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Poletential Fitness Dance Aerial Pole
About
Instructors

Bring a community
together in a safe, fun,
supportive environment
that is physically
challenging, open to
showing self-
expression, and
dedicated to being
empowered and having
a great time.


Poletential’s vision is to
create a place where
people feel comfortable
to trying a new form of
exercise and self-
expression. Poletential
brings a community
together to experience
a challenging workout
along with new body
awareness through
dance and movement.
The environment is
safe and non-
competitive, giving
each person the
freedom to find their
own style and reach
their personal goals.
The result is incredibly
satisfied people who
feel physically fit,
empowered,
challenged and part of
a community who
values expression and
strength.
Christina Kish (Owner/Instructor) started twirling and never wants to stop. She is
passionate about coaching others to meet their fitness and life goals. She wants
Poletential to be a community full of great people who gain confidence, support and
empowerment from each other to live their best lives. Christina is a certified Pilates
instructor and has experience coaching sports teams. Christina spent 15 years in
high-tech marketing and was a co-founder of NetFlix. She and her husband now run
Kish Marketing Services helping small businesses with their marketing needs. She
has a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A.
Amber Richard has been dancing since the age of 5 and has never stopped! Her first
love is classical ballet in which she was trained following the Royal Academy of
Dance method and competed throughout high school. She pursued her love of dance
through college, graduating from theUniversity of California, Irvine with a BA in Dance
and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of
Southern California. After discovering pole dancing in 2008, Amber was immediately
hooked! She loves teaching and enjoys the mix of artistic expression, confidence
boost, and fitness workout that pole dancing provides. Amber was the 2009 West
Coast Champion of the U.S. Pole Dance Federation, Pole Artist of the Year in the
2010 American Pole Fitness Association Championship, Veteran of the Year 2012 for
Girl Next Door - A Pole Dance Soiree, winner of Best Lyrical Performance in 2012, and
Best Group Performance 2012. She is known for her elegant, balletic style which
emphasizes extensions, grace, and fluidity. Amber is sponsored by Mika Yoga Wear
and is a principal cast member of Girl Next Door - A Pole Dance Soiree, and Hide &
Seek - A Pole Dance Speakeasy, pole and aerial dance theater productions in Los
Angeles, CA.
pole dance, fitness, pilates, aerial, fabrick, hammock, sling
pole dance, fitness, pilates, aerial, fabrick, hammock, sling
Poletential is
dedicated to
bringing the
best in Pole
Fitness instruction
Dancing to the
Poletential Studio.
We are proud to
welcome many
wonderful,
talented guest
instructors.
Jessica Campbell was a child actress in LA, held several pageant titles and danced
competitively in Las Vegas, LA and Phoenix. In high school she began teaching and
choreographing the Miss Valley Center pageant and completely fell in love with the art
of creating dances.  With a BA in Dance from San Diego State University, Jessica
focused on Anatomy and Spanish.  After graduation, Jessica moved to NY where she
began three after-school dance programs in Manhattan and furthered her training at
NYU, the Dance Education Lab and Anatomy of Movement with Irene Dowd,  while
simultaneously performing with the Eva Dean Dance Company.  In 2004 Jessica
studied Argentine Tango and received her Yoga Teaching pageant titles and danced
competitively in Las Vegas, LA and Phoenix.  In high school she began teaching and
choreographing the Miss Valley Center pageant and completely fell in love with the art
of creating dances.  With a BA in Dance from San Diego State University, Jessica
focused on Anatomy and Spanish.  After graduation, Jessica moved to NY where she
began three after-school dance programs in Manhattan and furthered her training at
NYU, the Dance Education Lab and Anatomy of Movement with Irene Dowd,  while
simultaneously performing with the Eva Dean Dance Company. While expecting her
first child, she studied pre and post natal Yoga. Returning to California in 2007,  
Jessica has taught Ballroom, Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary
throughout the Peninsula.  In 2008, certified as a group fitness instructor, Jessica
began creating a Tango workout, and Latin based cardio dance classes with Reach
Fitness.  She took her first pole classes at Poletential after her second child in June
2010, and of course fell in love with the studio.  It should be obvious her dance
classes have a wide range of style. Jessica has been said to create whimsical and
passionate performances by fusing classical technique with the innate inspiration to
simply dance.
