Friends matter

As women we have a million roles and the expectations of each is overwhelming. As kids one of those roles is that of friend. We came home from school and talked about what we did a recess with our friend. We made BFF bracelets and necklaces. We called our friend after school to talk about…

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Anxious Thoughts and Brave Actions

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” — Mary Tyler Moore I remember hovering over the “complete order” button for a minute or two on December 31st, 2018, as my monkey mind tried it’s best to talk me out of committing…

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Change your mind, Change your body

Walking through the studio last week I heard two comments. “Chrissy is so strong” and (insert whiny voice here) “I hate this move” in relation to some type of conditioning exercise. And the disconnect between these two statements gave me pause. Chrissy is strong BECAUSE she does conditioning. Chrissy does more conditioning than she does…

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Pedantic Progression

Pole is so exciting. You see this amazing move on Instagram and you just can’t wait to try it! The problem is that in order to do pole safely you need to have a progression that gets you ready for whatever the move-du-jour is. And that is where your instructor comes in! At Aerial Dance…

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See You In The AM!

Getting Back To It! It has felt like years since I have set foot in the studio! This summer has gotten the best of me. Preaching to the choir I am sure! Who isn’t busy this time of year? Next week summer school comes to an end, and I could not be happier! However, I…

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Ode to Niki

Today is a happy & sad day for Aerial Dance. Instructor Niki is having her “last day.” She is getting married in August and moving to Tomahawk. I’m so unbelievably happy for her and this next adventure. But I’m going to miss her SOOOO MUCH! Niki has been the quiet hero of Aerial Dance. We…

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Breaking Point

Do you ever wake up in the morning and have a hard time looking at yourself in the mirror? That has been my feelings for the past couple of weeks. Most days my head feels like it’s spinning out of control. I have been stretched too thin with being a stepmom, fiance, school year ending,…

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Knowing When to Stop

Into the Night On May 23, the Aerial Dance Performance Team had the amazing opportunity to perform at Oshkosh’s Into the Night. This festival was very similar to Bazaar After Dark that Aerial Dance has been showcased at. Our team was located almost in the center of the all the vendors/activities. We were blessed with…

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Feeling Good

Spring Health/Fitness Challenges Spring health and fitness challenges sound great to get you ready for summer, but you have to be careful. Some challenges may benefit your health while others can be harmful. I am currently participating in an 8 week health and fitness challenge. The challenge I am participating focuses on many aspects of…

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1,825!

1,825 and Counting! What is significance of that number you may ask!?! That is the total number of days that I have been part of the Aerial Dance Community!!!!!! That 1,825 days equates to five, FIVE years! I promise you that it does not feel like five years, seems like just yesterday that I took…

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What A Show!

Student Showcase HOLY WOW!!!!!! This Student Showcase was top notch! All of the performers came with their A game and rocked it! Social media has been blowing up with recaps of show and I am still amazed at each persons’ hard work and dedication. To watch each of my aerial sisters and brothers perform was…

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Growing Together!

Real Talk We are almost a week out from the Student Showcase! It is exciting and terrifying at the same time! I have performed several times with Aerial Dance in the Christmas Show and in Student Showcases, but my experiences this year for training and practicing with Steve have taught me a great deal. I…

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Spring Is In The Air!

Well, Spring is in My Step Anyways! In pole class this week, we worked on some really cool Flips and Walk Overs!!!!!! We worked on Lever Back Flip and Lever Walk Over. The Lever Walk over isn’t truly a flip, but looks like one if done fast enough. Through my years at Aerial Dance, I…

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Trying New Things

A New Term is Upon Us! Each passing term brings a roller coaster of feelings! For some it is the excitement of transitioning to a new level and others it is the shear joy and terror of a new pole/aerial adventure. For me, this new term brings out feelings of nervousness, joy, and fear. Many…

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Hand Balancing

Elizabeth Blanchard February is the month of Love! Aerial Dance is asking you to not only show love to others, but to remember to love yourself!!! I was able to show myself some love by participating in the Hand Balancing Workshop taught by Elizabeth Blanchard. To say that I was a little star struck would…

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Register for March Pole

Registration is now open for Beginner Pole starting in March. The next 8-week Beginner session begins the week of March 3 and runs until April 27. The cost for Beginners is $160 for the full 8-weeks and includes 8 class and 8 practice sessions. 16 visits in 8-week! We offer Beginner Pole Courses at both…

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Wicked Cold

Good Ole Wisconsin Weather 🙁 Last weeks weather was a roller coaster! A snow storm on Monday to temperatures dropping to -50 degrees in some places around the state. Not anyone’s idea of ideal weather. With it being extraordinarily cold, I found out something about myself……. I found out that I am a boredom eater….…

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A New Year!

A New You? This is a phrase you hear so often around this time of year. A New Year, A New You! Does anyone else feel that this phrase is a bunch of B.S.? This phrase makes me think and feel that the person I am is not enough. That I need to change who…

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An ode to ModTruss & EPS

It was the opening number of the Christmas Show, 2016. The theme was “Broadway” and I was sitting at the top of a pole during “Cell Block Tango.” Instructor Paige climbed under me and put her foot in my crotch to hummingbird and the pole tilted her direction. Then Instructor Meegan handspring and I grabbed…

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Register for 2019 Pole!

Start Pole In 2019!!!! Register now to spin your way into more confident, sexy, strong you in the new year. Beginner Pole classes are now registering at both our Appleton and Green Bay locations. Beginner Pole is an 8-week course beginning the week of January 6th. When signing-up you’ll select the day and time that…

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What A Show!

Divas was AMAZING! When I first heard what the theme for the Christmas Show was this year, I was less than thrilled. I thought that the show was going to be all T-Swift, Brittany Spears, and Beyonce, but boy was I wrong! The instructors dug deep and pulled out some real show stopping diva hits!…

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Member Play Day!

