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Our Master Trainers​

Amy Schoonover
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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In 2012, Amy was searching to get back into the fitness industry, but wasn’t sure how. She wanted to do something fun and unique! One day she googled “weird fitness certifications” and her eyes were opened to a whole new world of Pole Fitness! She jumped at the chance to get certified right away – without ever having touched a pole! Nine months later, Amy created a business name and ran her first pole fitness class out of a tiny space in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. She sold over 600 Groupons!

Flirt Fitness Studio® GR opened in June of 2013 with two pole rooms! That fall, we expanded with a third room. And this year, we expanded with a fourth non-pole room. Now, Flirt Fitness Studio® GR is our home studio of three where we run our own certifications, staff meetings with over 50 people, pros come to visit and we host over 3500 square feet with a total of 22 poles!

Owner/Founder of Flirt Fitness GR, Flirt Fitness BC, Flirt Fitness MK

Owner of Pole Roxx
Owner of Flirt FitnessFranchising
Master Trainer with Pole Moves
Liquid Motion® 1.0 & 2.0 Certified Instructor
Aerius Spin Pole Certified Instructor
DrumFit® Certified Instructor
Board Member of Moms Bloom

Angela Houck
Ocean City, MD, USA

In 2007, Angela shocked everyone, and left her nursing career behind to open her own pole fitness studio. Pole was a powerful mind & body experience for her, and she wanted to share it with women everywhere. And, she did! She has been working with women of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels both online and in her private pole fitness studio since 2007. She has a BS in Respiratory Therapy and in Nursing, and worked in critical care for over 10 years, so safety is her top priority.  She blends her health and fitness backgrounds into her teaching style, and has a great awareness of technique, body positioning, and the importance of providing a safe and encouraging class environment for everyone. Through her journey, she has been a student, a teacher, a performer, and a competitor, and she is proud to be a part of the growing pole community.

She is a wife, mother of two teenagers, and a true beach girl. Although she has always been into fitness, and is certified in a variety of  formats, she is most passionate about pole fitness and its incredible mind and body benefits.

Arloa Reston
Las Vegas, NV, USA

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Arloa is the co-owner of PoleMoves, has worked as an instructor at various studios in the Los Angeles area including Luscious Maven, The Choreography House and Infit Dance Studio and was a cast member of the internationally renowned “Girl Next Door-A Pole Soiree” from 2014-2016. Arloa has competed in numerous competitions, placing top 2 in all of them including American Pole League Elite Artistic, USPSF Elite Sport, North American Pole Dance Championship, Paragon International Pole Dance Championship and multiple PSO events and categories.

Discovering pole changed her life as she is able to combine her love of performance, art and athleticism into a single passion. She knows first-hand how fulfilling, empowering and freeing pole dancing can be for women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds and is committed to sharing the joy of pole with others.

Brian Wolf
Denver, CO and New Orleans, LA USA

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Brian Wolf has been pole dancing since 2013. He has trained under fellow Pole Moves Master Instructor Veronica Nichols for the majority of his career. He has won acclaimed pole dance competitions such as Mr. Pole Dance America, Pole Theatre USA Classique Category, National Aerial Pole Art Male-Allstar, Dance Filthy USA and many more. He has trained with Pole Moves since 2014 and is so honored to be apart of the team. He currently splits his time and currently trains in Denver, Los Angeles and New Orleans. 

Brian’s currently teaches at Luscious Maven (Los Angeles), Tease Studio (Denver, CO), and Awakenings Pole and Aerial Fitness (New Orleans, LA), as well as teaching workshops all around the world.

Bryanna Fernelius
Phoenix, AZ USA

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Bree began her pole fitness journey in May 2017 after moving to Arizona. She felt there was a missing piece in her physical fitness regimen; a void that was once filled by competitive gymnastics. Pole dance fitness incorporates mind and body awareness and connection. The day that she walked into her first pole class was the day that her life positively changed in every way. 

