Meet the Tantra Fitness Team
Meet the Tantra Fitness team! Our team of professional, motivated, instructors are excited to work with you and help you meet your goals!
Alexandra has always been fuelled by a passion for health and fitness! She fell in love with the balance of strength and sensuality that pole dance creates. Alex has zero background in dance or gymnastics so she understands that the struggle to be flexible and fluid is real! Alex has been pole dancing for four years and after becoming an instructor, she felt that her day job was getting in the way of Tantra so, like co-owner Winnie, she made Tantra Fitness her job! Managing Tantra Fitness seemed like the natural progression and she is living her dream! Alexandra gets to share her passion for pole fitness everyday in an amazing space that promotes a positive self body image and self love!
Hometown: Penticton, BC
Favourite activity/Fun Facts: Alex went to school for costume design and loves making historical clothing.
About: Alex believes that movement heals the mind and body and that moving freely is one of the greatest gifts we can help people achieve as fitness instructors. She loves challenging students to try things they didn’t expect to be capable of! She is certified in RYT-200, fitness theory and group fitness.
Anna Von Rossum
Anna is a classically trained dancer, she began ballet as soon as she could walk and has continued to be involved in the dance arts ever since. She attended the professional Ballet program at the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza in Monterrey Mexico, but left half way through to pursue school full-time. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from UVIC, and is now completing her PhD in Immunology at SFU. Anna re-awakened her passion for dance and athleticism when she discovered aerial arts in 2011, and came to Tantra as a student in the fall of 2013. She is excited to be an instructor and share her passion for the artistic side of pole, and hopes to encourage people of every age/gender/shape/background to join our growing community! Anna holds the CPR C and First Aid Certification, and is currently in the process of becoming BCRPA certified.
Hometown: Kagoshima, Japan/East Vancouver
Favourite food: Natto (fermented soybeans) on rice
About: Growing up, she has always loved taking dance classes and found herself at Tantra in 2007 where she fell in love and with the help of Tammy Morris, she has taken the steps to making this into her career. She is a CFES certified Personal Trainer, Weight Training Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor. Also a CPFA certified Pole Fitness Instructor Level 1, and Tantra fitness Certified Pole Fitness Instructor 202.
Favourite activity: Loves to cook (and eat).
About: Her high intensity energy and positive attitude are contagious, making her classes fun but challenging! She is BCRPA certified.
Hector‘s passion for fitness and health is not just going to the gym on a treadmill but rather a lifestyle. As an instructor I strive to make the most of every class. Hector’s focus is to challenge and motivate members to achieve their fitness goals while creating a fun environment. He is excited to learn/try pole dancing and possibly might even try to become the next "Magic Mike" 😉 Hector is a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and is in the process of becoming a Fire Fighter.
Jen has dabbled in all kinds of fitness: pilates, yoga, rock-climbing, dodgeball, kickboxing, crossfit and of course, aerial silks and pole dancing! Her background coming into these sports was a certificate in teaching piano…no dance, gymnastics or even organized sports! Jen hopes to inspire those who have “never done anything like this before” to come on out and give it a try!
In school to become an Expressive Arts Therapist, you’ll often find Jen making descriptive arm movements and sound effects to aid in her teaching :D. Laughing, grunting, tears and sweat are welcome in any and all of her classes!
Judy Anna Madarasz
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Favorite activity: Video Production and Photography
About: With over 10 years of professional fitness and dance teaching experience Judy specialized in teaching and performing in dancehall dance and culture, and anything Twerk related. She can teach and perform all styles of Dancehall: Old School, Middle School, New School, and Dancehall Queen/Ladies style. www.ketchdivybz.com
Certified in BCRPA and Professional Dancehall Training in Jamaica, London UK, and Toronto.
Name: Kathryn (Kat) Schellenberg
Hometown: North Delta, (BC)
Fun fact: I have (in my opinion) the cuuuuuutest dog in the world. Fact.
