All instructors at Cherry Blossom Studio are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and all adhere by the guidelines of their profession.
Andrea learned pole dancing while living in New York City and has taken advanced workshops with some of the industry’s top professionals such as Jenyne Butterfly, Alethea Austin(US Pole Dance Federation Champion 2010) , Karol Helms (USPDF Miss Sexy 2010), Marlo Fisken, Emil Valentino, Bendy Kate and Josiah “Bad Azz” Grant. She has been pole dancing for fitness, for over 8 years and Instructing since 2008. In September 2010 Andrea competed in Miss Pole Dance Canada and truly enjoys performing at Cherry Blossom Showcases and venues around Ottawa and Quebec! She has also judged the Just For Laughs (JFL) Pole Fitness Competition in Montreal for the prestigious festival and organized the first Ontario Pole Fitness Championship in 2012 bringing pole fitness competitions to Eastern Canada by hosting this first annual event. Andrea is a Certified Personal Trainer Specialist since 2008, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Specialist since 2009 with Can-Fit-Pro and is a Certified Pole Fitness Instructor with PFIC and is also on the Board of Directors for PFIC. Andrea’s Pole Dancing experience and Personal Training experience helped her realize her dream of opening Cherry Blossom Pole Dancing Studio. She received her Creative Arts Degree from Ottawa School of Art . Her inspirations for creative pole performances are evident through her artistic personality and professional background. Andrea has designed Cherry Blossom Pole Dancing Studio as a place for women to let their bodies bloom!
Pole Dancing Instructor
Jennifer is a 30 year old single mother to a wonderful little boy. Jennifer started doing pole fitness at home as a form of exercise as she had no time to go to the gym. She immediately fell in love with this sport and wanted more out of it so she ventured out to find a studio that met all of her needs such as class, style , professionalism and most of all a great class of new friends and family, which she found at Cherry Blossom Pole Studio. Three years in to her pole journey she now has the body and health to strive to become a role model to Pole Virgins. Jen is excited to teach this wonderful sport, connect with people and help them discover the fun of Pole Fitness. Jen also has a background in Figure skating, Ballet,Tap Dance and gymnastics and is currently in school for Holistic Nutrition.
Aerial Silks & Aerial Fusion Instructor
Melissa has been teaching and performing on aerial silks since 2012. It is the wraps, drops, twists and dives that drive her to continue but also the personal satisfaction in achieving the unexpected. Aerial silks lead Melissa to certification in aerial yoga and she continues to add different forms of aerial dance to her teaching and performances including lyra (aerial hoop) and hammock. Melissa has trained with circus schools and aerial performance professionals in Canada and the United States. In 2015, Melissa and Jayna Moar (aerial instructor) formed Aerial Antics Inc with the intention of creating more training opportunities and awareness of the aerial arts in Ottawa. Aerials provide the perfect fusion of expression, strength training and flexibility through the use of one’s own body. In her teaching, Melissa shares her love of aerial dance and fitness with your feet off the ground.
Aerial Silks & Aerial Fusion Instructor
Jayna has been teaching and performing on aerial silks since 2013. The strength, stamina and flexibility required for aerials keeps Jayna motivated to reach new heights. As a Registered Yoga Teacher with Alliance Canada since 2008, Jayna brings the mind, body, spirit philosophy to her teaching and performances. Jayna has trained with circus schools and aerial performance professionals in Canada and the United States.
Pole Fitness Instructor
Leila is the newest member to the Cherry Blossom family. She is an exercise enthusiast and enjoys all forms of fitness. Leila grew up playing competitive soccer and taking dance classes and therefore developed an understanding of the importance of health in fitness early on in life. She is always looking for new ways to challenge herself and try new forms of fitness. After years of wanting to break into pole fitness she took her first class at Cherry Blossom last year and instantly fell in love with it!
When she is not working, or working out she loves being in the kitchen creating healthy meals or writing about health and fitness on her blog. Leila is a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist through Canfit Pro and is looking forward to spreading her passion for pole through teaching.
Receptionist/ Flexibility and Pole Party Instructor
Jessica studies Criminology at the University of Ottawa. She has been pole dancing at Cherry Blossom for 2 years and loves performing at showcases and Sexapalooza. Her goal is to eventually compete in pole competitions. Jessica is going to the Las Vegas Pole Expo in the fall to take workshops with Jenyne Butterfly and other great pole performers. Jessica has a background in Tap Dance and Highland Dance.
Randi Rouge is a burlesque and PFIC certified pole instructor. She has performed at Nature Nocturne, Sexapalooza and Burlesque Idol. She will be in the Ottawa Burlesque Festival in Sept and you can catch her at the bi-monthly show, An Evening of Sin at the Rainbow Bistro.