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OWNER

Sarah began dancing at the age of 2 with ballet and tap. She danced throughout her youth with many different styles, leading to a B.A. in Dance at James Madison University.  Active her whole life, she was a cheerleader, gymnast, soccer player, and won a medal at Nationals in roller skating. Her final year of college, she became very ill, and it took seven years to get her first diagnosis of chronic Lyme Disease. Many years of doctors and other chronic illness diagnoses followed, and she found she was at a point where she could barely do yoga. Finally, a friend suggested she take a pole dancing class. Thinking she had nothing to lose at that point, she gave it a shot and has been training hard ever since! She loves performing, but coaching is her favorite part about pole.

Scarlett Phoenix has previously coached cheerleading and gymnastics, and is currently an XPERT certified instructor in Pole Level 1 & Level 2 and Pole Level 3 & 4.  She has trained heavily in acrobatics and Russian-style tricks, influenced by her online coach in Los Angeles, Lauren Lukrich. Sarah and her husband Andy are so pleased to open a studio focused on muscle development and strong technique.

Sarah Clark Morris

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POLE FITNESS

Gina began pole dance in 2014 and after seven years as a competitive cheerleader she was excited to explore the world of aerials and acrobatics. She enjoys making creative shapes on spin pole and teaching tiered variations to make tricks more accessible.

She's currently studying film and video production while bartending in Clifton, and video editing for George Mason's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She lives with her family and two cats Loki and Pippin.

Gina is currently obtaining her XPERT Certification in Spin Pole and is also looking to soon further expand her knowledge.

Gina Huber

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Kate has been loving aerial acrobatics for almost 10 years now. Her passion for aerials extended to teaching 7 years ago when she began teaching fabric, and 3 years ago she started teaching lyra as well.

Kate is certified by NECCA for teaching introduction, level 1, and level 2 aerial fabric. She is also certified by CirqFit for Lyra.

In addition to teaching, Kate has a boring ol' desk job, 4 stepkids, 2 cats, a dog, and some grad school classes. So she's never been in a real circus, but she has one of her own!

AERIALS

Kate Saylor

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Chair

Meet Samuella aka Black Diamond.  She's located in northern Virginia, and has been poling for the last 7 years, specializing in chair dance, flexibility, lyra, and aerial hammock. She began her pole journey as a source of workout and soon fell in love with the empowerment, strength, and the people she has met along the way. She is all about the sensual flow of things while incorporating her flexibility. She enjoys performing at showcases or anywhere an apparatus can be found.

She is currently obtaining her XPERT Certification in Aerial Sling and has connected with chair dancers around the world.

Samuella Faulkner

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AERIALS

Ariel Mixon

        Ariel is passionate about aerial fabric and lyra and loves sharing her passion with others. Her approach to teaching aerial arts is to create lessons that develop necessary muscle groups while creating a solid foundation of aerial skills. She has a dance background and uses that experience to incorporate balance and flexibility into her classes. She is certified to teach Lyra, or "aerial hoop" by XPERT Fitness.

Ariel lives at home with her husband, Dylan, and two sighthounds, Bender and Cannoli.  She fills her time with DIY projects for their house.

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Lyra/Pole

Tehya Apperson

Tehya has been an aerialist for several years now and will never stop. Starting her journey in pole as an artistic outlet, she branched out into lyra, silks, and sling not long after. She has a hypermobility disorder, but she doesn’t let that stop her. She advocates for fellow athletes with chronic illnesses and is open to sharing her story. When she’s not dancing, she’s helping animals as a veterinary professional. She also spends her free time training her cat, Suki.

Tehya is currently obtaining her certification from XPERT fitness in lyra.

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AERIALS

Tasha Stonelake

Tasha has always loved the circus. She started learning aerial silks and lyra in 2020 and immediately knew she never wanted to stop. She loves sharing her passions and helping other to learn and grow with new skills. She has a background in rock climbing and yoga, which definitely come in handy in the air

When she isn’t doing silks or lyra, Tasha enjoys sewing, painting, traveling, practicing reiki, and spending time with her husband and two kids (they’re actually huskies, but shh). She also loves the beach and a good scary movie.

Tasha is constantly producing beautiful costumes and is working on obtaining her XPERT certification in lyra. She also has an RYT 200 yoga certification through Yoga Alliance to work with students of all ages and a special background of working with children.

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Pole

Amanda has a background in gymnastics, cheerleading, ballet & other various styles of dance.  In 2020 she found pole dancing and it was true love. Pole dancing has allowed her to leverage all of her previous training, embrace sensual movement, build confidence, & meet new like minded friends!  She enjoys Russian hard style, slow flow, floorwork, acro, and dynamic pole tricks. She is so excited to share her love of all things pole dancing when teaching at Phoenix!

Amanda was also Phoenix's first gold medal winner at the 2021 Atlantic Pole Sport Organization's competition in Level 2 Junior/Senior Exotic and holds another gold medal in Level 3 Dramatic from PSO Virtual.

She is certified by XPERT in Pole Level 1 & 2 and Pole Level 3 & 4.