pole dance, fitness, pilates, aerial, fabrick, hammock, sling
Arielle Rabier is passionate about the freedom of self expression through
performance art. She began dancing at age six and has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop,
San Francisco Circus Center and became a performer in 2010. She has eighteen
years of performance experience, including performances at the Ton of Sand festival,
The Cellspace and as a guest aerialist at Ayako's School of Ballet. Arielle has taught
ballet, gymnastics and the fluid interpretation of hula hoop dancing; she enjoys giving
others the tools to express themselves through performance art as well.
pole dance, fitness, pilates, aerial, fabrick, hammock, sling
Poletential Pole and Aerial Fitness and Dance
Jen Alvarado also known as Jem is a passionate yogi, hoop dancer, aerialist, and
celebrated performer. A Yoga Alliance certified teacher under the tutelage of
Rusty Wells, she has been teaching physical education, yoga, hoop dance and
aerial silks throughout the BayArea and beyond for over twelve years. Jen
encourages her students to find freedom, creative self expression, meditation, and
breath. When Jen is not practicing yoga in San Francisco, teaching somewhere in
the Bay Area, or dancing with the community, you can find her spinning fire or flying
from her aerial fabric. Jem has performed at many prestigious venues including
Sand by the Ton, CellSpace, Monte Rio Music Festival, The Crucible, Deep Green
Festival, Hoop Camp 2011, Temple of Poi Fire Expo, Sonoma Valley Equestrian
Park, and many others. She has also graced the stages of Dark Star Orchestra
and Groundation. See her videos at www.youtube.com/user/jemsdestiny
Elizabeth Finn has been an acrobat since age five, with experience in sports
acrobatics and springboard diving. She took to the skies in 2005, training with
Aloft Aerial Dance in Chicago before coming to the bay area. She trains at
Acrosports and teaches Aerial Fabric/Silk at Stanford. She loves teaching and
helping her students learn how to dance on the fabrics.
About Allison Hudson...
I have been an athlete all my life and for as long as I can remember I have been
passionate about health, wellness and fitness. I grew up competing in all kinds of
sports including swimming, golfing, soccer, gymnastics and cheerleading. As an
adult, I enjoy yoga, snowskiing, spinning, pilates, Zumba, running, weight training,
and pole fitness. I began pole fitness in 2010 when my personal trainer shared
with me that she takes pole dancing to stay in shape. She convinced me to give it
a try. I signed up for my first pole class with doubts and misconceptions, but after
my first class... I was hooked. Pole fitness provides a workout environment unlike
alternative exercise regimens. What I love about pole fitness is that it combines
my love for music with feminine sensuality, strength, dance and flexibility all while
achieving a higher level of athleticism. In addition, pole fitness provides me a safe
environment to freely express my individual sensuality, to be more confident with
my body, to push myself to learn new tricks and achieve things I never thought
possible all while having fun and getting into better shape. Now two years after
discovering pole, I am honored to share my love and passion for pole fitness with
the students at Poletential.
