Candi has been an instructor of the aerial arts for 7 years. She now can be found performing throughout Orange and LA County. Candi enjoys teaching pole and silks to her students, and loves to inspire others in reaching their goals and pushing themselves to their highest potential. Candi has been training at several studios around Orange County for the past 8 years and has been competing for 3. With her choreographer and coach Jessa Mendoza by her side, Candi believes the sky is the limit. Candi offers a unique style and high level of performance at every competition and show she is in. Candi is honored to have been a part of nine competitions and the “Fembody by Night” cast which was a Pole Show in Orange County, CA. Candi is a well-respected athlete and is very humbled to be a part of such an amazing up and coming studio. Sponsor: Platinum Stages
Alexa has always been drawn to the performing arts. She began by taking ballet classes at a very young age, and went on to become involved with theatre and music as well. While earning her BA in Theatre at the University of Southern California, Alexa studied acting, was involved with the Shakespeare club on campus, and dabbled in film, but mostly focused on dance. At one point she was a part of the Repertory Dance Company, Chamber Ballet Company, and Sokamba Performing Arts Company simultaneously as a dancer and choreographer, and performed in many shows with these groups. Alexa stepped away from performing after graduation to sail tall ships full time for a while, but is now back on land and has since discovered aerial arts. She has taken classes in silks, straps, and hoop (her favorite apparatus so far), as well as dance, contortion, and a little bit of pole, and aims to continue expanding her skills. Alexa is very excited to focus her talents on teaching dance and can’t wait to share her knowledge and love of creative movement with her students.
Ariel has loved performing since a very young age, through high school she spent her time with the performing arts department participating both on stage and behind the scenes. After her schooling she moved to Orange County to build her career in the beauty industry, which put performing on the back burner. About 5 years ago she stumbled upon the OC/LA burlesque scene and found a new passion for the stage! Wanting to explore new avenues, she ended up finding the aerial arts and falling in love with its strength, grace and beauty.
As someone who also sees fitness as a priority, aerial arts seemed to be the best of both worlds. Focusing on Lyra and silks, Ariel saw an immediate change in her body, endurance and flexibility. She quickly became obsessed. As her passion grew so did her strength and confidence, it only seem natural for her to want to inspire the same in others. Ariel hopes to help her students improve their capability and stamina on the silks as well as add grace and flow to their practice. Regardless if you’re just looking for a fun work out or wanting to reach an advanced performance level, Ariel wants to help her students achieve each goal.
Ashlie grew up in Washington DC and began studying ballet, tap and jazz from the age of 3. She joined a jazz competition team at the age of 11 and performed and competed all over the tri state area with the Vibrant Dance Company. In high school Ashlie auditioned for Joy Of Motion Dance’s Highest Level College Preparatory Dance Intensive program and studied under Helen Hayes and other professional choreographers for two years through the program. Ashlie attended Redford University as a BFA Dance major and Cal State Dominguez Hills as a Theater Arts dance major as the recipient of the Carol Tubbs dance scholarship. After college Ashlie dance professionally as a member of the Funderburk Dance Artists. In 2014 Ashlie took her first Pole Class at Oc Pole Fitness AV and was instantly addicted. In 2015 Ashlie placed 1st at PSOs central regionals in Level 1 Championship. That year she also completed her 200 teacher training with CorePower yoga in Aliso Viejo. In Aug 2017 she placed 3rd at PSOs Nationals in Level 2 dramatic category. Ashlie love to combine dance and pole with and emphasis on technique, movement and artistry.
Erika started out at a young age taking classes in gymnastics. Like most little girls, Erika looked up to her older sister who was a competitive gymnast and decided at a young age that she would work hard to be just as competitive in gymnastics as her sister and to surpass her fellow classmates. As she excelled in gymnastics, Erika took her skills to her high school cheer squad, where she became their top performing cheerleader. After graduating high school Erika knew she had to continue building her fitness skills and like most women she bought a Groupon to a fitness studio where she discovered a whole new side to fitness. Erika knew after only a few weeks of taking classes that she had found a new love in fitness. Pole, Aerial Silks and Aerial Hoop is where her heart was. Erika quickly excelled in her field and in less the one year, she was already competing as a pro competitor in Pole and Lyra (Hoop) and is also now a phenomenal Aerial Silks performer for showcases. Erika currently teaches Aerial Silks, Hoop and fitness classes and continues to use her competitive background skills in gymnastics to compete in pole fitness competitions. Erika continues to grow her skills as an instructor so that she can bring excitement, creativity, challenging curriculum and satisfaction to all her students. Her goal for her students is to achieve their own self-goals through building confidence, trust and strength within themselves.
Kim was born with a love for dancing. She especially enjoys Polynesian dancing, which she danced and competed for 23 years. She embraces and loves performing, experiencing all forms of art dancing and hot yoga. Kim was first introduced to Cardio and Sculpt Barre in 2012 and immediately fell in love with it because she witnessed first-hand the changes in her body, posture, form and strength despite suffering from lower back scoliosis. Shortly thereafter, she started doing aerial silks and hoop which captivated her with its art and beauty while being suspended in the air. It was out of deep love and appreciation to the barre and aerial classes that inspired her to help others recognize their strength and ability to challenge themselves despite of any limitations or disabilities a person may have.
Pole & Belly Dance Instructor
Schardé has been dancing since the age of eight years old. Besides pole dance/fitness and belly dance (or Raqs Sharqi), she has trained in jazz, hip hop, ballet, lyrical, modern, club salsa, and Argentine tango. Schardé believes in combining strength and vulnerability in her dance with a reverence toward femininity and womanhood that allows her students to push their body’s limits, conquer their fears, bring out their inner goddesses, and leave each class feeling more and more triumphant. Schardé is honored to have the opportunity to share what she has learned over the years in her journey through dance with women who are ready to embark on an adventure of their own.