 

Amanda Morighan

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Alanna Mensing

Aerials

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Alanna's aerial journey began in 2010 when she decided to conquer her fear of heights by learning flying trapeze. With no background in either gymnastics or dance, everything new came as a challenge.

Years later and after two children, her primary apparatus became lyra. Most nights Alanna can be found in her garage playing on her hoop and working on conditioning and flexibility. She also studies silks and static trapeze. 

When not flying in the air, Alanna is a homeschool mother, a private music teacher, and an elected official currently serving on the Manassas Park Governing Body.

Alanna is certified in Aerial Hoop by XPERT instructor training.

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Pole

Nina fell in love with pole dancing while taking an intro class 5 years ago and now has been an aerial instructor since 2018. She has competed in a few events including Exotic Generation USA, which is a world-renowned pole competition originating in Russia.

Although she had no prior dance experience, her teaching style is very technical and precise which derives from other passions and athletic experiences from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mountain biking to rock climbing.

Versatile in various dance styles and apparatuses from Russian flow to lyra, she is known for and specializes in fluid, slow, and sensual movements. Nina's main objective is for her students to experience and find their own kind of "sexy" while executing choreography or pole tricks with the confidence to make it their own.

Nina Angeles

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Liquid Motion

Tracie Brittle

Tracie has been pole dancing and competing for over seven years and has dabbled in lyra and aerial silks. She was introduced introduced to Liquid Motion a few years ago and trained in it regularly before becoming certified in 2019. She is certified in Liquid Motion 1.0, Liquid Motion 2.0, and Liquid Motion Heels.

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Adult Dance

Morgan Taylor

Morgan has been a dance instructor for more than 8 years, and has been training in varying styles her entire life. She is also a kickboxing instructor and manager at The KickHouse in Chantilly where she works full time.

She enjoys learning new things, and decided to try pole - now she's found a new challenge and hopes to compete soon!

Morgan studied Theater at George Mason University where she was a part of the nationally ranked Masonettes Dance Team, and brought her talents to train and perform with local theatres (Monumental Theatre Co., Synetic Theater). She is beyond excited to introduce her own dance style to her family at Phoenix Fitness and Dance!

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Pole

Peggy Quezada

Peggy did gymnastics until the age of 18 and was a co-ed cheerleader in college. She discovered pole in 2018 and fell in love! She enjoys various styles and learning new ways to move. Her favorite style is Russian, especially hard style.

She is currently working on a perinatal fitness certification, works as an RN specializing in postpartum and labor and delivery as well as a board certified lactation consultant. Peggy lives with her two children and two dogs in Northern VA.

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Pole & Aerial

Kimberly Geipel

Born and raised in the area, Kimberly Geipel is a Manassas girl through and through. She started dancing at the age of 3, and quickly developed a passion for musical theatre. Tap, jazz, ballet, and theatre rehearsal, filled Kimberly’s nights on a continuous basis.  She was accepted into the Woodbridge Performing Arts Program and received a certificate in Dance Performance. Starting her Senior Year, Kimberly began working at Riverside Dinner Theatre, Workhouse Performing Arts Center,  and other various small professional Theaters in the Area.

Her teaching journey started 7 years ago with Pied Piper Theatre in Manassas where she taught various dance, acting, and improvisation classes as well as choreographing multiple main stage shows for the organization. A little over a year ago when theatres shut down, she stumbled upon Aerial Silks, Lyra, and Pole. Kimberly absolutely fell in love with the unique form of art. The power and beauty each apparatus brings to a piece of movement, brought so much joy and happiness to her life. She is very excited to bring all her training and experience in various forms of dance to Pole choreography, to create a fun and different type of movement as well as floor acrobatics.  

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Pole

Hayley Rollins

Hayley discovered pole dancing in 2017 after coming across a famous dancer on the Instagram Discover page. She was blown away by the athleticism and high flying tricks of pole and the expression of sensuous movement. With a competitive gymnastics background and a passion for music and dance, Hayley was looking for a way to incorporate her experience into a new activity. She took a few classes and later returned in 2019 and hasn’t stopped since! Her favorite styles are old school, twerk, Russian Hardstyle, and low flow/floorwork. She loves to learn new tricks and choreography. Hayley wants to share her love of pole dance with others as she believes it has the ability to change lives. She felt called to teaching by seeing happiness and the increase in self confidence it has brought to those around her.

She certified in XPERT Pole Level 1 & 2. Outside of pole dancing, Hayley loves to weightlift, take spin classes, go to concerts and music festivals, play computer games, and spend time with her friends and family.

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Pole

Debora Greer (pole name Morgana Moon) started her pole and sensual movement journey in 2018 at Studio Golds and has been living upside down on and off since then. She started teaching floor work, lyrical pole and beginner pole in 2020.
Morgana believes that pole is as much of a healing art as any other dance form and she  hopes to inspire her students to unapologetically believe in themselves in and out of class.
Fun fact: she is also a ballet dancer and teacher, a tarot reader and a herbalist student.

Debora Greer

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