Aubrie’s interest in Pilates blossomed. She began taking classes and doing
private sessions as often as she possibly could. Combining her interest in
teaching and her passion for Pilates, Aubrie decided to enroll in a teacher
Comprehensive Teacher Training Program in Aptos, CA. Following her Pilates
training, Aubrie also completed an Xtend Barre Workout training. In 2012 Aubrie
completed the 200 hour Joy of Yoga certification under Jennifer Prugh of Breathe
Los Gatos.  Her love for teaching has also led her to pursue her elementary
Michelle Cheng grew up climbing every doorframe in her house and hanging
upside down at the school playground during recess every day.  She first got
addicted to “flying through the air” at Club Med. She spent two hours a day
learning flying trapeze during vacation, and then flew home and enrolled in aerial
art classes the very next day.  She has had instruction on almost every aerial
apparatus, and has received concentrated training on flying trapeze, static
trapeze, swinging trapeze, corde lisse (aerial rope), Chinese pole and dance
pole; earning her the nickname “Monkey”.  For the past three years, she has
focused primarily on static trapeze, receiving hundreds of hours of instruction
from the award winning aerialist, Elena Panova.  Her love of trapeze stems from
the combination of its beauty as an art form and the vigorous physical
challenges to the body.  Michelle is a children’s rights attorney and mediator.  
She received her undergraduate degree from U. C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from
NYU School of Law. She has trained attorneys and child advocates nationwide,
been lead council on child welfare class actions in several states, and teaches
mediation skills and conflict resolution in San Mateo County.  She has been
teaching adults and children for over 20 years, and she considers teaching the
most rewarding aspect of every job she has held. Michelle believes trapeze and
other aerial arts are an incredibly fun way to boost strength of body, mind and
self-esteem. She is thrilled to share her love of trapeze with people already
addicted to aerial arts and those that will surely become addicted!
Jennifer Ruef began her aerial dance career in 1997, and has never looked
Madison, WI, she has performed the roles of dancer, choreographer, costumer,
and director. Jenny has also danced with Cherie Carson's Upswing Aerial Dance
company in Oakland, CA, and had the distinct honor and pleasure of learning
from the Mother of single-point trapeze aerial dance, Terry Sendgraff. Jenny
specializes in single-point trapeze dance, but has also worked with harness, lyra,
and silks in the air, and in the media of ballet, modern, and improv on the ground.
She is excited to be joining the community of Poletential.
Sarah Stolar, aka Sarah Starlight, is an interdisciplinary artist, hoop and fire
dancer, aerialist, and dedicated yoga practitioner. She has been exhibiting and
performing for almost two decades and currently teaches art, dance, and yoga
throughout the San Fransico Bay Area. Daughter of an accomplished artist
mother, Sarah grew up in art studios and ultimately received a MFA from the San
Francisco Art Institute, where she also currently teaches drawing and painting.
Her visual art is represented by the Bohemian Gallery in Kansas City, Los
Angeles, and Montevideo. Sarah is also a passionate and experimental aerialist
working in silk, rope and harness, and bunjee, and she currently dances with
UpSwing Aerial Dance & Performance Company in Berkeley. Sarah also
performs regularly with many other accomplished Bay Area artists, including the
HoopGirl AllStars, Cherry Hoops, and Love Art Lab (Annie Sprinkle and Beth
Stephens). “Thriller,” her hoop video collaboration with Nicole Wong, won Best
Video of the Year Hoopie 2012. For more information about Sarah, visit www.
sarahstarlight.com
About Megan Lanfri...
Always having been an extremely energetic child, I started up gymnastics as soon
as I could jump. When I decided that wasn't enough, at age 8, I transferred my
gymnastics skills over to Equestrian Vaulting, which is gymnastics and dance on
the back of a moving horse. I cross-trained daily with gymnastics, kick-boxing,
yoga, personal trainers, and even trained on the diving team for a year in high
school. I competed nationally year round for 11 years and at age 14, I started
competing internationally for the U.S.A. and spent most summers training
abroad. I retired from vaulting in 2009 to earn my Bachelor's in Communication
Studies from Chapman University, then went on to work in the L.A. Advertising
industry for a year, but I felt a huge part of me was missing without being an
athlete. I moved back to the Bay, started coaching vaulting, and started the hunt
for a new passion, lo and behold, I found Poletential! I started with a few silks
classes, and when I finally rallied up the courage to try pole, I became so
obsessed that I haven't been able to pull myself away to try much else since. I
love helping people gain confidence in themselves and tackle challenges,
whether it be new moves on the pole, or daily in life. I want to be able to share this
unique passion with everyone I know and meet, while I continue to expand my
own personal skills along the way.