This is the Greatest Show! (Actually the greatest show is the Christmas Show!!!!! <3) Last weekend Aerial Dance hosted Member Play Day! Aerial Dance is always a great way to have some time with the girls, but classes are not always the best way to connect with some of your pole/aerial sisters. The instructors at…

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Just A Little Drop

Aerial is Always Full of Surprises I have been taking classes at Aerial Dance WI for almost five years, and classes are still surprising me! Surprises are not always a good thing in my book, but Aerial Dance always seems to make me surprise myself in a positive way. My first surprise was that I…

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Register for November Pole!

Register now for Beginner Pole courses in November! The new Pole Term starts November 4th and ends of December 15th, just before the holidays. We have new pole courses starting at both our Appleton & Green Bay locations. Select the time that works best for your schedule and register online to reserve your place. There…

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Something New

It’s Been One of Those Terms Do you ever feel like each week you go to your pole class and nothing seems to work for you? That’s how I have felt the whole last term. My typical pole class is on Monday. For some reason this term, I felt like I have done nothing but…

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An Amazing Community

Thank you! As many of you know, student and former Instructor in Training Laura was in terrible car accident. Last Friday, October 5, Aerial Dance in collaboration with Appleton Beer Factory hosted a fundraiser for her. The turn out for the fundraiser was impeccable! Ladies and their families from the studio came out in full…

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Self Care Sunday

Hello Ladies! I know it has been awhile, but I am still here!   What is Self Care? Self care is taking time for you and only you. It is hitting a pause button to help you refuel yourself. It goes beyond the usual eating right and exercise. Yes, those two things are very important…

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That’s A Wrap!

Summer is Fading With September comes back to school, earlier nights, and cooler temperatures. Winter is coming and there is no stopping it, but Aerial Dance has sure found a way to take summer out with a bang! Just his past month, Aerial Dance has hosted two open houses! Dr. Paula Brusky (our wonderful pole…

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Who Would Have Thought

Back to School It’s that time of year again! Children as well as parents all over the state are preparing to go back to school. This means that teachers like me have been getting classrooms and lesson plans ready to educate young minds. I have put in many hours of contracted time along with my…

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Finding Home

Getting From There to Here Each instructor at Aerial Dance has a unique story of how their journey brought them to the studio. I am fortunate enough to share with you Instructor in Training Amanda’s story! Amanda was born north of Kansas City. At a young age Amanda’s father got a new job here in…

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A Life With Many Paths

You Have Your Life All Mapped Out… Or So You Think That same thought has crossed Instructor in Training Sara’s mind more than once. Sara grew up in the small town of Iola Wisconsin.  Once she graduated high school she headed off to Lawrence University right here in Appleton. During her time at Lawrence she…

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Getting to Know You – Lynn

Lynn and Chrissy have been friends for many years. Two years ago, Lynn was a ballroom dancer and was looking for ways to strengthen her core and obtain more body awareness. She saw some pictures that Chrissy was posting on social media of her pole classes. After talking with her friend, she soon joined her…

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Finally a Master

No, Not at Pole……… I am closing in on a week of graduating from Vitrebo University in La Crosse WI. After a long two years I finally earned Master of Arts in Education. Although graduation was great, it did not come without judgement. Last week Monday, I had to travel and stay on Viterbo University’s…

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Getting to Know You – Chrissy

Sometimes affectionately called “Sadistic Fitness Barbie” around the studio, Instructor Chrissy started her pole journey back in October 2014. She had always been interested in dance but didn’t have the time to do it while growing up on a farm. When she lived in Hawaii she started to research different exercise places and pole was…

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Getting to Know You – Alison

In June 2015, Instructor Alison was talking with some friends about taking some pole classes at Aerial Dance, but she was the only one to follow through. However, initially she had more interest in the hammock than pole so she started her journey with the aerial apparatus and gradually worked into pole. She first fell…

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When Life Stinks…

One of the things I love about Aerial Dance is the safety – the safety to tell the truth about what is happening in your life and, rather than judgement, to be surrounded with love, support and encouragement. I’m very raw, honest and real today and I’m able to share this part of my story…

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Party Time!!!

My sister and her friends are still talking about how much fun my sister’s bachelorette party was two weeks ago! My sister just graduated from UWGB as a Registered Dietician so I wanted to plan a fun weekend to celebrate her wedding but with some health oriented stuff to also celebrate her four years of…

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Register for SUMMER Pole!

Registration is now open for 8-week Pole Courses starting the week of July 8th and ending before Labor Day. Beginner Pole is a fantastic workout! It costs $160 for the full 8-week course which includes 8 one-hour pole classes and 8 practice sessions that are at variable times throughout the 8-week session. Register online.

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Pippin Performance

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to join my outstanding Aerial sisters at the Pippin Open House at the Broadway Theater in Green Bay. I was able to spend an hour and a half supporting and cheering on several of our instructors and students as we showcased the aerial arts of hoop and pole.…

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Aerial Dance Takes Chicago By Storm

PSO Central Pole Competition 2018 (Pole Sport Organization) This year PSO hosted it’s annual Central Pole Competition at the beautiful Athenaeum Theatre. Aerial Dance’s Competition team and support team was there in full force! It was with an extremely heavy heart that I had to miss this competition. Pole competitions have become a tradition for many…

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Get A Grip!!!

As the seasons change, the temperature fluctuates, and humidity levels are completely unpredictable, many of us find ourselves attempting to climb to the top of the pole only to slide down halfway, finding our efforts futile. Some have favorite grips that we’ve selected over years of testing and experience. Some are still new to the…

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Asking for Help

Most of you know, I’m a naturally shy person. By the time I get around to asking someone for help, I’m either so frustrated I’m ready to give up, or I’ve screwed something up so bad I have no hope of fixing it by myself. Unfortunately, pole is not exempt from this character flaw. I…

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Dear Pole Mama

Dear Fellow Pole Mama, I share your struggles, I know your burdens, I feel you worry, hurt and frustration. I was talking with a friend of mine about my pole fitness the other day when she asked why I chose to continue to pole dance after having my daughter. I explained how it’s helped me…

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From Dark to Light

Have you ever had a class where nothing goes right? Moves you’ve been able to do for months fail you as you slide to the floor like a limp noodle… Confidence shattered, frustration rising, self-confidence shaken. I had this exact pole class Wednesday night. I left that class so discouraged. Trying to make my long…

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How Do You Define Healthy?

