Kayla grew up dancing competitively and has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-hop, but pole dance stole her heart in 2011. She has been teaching pole since 2015, and enjoys mixing all different styles of dance with pole! Kayla's favourite parts of teaching are choreographing routines, doing pole doubles tricks, and being the first one to whoop with joy to celebrate your successes! Her 2023 Pole Goals are to continue her progress on those elusive front splits, continue her work towards getting her Phoenix, and become more confident in handstands and flips. Kayla is the studio's resident adrenaline junkie and has a love of travel, languages, musical theatre, craft beer, lipstick, and all things creative. When not dancing her heart out at the studio, you can find Kayla just down the street at Steel & Vines, where she will happily talk your ear off about the latest unique wines and fancy cheeses they've brought in that week, or chilling at home with a True Crime podcast. Kayla teaches Intermediate and Advanced Pole, choreography on and off the pole, and a variety of stretch classes.
Ainsley took the first spin of her pole journey in 2010. She had no prior dance or gymnastic experience, and had been looking for a fun, fitness activity to join with her friends - little did she know it would become such an incredible source of passion in her life! As her strength and skill grew, she was able to share her passion with her students. Ainsley’s favourite part of teaching is collaborating with her students and helping them to foster their creative energy. She loves building routines, putting together new combinations, and gushing with pride when her students FINALLY master that one move that’s been stumping them for weeks! Ainsley’s Pole Goals for 2023 are to improve her flexibility and flow, really work on making time to practice for herself, and improve her consistency in her Hummingbird. When not at the studio, Ainsley spends her time pursuing her other passions: experimenting with baking from different parts of the world (with a current love of fresh, buttery, French croissants), hiking and swimming in the great outdoors, and curling up to play video games or read books with her partner and pets. Ainsley teaches Pole 101 and Beginner/Intermediate level pole classes, as well as Chair classes, Floor classes, and Stretch classes.
Erin started out as a baby poler in 2015. With no previous dance or gymnastics experience, it was a leap out of her comfort zone but she couldn't be happier she took it! She poled off-and-on for a number of years before dedicating herself to it as a primary pastime. Erin is always saying that pole dance made her stronger not only physically, but mentally as well; this carries over into her teaching style. Erin's favourite part of teaching is encouraging her students to push their limits and see how much they are really capable of. Her delivery method could best be described as "dry sarcastic support", but it's always delivered with love and the expectation that you'll sass her right back! Erin's Pole Goals for 2023 are to improve her pole flow, tackle her little "flexibility problem" (literally and metaphorically - for real this time. She promises), and start getting comfortable on spin pole. When not at the studio, Erin can most likely be found curled up on the couch in a pile of fur-babies with a scotch and good book. Erin teaches Pole 101 and Beginner level pole classes, as well as On-the-Pole and Off-the-Pole Conditioning.
Vic (or "Vicky") started with pole in 2015. While Vic had done a few team sports in the past, she was struggling to find a sport that she truly enjoyed. Aside from a bit of social dancing in the past, she had no experience with dance or gymnastics. Finally, she made the leap and tried a pole dance class and it's been a source of endless joy ever since. Vic joined the Empower family as an instructor in 2022 and has been an absolute blessing! Her upbeat and energetic teaching style makes every class a blast! Vic's favourite part of teaching is the little sparkle in her students' eyes or the yelps of joy she hears when a move they've been struggling with finally feels "right". She loves working on routines and learning to use dance to tell a story. Vic's Pole Goals for 2023 are to work on her floorwork, to add more shoulder stands and kips to her repertoire, and to make stretching a regular part of her day. When not at the studio, Vic can be found hosting trivia nights, watching bad movies with her two cats, in her kitchen coming up with weird new ice cream flavours, or sewing a new pole outfit or costume Vic teaches Pole 101 and Beginner level pole classes.