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!

Alexandria Connolly

Alexandria Connolly

Pole Fitness Instructor

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!

Alexis Marie

Alexis Marie

Teaches: Flexibility Yoga

Hometown: Vancouver
Fitness Credentials: RYT 200hr Yoga, Tantra Fitness Pole Certification
Favourite food: strawberries
Favourite activity: anything that allows me to bend and be upside down
Fun Facts: Alexis earned her Master’s in Creative Writing from Oxford University
About Alexis: Alexis is fascinated with studying movement and flexibility and is constantly finding new ways to bend with ease!

Alex Pearson

Alex Pearson

Teaches: Aerial Hoop, Hammock, Silks and Yoga

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.

Angela Hoiem

Angela Hoiem

Teaches: Pole 101-202, Erotica and Exotic Dance

Hometown: Richmond, BC
Favourite food: Chocolate
About: Angela became hooked on pole fitness when she came to Tantra Fitness in 2011. Fitness has always been an important part of her lifestyle and she was immediately attracted to everything the studio had to offer. Through pole fitness she discovered the strength and energy to do things that she had never thought possible. She is motivated to share this energy with you! Angels is Tantra Fitness Pole Certified.

Anna Von Rossum

Anna Von Rossum

Pole Fitness Instructor

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.

Ashara

Ashara

Teaches: Aerial Hoop, Splits-Ability, Acro Foundations, Cirque Stretch

Hometown: Victoria, BC
Fun fact: I’m the lead singer of a metal band and my name is from Star Trek.
About: Inspired by a hand to hand duo on America’s Got Talent, Ashara has been training circus arts since she was 16 years old. She has studied at the National Circus School in Montreal, and continues to train, teach and perform in the Vancouver area. Happiest when on stage. Tantra Fitness Pole Certified, Level 1 / Fitness Theory.

Brooke Fujiyama

Brooke Fujiyama

Teaches: Ballfit

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.

Cherry OnTop

Cherry OnTop

Teaches: Burlesque Movement

Hometown: Squamish, BC
Favourite food: CHOCOLATE. Chocolate smothered in chocolate.
Favourite activity: Surfing.
Fun Fact: My kid’s name is Rad. I like things that are Rad.
About: I own my own studio called Vancouver Burlesque Centre, with Lola Frost. I’ve been a burlesque performer for 13 years and still love it as much as the day I started. I adore teaching and spreading the gospel of sass and falling in love with yourself. Certified in BCRPA Fitness Theory, 200hr Yoga Teacher Training.

Crystal Lai

Crystal Lai

Advanced Pole Dance Instructor

Crystal Lai is proud that her 5 years of pole training have culminated in her becoming Miss Pole Dance Canada and winning Best Entertainer and People Choice at the World Pole Dance Championships. Crystal enjoys bringing her bubbly personality to upbeat routines, but can also demonstrate grace and control to more melodic music. As a senior instructor at Tantra Fitness in Vancouver, she hopes to use her platform to educate the public about the sport of pole dancing. Crystal also hopes revealing her lack of a dance or gymnastics background will inspire future pole dancers who question their potential; pole dancing can truly stand alone to develop strength and fluidity. With her dancing, she wishes to help progress the technical and performance aspects of her sport.

Pepito, AKA "The other Crystal"

Pepito, AKA "The other Crystal"

Teaches: Exotic Dance

Fun Fact: Resident goofball at Tantra Fitness since 2008.

Why I Teach: "Pole and exotic dance played a huge role in my own journey to self-love/acceptance and better health (while building amazing friendships along the way!) - how could I not want to share that experience?" Tantra Fitness Pole Certified, First Aid & CPR C + AED.

Emily Bridger

Emily Bridger

Teaches: TNA and Ballfit

Hometown: Vancouver
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.

Hannah Fletcher

Hannah Fletcher

Teaches: Body Rock, Pole-ography

Hometown: T-Town
Fun Fact: I used to be a designer. This is what initially introduced me to pole dancing! For my thesis in my 4th year in 2004, I did pole dance fitness active wear! (first designer in the world to do so I believe!) This is why I first learnt to pole! 🙂
About: Living a fit life and sharing positivity through fitness! My fitness credentials include ISSA, BCRPA, CPFA.