Women’s Health Week This week is National Women’s Health Week. If you were to ask me last Sunday what that meant, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. I probably been like “Yea! Go Women!” Aerial Dance has been posting various websites/articles about Women’s Health Week, in my free time, I have been trying…

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I Have An Addiction

Do you ever do something to feel a rush? A sense of euphoria? Momentary ecstasy? I do… If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would dance in front of 500 people, I would have laughed in their face. I’ve always been the shy girl who sits in the corner. I could go…

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A Study in Contrast

As many of you know, I’ve been struggling to lose my baby weight since coming back after my pregnancy. Shortly after having my daughter, there was a sale on a shirt I wanted but not in my size. It was almost two sizes too small but I bought it anyway as an incentive to lose…

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Informed VS Ignorant

“That’s What She Said” This past month, I celebrated my three year anniversary with Aerial Dance. These three past years have changed my life in the most positive ways. Over the weekend, I went on a bachelorette party with a bunch of women I knew, but I wouldn’t call many of them my close friends.…

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Small Changes

Have you ever set a goal for yourself and not completed it? Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution and given up a few months in? Have you ever set out to change something but then given up? I can answer “yes” to every one of those questions and I’m sure many of you…

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A Night with the Team

Ladies Night! On Wednesday April 11, I hosted a little get together with some of Aerial Dance’s own competition team! Unfortunately, not all could attend and we missed them dearly! My reason behind this even was to get a perspective of what it is like to participate on the Aerial Dance Competition Team! I like…

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Not My Strong Suit

Many of you have often heard me describe myself as a Practical Poler. I groan inside (and sometimes it slips out) when we do floorwork or transition type stuff in pole class.  I’ve never been a super graceful person, even as a kid. I tend to be very choppy in my movements. It took my…

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Follow the Leader

I was talking with a friend the other day about the many things that make Aerial Dance such an awesome place to workout. I talked about the variety of classes, the equipment, how unique the classes are, the small class sizes, etc. But what I found myself talking about most was the environment and the…

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We’ll “Hoop” and We’ll Holler!

New Experiences Already this year has brought with it a bunch of new experiences both professionally, personally, and at the studio. On March 23rd, Aerial Dance hosted a co-ed couples hoop workshop! In all there were five couples to attend the workshop. The duos were husbands/wives, boyfriend/girlfriend, and sisters who wanted to do hoop together!…

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Aerial Dance Green Bay

We are crazy excited to announce that we are opening a second location!!!! Aerial Dance Green Bay is currently under construction. Our GRAND OPENING with be Thursday, September 6th with an Open House. We expect to start running classes in July. LOTS more information will come about our second location in the next few months…

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Register for May Pole!

Ha! May Pole! hehehe Register NOW for an 8-week Pole Course beginning April 29th and running through June 30! No Pole classes will be held May 24-30 in honor of Memorial Day so you’ll notice April 29-June 30 is 9 weeks and ends before the July 4th break! If you register before the Early Bird…

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Do you ever get frustrated with life? Do you ever feel irritated for no apparent reason? Here are a few simple things you can do to get out of your funk and bring some joy back into your life: Step One: Grab some chocolate! Seriously… According to this article chocolate can increase calmness and contentedness.…

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Stuck in a Rut

Small Victories! As of late, I have been hearing a reoccurring echo throughout the studio and it sounds sort of like this, “I am in a backslide and nothing is working!” Not once or even just twice have I heard similar opinion stated from various ladies at the studio. I, myself have been guilty of…

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Let’s Go Shopping!

Life isn’t perfect, but your outfit can be!   Last week we talked a bit about where to look for some awesome pole moves, spins and tricks for your routines. This week, we’re gonna talk retail therapy! Let’s talk dance specific first. When I asked my instructor where to go for Student Showcase polewear, she…

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All the Right Moves

As we’ve been getting ready for the Student Showcase coming up in April, my dance partner and I have been enthusiastically scouring the internet for some rockin pole moves and poses that we can do together either as a doubles move or to mirror each other on opposite poles. Like all good researchers do these…

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Out of Sorts

Self Love February has come and gone, but self love needs to continue. All through the month of February,I knew I needed to work harder at showing myself some love. Right now my life kind of feels like a hurricane. I am a teacher, graduate student, and girlfriend to a  wonderful man who has a…

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Try Something New

You can only grow if you’re willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. – Brian Tracy If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Love Yourself Party at the studio on Sunday, you missed a really special event! I was a half hour late but still had a great time…

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Back to Basics

“Excellence is achieved by the mastery of the fundamentals.” – Vince Lombardi No matter where you are in your pole journey, it is never a bad idea to go back and review the basics. I’ve been through Beginner twice now and both times learned something in a different way or it just clicked faster than…

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It Takes Two!

It Takes Two to Tango! Well in this case it takes two to pole! On February 9th Aerial Dance had their annual couples Valentine’s Day Workshop!!!!! When the Studio first started posting about the couples workshop, I didn’t even consider asking Steve to join me. I just figured that he would shoot me down, like the…

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Is It Worth It?

With limited time and money, is pole really worth the expense and commitment? We all have lives. And sometimes, the busyness of life causes us to question, “Is this really worth my time?” We all have bills. Sometimes things happen in life that cause us to ask ourselves, “Can I really afford this? Is it…

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Showing Some Love!

Showin’ Some Pole Sisterly Love! During the 2017 Aerial Dance Christmas Show Owner Paula introduced our new Instructor Alison! By this time you may have had a class or two with her at the studio! Well, I am here to provide you with a little more insight into our lovely new instructor! She truly fell in…

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A Gift for the Imperfect

This last weekend I had a very enlightening experience… My Dad took my sister and I and my sister’s fiance to a dance to celebrate his birthday. I’ve always loved ballroom dancing and my dad used to teach us girls when we were young. I’ve since forgotten most of it but on the rare occasion…

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What’s Your Pole Profile?