Bree will officially open her studio on the west side of Phoenix in September 2020, called Beautiful Bodies Pole Dance Fitness. She is a mother of two babies and currently teaches pole fitness, pole dance, hand-balancing, general fitness classes and flexibility classes in her home. She also offers nutrition guidance for her students that are interested in changing their habits in the kitchen. 

Diana Pardo
Mexico

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Diana is Mexico’s Master trainer and taught more than 60 Pole Moves Trainings in Spanish. She owns Dragonfly Pole Dancers studios in Mexico. She is one of the Mexican Pole Dance pioneers. First mexican to compete internationally (China 2012), participated in Girl Next Door and won PWN Awards New Pole Dancer of the year.

Francesca Garcia
Chicago, IL

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After years of gym workouts, Francesca wanted more from her fitness routine and started her search for different options. She tried pole fitness in 2008 and was immediately hooked. After mastering pole, she pursued other forms of aerial fitness adding Hammocks Silks and Lyra to her regimen. In 2014 she obtained Pole Dance Certification, she then went on to obtain her Group Fitness, Certification through the Nationally accredited AFAA program. By 2014, Francesca had fallen in love with the classroom atmosphere; teaching pole fitness to all levels, and teaching group fitness at her local gym. She has since attained further mastery in techniques including: Mat-Pilates, Yoga, Spin Cycling, Aqua Fitness, Body Sculpting, Interval-High-Intensity-Training, Flexibility Training, and other forms of aerial arts to include Pole Silks and Hammock Yoga.She is a Master Teacher Trainer for Pole Moves and a PFA Member since 2019

Hailey Kehrli
Maine, USA

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Hailey began her passion for pole fitness in 2015. In 2016, she became co-owner of Studio X Vertical Fitness, Maine’s only pole fitness studio. In 2016, she trained with PoleMoves for pole instructor certification levels 1-3, and in August of 2019, she became Maine’s only Master Trainer. She has competed in the Pole Sport Organization’s Northeast Championship Level 4 Competition in 2017 and 2018. She has been a high school English teacher for over fifteen years and holds a Bachelor and Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. 

Stella Melina
Santa Fe, NM, USA

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Bi-lingual: English and Spanish

Stella Melina shares her passion for movement, fitness, and the creative side of pole through her teaching, coaching, and performances. Since 2009, she has been teaching, competing, and gracing the stages across the U.S. and internationally.
A lifelong student, Stella Melina continues learning and training in varied types of sport and physical expression including: yoga, ballet, salsa, jazz, martial arts, surfing, Pilates, and of course, pole dance.

As a PoleMoves Master Trainer, coach, and Spanish/English bilingual instructor, Stella Melina can guide you through a stunning performance piece or challenge you in her pole classes through a combination of pole tricks, freestyle, choreography, conditioning, and technique. She is a curious learner and dedicated instructor who delights in seeing her students as they challenge themselves while progressing and having fun!

Suz Sweney
New Zealand

Suzanne is a dedicated Pilates and Pole Fitness instructor and owner/instructor of PoleTonic Fitness based in Auckland, New Zealand.  Specialty certificatios include corrective and post-rehab exercise. A career in fitness has been a natural extension of a background in gymnastics and dance.  With more than 20 years in the fitness industry, her experience includes working at the prestigious Golden Door Health Spa alongside some of the industry’s best instructors.

Veronika Pole
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Veronika’s journey in dance has been one of happenstance or perhaps, fate. A whopping 10 years ago, a friend signed a reluctant Veronika up to attend a free introductory pole class which, ironically, was on her birthday. Immediately, she was hooked or rather, she was born!

Veronika has a natural teaching ability, a gentle analytical style, a creative eye, and a boatload of patience. As a popular instructor at several Los Angeles area studios, Veronika has worked with students of all skill level and backgrounds, utilizing her beginnings as a student with no dance training to relate to the challenges and triumphs students encounter on their own personal journeys. As a coach, she has had the opportunity to work with some of pole’s most talented artists on their rise to becoming champions in the industry.