Hometown: Ravenna, MI
Favorite Songs To Dance To: My song choice really varies on my mood. I typically like songs with heavy emotion/meaning; something I can really relate to and pour my heart out through my movement. While other times all I want to dance to is something slow and sexy! Here are some of my favorites: Say You Love Me – Jessie Ware, Self-Conclusion – The Spill Canvas, Castle - Halsey, Dance for You – Beyoncé, Wildfire - Tinashe
Favorite Quote: “It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments when you are truly yourself.”
Why I Teach At Flirt: Teaching pole and inspiring women gives me so much fulfillment and I believe with all of my heart that this is my calling in life. To have the opportunity to inspire and guide women through their pole journey as my instructors did for me is an honor. I believe in everything this studio stands for. As instructors, we are here to not only help you learn the art of Pole Fitness but, also, to learn the art of becoming a stronger, more confident you!
What I Want For My Students: I want my students to truly gain everything they hoped to gain from Flirt Fitness and MORE! I want my students to truly fall in love with themselves. I want to see them wear their bodies with great pride; loving every inch of their uniqueness. I want the wall size mirrors in the studio to no longer be a voice for their insecurities, but a FRIEND that gives them a clear reminder of their true beauty and strength. If my students walk out of the studio each week feeling confident, sexy, strong, and full of self-worth then I will know I am fulfilling my duties as an instructor.
One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Flirt Fitness is not just a “Pole Studio”, it’s also a safe haven built of a community of amazing women who are ready to welcome you into our lives as our sister. This studio has become my sanctuary where I can strip down all of my insecurities and express myself through my movement and I’m sure every woman at this studio would say the same for themselves. And, though taking the first step can be intimidating, I promise you, you will thank yourself for taking that courageous first step as you watch your life transform for the better... I can’t wait to meet you!!!
Justine Helsen instructs the following:
Liquid Motion is a methodology that can apply to any aspect of life, from everyday movement to technical dance vocabulary. This program teaches how to achieve a seamless and natural movement quality by applying basic dance theory and sensual movement exploration. Through self-confidence, knowledge of techniques and power of individuality, you will have the tools to further your education and exploration on your own. Liquid Motion teaches fluidity through sensual movement and basic dance theory. Regardless of the student’s dance experience, our program will provide the tools to explore the body’s natural movement, build self-confidence, and understand the body on a higher level. These classes are designed to appeal to everyone, from the every day person to the advanced dancer or instructor.
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!
Pole Poise is offered as an add-on class to students currently in Level 1, and available as a primary or add-on class to students who have completed one or more levels. This is a mixed-level class celebrating the sensual side of pole dancing with an emphasis on flow and individuality. As in other Flirt signature pole classes, you will enjoy a light, total body workout and spend time learning and refining a variety of pole moves; all while building your endurance and grace with extended dance time and extra instruction on accents. Students are encouraged to work individually or in teams to choreograph their Week 8 graduation performances. Because of the structure and emphasis of Pole Poise, inverts and advanced holds are not permitted in this class. Students are welcome to dance in bare feet or heels!
This class is perfect for anyone who has limited physical ability for any reason or would like to concentrate more on combinations and celebrate the beauty of the dance rather than the focusing on advanced tricks!
This is a one time class to introduce you to our signature series or our specialty classes. It is intended for someone who wants to "test the waters" and try it before you buy it! You will experience a mock class of how our classes are ran. We will even have you dancing at the end! Please dress like you are going to a yoga class. We will be in bare feet. Avoid putting any lotions on your hands or body before you come in. Please bring a yoga mat.