June 22. On Sunday June 23, we will offer 3 workshops for the general public. Details :
To register, please visit www.flygym.com. The Instructor Training link is in the "Teacher Education" category under the "Workshops/Training" tab.
In this 6-hour course participants will learn FlyGym equipment and safety information, functional anatomy and kinesiology as it applies to aerial exercises, how to use wraps and holds in the fabric slings to leverage one’s body off the ground, how to properly progress exercises using these different wraps and body positions, a variety of FlyGym aerial exercises, and how to structure an aerial fitness class. At the end of the course students will be asked to design a sample class and demonstrate teaching. Students who complete the course requirements successfully will be issued a certificate of completion in FlyGym Aerial Fitness Instruction. (ACE Course# CEP61737). Receive your Promo Code for a discount of $35.00 on a Fly Gym Swing when signing up for the training. You can email us at email@example.com or ask studio owner for the PROMO Code.
FlyGym Aerial Fitness Workshops Sunday, June 23
To register, please visit www.flygym.com. The workshop link is in the "Workshops" category under the "Workshops/Training" tab.
INTRO TO AERIAL FITNESS with Fly Gym
10:00 am - 12:00 pm $99.00
In this two hour workshop you will learn about the benefits of aerial fitness and experience how the body supports itself to improve mobility and core strength when you practice your exercises in the air. In the workshop we will progress through the most supported or grounded exercises, and teach you how to build up to high flying movements a few feet off the ground! Experience the fun and freedom of aerial fitness and learn how to adapt these movements to YOUR personal needs.
FlyGym Yoga & Pilates
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm $99.00
Aerial Yoga & Pilates - (2 Hour) In this workshop you will learn how to take traditional yoga poses and Pilates exercises off the ground in order to add a fun alternative to your regular practice! This creative workshop is great for learning new ways to workout and shows the diversity of the FlyGym equipment.
Conditioning for Pole & Aerial
2:45 pm - 4:45 pm $99.00
To succeed in aerial arts and pole dancing you need flexibility, upper body, strength, and incredible body awareness and control. You also have to feel comfortable moving fluidly off the ground. For beginners this can seem like a daunting task, and even for advanced performers it takes a lot of work to maintain fitness and prevent injuries. This workshop combines the benefits of aerial fitness exercises and aerial circus or pole dance positions so that you can take your skills to the next level. Support your body in the fabrics so that you can safely learn more advanced positions, condition your body evenly, stretch further, and build climbing muscles!
Call 203-373-7575 with any additional questions. Hope to fly with you !
Advance registration and payment required. Please call 203-373-7575 to reserve your
space in class. Class size is limited.
Michelle Stanek is the United States Pole Dance Champion! She swept first place in both rounds, compulsory and optional, to take home the ultimate title. Michelle lives in New York City, instructing at Body & Pole, and Crunch Gyms. Crunch is also where Michelle created and launched such classes as “The Hot Seat”, “Pole Power” and “Poleogrophy”. She is a founding member of the aerial dance company, AERA, and has performed pole, silks and contemporary dance with AERA at PS1 MoMA, Pole Convention, PoleArt and various venues throughout New York City. As a dancer, Michelle is known for her body awareness, clean lines, extension, unique choreography, powerful movement and captivating performance quality. Her style is not just the traditional ‘sexy’ and not just the traditional ‘contemporary’, but an interesting blend of both. She takes a great deal of care in making sure her classes offer students the opportunity to explore their own movement, develop their own style of dancing, increase their strength and flexibility, and learn proper form so they can take their poling to the next level while having fun. Her accomplishments include:
USPDF Pro Champion 2012
PoleArt 2012 featured soloist, “The Ecstasy of St. Theresa, Stockholm
PoleArt 2011 finalist(4th place), Helsinki,,
where she also performed “Dance of the Dolls” with AERA
Pole Dance Universe Champion 2011
USPDF Amateur Champion 2011
PFA’s Pole Drama Champion 2010
Polesque Champion 2010
Contemporary Modern-Fusion Group Class
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm $70.00 Int/Adv
This is Michelle’s signature class. It begins with a 30 minute warm-up, including flexibility training, abs, butt and arms toning, and cardio. Then, before you get on the pole, you will get moving across the floor with acrodance moves you will incorporate into pole moves later. Michelle will then teach several pole ‘flow’ exercises – moving from one spin or trick to another, rather than focusing on one trick at a time.
