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OWNER

Sarah  (stage name Scarlett Phoenix) 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 & 2 and Pole Level

3 & 4.  She has trained heavily in floor acrobatics and Russian-style tricks, influenced by her online coach in Miami, Lauren Lukrich. Sarah and her husband Andy are so pleased to open a studio focused on muscle development and strong technique.

Sarah is a Level 4 National Champion in the All Floor Pole Sport Organization Category. She regularly judges PSO competitions of all levels. 

Sarah Clark Morris

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Admin & Pole

Amy Hoffman

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Amy (stage name Rogue) spent her younger days as a musician, playing the piano and various other instruments throughout her school years. (She does still enjoy playing the piano.) She had wanted to start her pole journey several times as an adult but was never able to until taking an aquatic pole class taught by a friend in 2017. In 2019 she finally starting taking classes and hasn't stopped since. She enjoys competing because it not only challenges her, but also allows her to showcase her talents and be creative.

 

Here at Phoenix, Amy teachers pole and is also our studio admin.

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POLE

Gina (stage name Gina Polerina) began pole dance in 2014. After spending seven years as a competitive cheerleader she was excited to explore the world of aerials and acrobatics. She enjoys making creative shapes and teaching tiered variations to make tricks more accessible. She has tried many apparatuses but her specialty is spin pole. Gina is in the process of obtaining her XPERT Certification in Spin Pole and is also looking to soon further expand her knowledge. She's currently working as a video producer and photographer. Gina is Phoenix's Pole Sport Organization Studio Unicorn.

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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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 specializes in flips, dynamic pole tricks, hard style heels, floorwork, and acro. 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 and has since won gold medals in Level 3 Dramatic from PSO Virtual, PSO Atlantic Level 4 Championship, & PSO Atlantic Level 5 Low Flow. In 2023, Amanda competed in the semi-professional category at the Pole Championship Series at the Arnold and was selected as a finalist for 2023 US Pole Championship in the professional division.

 

Amanda Morighan

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Liquid Motion,
Pole & Aerials

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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Tracie Brittle

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Pole & Choreo

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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Lyra

Rachel Kempf

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Rachel began taking aerials classes in 2018 and was immediately hooked. She has a particular love for the aerial hoop (lyra) and enjoys exploring new shapes, transitions, dynamic movement and choreography, but also dabbles in aerial silks and sling, pole, and pretty much any other gravity defying apparatus. She lives in Woodbridge with her partner Michael and retired racing greyhound Nixie. During the day she works for a public health vector control program monitoring mosquito and tick borne illnesses, and when she’s not in the air she spends her time photographing, scuba diving, and looking after her two massive Clydesdale horses.

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Youth Pole & Choreo

Tina Vandivier

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Tina offers a background in various styles of dance and weight lifting, making pole one of her favorite ways to train. In college she spent her time teach jazz and contemporary dance to youth between the ages of 7-12 years old.

She is married to her high school sweetheart and is the momma of two young kids. Yes, mommas can pole too!

Tina began her pole journey in April 2023, and became a pole instructor at Phoenix Fitness after 1 year. She is in the process of obtaining her XPERT Certification in Pole Level 1 & Level 2, and is excited to combine her love of choreography, pole dancing, and metalcore.

When she's not dancing or hanging out with her family, Tina enjoys trail running with her huskies, boxing, and

exploring new places. 

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Pole

Jenn Parrara

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Jenn (stage name Belladonna) started her pole journey in 2019 after being interested but very scared for a few years. She fell in love and it quickly became an obsession, not having stopped since. After seeing the positive changes in herself, both mentally and physically, watching her own confidence grow, she knew she wanted to teach and pass on that feeling to other humans. 

 

Growing up and loving to dance, pole let her find brand new loves, from being able to incorporate her own creepy style during a choreo, learning to dance with a chair, and all new types of aerial art, but first and foremost she is a self identified ‘trick b*tch’ enjoying working on spin pole combinations and strength based moves and tricks on the pole and off.

 

She owns her own boutique nail salon, and is an artist at heart. When she is not in the studio you can find her crocheting, making spirit catchers or having fun doing photo shoots.

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Aerial Fabric

Courtney

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Courtney (stage name Cora) has been training aerial silks since 2014. She has trained primarily in the Northern Virginia and Philadelphia areas. She has also trained at NECCA in Vermont and travel to Russia, Greece, Scotland, Los Angeles and Kentucky for additional training. In 2020, she completed the Born to Fly level 1 teacher training for aerial silks. Courtney is excited to share her passion for aerial silks with the Phoenix community.

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Pole

Alicia

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Alicia began their dance journey at 11 years old at Virginia Dance Center where they learned ballet, pointé, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary. They took part in several company recitals as well as numerous individual projects using dance as a medium. Two years ago they fell in love with pole dancing and haven’t stopped since! They hope to inspire confidence and self esteem through their interactions with students. Dance has always been an integral part of their busy life as a student, caregiver, and several other occupations. They are currently studying to complete their degree in Environmental Science. 
In their off time they enjoy collecting plants, watching movies, and spending time with their dog and cats.

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Aerial Assistant & Human Resources

Anne

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Anne first climbed onto a lyra in late 2017 and has loved both lyra and silks ever since. It is her favorite mindfulness activity - it's difficult to think of anything else when you are up in the air! Anne loves to make sure that everything is smooth behind the scenes so that classes can continue to be a place of support and growth. Anne believes that it is important to enjoy yourself on your aerial journey and hopes to see you in class soon.

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Lyra

Anastasia

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Anastasia has been practicing aerial arts since 2018. Her background in performing includes 7 years at Walt Disney World, in addition to other theme parks and shows in the Orlando area. After moving to Northern Virginia, she was (and is) incredibly grateful to the Phoenix community for their support. Her primary apparatuses are silks, lyra, and hammock, but she has experienced a variety of flying shapes and objects. She enjoys aerials as an expressive outlet and continuously strives to improve her strength and technique. Bringing routines to life through musicality and storytelling is one of her favorite aspects of being in the air. As a multi-hyphenate creative, Anastasia has done a little bit of everything and loves creating art however she can. She also loves playing video games, D&D, and being outdoors.

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Twerk

Rocki

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Rocki (stage name Rocki Whorror) started her

movement journey in 2019 after falling in love with

pole and the community.

Coming from an urban background twerk has been incorporated into her life and her choreography for years. Whether it’s a night out with her girls or a day In the studio she always knows how to bring the vibes! Rocki’s movement style is heavily influenced by the time she spent in streets Baltimore Maryland. She’s been teaching pole since 2022 and has been certified as a Vertical Joe's Twerk Technician and has taken courses by Nastya Nass.

Outside of her own class you can find Rocki enjoying the community by attending other classes that the studio offers such as aerial classes flexibility and pole classes. She recently gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby girl. 

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Youth Aerials

Lindsay 

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Lindsay has been dancing and teaching for years. She loves getting to do both at the same time to share her passions with others! Lindsay taught third grade for 6 years in Philadelphia and is now teaching Middle School Math and Science. She started dancing at the age of 8 and fell in love with every type of dance. In college, she continued to dance at James Madison University while completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education. She began her ariels and pole journey in college and has loved incorporating her dance background in a challenging new way. Lindsay has taught dance classes for years including, hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, movement, and classes for adults with disabilities and is excited to share her passion for dance, ariels, and fitness through teaching.

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