Do you ever get discouraged and feel like you’re not making progress? Do you graduate from Beginner Pole feeling strong and accomplished only to feel completely inept your first Intermediate class? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, like you’ve barely improved these last few months? I started doing something last year that…

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Almost a Jade!

Hello Fellow Aerialist! Yesterday was one of the most Mondayest Mondays ever! For the life of me I could not shake the tired feeling, it hung around all day. I almost canceled my extreme class. YIKES!  I would like to blame my tired and exhausted feeling on rounding out my birthday weekend, but that wasn’t…

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Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

Sometimes practicing connection is more important than practicing to perfection. Show of hands – who attends at least one practice at the studio every week? Until recently, I didn’t really see the importance of attending Pole Practices, but, there are a number of reasons attending practices are invaluable. First of all – Uninterrupted Time. I…

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A New Year is Here!

Resolutions It’s a brand new year!  Time to make that New Year’s resolution! A few resolution chart toppers are: losing weight, eating better, saving more money, or traveling more! Can we be real for a moment? Those all sound fine and dandy, but for how long? I am not trying to degrade anyone who has…

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Until Next Year!

Aerial Dance 2017 I Love the 90’s Christmas Show! Another year of Christmas Show has come and gone. The show came and went by so fast, I swear I blinked and it was gone! How many of you are feeling withdrawals yet? I know that I already am! I feel like I should be practicing…

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One Week Out!

HOLY MOLY!!!!!! We are only one week away from the Christmas Show! I can’t believe it! Prepping for the Show As this week goes by, meet with your routine group a couple of times, but don’t run yourself into the ground! This goes for other classes too! Take a few classes, but don’t over do…

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A Time to Give Thanks

The Difference 365 Days Can Make Last year at this time my whole world came crashing down around me. I was going through some very personal relationship issues. Most days, I couldn’t make it through the day without breaking down and crying several times and on other days it was nearly impossible to yank myself…

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23 DAYS AND COUNTING!

Christmas Show! How on earth is it already the end of November!!!! I feel like we just started planning and prepping for the Christmas Show! Now we are only 23 days away from this amazing production! The Mambo #5 routine is coming along great! We have been busting our butts at practice! We finally have…

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Halloween Party

Happiest of Halloween! Halloween has come and gone! The fun and memories created at the Aerial Dance Party will not soon be forgotten! We learned a short routine to Micheal Jackson’s Thriller! Instructor Olivia nailed it! She made it so it was easy to follow for all dance ability levels! I am lacking the dancing…

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Spooktacular Fun!

Aerial Dance Halloween Party! Are you new to the studio and looking to get to know some of your fellow aerial/pole people? Aerial Dance’s Halloween Party is a great opportunity for just that! Come mix and mingle with your fellow classmates! This party is free to all current Pole, Aerial, and Fitness Members! Our instructors…

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Register for Pole!

Registration is now open for Pole Term 6, the last new session of Pole in 2017! Due to the Christmas Season, this session is only 6 week (instead of the usual 8) and costs $120 for Beginner Pole! When registering, select the day/time that best suits your schedule knowing you can move class times if…

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Gotta Love That Reachback

Always Moving Forward Last Saturday, I took Fabric Fit with Instructor Olivia, which was amazing!!!! I haven’t been to the studio on a Saturday in sometime.  My biceps are still reminding me a little bit about the amount of biceps curls we did. Over time, I have grown fond of my muscle soreness, it lets…

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Better Safe, Than Sorry….

Better Safe, Than Sorry…… I can’t express this enough. On Sunday, September 24, I was practicing handstands at my boyfriend’s house like we do at the studio. Being an aerial student I have kicked up into handstands at the studio more times than I can count. On this particular day, I was at my boyfriends…

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Bazaar After Dark

Last night the women of Aerial Dance performed at Bazaar After Dark on Wisconsin Ave. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!! We had a number of Aerial Members perform short sequences alongside four Instructors on 3 apparatus. Even cooler, we had dozens of members come out to cheer us on!!!! It was so amazing to see our little…

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Life

When Life Knocks You Down…… It almost feels like every time I turn around this week another piece of the sky comes crashing down. I feel worn out, defeated, and ready to just throw in the towel.  It is funny how life can make us feel that way sometimes. Like you just can’t seem to…

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Shout Out!

Shout Out to Owner Paula! Many of you know the owner of Aerial Dance Paula Brusky. What many of you don’t know about this woman is she is our all around real life SuperWoman. If something breaks at the studio she’s our handywoman to fix it or knows someone who can. She has installed and…

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Don’t Get Too Cozy

Comfort Zones That’s right! I’m here to talk to you about branching out of your comfort zone. Inside your comfort zone it’s nice, warm, and fuzzy! You feel safe. Outside of your comfort zone, it’s dark and scary. Like there may be a monster lurking around every corner. Well, I am here to tell you…

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Christmas in August?

Christmas in August   Who would have thought that we would be thinking about Christmas in August? Well here at Aerial Dance Christmas is never too far from anyone’s mind. Why you might ask? Let me tell you! Every year Aerial Dance LLC, organizes an OUTSTANDING Christmas Show for students and instructors alike to show…

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An engineering marval!

A large portion of my Sunday morning was spent at the studio changing the attachment points for the hammocks from double point to single point so we could launch our new hammock program. And I have to say, wow is our aerial structure awesome. I knew when I worked with mechanical and structural engineers to…

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What Am I Doing Here?

What Am I Doing Here? With the beginning of a new term some of us have shifted class levels. In my personal journey, I made the jump from advanced to extreme. As you are reading this you may be thinking, “YAY JANELLE! GO YOU!” That is what I thought, until I had my first extreme…

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Taking the Windy City by Storm!

Taking the Windy City by Storm! This weekend Aerial Dance’s very own Instructor Kim will be competing. She is competing in The North American Pole Dancing Championship in Chicago! She will be performing in two solo events. On Friday, Instructor Kim will be performing her solo pole routine and on Saturday she will performing her…

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Levels!

