Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite Songs To Dance To: It depends on how I am feeling... Porn Star Dancing, Just A Fool, GirlCrush, Often, The Hills, songs with explicit lyrics (yes, I admit that), Young and Beautiful, Say You Love Me... anything that helps express a feeling or feed a need at a particular time.
Favorite Quote: "Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why I Teach At Flirt: I started taking classes at Flirt when it was at the original studio in EastTown. I have been an anxious person my entire life, and wanted to challenge my anxiety and push myself out of my comfort zone. I met Amy (founder of Flirt) and I asked her if she thought I really could learn pole. I honestly had no idea how much this would help my confidence and just make me feel good. I love the amazing connection I experience when I am at Flirt. It nurtures my soul. The bottom line is that I love people and I love helping people.
What I Want For My Students: I want to help create an environment for them to allow themselves to be vulnerable and try new things, without the worry of being judged. I want them to feel supported, loved, and encouraged.
One Last Thing I Want You To Know: If you think you are uncoordinated and clumsy... we are kindred spirits. It usually takes me longer to learn new things, but I think this helps me with my teaching, because I've experienced struggles and also really appreciate when something finally clicks in my brain. I have a tendency to say silly, goofy things(my family, students, and friends will agree with this), but I have a big heart and love people. I love animals, especially cats. (Shoot, I think that was more than one last thing.)
Deana Haines instructs the following:
Level 4 - Pole Sirens
You are like the mythical siren that demands attention and hypnotizes those around you with your beauty and song. The journey continues as you work on more difficult combos, poses and holds at the top of the pole, and more challenging ways to invert yourself. You will begin slithering all over that pole! Triple tricks and lots of invert dismounts are going to make you feel like an acrobat! You're free styling your dance by now and it’s like a moving meditation. You are lost in yourself. When the song stops, you will hardly remember what you did, just that it felt DIVINE!
Level 8.5 - Pole Flirts
Pole Flirts: Welcome to the Flirty level of getting more bruises, tuckering out those shoulders and putting that strong core to work! In this level, we will take you to soaring heights in your Cupids and daring descents in your Sad Girl Drop. Enjoy the flow of your Torso Switches and Reverse Climbs as you start to experience unique ways to get up, and another ways to come down the pole!
Level 10.5 is transitioning you from Level 10 to Elite.