Fierce & Fun Choreography Sampler
2:45 – 4:15 pm $70.00 Mixed Level
Learn the secrets to Michelle’s unparalleled stunning performance quality, that has been described as 'ferocious’, ‘hypnotic’ and ‘disarming’. You will learn section of several of her routines, with an emphasis on music and movement dynamics, facial expressions and the audience captivation that se her apart from the rest. Once she gives you the foundations of movement, you are free to explore and make it your own.
4:30 – 6:00 pm $70.00 Mixed Level
This class is a more loosely structured class, where Michelle has a list of moves from simple spins to advanced tricks that each participant can work on at their own level. If a student has a specific move the want to learn, they can ask for help. It will begin with Michelle’s signature warm-up, ensuring all muscle groups are ready to pole before addressing the students’ specific needs and personal attention. This class ends with a freestyle opportunity for students to just dance !
Come join us as we celebrate our 3rd Anniversary !
We cordially invite you to attend our open-house style party from 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm on Friday March 15h. Admission is $5.00 at the door, and includes light refreshments, 2 raffles and a showcase performance by our students and instructors at 8:45 pm.
Casual attire. Polers can feel free to jam with us after the performance.
ALL WORKSHOPS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE. CALL 203-373-7575 TO REGISTER
Samantha Star combines her love of teaching pole with her knowledge of gymnastics, yoga, and ballet. With 11 years of pole
experience, she has become a dynamic and informative instructor at Boston Pole Fitness, as well as a budding performer in the pole competition circuit. She believes perfecting fundamentals is the best way to gain strength and coordination, achieving a higher level of fitness and grace. By focusing on technique and core, Samantha Star helps her students attain a solid platform
through which they can achieve confidence, strength, and power!
APFA Pole Athlete of the Year 3rd place National Elite Division at the Great Midwest Pole Dancing Competition Instructor/Manager at Boston Pole Fitness KT Coates CertifiedInstructor
Before you can get to big power moves, you have to start with your base and building blocks. This workshop will show you where to start when building up strength to achieve those big power moves! We will work on strengthening your building blocks on and off the pole. I'll give a few tips on things you can even do at home, so you can get stronger faster!
PowerMoves, The Breakdown
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
(able to invert)
$55 per person
If you are having a hard time accomplishing power moves, this workshop is perfect for you! We will be taking moves such as, Shoulder Mount, Ayesha, Brass Monkey, and Flag and break them down to basic conditioning exercises. After perfecting all of the individual elements, I'll show you how to piece them back together to achieve a stronger, controlled, and more engaging power move.
Power Spins (stationary pole)
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
$55 per person
Get ready to get dizzy! In this workshop we will focus on making your spins more dynamic and clean. We will go over some tips and tricks that will give you more height, control, power, and more spin!
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
$55 per person
At some point, you will notice you are having a hard time transitioning between movements not because of lack of strength, but due to a lack of flexibility. In this workshop, we will be doing a variety of stretches and exercises that will help you achieve the flexibility you will need to get in and out of a variety positions both on the floor and on the pole.
Head Over Heels Pole Dance Performance Troupe took shape in the fall of 2011, founded by principal members Dakota Fox and Bonnie Cozmo. In 2012 Head Over Heels welcomed members Amber Mulder to the team and these ladies are ready to share just how fun, exciting and awe-inspiring pole dance fitness can be! Head Over Heels members have dozens of performances under their belt including the VaudeVillian Revue, RAW Artists Raleigh, The Original Erotic Poleetry Showcases, ABSfest 2012, Michigan Aerial Arts & Pole Dance Festival, Aerial Amy’s “Flight Club” showcase, Pole Con 2012, fashion shows, studio showcases and more. Members have also been featured on popular television shows such as the Wendy Williams Show and America’s Got Talent. In 2011, principal troupe members founded the Head Over Heels Amateur Pole Dance competition & showcase series based out of Raleigh, NC.