In the Pole program at Aerial Dance, we use Levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Extreme) to structure our curriculum. Why? Because leveling is the best method to use for learning a new skill. Educational research has proven that grouping people together by similar skills results in the best environment for learning. Benefits of our leveled pole…

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What’s Holding You Back?

What’s Holding You Back?   You’ve seen your friend’s posting amazing photos of themselves doing the aerial arts! They look strong, confident, and beautiful. Yet there you are thinking to yourself there is no way that I could do that. Here’s the thing, you can do it!  Not everyone woman who enters Aerial Dance is…

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July & August Pole Courses!

Register NOW for Pole courses that start July 9 and run through September 2. That’s right, start after the 4th and end before Labor Day! Early bird registeration discount ends on June 17th, so all registering for Intermediate, Advanced and Extreme want to register before then! New to pole? Register for Beginner Pole! Have a…

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It’s A New Month!

A New Month! A New Goal!   Hey Ladies, It’s a new month and that means a new goal. My goal this month is to work on my hip and hamstring flexibility. To do this I will be using the lung stretch series that many of us are familiar with from Bendy Babe. Adding to…

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Recap of the Macro Seminar

Hey Hey Ladies, Last week, Instructor Chrissy held a seminar on macro-nutrition.  A macro-nutrient is a substance required in relatively large amounts by living organisms to function properly. Instructor Chrissy began the seminar with explaining what each of the macro-nutrients are and their benefits. Macro-nutrients for humans can be broken down into three categories protein,…

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Three Years <3

I cannot believe that it has been three years since I started my journey at Aerial Dance. Throughout this post there are pictures of my progress! At this time in pole beginner consisted of learning front hook, back hook, fireman, and some other various spins and poses. It wasn’t until intermediate that we learned how…

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Student Showcase!

Hello Everyone! It is hard to believe that the student showcase has come and gone! It seems as if it was just yesterday, that I stood in the studio staring at the sign up sheet. I was so timid and afraid to perform. Paula and a few other instructors had watched me hesitate several times…

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Summer Is On Its Way!

Hello Ladies! They always say that April showers bring May flowers…….. I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of the rain! With beautiful weather peeking its head out every now and then, I have noticed on those nice days attendance at Aerial Dance drops. Believe me I love gorgeous weather as much…

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It’s Only a Size

Hello Ladies,   It is getting to be that time of year again. The days are getting longer and warmer. That means swimsuit season is right around the corner….. In couple of weeks I will be taking a little vacation. I am planning a road trip to Memphis and Little Rock to visit friends. YAY…

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I Am Enough

Self worth:  is the opinion you have about yourself and the value you place on yourself!  I am going to share a story with you, it’s a story of my own. It comes from a place that I don’t like to share about, but I feel that it may help others.  So here it goes.…

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A Heartfelt Farewell <3

As many of you know it is with a heavy heart that Instructor Meegan has decided to leave Aerial Dance. Not only is Meegan an instructor for Aerial Dance, she is also a mother, teacher, and working on a Graduate Program. She is an amazingly strong woman. I would like to take the time to…

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I Can Fly!

Hello Ladies! Sorry I have been MIA for that past couple of weeks. Life sometimes just gets in the way. On top of everything I got sick last week, I had a fever for three days! YUCK! I think it was my body’s way of telling me, “Hey Lady! You need break!” So last week…

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La, La, La, Laura!

Hey, Hey, Hey, Fellow Polers!   In my blog this week, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the lovely Instructor in Training Laura! Many of you may have seen her at the studio or have even taken classes with her! If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her yet, she is a…

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Self Defense

Hey Ladies! Thanks for stopping by!   This past week ADPE hosted a self defense workshop for students and members for free! Me being the person that I am will not pass up an opportunity to attend something that is free. Not only was this workshop free, it was EXTREMELY informative! Our Instructor was Aaron…

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Resolution

. 2016 is coming to a close, and at this point in time we remember the resolutions we had set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. Maybe you were going to workout more, eat better, try to become more financially stable, visit family more, or even travel the world. Some of us have…

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Beware of the Internet

The internet is the best and worst thing ever. We all love the rabbit hole of Instagram videos watching amazing feats of beauty in the air for hours (usually accidentally….I swear I was just going to look for a few minutes….three hours later…) The internet is a great tool for aerialists. It can give us…

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‘Tis the Season

Hello Everyone!!!   Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!   I just have to share my parents gorgeous Christmas tree with all of you! It is 13ft tall and takes almost a week to put up. ‘ Tis the season for the flu, colds, and other yucky illnesses. I was pumped to take a bunch…

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Another year, an amazing show!

Now that the dust has settled, let’s talk Christmas Show. WOW. You are all amazing. This year the show brought a new level of preparedness, artistry, choreography and bad-ass-ery to Appleton. The routines were spectacular. I loved the seamless transitions between dance and pole. The level of skill and work was extremely evident. Walking through…

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ONE DAY!!!!!

IT IS DECEMBER 9TH!!!!!!!!! IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! THE CHRISTMAS SHOW IS TOMORROW! BE PREPARED TO BE BLOWN AWAY!   It seems as if I had just signed up to be in The Christmas Show! That was only two short months ago! At that time it seemed as if December may…

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Register for 2017 Pole!

Registration for Pole Courses starting in January 2017 is now open! Pole courses run in 8-week terms. New courses begin the week of January 8th and run through March 4th. Register online! New Students! If you are new to Aerial Dance and Pole Exercise, register for Beginner Pole! This is an 8-week course that costs…

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Beautiful

Beautiful! Yes! YOU! You are beautiful!  The word beautiful is often not said as much as it should be. We refer to others as beautiful, but what about ourselves? The dictionary definition of beautiful is having beauty: possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind.…

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Ladies Night WORKout!

At the start of every year we’ve traditionally done an open house. This usually resulted in a whole bunch of women coming to the studio and standing around afraid to play on the apparatus. Boo! So this year we decided to encourage everyone to play by having a more structured “Ladies Night WORKout” on January…

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Thankful

Hello Everyone. These past weeks have really been trying for me mentally and emotionally. There have been times where I just want to throw in the towel and let my troubles win. Crawl back in bed and hide from the day. I am sure that I am not the only person who has felt this…

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Show Tips!

