Instructors

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Judy Storey, Owner is an avid tennis player. 10 years ago she nearly died of an illness and was hospitalized for 2 months. In her long road to recovery, she quickly realized that tennis was too harsh on her weakened body. She searched for a fitness program that she would like and that would rebuild her strength safely. She stumbled upon Pole Dancing for Fitness and decided to give it a try. Within a short period of time, through dedication and support from the wonderful women that surrounded her, she regained her muscle tone and strength and now in the best shape of her life at 56 years old!  Pole Dancing brought back the “MoJo! Seeing this transformation for herself encouraged her to open her own Pole Fitness Studio here in Charlotte. She’s been teaching Pole Fitness for over six years now and enjoys watching women of ALL ages transform their bodies and rejuvenate their “MoJo”

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Tiffany Baker, Studio Assistant had no dancing background, little flexibility and sure didn’t know how to be sexy at all, but she knew that pole dancing for fitness would teach her all those things. She moved to North Carolina in February 2015, found PoleFit Carolinas and has flourished there ever since. She has gained so much confidence and strength. She became an instructor at the beginning of 2017, and fell in love with teaching women how to develop their own style of beautiful and empowerment. She began competing in Pole Fitness and won first place at her first competition. “I’ll never forget the day I came for my first intro to pole class, it changed my life forever!”

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Hali Sgueglia was a competitive gymnast for 10 years during her childhood and teenage years. After having her son in 2012, she began looking for a type of workout that would get her back into shape fast. She wanted something that would be fun and challenging enough to keep her interest long term and produce quick results. She also was in need of a workout that would relieve her stress and rebuild her self confidence.  She knew when in 2013 she found Pole Fitness, that it was exactly what she was looking for. She quickly became addicted to the sport and was ecstatic when PoleFit Carolinas offered her the opportunity to share her amazing talent on the pole with others. She has aspirations of competing, but in the meantime, she inspires moms like herself to find a pole journey of their own.

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Makayla Freeman began her pole journey with PoleFit Carolinas in October of 2014.  As an aspiring fine art student and a pianist since age eight, she discovered pole fitness and decided that this would not only be a fun way to get in shape, but would also be an activity that would fill her love of the arts!    In Makayla’s early teens, she developed a stomach disease that took a toll on her health.  She has come to realize that being active through pole has really put her disease in check!  When she began her journey at PFC she had no prior dance background, but she quickly progressed and fell in love with the freedom of movement dance offers and is now a Certified Pole Fitness Instructor who teaches our “Pole Silks” class!  In the future she wishes to compete, but for now she continues to transform her mind and body and supports other women on their individual journeys.

poleshoot071016rds5407fin1 Heather Rushing is an adventurous soul that has always enjoyed activities that push her physical and mental boundaries.From gymnastics to karate, to whitewater rafting and rock climbing.  She was searching for quite some time to find an indoor rock climbing gym when she came across pole dance lessons and decided to try it out.  Almost 3 years later, she is Loving it!  Heather enjoys the blend of physical exertion, mental challenge and artistic expression that the art of pole has to offer.  She now shares her zeal, love, and passion for pole at Polefit Carolinas with women of all ages.

Christine was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia where she started swimming competitively at the age of 5.  After achieving her childhood dreams of competing and medaling in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she retired shortly after in 2011.  She then began searching for a new outlet and fitness program where she could express her carefree nature, and would also continue to challenge her physically and mentally.  She took her first pole class at Respectapole Dance Studio in VA.  After relocating in 2012 to Charlotte, she then discovered PoleFit Carolinas.  She is truly excited about having the opportunity to teach her signature class and to also help her students reach their goals through the exotic movement and flow. 

Laura DeWitt grew up working on a farm in upstate NY. In 2004 she started working at a desk and gained all the health issues that come with sitting all day and eating poorly. In 2009 she read about pole fitness and decided she needed to check it out. After her first class she fell in love. She learned how to love herself and no longer worried about her weight. Pole dancing offered her confidence and an added bonus of strong muscles. She needed to share her passion with the world and began teaching fitness pole dance in 2012. After she had her daughter in 2013 she needed to fuel her fire of knowledge for a healthier life and became certified in Iyengar yoga, kids yoga, prenatal yoga and is also licensed Zumba instructor.  

