Lauren Sarah

Head Instructor & Director

Lauren started her pole fitness journey in 2011 while looking for a fun way to get back in shape. With a background in figure skating and ballet, she was no stranger to fitness, however this presented a new and exciting challenge. A few months later she had fallen in love with the art of pole dance and after a year she completed her training to become an instructor.

In 2014 Lauren applied to compete in her first pole fitness competition. She traveled to Winnipeg to train with Canadian Pole Fitness Champion Tara Meyer and the experience inspired her to push herself to the next level. After a successful amateur season, she was motivated to grow as a pole athlete and compete at a higher level. Lauren loves performing and participates in competitions across North America on a regular basis.

Lauren specializes in flexibility training and is also an IBBFA certified barre instructor and a Registered Acrobatique AcroDance Instructor. She is the national organizer of Pole Theatre Canada and a Pole Sport Organization ambassador. She strives to share her passion for pole fitness with her students and inspire them to push themselves further than they ever thought possible.

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Titles and Certifications:
  • XPERT Certified Pole Fitness Instructor
  • 2019 CPFA West Coast Regional Exotic Champion
  • 2018 PSO Northwest Pole Championship Level 5 Exotic 3rd Runner Up
  • 2017 Canadian Pole Fitness 1st Runner Up – Pole Art Division
  • 2017 PSO Northwest Pole Championship Level 5 Exotic 1st Runner Up
  • 2016 Alberta Pole Fitness Semi-Pro 1st Runner Up
  • 2016 PSO Northwest Pole Championship Level 4 Junior Champion
  • 2015 Alberta Pole Fitness Semi-Pro Champion
  • 2015 Canadian Pole Fitness Semi-Pro Finalist
  • 2014 Alberta Pole Fitness Amateur Champion
  • 2014 Canadian Pole Fitness Amateur Finalist

Jade

Senior Instructor

Jade began pole dancing as a way to incorporate her gymnastics background while developing new skills. She quickly fell in love with the sport and exploring different movements while gaining strength.

Jade’s two favourite things are food and fitness. She loves trying new and different activities, checking out local restaurants, and whipping something up in her kitchen with produce fresh from the farmer’s market.

 

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Titles & Certifications:
  • XPERT Certified Pole Fitness Instructor

Jenna

Instructor

Jenna started pole fitness in 2014 as a new way to explore her passion for dance. With a background in jazz, tap, ballet, and skating she was excited for a new challenge, and it didn’t take long for pole fitness to become her new obsession. After competing nationally for the first time in 2016, she has since performed numerous times and is known for her engaging stage presence.

Jenna specializes in barre, stretch, and Burlesque fitness and is thrilled to be sharing her various style backgrounds with others. She is passionate about the Embrace team and encourages everyone to give this empowering sport a try, even if they have no formal fitness background.

 

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Titles & Certifications:
  • XPERT Certified Pole Fitness Instructor
  • 2019 Pole Theatre Canada Finalist
  • 2016 Canadian Pole Fitness Doubles 2nd Runner Up

Jody

Instructor

Jody began her pole journey in 2013 after she had her son and was looking for something that would keep her challenged without the repetitive feel of a workout at the gym. Even with no prior dance, gymnastics or fitness experience, she immediately fell in love with pole fitness and the pole community.

Jody specializes in heels and exotic choreography, she is extremely excited for students to get in touch with their sensual side! She enjoys creating choreography and seeing her students embrace their inner sexy!

 

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Titles & Certifications:
  • XPERT Certified Pole Fitness Instructor

Selene

Instructor

Selene was introduced to pole fitness in 2017 and instantly fell in love with the athletic side of the sport. Being a self professed “gym rat,” Selene started her fitness journey as a weightlifter when she was 17 years old. Having previously competed in figure competitions, power lifting, and team sports, Selene naturally loved the challenge of pole fitness.

Her specialties include strength based moves and endurance combinations. When not at the studio, Selene can be found mountain biking, running, or spending time with family and friends.

 

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Angela

Instructor

As a graduate from NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program and an all around
movement enthusiast, Angela has dabbled in everything from rugby to cheer, to
Muay Thai and ballet. She lives to explore and find new ways to challenge her body, which led her to trying aerial arts in 2015. After immediately falling head over heals for aerial silks, trapeze, and lyra, Angela soon started her pole journey and found her new obsession for life. She brings this passion and love to her teaching, along with the knowledge of working as a personal fitness trainer for the past 8 years.
Come challenge yourself at one of her circuit-style boot camps or catch her contagious enthusiasm for movement in a beginner-level pole fitness class. Angela also teaches our lollipop (pole-lyra) workshops where students can try out and play on this unique and exciting apparatus. Outside of the studio you can catch Angela performing in a studio, music festival, or a theater near you!

 

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Siobhan

Instructor

Siobhan started pole in 2014 as a fun and different way to build muscle, and she quickly became immersed in the culture. With no real background in dance or gymnastics, she had her fair share of struggles along the way, but her love of the sport and passion for teaching others has made the journey worth all the bruises.

Siobhan is not a performer by any means, but she enjoys creating choreography and combos to share with her students. Siobhan has recently moved to Edmonton and is happy to call Embrace her new home studio. When she’s not at the studio, Siobhan spends her time outside exploring the city or baking all sorts of sweet and savoury treats.

 

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Keyona Joline

Guest Instructor

Keyona was introduced to the sport of pole fitness in 2011. She immediately fell in love with the challenge that each class brought and the strong sense of community created by the instructors and other students.

With no prior dance experience and after many years of struggling through a back injury, Keyona never imagined she would compete in a pole fitness competition. With the support and encouragement from one of her best friends, Lauren Sarah, Keyona applied to compete in her first pole competition in 2015. She enjoyed the challenge of choreographing a routine and pushing her body to do things she never thought possible.

Keyona loves being a part of Team Embrace and is excited to continue growing as an athlete and instructor while supporting each student on their journey to wellness. While Keyona is no longer a resident instructor at Embrace, we are grateful to have her continue to teach workshops and specialty classes.

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Titles & Certifications:
  • XPERT Certified Pole Fitness Instructor
  • 2018 PSO Northwest Pole Championship Level 4 2nd Runner Up
  • 2018 PSO Northwest Pole Low Flow & Floorwork Level 4/5 1st Runner Up
  • 2016 North American Pole Dance Semi-Pro 2nd Runner Up
  • 2015 Alberta Pole Fitness  Amateur 1st Runner Up
  • 2015 Canadian Pole Fitness  Amateur Finalist