The Christmas Show is fast approaching! This weekend I had the utter JOY of watching routines rehearse. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am of every woman performing. The time and creativity they are putting in this year is going to make this the highest quality show yet! So what tips to…

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Just Go

Right now, Wednesdays are one of the longest days of the week. I’m in class at 8AM, and I don’t leave the campus until 6PM. It’s nearly the hours of an average work day, but is waaaay more mentally exhausting than my day job. My day doesn’t end at 6PM though. I hop in my…

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Core Flow

Hello fellow Aerial Fanatics! I hope that everyone had a very fun and safe Halloween. I know that I did! I’m still not sure where October went…. It seems as if life is a whirl wind at the moment. This past month there were parent teacher conferences, I am finishing up my student teaching for…

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IT’S HERE

  I am so excited to say that Christmas Show practice is well underway!!!!!!   Some of you may not be familiar with the Aerial Dance Christmas Show. The Christmas Show is a showcase of the wonderful students and instructors at Aerial Dance. The Christmas Show allows students of all abilities to participate. It is…

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Acceptance

This Saturday was a BIG DEAL for Aerial Dance and the sport of Pole in the Fox Cities. On Saturday we performed in a dance review called “The Big Show: What a Wonderful World” presented by TC Dance. This local ballroom company invited us to be part of the show, along with Makaroff School of…

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Unprocessed

Welcome to October!   Crazy to think that it is already October….. I am not sure where this year has gone. I feel like it just began and now it is almost over. 🙁   I am trying something new this month. I am trying to be more health conscious and participating in the October…

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Feeling Ready

Hello Everyone, Over the weekend I was doing some reading about pole and came across this wonderful article by Irmingard Mayer. Who is Irmingrad Mayer? She is a New York City based pole instructor. She has background in gymnastics and theater. She began dancing in 2009. As her love for pole grew she became an…

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Listen to Your Body

Hello Everyone! Sorry I have been MIA I hope you had an enjoyable week/weekend. Yesterday was the start of a new pole term at Aerial Dance! I know that I am excited to attend classes again this week. As many of you know, there are classes that run in between terms. I had every intention…

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Ode to Leah

Today marks the 5 year anniversary from when Leah signed on the dotted line and changed her pole journey from that of student to that of instructor. I celebrate her anniversary on the day she started her training, instead of when she taught her first class, because becoming an instructor is extremely difficult, time consuming,…

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No Shame in Muscles

While killing time on Facebook, I came across an article that talked about our US gymnasts being body shamed. Whaaaa?! Yes, these tough, flipping (literally) women, who engage in amazing feats of strength, grace, and flexibility, were being shamed on the internet over how they look in THIS picture: Women are generally shamed by society for…

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Back to School!

Back to school…….. Those three little words are a joyous sound for parents who are ready for their kiddos to go back to school! I know you love them dearly, but you need a break too. For a teacher on the other hand, those three little words bring joy as well as some anxiety. It…

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Introducing FITNESS Membership!

Do you want to take Aerial, Flexibility & Conditioning classes but not Pole? Are you a Pole Member who wants to take a few Aerial, Flexibility & Conditioning classes but doesn’t want the commitment of Aerial Membership? We’re excited to announce FITNESS MEMBERSHIP! This new style of membership allows you take take a specific number…

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Faith, Fire, and Focus

Are you one of those people who just absolutely hates exercising? I was one those people for long time. Exercising was hard and I found it boring. I never had the time, with working as full time teacher and student. Not only did I have to complete my own homework, but I still had to…

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Progress Not Perfection

Many women start their journey with Aerial Dance excited and nervous to see what poling holds for them, Everyone starts in the beginners class and advance as they are ready. Here is where the trouble begins, as classes continue the moves, spins, and tricks get more difficult and students can become discouraged and give up.…

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Fear

Fear – an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.   Fear is a small four letter word, but it can hold so much power if you let it. Two weeks ago I experienced my first truly fearful moment while poling. I was…

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Get Your Goal!

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry I’ve been away for a while–life got a little hectic! While I was “away,” I decided I will go for my goal: complete a 5K! This particular 5K event also has a 0.05K going simultaneously. In case you were wondering, 0.05K is about 54 yards. Both races have the same reward. At first,…

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Bruises Brought to Light

Hello Everyone! As I began taking my pole class I discovered an undeniable truth, I was hooked and loved going to class. I was not very strong or graceful, but soon learned that strength and grace will come over time! My strength is coming along nicely… grace on the other hand I am still working…

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Learning to Rig

Over the past weekend I spent two days in Chicago to take a workshop by Brett Copes from Fight or Flight Entertainment. When booking, my goals were to better understand aerial rigging so I could assess off site locations for performance like the Christmas Show. When I had decided I wanted to begin Hammock, Hoop and…

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Pole Heals

All around the country right now Pole studios are providing a safe place to heal. With the current news once again illustrating how sexual assault is not a “big deal”, women are flocking to a place where they can recover from a trauma that they haven’t shared. The majority of women who have been assaulted…

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Anderson, Box Gyms & Hoop

Earlier this week Hoop/Lyra was featured on “Live with Kelly”. Kelly and Anderson were “taught” “Beginner” Lyra moves in an effort for a Big Box Gym to showcase their new Lyra for Everyone Program. I was going to leave it alone….but I just can’t. I was notified by a student via Facebook about this. And…

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Summer Pole Courses!

Registration for SUMMER POLE CLASSES is open! All Pole Courses run for 8 weeks. Sign-up for the day that best suits your schedule and move between similar level classes as you need to during the term. By signing up for an 8-week course you receive 8 classes and 8 practice session to use over the 8-week…

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NEW Summer Membership!

Become an Aerial Member just for the summer! We’ve just launched a new membership option for women that want to stay motivated to workout during the summer and have a lot of fun FLYING! Attend UNLIMITED Aerial, Flexibility & Conditioning class for one month, two months, three months or four months! There is no required…

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Clothing Sale!