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Sarah Faulkner is a dancer at heart, with 20 plus years of dance training.  She was instantly attracted to pole and expanding her dance experience.  With ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance under her belt, applying each style of dance to her poling is both exciting and challenging!  Dance gave her “sassy”, while pole helped her find her “sexy”.  For Sarah, pole is about expression and taking control of your sensuality.  She looks forward to teaching the beauty in pole and smashing the notion that pole dancing is taboo.  Sarah teaches our “Ballet Barre Bombshell” class which helps students to learn beautiful lines, pointed toes and core strength.

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Taylor Dickerson is a 22-year-old yoga lover who started pole fitness in July of 2015.  When she was much younger she was a dancer.  She also enjoyed running cross country, track, and playing tennis through middle school and high school, but always wanted to find her way back into dancing.  In college, she started focusing on practicing ashtanga yoga which fueled her desire even strong to start dancing again even more.  When a coworker suggested that she come to an Intro to Pole class, she was excited to try.  Taylor instantly fell in love with pole fitness and found that her flexibility helped her progress quickly.  She finished her Pole Instructor Certification for Pole Fitness in June of 2016 with PoleFit Carolinas and is now an Instructor who focuses on helping others to improve their strength and flexibility.

Gillian Pantone taught ballroom dance in Fayetteville, NC. She was teaching salsa classes every Sunday and Wednesday, and so her pole style of movement has a unique Latin flair. Gillian moved to Colorado in 2007 and did not start pole dancing until 2013. She watched a video of Anastasia Skukhtorova and was amazed by how beautiful her dancing was. She took one class and was immediately hooked as most are. She began teaching private pole lessons and then took a year off to have a baby. She encourages everyone to try pole at least once. Pole Fitness truly puts you in touch with a side that you don’t often get in touch with. Strength, Sensual, Confident and Beautiful. Gillian teaches our “Latin Pole” class!

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Alicia McNaughton is Carolina girl growing up in the mountains of North Carolina.  She moved to Charlotte for college and decided to stay.  She started dancing at the early age of 2 and has competed and taught ever since. Her background is in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop. “I love dancing, it helps you forget everything you were thinking once the music starts and you escape all the pressures of life.  I can’t image my life without dance and I hope to share it with as many women as I can”.

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Amber Lowe is a native to Charlotte.  She has Bachelor of Arts degree from UNC Charlotte.  Her passion has been dance since a little girl.  Amber has over 15 years of dance experience and has competed for 10 years all over the east coast.  In addition she has also been a dance instructor for over 10 years, instructing all age groups. Her focus was tap, but has studied jazz, ballet, and contemporary.  “I have such a passion for different styles of dance that I want to help women with or without any dance background have a “Chance to Dance”. Hence, the name of the class Alicia and Amber teach!

Mica Gamble started her journey with PoleFit Carolinas at the beginning of 2016. As an ex gymnast, horseback rider and softball player, she found it difficult to commit to going to the “boring” gym. However, when she tried pole fitness, she instantly fell in love with the workout like most do. Pole fitness not only got her back in shape after the birth of her son – but it has strengthened her every muscle as she works toward a career in firefighting. Because pole fitness has influenced her life so much, she now realizes that she has a new passion to help others achieve their fitness goals and feel the same sense of accomplishment that she now does. 

T Takeila Fox loves living an active lifestyle.  She is a Pole Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Performer and Athlete passionate about fitness and dance.  She has spent the past 6 years traveling, performing, training and instructing to share her knowledge and experience of Pole Fitness.  Her goal is to introduce others to the alternative fitness style called, “Pole Fitness”.  Takeila has competed in National competitions, which led to gaining titles and wide recognition in the industry.  Takeila recently became a Mother and decided to take time off to be with her son.  When she was ready to make her way back into the “Pole Fitness & Dance” scene… she chose PoleFit Carolinas as her new home.  She wants to educate women that Pole Fitness is an excellent, fun and challenging way to work out and be healthy in mind and body.