Meet our team
Meet our team
Judy Storey, Owner/Instructor Thirteen years ago she nearly died of an illness. In her long road to recovery, she realized that her tennis workout was too hard on her weakened body. She searched for a fitness program that would rebuild her strength and muscles. She found Pole Fitness while living in California. Like most, she was challenged but sold! The workout transformed her self-confidence, body and helped her to find her lost sexy “Mojo”. Seeing this transformation for herself, she knew she had to open her own Pole Fitness Studio when she moved to NC. She started PoleFit Carolinas in 2010, and at age 58 she enjoys introducing pole to women of ALL ages!
Laura DeWitt, Studio Manager/Co-Owner grew up working on a farm in upstate NY. In 2004 she experienced health issues that came from 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 built her confidence and resulted in strong muscles and far better health. After she had her daughter in 2013, she fueled her fire of knowledge and became certified in Iyengar Yoga, Kid’s and Prenatal Yoga. As PoleFit Carolinas’ Manager, Yoga Instructor and Co-Owner, she shares her joy of working out each day with many clients.
Hali Sgueglia, Pro Master Instructor 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. 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.
Tiffany Baker, Master Instructor 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 NC 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!”
Taylor Dickerson, Master Instructor 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 earned her Pole Silks Certification in October of 2017. Taylor is known for her flexibility and incorporates this in her unique style. She won her first competition in February 2018 in the Level 4 Junior 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 at UNC Charlotte.
Heather Rushing, Master Instructor is an adventurous soul that has always enjoyed activities that push her physical and mental boundaries like gymnastics, karate, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. She was searching to find an indoor rock gym when she came across pole dance lessons and decided to try it out. Almost 6 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.
Alicia McNaughton, Master Instructor is a Carolina girl growing up in the mountains of NC. 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 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 and Mom’s to take care of themselves through this amazing form of working out.
Mica Gamble, Lead Instructor started her journey with PoleFit Carolinas in 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 studio like most do. Pole fitness got her back in shape after the birth of her son. Because pole fitness has influenced her life so much, she realizes that she has a new passion to help others achieve their fitness goals. She also has plans to open a Sister Studio of PoleFit in Mooresville in the future.
Gillian Pantone, Lead Instructor 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 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. Once she moved to NC, PoleFit Carolinas scooped her up and now she teaches women to get in touch with a side that you don’t often get in touch with especially being a Mom.
Alexis Johnston, Instructor was very active growing up and found it difficult to stick to a fitness routine. 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 attended several classes each week. The welcoming environment and physical challenge was exactly what she was looking for in a new form of fitness. Since becoming a Certified Instructor, she is excited to share her love for teaching, dance, and fitness all in one place to women of all ages.
Brittany Waterman, Instructor began her pole journey 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.
Maria Ortiz, Instructor found her passion for dance at age 13. In 2009, she began Belly Dancing. After training and performing for years with the Carolina Renaissance Festival, she and her husband moved to Huntersville where she found PoleFit Carolinas. After her first intro class, she was hooked and even took 3rd place in her first competition! Maria wanted to share her talent of Belly Dancing with Pole and 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 Pole.
Leah Sech, Instructor has a background as an aircraft mechanic! 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 fell in love with the studio. She is currently taking time off to pursue her career as an aircraft technician in the Military.