Meet Carmen, the owner and main fitness instructor at Royalty Pole Dance. Carmen has been hooked on Pole Fitness since 2011. Growing up, she was never a dancer or gymnast and developed much slower than most pole dancers. Even though Pole Fitness brought her great difficulty, she knew that one day her body would grow strong enough to attempt tricks she never dreamed of doing. After having 2 kids, her body changed: She began to have a slower metabolism, back & hip pains, and became depressed and stuck in a limbo. She stumbled upon pole by chance and fell in love at first class. She has had the opportunity to train with award winning Champions in Utah, Las Vegas, and California, and began teaching herself when she moved to Bakersfield. Now she is thriving and hopes to share the joy and accomplishment pole has brought her. Her motto is: "If I can do it, so can YOU!"
Meet your Chair Dance & Pole Flow instructor, Seneca. Seneca has been dancing for over 20 years and has had the opportunity to train and become certified by the pole dancing pioneer, Fawnia Mondey. Besides owning multiple belly dance studios and a pole dance studio, Seneca performs professionally all around Bakersfield. Her choreography is known for it's silky flow and belly dance influence that you're sure to fall in love with!
Bakersfield, meet Danielle! On top of being known for her sassy and fun pole routines taught at Royalty Pole Dance, Danielle also teaches boxing in town. Danielle had the opportunity to train with and become certified by Pole Dance Pioneer, Fawnia Mondey, in the first ever Pole Fitness Studio located in Las Vegas. Since becoming certified in 2013, she has taught at another pole studio and even hosted pole fitness workshops. Danielle's fitness background is constantly growing, along with her pole fitness skills and capabilities.
Starting at the age of 2, Christy has had formal dance training in numerous style of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop. She participated in competition teams for many years, and started teaching dance classes at the age of 18. In college, she went on to create Cal State Bakersfield's collegiate dance team in which she both coached and danced for. Now graduated, she works full time in construction and enjoys teaching hip-hop part-time at Royalty Pole Dance.
If you like to bend and fly then you'll love our Pole Silkii instructor, Amanda! Starting at a young age in dance and gymnastics, her passion for acrobatics arts blossomed over the years into a strong love for pole dance. The results she started to see were beyond amazing and the acro addiction has begun! Amanda has now been pole dancing since late 2011 and has flown into the Aerial Silks since mid 2016. As soon as she found out it was possible, she has been learning to bring the two apparatuses together into a lovely combination of brass and fabric! Aerial and flow arts have always been an important role in Amanda's transformation of body, mind, and soul; If it's a challenge to better yourself, you can bet Amanda will give it a try! This girl just can't wait to share her passions with you and prove that you too can achieve the impossible!
Pole Queens, meet Becky! Becky has been doing pole fitness for almost 2 years. It has been the best, yet very challenging, experience for her. Her motto is, "You become addicted and stronger each day. Once you overcome the fear, anything is possible." Becky is a workout fanatic (having completely transformed her own body) and dog lover. Besides pole, Becky's hobbies are working out, volunteering at the animal shelter, and studying to become a certified personal trainer. She is constantly taking random working classes for fun and enjoys staying active. Besides teaching strength exercises for pole, Becky is a certified dog groomer and usually donates her time to grooming shelter dogs since they need the most help. She is extremely down to earth and a happy, humorous person, guaranteed to make you laugh!
Everyone, meet Lenore! Lenore began pole about 4 years ago in Bakersfield. She had always been a gym junkie but was looking for something challenging and fun in her workouts and luckily, heard about Pole fitness through a coworker. She was immediately hooked when she took that first class and knew she wanted more. Lenore was bit by the pole bug but had no idea how difficult it would be; It took her a while to understand and get basic things. She had no background in dance, gymnastics, or any type of flexibility so she had to start from zero and worked hard to accomplish where she is at now. Lenore says, “I'm not a natural in any way or form, I literally have to stay training and committed to keep me going. I knew back then, that I would like to teach others this amazing sport and set goals for myself to do so.” And while she is married, a mother of 3 teenage daughters and an 8 year old son, has a fur baby, and a full time job, she still manages to make time to train and teach others. Be sure to catch a class with this fiery dancer!
With a passion for nature and holistic wellness, our yoga instructor, Vanessa, is certified in Hatha Yoga, Massage Therapy, and she is Reiki attuned. But don’t let her gentle nature fool you, she also has a black belt in Shaolin Kenpo and she taught Martial Arts for over 6 years. Vanessa fell madly in love with pole dancing from the moment she tried it and found Yoga to be an ideal complement to her new passion. Her Yoga classes will strengthen your muscles, improve your balance, clear your mind, increase your flexibility, and reduce your risk of physical injury so you can perform at your best with quicker recovery and faster improvement. Catch Vanessa at the studio teaching Yoga and killing those Yoga moves on the Pole!
On top of learning Yoga & Pilates in Hawaii for 2 years, Lauren is also certified in Pop Pilates, Insanity, and as a Keizer Spin Instructor. But her love of fitness isn’t recent; In fact, she has been a dancer since she was 4 years old, learning Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance. Knowing how much she loved fitness, Lauren went on to instruct Les Mills programs in 2012, including Body Combat, Body Flow, Body Pump, and even coached outdoor bootcamps, gymnastics in American Kids, and some personal training/coaching in BakersFit and GoLift. She is currently going to NASM for a personal trainer certification and loves Pole Fitness and the Aerial arts!
Tori grew up dancing: From age 2 - 23 years old she has been moving and grooving her heart out! She started teaching Tap and “Girly” Hip Hop when she was 15 years old, even delved in Rollerblading for a while, and didn’t stop until she had her kids. But dancing was in her blood and she began taking classes at Royalty Pole Dance! Now Pole Dance is one of her new loves, along with her family, pizza, and Star Wars. Catch her in *all* the classes at the studio! Tori is devoted and has transformed since she joined. Make sure you take any classes she may be subbing and watch a legend in real life!