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Our Instructors


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.

PDC Pole Dance Community Approved Instructor
PFA Pole Fitness Alliance Registered Pole Fitness Instructor
Michelle Heller

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.

Molly Meru

Molly is a Discoveries Dance Certified Pole Instructor (PFA and PDC approved). She has been pole dancing since 2013 and has been doing flips and tricks on everything since she was old enough to walk. In addition, she has five years of experience in gymnastics and contortion. Her degree is in Biology, and she has a solid understanding of human anatomy and how to (SAFELY!) bend it and stretch it in all sorts of ways. Molly has performed with Boylesque, Boytoy’s Pocket Cabaret, Viva La Pole Show, Speak to Me, and The Wild Side - A Badass Pole Show. She also competed in Pole Sport Organization (PSO)'s CPC in 2016 and again in 2017 when she won third place in her division. She is a strong believer that anyone can pole dance no matter their age, weight, gender, or fitness level and also that pole can take many forms and styles, all of which are beautiful. Molly’s personal style is a blend of strength based power moves with burlesque influenced, sultry, flexy, flow. As an instructor, she loves to challenge students to be the best they can be and more!

Mahja S


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!

Sally S


Sally has been practicing and performing aerial arts since 2009. She has performed a variety of acts including aerial silks, aerial hoop (lyra), Spanish webs, and multiple trapeze. She started her aerial and circus training at Illinois State University’s Gamma Phi Circus. She began teaching at the Junior Gamma Phi Circus and the Gamma Phi Circus summer camps. She also helped teach fellow performers within the Gamma Phi Circus. Since graduating she has performed at various events around Chicagoland and has continued to coach both children and adults. Sally loves the feeling of defying gravity and getting to test her strength and creativity through new skills and routines.

Shannon N

Shannon began her yoga practice in 2013 through her college course offerings and discovered Aerial Yoga as well as Pole in 2016. With her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training from Next Yoga, Aerial Yoga certification through AIR Aerial Fitness, and a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education, she has a passion for education and students whether in a fitness studio or in a college. Shannon is motivated by a love of empowering men and women of all ages by promoting their self-discovery, stress relief, and physical restoration with traditional yoga as well as with an aerial hammock in the air. In 2018, Shannon expanded her offerings by becoming a Certified Pole Instructor through Discoveries Dance.

Christine P

Christine began practicing pole in early 2017 and fell in love! She decided to pair her new passion with a long-time passion of teaching and began training to become a pole instructor in mid 2018. She became a Certified Discoveries Dance Pole Instructor and has been teaching ever since. Christine is a total cat lady and self-identifying nerd.  When she is not at the studio, you can find her playing board games, frequenting local conventions, and traveling.

Chelsea P

Chelsea is a busy, working mom of an adorable little girl. She has been Pole dancing since 2016 and is a Certified Discoveries Dance Pole Instructor. She competed in Pole Sport Organization's (PSO) Central Pole Championships (CPC) 2018, placed third in her division, and plans to further her education and training with more competitions as well as performances. Chelsea is a firm believer that anyone can gain personal confidence and postive energy through Pole. She specializes in breaking down the art of exotic movement and exploring one's senses to help individuals recognize their own styles and strengths.  The art of Pole has changed her life, and she is excited to share and enhance your skills!

Lorie B

Lorie began 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, strength and conditioning, 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 Z

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!

Jayla L

Jayla originally started pole dancing to try a new workout and possibly raise her self image. She found more than could have been asked for in Flight Fitness Studio. The way pole/chair dancing has helped her express vulnerability and sensuality as well as build confidence keeps has been life changing. Her current goal is to keep taking the fearlessness she feels in class into her everyday life as well as share it with her students in her classes. She wants to give others the same opportunity to explore self expression, try something new, and feel good while doing it.

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