Hector Orellana-Boucher

Hector Orellana-Boucher

Fitness Instructor

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.

Jamie Rebecca

Jamie Rebecca

Aerial Arts Instructor

Jamie started her circus career at age 10 with Westcoast Contortion & Acrobatics and was one of 6 WCA contortionist who were invited to train at the Las Vegas Contortion Convention sponsored by Cirque Du Soliel. Jamie started Aerial Silk training at Vancouver Circus School at age 16 & was hooked instantaneously to the fearless art. Her first professional Aerial Silk gig was on her 18th birthday, with WCA at a party for Kohler Canada. She has trained exclusively with Kristi Toguchi since 2007 in Vancouver & Las Vegas, specializing in Aerial Silk & Lyra. Jamie is a first generation circus performer, BCRPA personal trainer, AFSA & CDTA certified dance teacher, as well as a 200 hour Ashtanga/ Iyengar Yoga Instructor.

Jen Yan

Jen Yan

Pole and Dance Fitness and Silks Instructor

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!

Jenne

Jenne

Pole Fitness Instructor

Jenne has been pole dancing since 2013 and has found her passion through exotic dance. After leaving competitive gymnastics due to injuries, Jenne found pole dancing as a new way to express her sensual side, while gaining strength, flexibility and fluidity. Jenne’s love of dance also extends to latin styles, including salsa and bachata.

Judy Anna Madarasz

Judy Anna Madarasz

Teaches: Twerk’n Heels, Dancehall Twerk

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.

Julie C

Julie C

Teaches: Lyrical Pole, Dancers’ Stretch, Int/Adv Pole

Hometown: Langley
Favourite activity: chilling with my husband and my cat
About: Julie specializes in unique choreography and helping students bring grace and flow to aerial tricks. She is has certification in Yoga 200, RAD Examinations up to Advanced II, M.O. Contemporary Dance Program, Tantra Fitness Pole Certification.

Karina Beverly Ho

Karina Beverly Ho

Teaches: Aerial Hoop and Silks

Hometown: Vancouver
Fun Fact: I’ve trained, performed, and taught circus in Canada, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain.
About: I grew up as a competitive artistic gymnast for 11 years. Afterwards, I made the transition to circus acrobatics and I fell in love with the world of circus. Over the years, I have trained in aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, tumbling, and partner acrobatics. Now, I perform professionally around the city and I hope to share my love of circus with the rest of the community. Certified in NCCP 2 and NCCP 3 Technical.

Kat

Kat

Gastown Studio Manager

Hometown : Melbourne
What I teach at Tantra : how to understand the Australian language
Favourite activity: travelling the world and exploring new places.
About: Nothing is more import than enjoying the journey of self discovery through understanding the world around us making connections with those near us and coming to peace with what’s inside of us.

Kathryn Schellenberg

Kathryn Schellenberg

Teaches: Pussycat Dance

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!

Katie Cresswell

Katie Cresswell

Head of Aerial Arts, Aerial & Gymnastic Instructor

Hometown: Vancouver
Favourite food: All the fresh things
Favourite activity: playing music
About: Katie studied and performed circus throughout Canada, the UK, and the United States before making a home at Tantra. Her certifications include ACE personal trainer, CPFA educator, NCCP and first aid.

Kirstyn Konig

Kirstyn Konig

Teaches: Aerial Arts, Acro, Cirque Stretch, Lyrical Dance

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.

Lola Frost

Lola Frost

Teaches: Burlesque Movement, Vintage Striptease Workshops

Hometown: Vancouver
Favourite food: Tacos and Sushi
Favourite activity: swimming nude!
Fun Fact: I have affection for snakes and used to be a competitive figure skater!
About: Danielle’s passions are rooted in dance - the pure magic of movement, ideas, strength and creativity. She combines theatrical nostalgia and smoldering sensuality to her classes to bring out ones inner vixen! Combining her 10 year career in dance, coaching, fitness and performance she creates a unique blend of technique and sass! She is certified in BCRPA Fitness Theory and Group Fitness, Tantra Fitness Pole Certification.