Pole Doubles 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm $55.00
Must be paid in advance, call 203-373-7575 to register
We love pole dancing. We love our buddies & classmates. So why not combine two of our favorite things together into one?! Come on out to this exciting class to explore the delightful challenge of performing with a partner on the pole! Students will learn synchronized pole spins and acro-balancing moves & sequences on the pole!
Flowing Pole Combos 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm $55.00
Must be paid in advance. Call 203-373-7575 to register
HOH Troupe members will help take the moves you already know and put them together in creative new ways with smooth transitions. Beginner-level students will be kept grounded and Intermediate/Advanced students will be working on perfecting their aerial dancing.
All Workshops must be paid in advance. Call 203-373-7575 to register.
Who : Marlo Fisken !
Marlo, the 2010 American Pole Fitness Champion, and 2011 Aerial Pole International Champion, has 23 years of dance training, and is a Wilhelmina Fitness model. Her credits include commercials for Nike, L'oreal, and Sobe Adreniline Rush. She has performed with artists such as Diddy, Nelly, Pharell, Kid Rock, Wyclef Jean and Fabulous on MTV and VH1. For the past 10 years, Marlo has been leading group exercise classes for major health clubs and presenting at fitness conventions such as IDEA, The South Beach International Festival, and Festival de Fitness in Rome. She is certified many times over (ACE, AFAA, AAAI, NSCA, KANE) and has extensive knowledge of alignment, anatomy, strength and flexibility training. Marlo started pole dancing about five years ago out of curiosity, and developed a style that draws from contemporary dance, yoga, hip-hop, dancehall, and acrobatics. Her pole skills have taken her around the world, and landed her a full page spread in The New York Times, appearances on America's Got Talent, Law&Order, 30 Rock, and and role in the feature film "Rock of Ages", choreographed by Mia Michaels. When she is not performing or teaching
internationally, Marlo trains and lives in New York City. She teaches at Body&Pole, contributes to Vertical and Fitness magazines, is a Master Trainer for the X-pert certification program, and is a resident instructor on PoleandAerial.com. Watch her here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0tPB7tCa3E
ROTATIONS: The Art of Aerial Spinning on a Static Pole: 90 mins
Int/Adv Level / $65.00
Caution: This workshop contains top secret skills. Learn the secret hand, leg, and alignment techniques to aerial
rotations. This workshop will provide you with tools to make your static pole flow, and appear seamless. Appropriate for INT/ADV dancers
Off the Pole INVERSIONS: 90 mins
All Levels / $60.00
This workshop teaches myriad ways to train, progress, and modify shoulder stands, arm balances, headstands, forearm stands, and hand stands. Off the pole inversions are an important training tool for pole dancers to develop strength, balance, awareness and flexibility.
WTF... Work The Floor: 90 mins
All Levels / $60.00
In this workshop you will learn both creative contemporary and sexy seamless floorwork that will enhance your pole
freestyles and performances. We will develop the skills to seamlessly integrate rolls, spins, hand leaps, and ground-based traveling into your pole dancing. Open to all levels. Layers are HIGHLY suggested (leggings, legwarmers, knee pads, socks, and a long sleeve shirt). Your feet and knees must be covered.
If you've always wanted to try Pole Fitness, or know someone who wants to, now is your chance ! And you can save some money at the same time, but HURRY -- only 20 more hours and the deal goes away. Check it out :
Nadia Sharif is known for her unique tricks, fluid spins, acrobatic capabilities, energetic stage presence and impeccable musicality. She first started pole dancing in her bedroom after watching Felix Cane on YouTube in 2007. Being so inspired by the art, she installed a pole and began to teach herself tricks by watching people like Karol Helms, Pantera and Jenyne Butterfly on YouTube.
