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Pole Instructor Spotlight – Betty L

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How long have you been Pole Dancing for? 

B: I got a taste of it in 2010 and started with classes in 2012! I think my poleversary (It’s a thing.) is in March.

What got you started in pole fitness?
B: A good college friend worked at my New Brunswick studio! At the time I was working in an office and was looking for a fun way to get into shape. I was too shy to join the studio at first. It took a few months to get me in!

What kept you interested in the sport?
B: Definitely the pole community! I have met some of my closest friends at my studios.

Why did you decide to become a pole fitness instructor?
B: My New Brunswick studio needed staff, so I was offered the job. I was so nervous! It only took one class for me to realize that teaching and coaching was something I was passionate about. I completely changed careers after that!

What is one of the most challenging things you find about being an instructor?
B: I love every minute I spend at the studio, and find myself spending my home time planning cool lessons and choreographing routines. I guess my biggest challenge is making myself step away from instructing to focus on my amazing life outside the studio!

What do you find rewarding about pole dancing?
B: I love hitting strength goals! I never knew what I was capable of doing before I started pole. It changed me both physically and mentally! A good strength trick can make me as happy as a full pizza.

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Betty L

Tell us more about your competitive spirit. What made you decide to start competing? What do you enjoy about it? Is there anything you dislike about it?
B: I am addicted to competing. I’ve had years that I question myself- but then with every new song I listen to, I find myself closing my eyes and beginning the choreography for my next piece. My first competition was in the doubles category- I had only been doing pole for a few months. I was asked to fill in last minute for a partner who had backed out! That was in 2012. I have since competed in several regional and national competitions, in the semi-pro and professional divisions. I love the crazy months of preparation, the bruises, and the rush of being onstage knowing that I finally made it.

As for what I dislike- the 10 seconds before your music starts onstage are the WORST. I am lucky to have a fiancé who supports me through every step and pushes me to always be better!

If someone is interested in competing, do you have any tips you could provide them with?
B: I have a million! Most importantly though- put in the work. Listen to your song a million times, get a coach, cross-train, eat well, stretch a lot… do something every day for your piece. The people who win competitions are the people who are 200% committed for the full duration of their training season. Even if they don’t walk off stage with a medal, they walk off with pride.

Betty Leblanc – Aradia Fitness Edmonton/Sherwood Park/St. Albert Pole and Aerial Hoop Instructor

Aradia Fitness Goes to 2016 YEG PRIDE PARADE!

We had such a fantastic time at the 2016 YEG Pride Parade this weekend!

This is our second year in a row having a float in the annual Edmonton Pride Parade.
Aradia Fitness strives to be a fully inclusive studio for all genders, sizes, abilities, and ages.

We also feel so lucky to be able to take part in a parade that is so full of love and acceptance. That is truly what we’re all about at Aradia Fitness!

 

 

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Happy 4th Anniversary

I can’t believe it, four years has already passed so quickly! Happy 4th Anniversary to Aradia Fitness Sherwood Park!

I am so thankful to all of my friends who helped get the ball rolling when we first opened up in September 2011!
Many of my friends joined classes to support my brand new budding pole dancing business, and soon discovered their love for pole fitness as well!
Since opening four years ago, we have already moved to a second, larger location in Sherwood Park. We now have classes 7 days a week ranging from Pole 101 to Masters classes. We also offer contortion classes, bootcamp classes, poleflow classes, lapdance workshops, and choreography workshops.

We had a great time this Saturday celebrating four years of Aradia Fitness being open in Sherwood Park, and 10 years in Edmonton! Thank-you to Canadian Pole Champion, Lisa Corah, for joining our festivities! She taught two wonderful workshops to our students, and another one to our staff.

We had an evening filled with food, drinks, pole dancing, and Butlers in the Buff! Also, a big thank-you to Karma Photo Booth for presenting us with a fantastic time and photo booth experience! Thank-you again to everybody who came to celebrate our anniversary in style!

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Lisa Corah Lyrical Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Lisa Corah Lyrical Pole Workshop

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Lisa Corah Lyrical Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Lisa Corah Lyrical Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Karma Photo Booth

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Karma Photo Booth

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Lisa Corah Staff Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Lisa Corah Staff Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Lisa Corah Staff Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Lisa Corah Staff Pole Anniversary Workshop

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Lisa Corah Staff Pole Anniversary Workshop

 

Thank-you again to Lisa Corah, Canadian Pole Champion, for teaching our staff and students some amazing workshops! We look forward to having you back again in the future!

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