RI Pole Space

Instructors

Liz

Liz has been practicing and performing pole for almost a decade. Her love for pole first started in 2010 while working at a club with 20’ high spinning poles. Amazed by the movements and acrobatics she witnessed on her first day, she became determined to learn and quickly installed a pole in her apartment so she could practice.

Following her passion for pole eventually lead Liz towards discovering another passion for yoga. In 2012 she started practicing Ashtanga yoga in hopes of gaining more flexibility and found that the results were not merely physical, but transferred over into just about every realm of her life. She has since studied and practiced other yoga styles including Forrest Yoga, Baptiste power yoga, Yin/restorative, Yogance, and more.  She is a Yoga Alliance 200hr RYT, certified Forrest Yoga instructor, holds a bachelors degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from URI and is a certified Health Fitness Specialist w/ the American College of Sports Medicine. Liz opened RI Pole Space in 2017 with the intention of creating a space that celebrates and encourages movement, both as a form of self expression and empowerment and also as a healing force. 

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Marissa

Marissa has been dancing since she could walk!  She took her first pole class in 2012 and instantly fell in love.  It filled her need for a creative outlet and challenged her both physically and mentally. Marissa holds Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.  She has been teaching dance for seven years, is a Certified Personal Trainer and is an Xpert Certified pole instructor.  Her achievements include: 1st place - PSO Northeast 2018 Level 5 Dramatic, 2nd place - Super Shag Pole Championships 2014 Gold Level, 1st place - PSO Northeast 2015 Level 4 Entertainment, 3rd place - PSO Central 2016 Championship Level 4, 2nd - New England Pole Championships 2016 Open level. With this combination of knowledge and experience, she’s an amazing asset to our studio!

Marissa is available for private lessons and group classes and specializes in competition/performance training, choreography, and advanced pole tricks. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced poler, Marissa will help you achieve your goals and take your training to the next level!


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Melanie

Melanie starting poling in 2012 when she saw an ad for pole fitness classes near her and decided to give it a try. At her first class she fell in love! She finds pole to be challenging both mentally and physically, but also finds it to be an artistic outlet and just plain FUN! Pole fitness opened up a whole new whole and community to her where she’s made a lot of friends. She loves performing and has been in many local showcases and events. In 2018 she placed 1st in the Exotic Level 3 Masters category at PSO Northeast.

In Melanie’s Intro to Pole Class, you will get familiar with the pole itself and learn all the basics including walking, poses and spins. In her Intro to Exotic class, you will learn basic pole skills with the added elements of floorwork and heels. You’ll have fun finding your sexy side! Come take a class with Melanie to see how just how much fun fitness can be!

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Caity

Caity has been a dancer and choreography for over 15 years. In 2010 she stepped into several dance roles in parades at Walt Disney World. After two years with Disney, she began studying various aerial dance forms including pole. In 2013 she became a choreography and performer for Jax Pole Athletics and has since then dedicated her training to pole, exotic, and burlesque styles. Her most recent roles include performing pole in this years Slutcracker, one of Bostons most unique and beloved holiday ballets! Caity currently teaches Heels & Floorwork classes and is our go-to instructor for chair-dance & burlesque themed parties.

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