She then entered her first competition, PoleStar Invitational in 2008, and was addicted to pole dancing after that. In 2009, Nadia began teaching at X-Polesitions in North Hollywood and continued to train and compete. In 2010, she partnered up with Mina Mortezai and began competing and performing as a doubles act. Nadia continues to train and compete as both a soloist and doubles pair with Mina.
Nadia is very passionate about teaching, and has continued to teach pole dancing, utilizing her knowlege of electrical engineering and her engineering career. She loves to share her pole knowlege and experience with her pole students in hopes that she can inspire pole students and help spread the experience of pole in a positive light.
National Aerial Pole Art 2012 Champion
International Pole Masters Cup Doubles Champion
USPDF Nationals - 2nd Place
2010-11 California Pole Cance Championship Runner Up
Bi-Poler East Meets West 1020 Champion with Mina Mortezaie
Girl Next Door Principal Dancer
Solo of the Year 2011, Girl Next Door
Bad Kitty Ambassador
Official X-Pole Girl
Pole Jam !
Come enjoy this party and play atmosphere with Nadia. Feel free to ask questions, and request breakdowns on tricks from Nadia while you hang out and jam.
Don't miss this opportunity to play with one of the best pole artists the pole industry has to offer !
I've been pole dancing since May 2011. I saw a friend had checked in at The Girl Spot for a pole intro class and I was immediately intrigued. I contacted her and she thought it was something I may like because I often went to group classes such as yoga and mat pilates, and she recommended I go to class with her.
I more than liked it, I feel in love with it. It unexpectedly worked a variety of muscles that my other workout routines had been neglecting. Every class was something new, and there were always goals to achieve and mastering new moves showed I was making my progress and boosted my confidence. I became very interested in learning everything I could about pole fitness and started studying moves and techniques at home in addition to the weekly classes I took at the studio. I learned quickly that everyone develops their own unique movements but the fundamentals stay the same.
I cross train by doing reformer pilates and TRX. I manage a bar and pole dancing is a wonderful and healthy way for me to release my stress. I got my XPert certification in September 2012, and am excited to start a new journey in the pole dancing community and share my knowledge and experience with others!
Who :Angel is the creator and developer of the Discoveries Dance Certification Program. She has a B.S. Degree and an M.S. in Education. She has worked as a state certified professional educator for over 15 years. She is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor and is an ACE and AFAA continuing education provider. She teaches all levels of pole at a local studio. She has a Pole Position Fitness and Yoga Fit Certification. She is currently First Aid and CPR/AED Certified through the American Heart Association. She is a Master Instructor for PoleMoves and is a Pole Dance Community Level 4 instructor. Angel has been teaching group exercise classes since 2007 and has recently had the honor of judging several pole competitions. In addition to fitness, Angel is passionate about animal rescue and is a foster home for Dachshund Rescue of North America. Proceeds from the Discoveries Dance Program are donated to animal rescue.
What :The Discoveries Dance Instructor Training Program was developed by a Masters level educator to provide an innovative and comprehensive training course for pole dance instructors. This fourteen hour course will provide the intermediate to advanced level poler with the most effective instruction and safety skills. With an emphasis on anatomy, alignment, class management and teaching technique, this course will prepare you to lead any style of pole class with confidence, professionalism and technical know-how. We offer affordable live trainings in the U.S.A. and abroad as well as home study courses. Approved by ACE, AFAA, the PFA and the PDC.
PRICE : $389.00, includes
Trainings are fourteen hours over two days
Receive your Certificate of Completion after passing your written and practical exam
Bring home our extensive training manual
Earn 1.4 CECs for ACE
Earn 11.5 CEUs for AFAA
Approved by ACE, AFAA, the PFA and the PDC!
Discount on Liability InsuranceAdvance payment and registration required. To register, please visit http://www.discoveriesdance.com/#!live-trainings/cq2v and click on The Girl Spot Logo