Limited Engagement Online Clothing Sale! To give you a lot more options in sizes, colors and designs we’ve created this limited engagement online store. Place orders until May 29th with order delivery mid-June. Our store has sweatpants with glitter, leggings, yoga pants, two long sleeve options great for Aerial, lots of tank top designs from our FaceBook contest and for the first…

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Custom App is HERE

It’s here!!!! Aerial Dance now has a CUSTOM AERIAL APP!  This NEW CUSTOM APP will: Show you the FULL daily schedule, including Pole Classes! Allow you to schedule yourself for ALL classes, including Pole Classes! Allow you to waitlist for ALL classes, including Pole Classes! Make scheduling practices, classes and workshop all effortless through your phone!…

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Lessons from a Brass Monkey

Have you ever had a move teach you something? I don’t mean that you’re learning that move–I mean that you’re learning something important to your pole journey. Do you have any moves like that? For me, that “teaching” move was Seated Drop to Brass Monkey (or whatever folks call it these days).  Here’s my Instagram…

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For the Fun of It!

My semester is nearing it’s close, thank goodness. I am excited to consume many adult beverages and lay in the summer sun between my summer class homework, but it’s really not the thing I’m most looking forward to.   I’m so pumped to have more time to get to the studio! Pending that I can have some semblance…

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Roll Around a Little!

Any time we’d work on floorwork in class, I’d get impatient. I didn’t want to learn this stuff as much as I wanted to be upside-down! I’d also argue that I’m not inherently graceful or coordinated, so I wasn’t a huge fan. Fast forward a couple years into my pole journey… I don’t have the…

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Circus Summer Camp!

Registration is now open for “Circus Summer Camp” Who: Ladies between the ages of 10-17 When: June 13-24; Monday – Friday from 9am-3pm Friday June 24 camp will run 9am-6pm when the performance begins! Extended pick up and drop off (7:30am to 4:55pm) is available for an additional fee Performance for Family & Friends: Friday,…

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Reach Out!

Hello all! I’m so sorry I haven’t written in a while! I haven’t been to the studio much since the spring semester started. Full-time work (between two jobs) and full-time classes with project meetings keeps me pretty busy. I schedule pole classes, and then get scheduled to work or have a project meeting scheduled. So…

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Intro Classes!

Aerial Dance is now offering two different Introductory classes monthly!  Try Pole! Try Aerial! Find upcoming intro class times and reserve your spot via our online booking site, MindBody. Intro To Pole! Try Pole Exercise! This one-hour, one-time class brings you three different styles of Pole Exercise. You’ll learn spins and transitions from Beginner Pole…

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Introducing “Fabric Fun”

NEW CLASS!!!!!! Introducing Fabric Fun! This is a three-for-one! Get a combination of all three fabric classes Fit, Fly, and Flexy in this single class! Start with a workout, fly through a tricks sequence and stretch out your tired muscles. Attend as your first fabric class or as your daily fabric class! First class is…

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You Need Some Me Time!

It’s quite easy to be pulled in many different directions at once–at least I hope it’s not just me? I’m attending school full-time and work two part-time jobs (Member Service Rep and Server). I try to maintain some semblance of a social life while also completing my homework and making it to project meetings. I’m…

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Pole in Primetime!

If you happened to watch the superbowl, you may have seen this Advil commercial…. That is right! Pole was featured in an Advil commercial!!!!!  I was at a superbowl party why it came on and I started cheering and many in the room looked at me like I was nuts. (Some didn’t know what I…

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Why the Cover matters.

The February 2016 Cover on Nature’s Pathways features Aerial Dance. I am so absolutely humbled and grateful for the interest in my little company. To me, however, it means so very much more than just a magazine cover. To me, seeing the Aerial Arts on the cover of a widely distributed, respected magazine means acceptance…

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Cover Girls

This month the women of Aerial Dance are honored to be on the cover of Nature’s Pathways. Believe you're beautiful. A simple message made up of three small words, it’s packed with profound meaning — one Paula… Posted by Nature's Pathways Magazine on Monday, February 1, 2016

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Start Pole Classes!

New Pole Classes will begin the week of February 28th! The next Pole Course is called “Term 2” and runs from February 28 thru April 23, for 8 consecutive weeks. All our Pole Classes run in courses so you can see improvement as you learn this challenging yet fun sport! Register online for the Pole…

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Being a Student

So here I am trying to get in better shape. I go the Y and look at the treadmills with disdain but need cardio. Then I think “what are you doing, you own a fitness facility!!!!” And I decided that I could be a student at my own studio. One of my goals for myself it…

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New Year, Same Me

I agree with Paula’s take on New Year’s Resolutions, and the whole “new year, new me” business. The calendar year changed, but last I checked, none of us magically got a new body, or whatever else we may have expected. Nothing physically changed from 11:59pm to 12:01am… new year, same you! If that troubles you,…

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How the….?

I learned early on that I should not compare my pole journey to someone else’s pole journey. But that is so. freeking.  hard. I have been doing this crazy pole thing for about 3 years. I’m an Advanced student, and I’ve honestly been at that skill level (to me) for at least a year and…

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Post-Circus Reflections

Wow. What a night! I’ve got a few things to say, but first, my family’s thoughts: They loved it. They thought it was well done and enjoyed every one of the performances. Both my mother and my grandparents thought Paula was entertaining and informative, and her narratives answered a lot of their questions about what…

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Show Day!

It’s here! It’s finally show day! I cannot wait to see all the amazing, inspiring women of Aerial Dance perform!!!!! A few things to remember dancers: You’re amazing. You’ve put in a TON of work in to get to today. You have sacrificed a lot (including skin) to be on stage. Every minute you spent preparing…

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Bigger is better!

Only 5 days to go!  On Saturday is the 6th Annual Aerial Dance Christmas Show! We’re billing it as our “5 year anniversary celebration” since that happened in September but we actually did our very first show after only being open 3-4 months! Even cooler, we have some of the same women dancing in the…

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I’m Not A Stripper!

