Meet our team

Meet our team


Judy Storey, Owner/Instructor is an avid tennis player.  Ten 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 hard on her weakened body.  She searched for a fitness program that would rebuild her strength and muscles.  She stumbled upon Pole Dancing for Fitness and decided to give it a try.  Like most, she was instantly addicted!  This workout transformed her self-confidence and body and even helped her to re-discover her sexy “Mojo”.  Seeing this transformation for herself encouraged her to open her own Pole Fitness Studio when she moved to NC.  She started Pole at 47 and at 57 she enjoys introducing pole to women of ALL ages!


2nd Place (LV 3 Entertainment) PSO 2019
(Novice Level 2) USPDF 2018

Laura DeWitt, Studio Manager and Co-Owner grew up working on a farm in upstate NY. In 2004 she experienced health issues that come with sitting at a job all day. In 2009 she read about pole fitness and decided she needed to check it out. After her first class she was hooked. Pole dancing offered her confidence and the added bonus of strong muscles and good health. 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, Kid’s and Prenatal Yoga. As PoleFit Carolinas Manager, Yoga Instructor and Certified Pole Instructor, she’s also living the life of a happy Entrepreneur!


1st Place (LV 5 Exotic) PSO 2018
1st Place (LV 4 Championship) PSO 2016
1st Place (Amateur) USPDF 2017

Hali Sgueglia was a competitive gymnast for 10 years during her childhood. 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 found pole fitness in 2013 and 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 is an accomplished Pro Pole Competitor with several wins under her belt. She loves to inspire moms like herself to find a pole journey of their own.

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1st Place (LV 4 Exotic) PSO 2019
1st Place (LV 4 Dramatic) PSO 2018
1st Place (LV 2 Dramatic) PSO 2017

Tiffany Baker, had no dancing background, little flexibility and sure didn’t know how to be sexy, but she knew that pole dancing for fitness would teach her all those things and it did! She moved to North Carolina in 2015, found PoleFit Carolinas and has flourished there ever since. She has gained confidence, strength and sensuality. She became an Instructor at the beginning of 2017, and fell in love with teaching women how to develop their own style. She began competing 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!”


1st Place (LV 4 Dramatic) PSO 2019
1st Place (LV 4 Championship) PSO 2018

Taylor Dickerson began her pole fitness journey in July of 2015 after taking an Intro to Pole class at PoleFit Carolinas. She became a Certified Instructor in June of 2016, and also acquired her Pole Silks certification in October of 2017. Taylor is known for her flexibility and incorporates this strength in her unique style. She won her first competition in February of 2018 at the PSO Triangle Championships in the Level 4 Junior Championship category. In addition to teaching pole, Taylor is also a personal trainer and a flexibility coach. She is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from UNC Charlotte.


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 gym when she came across pole dance lessons and decided to try it out. Almost 4 years later, she is teaching pole and chair classes at PoleFit Carolinas. Heather enjoys the blend of physical exertion, mental challenge and artistic expression that the art of pole has to offer


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.


Alicia McNaughton is Carolina girl growing up in the mountains of North Carolina. She moved to Charlotte for college. She started dancing at the early age of 2 and has competed and taught dance ever since. She became a Pole Instructor with PoleFit Carolinas when they first opened back in 2010. She combines her love of dance and movement with pole and has not only flourished individually, but offers popular classes that are booked solid every single week! Alicia recently became a Mom of a beautiful baby boy and loves inspiring women/Mom’s to take care of themselves through the love of Pole and Dance.

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Gillian Pantone taught ballroom and salsa dance classes in Fayetteville, NC. Gillian moved to Colorado in 2007 and started pole dancing in 2013 due to watching a video by “Anastasia Skukhtorova”. She was amazed by how fluid her dance was. She took one pole class and was immediately hooked as most are. She began teaching private pole lessons and then took a year off to have a baby. Pole Fitness truly puts you in touch with a side that you don’t often get in touch with especially being a Mom.


Alexis Johnston was very active growing up but found it difficult to stick to a fitness routine after leaving for college in 2014. She learned about pole dancing through Instagram in 2015, but did not take her first pole class at PoleFit Carolinas until February 2019. She fell in love immediately and regularly attended classes. The welcoming environment and physical challenge was exactly what she was looking for in a new form of fitness. Since then, her confidence has improved tremendously and she is excited about sharing her love for teaching, dancing, and fitness all in one place to women of all ages.


Brittany Waterman’s pole journey started off as a self-taught activity until 3 years ago when she became a student at PoleFit Carolinas. Boy, did she realize the different between watching YouTube and actual hands-on instruction! She learned quickly, and during a temporary move to Myrtle Beach, she began teaching at a studio there for about a year. Upon her return to Huntersville, she decided to get her Pole Instructor Certification through PoleFit Carolinas and was welcomed into the PoleFit Family. She enjoys performing with an “exotic” flare and sharing this with her students. She looks forward to soon entering into the competitive pole arena soon.


Maria Ortiz found her passion for dance at age 13. In 2009, she began Belly Dancing. After training for years and performing with the Carolina Renaissance Festival, she and her husband moved to Huntersville where she found PoleFit Carolinas after attending a private pole party at the studio. She began training in the Art of Pole. After her first intro class, she was hooked and even took 3rd place in her first competition! Maria wanted to share her joy and experience of combining Belly Dance and Pole. She became a certified instructor in May of 2019 after hard work and dedication. Maria loves teaching the feminine movements of Belly Dance with the strength and beauty of and looks forward to sharing this fusion with others.


1st Place (LV 4 Championship) PSO 2019
2nd Place (LV 2 Championship) PSO 2018

Leah Sech has a background in the automotive industry. She spent 4 years as a technician before having her daughter. She became a pole enthusiast while trying to find a way to exercise that wasn’t “boring”. After trying to learn through YouTube tutorials and realizing that this was not the way to learn, she tried a class at PoleFit Carolinas in 2017 and hasn’t turned back. She now teaches pole classes and enjoys challenging others, increasing their confidence and sharing the addictive workout, Pole Fitness.