Each of our Pole class instructors has been certified by a program that is sanctioned by the Pole Fitness Association (PFA), approved by the Pole Dance Community (PDC), and recognized by both the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics & Fitness Association of American (AFAA). In addition, all of our instructors are First Aid / CPR certified.
Michelle has been pole dancing since 2012. She is a Certified Discoveries Dance Pole Instructor, PDC Approved 3 Star Instructor, PFA Registered Pole Fitness Instructor, National Council on Strength and Fitness Member, and a founding member of Men's Health Fitness Council. She is also an Ambassador for Pole Sport Organization (PSO), Black Eccentrics Poledorant (use code FLIGHT), Figure Slim (use code FLIGHT35), and former Ambassador for United Pole Artists (UPA). Michelle focuses her teaching on the more technical side with high consideration for safety but also loves the art of free dance feeling the music as she moves. Her B.A. is in Education, and although she has a passion for teaching others rather than competing and performing herself, Michelle has competed with PSO as well as performed with Viva La Pole Show in Chicago and regularly performs for Conquer/Lake County Boxing. She has also performed at local venues such as Austin's Fuel Room (Libertyville), 210 Live (Highwood), and Blarney Island (Antioch) and judged competitions in IL, MI, and CA.
Mahja has been pole dancing since 2010. She has two Master’s Degrees and works in the Healthcare field. After a stressful day, she enjoys dancing and yoga to relax her. Mahja is a Pole Moves Certified Pole Fitness Instructor (PFA & PDC approved) and believes that pole dancing is a confidence booster that allows women to learn more about themselves. She also believes the art of pole dance is all about being strong and sensual, traits that harbor inside every woman. Mahja continues to train and educate herself on pole dancing and enjoys spreading the joy of pole!
Lorie has been taking classes at Flight Fitness Studio ever since the studio's Grand Opening. She was hooked from day one. Since then she has taken almost every class such as Pole Dance and Fitness, Pole Strength, Pole Flow, Lyra, Aerial Silks, and now her new passion that melts two of her favorites into one… Pole Silks! When she’s not at work making puppies cute and fancy for their owners she can be found here at the studio working on one crazy thing or another or helping her pole sisters with something. Her goal is to share her love of all pole and aerial fitness and it's benefits with all of her students.
Sandy is a jack-of-all-trades type. She has a BFA in Digital Photography, runs her own photography business, and has previously worked in radio, sales, hospitality and childcare. She may be newer to Pole, but she is no stranger to dance and fitness training. She took dance classes as a young girl and has been hula hoop dancing for the last 10 years. All the while, she's been obsessing over dance videos on YouTube and working on her overall health and fitness. Her first class at Flight Fitness Studio was Aerial Hoop (Lyra), but she decided to try Pole and fell in love. Pole and Aerial Arts have provided an outlet for her to practice dance, challenge herself, stay healthy, and make friends. She loves the journey of dance and fitness and hopes to be able to share some of that passion with you!
Becca first discovered Aerial Silks in 2015 from a friend. At that time she could not even do a single pull up! Depsite that, she managed to climb to the top of her friend's silks one afternoon. Surprising herself, she felt an immense desire to begin learning. A few weeks later she started taking private lessons from a local aerialist in Chicago, then went on to practice at a studio in Chicago taking classes and private lessons. Becca is also a certified Yoga and Aerial Yoga instructor. She loves to incorporate dance and body awareness into her classes. Becca believes that with practice everyone is capable of anything they set their mind to.
Angie is a single mom who stumbled upon Yoga during a time in her life where she needed to find herself. Starting in Aerial Yoga, which was life changing, she was inspired to further her knowledge in the world of yoga on all facets. Yoga has given Angie a healthy sense of clarity as well as introduced her to a group of inspirational individuals that motivate her to bring more to the studio and to her practice. Angie specializes in Restorative Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Vinyasa Sculpt, and Aerial Fit and is certified in BARRE. Angie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and is currently working on her 300 hour. In her free time, Angie furthers her knowledge in Yoga science, enjoys spreading her light and love, and spends time with her children and fur baby, Bella. "You cannot always control what goes on outside of you. But you can always control what goes on inside you."
Kristen has been practicing Aerial Silks since 2016. She started taking classes as a birthday gift to herself and was hooked after her first class. Mother of two, Kristen homeschools by day and flies by night as she is also a flying trapeze instructor and has been since 2017. Kristen loves silks because she enjoys a good challenge. Aerial Silks look so elegant and graceful even though it requires so much strength. She was never a gymnast or dancer, so her strength and flexibility are skills she learned as an adult as a result of practicing Aerial Silks. Aerial Arts has been her passion since 2015 when she took her first flying trapeze lesson. Learning Aerial Silks has been such an empowering experience for Kristen, and she hopes to share that with her students!