EMPOWERMENT THROUGH POLE, AERIAL + SENSUAL MOVEMENT
Introducing a way to train with a Master Instructor that doesn't break the bank and allows you to safely learn from your own home, or in a studio near you, and on your OWN schedule.
Erin's 15+ years of experience in pole, aerial and sensual movement will help you reach your goals in a way no one else can.
No pole? No problem! You will also find sensual movement + chair dance lessons to get you started on your journey.
PFIC Certified, Insured and established in 2007
Oh hey, beauties! I'm Erin.
I've been a pole dancer since 2007, after the birth of my twins, and then quickly moved into an instructor position. My first studio, Okanagan Pole Dance started in 2013 after seeing a need for a higher standard of safety, education and responsibility for our industry.
It grew from an hourly space that I hauled six portable poles in and out of, until we moved into our first permanent location in Kelowna with 10 poles. We also travelled to other close small communities to host workshops and added aerial hoop and hammock to our programming. We moved into another bigger, more beautiful location with two studios and 20 poles, to accommodate our progressive growth in 2018.
I have seen thousands of students learn pole at OPD+AF and I've apprenticed and hired almost twenty different instructors over the years. I was loving it immensely!
When COVID-19 hit our community, OPD+AF survived two very long government-mandated shutdowns. A third surprise shut-down came forced me to make the soul-shattering decision to shut down the physical location of Okanagan Pole Dance + Aerial Fitness in the spring of 2021.
I took a break to grieve and heal. During this time, I learned that the love that I have for seeing people succeed in pole + aerial is strong enough to survive anything.
Okanagan Pole Dance + Aerial Fitness is now ONLINE POLE DANCE + AERIAL FITNESS.
Over time, you will see tutorials and lessons added to this website as they are ready. As time progresses, I will also be selecting students for online private lessons, and eventually,
a select few for in-person private lessons.
As always, I accept all students. All ages, sizes, shapes, gender.... everyone.
Pole, aerial and the empowerment that comes with it.... it is for every BODY.
Here is a FREE mini-course I've created for prospective students to learn what it takes to be a
pole and aerial athlete and for you to get to know me a bit more. Enjoy!
“I have been under the supervision and guidance of Erin for almost 2 years now. She is a fantastic teacher and coach, with an abundance of patience and knowledge. With her years of experience and abilities, Erin has accumulated quite a following here in the Okanagan. She teaches not only at a beginners level, helping those who need that extra encouragement at the start, but at all levels! She continues to be learning herself and is committed to making what she teaches diverse and as fun as possible.
In any given week during a class you can find yourself not just working on executing tricks and moves, but also working on fluidity in our movements and piecing together combos and routines. I know each week that Erin will have an objective for the lesson, be it working solely on floor moves, or a new trick she has discovered during the week, and this instils confidence in me and the rest of the class. We are here to learn and Erin's passion and dedication has us coming back week after week.
Sure, I may leave class some weeks feeling frustrated that my body isn't doing something I want it to - a trick that seems to want to defeat me - But the following class Erin will tell me this is the day I'm gonna do it. And even if I don't, she'll still tell me how I was so much better this week and how I've improved, even if I haven't! It's this encouragement and positive attitude that sees Erin’s class always fully booked.
From the high energy warm up and crazy dance moves, all the way to our fancy dress classes and disco ball, it's a fun filled class. You'll forget you are technically working out! Pole dancing has become my passion and a new way of thinking for me and I'm loving every second of it! Bruises and all!”