About: Kathryn has trained in numerous forms of dance since the age of 8, and has been teaching and performing professionally now for the past 14 years. Currently she runs her own performing company "The Darlings Cabaret", which she is the creator, director and main choreographer. She loves sharing her love of dance with her students and watching them grow as dancers and performers themselves!
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Favourite activity: Loves fashion, design, architecture and travel
About: Kirstyn’s repertoire includes everything from contemporary and Latin dance, to partnering and circus aerial arts. Based in Vancouver, Kirstyn can be seen in music videos, TV/Film and various live show productions throughout the city. She is also a full-time company member with The Underground Circus.
Rachel first joined the Tantra Fitness team as one of the studio coordinators because of her love of health and fitness. Passionate about singing, acting, nutrition, dancing, yoga and all things creative, she was excited to learn how to Pole dance and immensely enjoys being a part of such a dedicated and beautiful community of people!! She now teaches stagette/bachelorette pole and lap dance parties and assists the Director of Communications from behind the scenes. :)
Ricky’s introduction to pole life came upon watching Steven Retchless compete on America’s Got Talent in the summer of 2011. This was Ricky’s summer of “Yes” where he must experience anything without hesitation and truly live outside of the comfort zone. Inspired by a male pole performer’s artistry and athleticism, pole lessons immediately followed. Ricky’s gratitude to Tantra Fitness and the fellow instructors is endless for the on-going wealth of knowledge and guidance provided toward all members throughout the increasing popularity of this sport. Ricky currently holds the CPR C (Adult and Children) and First Aid Certification.
Sarah has always been an active person enjoying activities like kick boxing and she would go to the gym almost daily. When the gym got boring, she joined Tantra Fitness where she found a plethora of great ways to get fit and have fun! She fell in love with pole fitness, Silks, and Exotic Dance. Sarah has no gymnastics or dance background, so she empathizes with those who aren’t very flexible, as she is in the same boat. She’s excited to teach Pole level 101 and show new students that you don’t need any experience or to be very flexible to start your fitness journey at Tantra Fitness!
Favourite food: Sushi is my island food!
Fun facts: When I’m not on the pole I can be found teaching beginner archery or seeing how many times I can do the Grouse Grind in one day (currently 7). I recently placed 2nd at the 2015 NWAAC Dramatic Level 1 Jr. division.
About: I‘m looking forward to sharing my love of pole dancing with everyone! When I started at Tantra back in 2014 I couldn’t do a single pull up or touch my toes! Progress is quick when you’re having fun - I promise! I have Tantra Fitness Pole Certification and First Aid/CPR.
Tammy Morris has been a professional pole dancer for 16 years travelling all over the world to perform. She started as an exotic dancer and moved in to the fitness industry in 2003. She is a certified Pole and Group Fitness Instructor and is an owner of Tantra. She has won over 15 titles over the span of her career including 1st Runner-up Miss Pole Dance World and Best Pole Tricks at Miss Pole Dance World. Her passion for teaching shines through in her classes. Her upbeat distinctive style is sure to keep you challenged and entertained! Tammy has taught thousands of women of all shapes and sizes how to pole dance. Her breakdowns and patience help students understand the moves and achieve their goals.
Veronica has always been drawn to acrobatic activities and was a competitive gymnast while growing up. She discovered her love for teaching sport while teaching non-competitive gymnastics in university. Veronica first discovered pole in 2004 and was instantly hooked. She now balances full time work as a pediatric physical therapist with teaching the advanced pole classes at Tantra Fitness. In 2012 Veronica placed an increased focus on pole and became the 2012 Canadian Pole Fitness Champion and a finalist at the 2012 World Pole Sport & Fitness Championships. Since then, Veronica has gone on to become 2014 World Pole Cup Champion, 2013 PanAmerican Pole Champion, and 2013 Canadian Pole Fitness Doubles Champion (with Diana Pietroianu). Veronica loves how pole creates an empowering and supportive environment for everyone. She strives to share her passion for the acrobatic side of pole and hopes she can inspire and motivate you to keep challenging yourself to achieve that next level.