Leiah Luz

Leiah Luz

Teaches: Cirque Fit

Hometown: Montreal
Favourite food: tacos, superfoods and all things green.
Favourite Activity: pole dancing, handstands, stretching and anything that really gets my body going and pushes me to improve my physical practice.
Fun fact: I was a competitive downhill skiier for 7 years, and studied classical music for 10 years.

About: My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment that allows for progression, to inspire people to move their bodies and encourage them to aim beyond what they think they are capable of achieving.

Mallory Linda

Mallory Linda

Teaches: Pole 101-202, Lyrical Pole

Hometown: Dawson Creek, BC
Favourite food: Chocolate and popcorn
Fun fact: Part-time mineralogist.
About: Mallory danced ballet and lyrical for 10 years before injury forced her to stop. She looks to share her passion for pole dance, encourage others to embrace both the easy and difficult elements of pole, and never give up. She believes that everyone has their own pole journey to explore. She is Tantra Fitness Pole Certified.

Maria Marlow

Maria Marlow

Teaches: Pole 101-303, Polefit, Sexy Flexy and Flirty Fit

Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
Fun Fact: I have a famous cat on Instagram.
About: Maria began pole dancing 6 years ago when she walked into Tantra Fitness and asked Tammy, “What do you guys do in here?!” Having no dance or aerial background, Maria fell madly in love with pole dancing. She slowly worked her way up to competitive level through hard work, perseverance and sheer determination. Proud to be a Tantra teacher, Maria shares with her students, not only her enthusiasm for pole, but the struggles she experienced and the knowledge that she gained on her pole fitness journey. Maria strives to make every student feel, that no matter what their age or fitness level, they can succeed and gain confidence in the joy, strength, and creativity that is pole. She is Tantra Fitness Pole Certified.

Olga Podshivalova

Olga Podshivalova

Teaches: Ballfit

Hometown: Yoshkar-Ola, Russia
Favorite activity: fitness, skiing, traveling, reading
Fun Fact: GPS is my best friend cause I easily get lost.
About: I used to be a dancer in Russia, and I think femininity and grace are essential parts of woman’s sexuality. My classes are challenging, yet they let you explore movement as a means of creative expression. I bring a positive attitude to every fitness session. My focus is on my clients, challenging and encouraging them to do their best and feel great about their accomplishments. Certified in CFES Personal Trainer/ Weight Trainer/Group Fitness.

Rachel Noemi

Rachel Noemi

Pole Fitness Instructor and Web Administrator

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. :)

Rebekah Mullen

Rebekah Mullen

Teaches: Polefit, Spin, Adv/Int Pole, TNA

Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Favourite food: Sushi
Favourite activity/Fun Facts: I love competing in pole!!! I’ve actually placed a couple times too which is always exciting, but I love the journey of the ups and downs that competition training brings to create those magical 4 minutes on stage.
About: I love teaching and helping others figure out why a move won‘t work for them. Since my background is engineering and not dance, it’s all a puzzle I LOVE solving to figure out how to adapt various shapes to various body strengths and limitations. Dance is a journey, and thank you for letting me be a part of his magical adventure of yours 🙂 I am Tantra Fitness Pole Certified.

Ricky Pang

Ricky Pang

Owner of Tantra Fitness Richmond and Pole Fitness Instructor

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.

Rosalyn Mow

Rosalyn Mow

Teaches: Int/Adv Pole, Spin and Lyrical Pole

Hometown: Vancouver
Favourite activity: I love my morning jogs
About: My pole journey began when I took my first pole class in November 2012 at Tantra Fitness. I have a background in Chinese dance and rhythmic gymnastics and have enjoyed taking my passions to higher ground. I have a Bachelors in Nutrition from UBC and a Masters in Legal studies from SFU.

Sara Wright

Sara Wright

Pole Fitness Instructor

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!