Pole dancers are amazing. Despite our amazing-ness, we still face a huge stereotype that almost everyone jumps to when we mention pole dancing: we’re all strippers. This is the biggest misconception I’ve encountered about pole fitness, and it’s the hardest one to battle. It’s the reason that many of us are nervous to come out…

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Don’t Even Say It….

I like to consider myself pretty easy-going. I like to laugh, like to have fun, and most days I’m pretty patient. There is just one thing, however, that drives me absolutely nuts. Follow me down the rabbit hole, and let me show you what frustrates this happy little dancer. It’s a pole/aerial class, and we’re moving…

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Start Pole in November!

Want to be stronger and more confident by Christmas? Then start Pole the week of November 8th! Our last pole courses of 2015 will run the 6 weeks from November 8 thru December 19, ending in time for the holidays!  Beginner Pole classes are offered: Sundays at 4:30pm Mondays at 7:05pm Tuesdays at 10:35am Tuesdays…

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Nemesis Moves

“We all have nemesis moves.” Truer words have never been spoken. A “nemesis move,” as I define it, is a move that somehow evades you, even after multiple attempts. As was said, we all have them! I am not proud of this, but I can make quite the list! -Reverse Chair -Carousel -Sunwheel -Reverse Grab—I just…

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It’s Worth It!

When I started at Aerial Dance, it was all about pole. Now, you can try three other aerial arts and take a number of fitness classes. As Aerial Dance began to expand, the word “cross-train” became  a part of the instructors’ vocabulary, and we were suggested to take some of these new classes. I wasn’t…

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Just Listen!

When you’re in class, you listen to instructors. You listen to the advice of your fellow students. You listen to the advice of the articles you read and the videos you watch.  You listen to a lot–but are you listening to yourself? You might feel pain in your wrist or knee after a move, but…

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Try Pole!

Curious about Pole Exercise? Want to try it before registering for a multi-week course? Then sign-up for the Pole Preview on Monday, October 26 at 7:05pm. This one time, one hour Pole Class will give you a taste of the sport! Register online, cost is $25, limited spaces available.

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Want to start pole?

Do you want to start pole? Here’s a little basic information. We run our pole exercise classes in 8-week session; this gives you the chance to feel awkward the first week, frustrated the second, see progress the third, and by week 8 notice how much stronger you are! Pole required cumulative strength for success so…

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Picture Proud!

There are plenty of classes at Aerial Dance that end in photo sessions. Students not only want to see how they look in a move, but they want to be able to share their success with friends and family. Just as they should! Some students, when they start at AD, are unsure about pictures. They…

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That’s a wrap

The past two days we had Debbie Daanen Photography at Aerial Dance. For the first time we did a photo shoot on ALL our apparatus. And it was awesome. We had three and a half hours of photos with our incredible instructors over the two days, taking pretty pictures and insane feats of strength for…

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Try Pole!

Try Pole! Curious about the sport of pole but want to try it before registering for an 8-week course? Sign-up for the “Pole Preview” on Thursday, September 10 at 6:40pm. This one-time, one-hour pole class will give you a taste of what pole exercise is all about. Cost is $25, limited to 8 women so…

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The Start

When and where did my pole journey begin?  2007 in Sydney Australia at Studio Verve. (Side note: this amazing studio just won the International Pole Sports Federation’s for best pole sports studio!!!!)  It was the week before my birthday and I was feeling restless.  I was in Sydney as a PhD student researching injury prevention…

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Register for September!

Registration for pole classes beginning in September is NOW OPEN online! Pole classes run in 8-week terms; Term 5 runs from September 13 – November 7. The cost for an 8-week term of Beginner Pole is $160 and includes 8 classes and 8 practice sessions.  Beginner class times are: Sundays at 4:30pm Mondays at 6pm…

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Summer Registration OPEN

Looking for something to do this summer?  Start Pole!!!!!  Registration for our summer session, 8 weeks from July 8 – September 1, is open!  Register online for your preferred class time! Current students can also register at the studio. New to Aerial Dance?  Register for BEGINNER POLE!  The cost is $160 and includes 8 one-hour…

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Try Pole!

Join us on Monday, June 15 at 7:05pm for a one-time, one-hour Pole Class!  Have you wanted to try pole before registering for an 8-week course?  This is your chance!!!!  Register online, cost is $25, only 8 spots available. The next Pole Preview opportunity will be in September.

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Introducing: Fly Flow!

The newest class in our Aerial Hammock curriculum, Fly Flow, will begin on June 11th!!! Fly Flow: Take all your Fly Foundation skills off the ground for LONG in-air sequences! This fast paced class will challenge you with multiple entries and exits from moves with drops and variations. Prerequisite: 8 Fly Foundation classes. To accommodate…

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Summer Breaks!

To help you enjoy your summer, we’ve put pole class breaks during all three major summer holidays!  So in addition to having a flexible make-up policy, you don’t need to worry about rescheduling a pole class over any time that you should be at a picnic!

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Start Pole!

Register online and join us next week for Beginner Pole!  Aerial Dance Fitness Classes are a LOT of fun and a fantastic workout. Fitness Classes are held by ability level, currently we offer four levels including: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Extreme.  Classes meet one hour per week in Appleton for eight-weeks.  The Aerial Dance curriculum…

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Open House on Tuesday April 21!

Curious to try Pole before registering for an 8-week course? Curious about what else we offer? Want to try a stretch with an Aerial Hammock? Want to climb a Silks? Want to spin on a Hoop? Come to the Aerial Dance Open House on Tuesday, April 21 from 7-8:30pm!!!!! All our instructors will be on…

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Register for Pole Classes

New Pole classes begin the week of April 26th.  The upcoming Pole term will run from April 26-June 27 with no pole classes taking place May 21 – 27 in honor of Memorial Day (we will hold some pole practices and flexibility/conditioning classes during the off week so members can still workout).  Join us for…

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Photo Shoot! Save the date!

SAVE THE DATES!  On September 9th and 10th the Aerial Studio will be transformed into the backdrop for a photo shoot with Debbie Daanen Photography.  Any current students will be able to register to have photos taken on any apparatus.  YES!  Pictures can be done on Pole, Hoop, Silks or Hammock!!!  More details will be…

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