Janelle (Dinosaurs) Peters has a long history of moving around and climbing
things. She started out at age nine as a martial artist, added dance and yoga
during high school and was thrilled to discover aerial arts shortly after graduating
from college. Janelle works on hammock, silks, rope, and trapeze and has
recently begun to foray into contortion and straps. She trains in SF, Oakland and
Redwood City and has completed a 6 month apprenticeship with Paper Doll
Militia, an aerial theater company based in Atlanta, GA and Edinburgh, UK.
Samee Nann is a Philadelphia native, with a Musical Theater degree from Point
Park University. Still Life with Iris, Hair, Anything Goes, Marat /Sade, and Caligula
are just some of her college credits. Docherty Talent and Modeling Agency
credited Samee in such films as Pain Within and Graduation as well as being
featured in commercials, runways, industrials, promotions, pod casts, web
series and student films. While studying Samee kept busy with east coast
christmas tours and theme parks including Busch Gardens. Upon graduating
Samee starred as the live performer for the national and
international tours of Sesame Street. Since falling in love with travel she has
become a guest singer, dancer and aerialist entertainer to cruise the world with
Norwegian Cruise Lines! Most recently while performing on the Vegas strip in
Tony and Tinas Wedding she had the honor of working along side Fawnia
Dietrich, the worlds first pole dancing instructor at her fabulous Pole Fitness
Studio! After moving to San Francisco to be with her new hubby she is so excited
to be apart of such an amazingly creative studio and its extremely talented family!
Stacy Young started competitive gymnastics at age 5 and competed nationally
with Airborne Gymnastics. Competed nationally in synchronized swimming with
the Santa Clara Aquamaids under 1996 Gold Medalist Heather Carrasco and
2000 Olympian Kim Wurzel.  Began aerial training at UCLA, and later studied
aerial silks under Shayna Swanson, aerial straps under Andrew Adams, and
acrobatics and hand-balancing with Nourbol Meirmanov. She has performed in
Aloft’s El Circo Cheapo and taught Aerial and Tumbling at MSA & Circus Arts
and Aloft Loft in Chicago. Performed Duo Aerial Straps, Bungee, Lyra, double-
point harness and original apparatus with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s
Splendour of the Seas in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
Ariel Tal started competitive gymnastics at age 5. Trained under Dave
Burgering, president of USA diving, while competing nationally with
Tambourine 4H Vaulters. Began training aerial silks at UCLA, and
later under Shayna Swanson and straps under Andrew Adams. He
has performed in Aloft’s El Circo Cheapo and has taught Aerial Silks
and Tumbling at The Actors Gymnasium, MSA and Aloft Loft in
Chicago.  Performed Duo Aerial Straps, Bungee, double-point
harness and original apparatus with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s
Splendour of the Seas in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
Tiffany Rose was a competitive Speed and Synchronized
Swimmer by age 4. She was on the U.S. National Team in
1999 and 2000 for Synchronized Swimming and traveled
the world competing and representing the U.S. She was
also an All-American Speed Swimmer and received a
Congressional Appointment to West Point.

After retiring from swimming she received a degree from
San Jose State University and got her Personal Training
certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine
and the American Council of Exercise. She is also certified
as a Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM and has
continued her exercise education in Lifestyle and Weight
Management, Pre and Post Menopausal and Pre and Post
Natal fitness.

She has competed in 2 NPC Figure Competitions in 2007
and 2008.  In 2012, Tiffany became the Level 2 Pacific Pole
Dance Champion and was the Silver Medalist in the Las
Vegas International Pole Dance Classic. In 2013 she
ranked 7th in the country for Competitive Fitness Pole
Dancing. Tiffany Rose recently moved into the Pro
Category for Competitive Pole Dance and is currently
teaching, training, and performing around the country.

In her spare time, Tiffany is a volunteer for Hospice and
enjoys dance, marksmanship and anything involving music.