Samantha Hall

Samantha Hall

Aerial & Acrobatics Instructor

Samantha started training when she was 11 years old at a local dance studio, Art of Dance and then became a member of Westcoast Contortion when she was 16 years old. Continuing her training in Las Vegas with world renowned Mongolian contortionist, Otgo Waller and Aerialist Kristi Togochi. Samantha has been performing professionally for the past 10 years and running her own classes since she was 18 years old. She spent the past 5 years performing abroad on cruise ships and in all inclusive resorts around the world. She is currently living in Vancouver sharing her passion through performing and teaching around the lower mainland.

Skyla Rayne

Skyla Rayne

Teaches: Exotic Dance, Aerial Hammock

Hometown: Originally St. John’s NL.
Favourite foods: Healthy home made meals, sushi, doughnuts for my sweet tooth :D.
Favourite Activities: Performing!! Fire dancing, Pole Dancing, Aerials, Horseback Riding in the summer & Anything outdoors, Travelling.
About: Skyla began her journey as an Exotic dancer 6 years ago where from the beginning she has been passionate about pole dancing. She has travelled around the world over the span of her career and has been awarded 40+ of the highest ranking International titles in the Exotic Dance industry which includes her as the reigning Miss Nude International, Miss Nude Universe Entertainer of the year, World Performer of the year, International Ultimate Entertainer, World Aerial Performer of the year to name a few. Her passion for the sensual art of combining Aerial Arts with Exotic Dance has brought Skyla to her new home at Tantra Fitness to share her knowledge & skills in her fun and powerful classes. She is Fitness Theory certified and Tantra Fitness Pole Certified.

Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee

Teaches: Pole 101

Hometown: Vancouver
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.

Sydney Southam

Sydney Southam

Pole Fitness Instructor

Sydney is a visual artist, filmmaker and former rhythmic gymnast. She discovered Pole Dancing in 2013, and immediately fell in love with the way it challenged her physically and creatively. After a year of training, Sydney began performing and competing and she hasn’t looked back. In 2015, she became the Amateur Champion at the BC Pole Fitness Championships. Today, Sydney loves sharing her passion for pole dancing and exotic dance with her students by creating a safe, fun and inviting space for women to explore their sensual side while gaining strength, flexibility and coordination. Sydney also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a BFA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and she uses her background as an artist to create challenging and aesthetically pleasing routines for her students.

Tammy Morris

Tammy Morris

Founder, Owner, Head Instructor

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.

Vanessa

Vanessa

Pole and Dance Fitness Instructor

Vanessa is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Performance Nutrition and has been working in the industry for 6 years. She has been active her entire life having been a competitive Equestrian from the age of 8 and through various dance training throughout the years. Vanessa has a passion for health and wellness and prefers to teach clients the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of exercise and nutrition instead of just telling them what to do. A healthy and balanced approach to every aspect of one’s life is the only way to achieve the fitness level and physique desired and that’s what she strives to instill in her clients. It’s a lifestyle choice and she leads by example. Vanessa teaches a hard core bootcamp and “Abs and Butt” class for corporate clients such as Vancity and The Center for Blood Research at UBC and is happy to now be part of the Tantra team! Her approach is specific to sculpting the female form and building long, lean and firm bodies. She is available for personal training sessions catered to you specific needs and nutritional consultations which include such services as reviewing your current eating plan, grocery excursions and healthy cooking techniques and meal planning.

Veronica Solimano

Veronica Solimano

Athletic Director & Head of Pole Fitness

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.

Winnie Lai

Winnie Lai

Owner, Studio Manager

Winnie began exploring her passion for pole dancing in Toronto in 2005. She found her home studio in 2008 when she discovered Tantra Fitness and the wealth of instruction offered there by pole dance maven Tammy Morris. In 2010, Winnie left her full-time job in order to pursue her pole dance teaching career with Tantra Fitness. As of August 2011, Winnie is proud to announce her co-ownership of Tantra Fitness Vancouver, and enjoys her role as Studio Manager for this vibrant community of teachers and dancers.