Instructors

Holly Merlot

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Pole Dancing Since: 2013
Owner of Dahlia Pole

Fitness Nutrition Specialist
ACE Certified Personal Trainer

BA Elementary Education
CPR Certified
Fitour Core and Functional Training
Fitour Certified Personal Trainer
Buti Yoga Certified
Founding member and co-producer of The Flying Marionettes

Notable Performances:
2015 Pole Kisses
2016 Poletry in Motion: Genderfuck Edition
2016 Girls at The Rock Show
2016 First Place NAPDCC-Sexy Floorwork
2016 9th Annual Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
2017 A Secret Creepshow: Exodus
2017 10th Annual Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
2017 Incantations
2018 Ruby’s Dirty 30
2018 El Monstero Dancer
2018-2019 Dark Angel Presents: Hidden Treasures of the Lou
2018 Dahlia Student Showcase
2018 The Flying Marionettes Present: A Night at the Movies
2019 COCA Annual Gala
2019 Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
2020 STL Pole Show
2020 Mobscene

Areas of Expertise: Heels choreography, exotic pole, beg-adv. instructor, floorwork, exotic low flow

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I have always done things a little bit differently and pole dancing is no exception. My knack for the strange and unusual is often incorporated into my style of exotic dance with twisting, back bending and slow meticulous movements punctuated by quick and sharp accents. Pole dancing, to me, is not all about the latest and greatest tricks but it’s about the art you wish to create in whatever way that looks to you. I enjoy teaching my students to explore their own movement and discover what makes them unique.

For private lessons, nutrition coaching or personal training, email: info@dahliapole.com

 

Kirstie Ellerbe

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Pole Dancing Since: 2012

NESTA Certified Personal Trainer
CPR Certified
Founding member and co-producer of The Flying Marionettes

Notable Performances:

2015 First Place Central Pole Championships – Level 3 Championship
2015 First Place Central Pole Championships – Level 3 Dramatic
2015 Finalist North American Pole Dance Championships – Midwest Elite
2016 First Place North American Pole Dance Championships – Midwest Elite
2016 Third Place Minnesota Regional Pole Dance Competition – Elite
2017 Second Place Southwest Pole Dance Championships – Pro Qualifier
2017 Finalist Nationals Pole Sport Organization – Pro
2017 First Place Gateway Pole Championships – Doubles & Groups – Doubles Partner Kylie Jones
2018 First Place Aerialympics – Allstar Exotic
2018 Second Place Central Pole Championships – Pro Qualifier

Areas of Expertise:Beginner to Advanced Pole Instruction, Competition and Performance Prep, Conditioning, and Flexibility.

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I didn’t have sports or dance training growing up. I started running when I was 18 which got me into other avenues of fitness. Eventually I started personal training and that lead me to pole dancing. Pole dancing has taught me how to move and how to be an athlete. I think it’s important for everyone to know you can become active, an athlete, an artist, or a dancer at any time in your life. There are no prerequisites or limits in order to learning how to move. You can also do it all on a plant-based diet 🌱

 

Erin Meskill (Ruby Soho)

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Pole Dancing Since: 2014

FiTour Certified Personal Trainer
CPR Certified
Founder of STL Pole Show
Founding member and co-producer of The Flying Marionettes

Notable performances:

2016 Second Place Minnesota Pole Competition- Novice Dramatic Division
2017 A Secret Creepshow: Exodus
2018 Ruby’s Dirty 30
2018 Pole Kisses
2018 11th Annual Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
2019 Dahlia Student Showcase: Fall Edition
2019 Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
2020 STL Pole Show

Areas of Expertise: Pole basics, stage presence and choreo.

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I’ve been dancing since I could walk. I enjoy drilling the basics and using them in all different kinds of combos. I incorporate ballet movements in my warm ups and cool downs. I’m very patient and take my time explaining things.

Marissa Luigi

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Pole Dancing Since: 2014

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

RYT 200
CPR Certified

Notable Performances:

2017 A Secret Creepshow: Exodus
2017 First Place PSO Gateway-Level 2 Championship Division
2017 Dahlia Student Showcase
2018 1st Place Level 3 PSO Championship
2018-2019 Dahlia Student Showcase

Areas of Expertise: Conditioning, boot camp, personal training, and beginner pole.

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: Fitness has been a major part of my life as long as I can remember. I enjoy working with groups and individuals to develop their strength and endurance starting with the fundamental movements of fitness. The most rewarding part about teaching is helping people realize the potential they really have. Pole dancing is a wonderful way to build your strength, confidence, creativity, relieve stress, and be beautiful while having fun all at once. I am a certified personal trainer and have a passion for various types of fitness.

 

Regina “Dark Angel” Sykes

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FiTour Certified Group Instructor
AFAA Certified Group Instructor
CPR Certified

Notable Performances:

2007-2019 Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burlesque Review (Chi, STL, Indy)
Pole Kisses
Pole Through-Chicago
Show Me Burlesque Festival
Speak To Me-Chicago
Vertical Desires
Wildside: A Badass Pole Show- Chicago
Hidden Treasures of the Lou
2019 Pole Con
NAPDC
PSO
Gateway Pole Dance Comp.
Aerialympics

Areas of Expertise: choreography, chair dance, all levels pole instruction

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I am a wife, mother and grandmother who loves showing that you can be both strong and sexy no matter your age or walk of life. With the love of pole dance in my heart, I spread the joy of instructing classes and pole parties.

 

Rochelle Healy

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BLS (CPR/AED) Certified
ACE Certified Group Instructor

Notable Performances: 

2017-2019 Dahlia Student Showcases
2018 The Flying Marionettes present: Ruby’s Dirty 30
2018 The Flying Marionettes present: A Night at the Movies
2019 The Flying Marionettes present: Murder at the Monocle

Areas of Expertise: Parties, all levels instructors, choreography

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I’ve been pole dancing for 7+ years, at 2 studios, and under several different teaching styles.  Because of this, I have lots of different ways to explain how to get into a spin or trick. If the first way I taught isn’t working for you, we will find another that does! My goal at the end of the day is for you to feel successful.

Alyssa Ward

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Registered Yoga Teacher
Licensed Massage Therapist
CPR Certified

Notable Performances: 

2018: The Flying Marionettes Present: A Night at the Movies
2018: Dahlia Student Showcase
2018: Michelle Mynx Extravaganza
2019: The Flying Marionettes Present: A Murder at The Monocle
2019: Dahlia Student Showcase
2019: Michelle Mynx Extravaganza

Areas of Expertise: Tricks, theatrics and flexibility

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I have taught all body types and abilities with yoga and I also bring that experience to pole as well.

 

Lenora Lovegood

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Notable Performances:

CPR Certified

2015 2nd Place Miss Nude/Miss De Ja Vu Illinois
2016 3rd Place Pole Princess
2017 2nd Place Pole Princess
2019 3rd Place Showgirl of the year

Area of expertise: exotic and stripper techniques, belly dance, lyra

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I will always respect your comfort levels but I will always push you further than your fears.

Angelica Stezen

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Pole dancing since: 2016

CPR Certified

Notable Performances: 2018 STL Pole Show

Areas of Expertise: Pole choreography and floor work

One thing that makes me unique as an instructor: I love being patient with students building their confidence.