OUR INSTRUCTORS

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

SONJA

I'm a wife, mum, nutritionist and aerial enthusiast. Upside-down is my happy place! Aerial is what I do to de-stress and have fun. And as an added benefit, I get super strong! Since starting my pole fitness journey almost 3 years ago, I'm happier, stronger, more toned, and lead a well-balanced life. Since then I've tried my hand at hoops and sling... and found I love the both as well! The physical challenge of aerial gets me out of my head – where I tend to spend far too much time – and into my body, which has been hugely beneficial in managing stress and anxiety. 

It's been a dream of mine to create a space that encourages self-confidence, strength and friendships while also getting fit and enjoying yourself. Rise and Shine is the perfect place for that, and I couldn't be more proud of the environment we've created. I can't wait for you to experience the fun, confidence and fitness for yourself!

CHENNAY

I love pole fitness for the confidence and self love it brings to each student and instructor. It’s great to be surrounded by strong, beautiful women that are wanting to start/grow in their pole journeys and I am blessed to be a part of that. I enjoy creating routines and love many types of flow and floor work including exotic! I love encouraging all women to believe in themselves and strive for what they want in life.

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

NIKA

After spending years focusing on all things bodybuilding, deep down I knew that I wanted to get back into my dancing and what better way to start back, than by learning pole fitness! That was almost two year ago and I have never looked back. 

For me pole is so much more than fancy tricks! Its an amazing way for people to build confidence and express themselves in such a unique way. As a personal trainer, crazy about all things fitness, I have come to learn that aerial fitness is a very different type of strength and that it is more than achievable for absolutely anyone!

Nika is our Studio Manager in Morrinsville, and teaches pole fitness, flow, bootcamp and stretch & flex at both Morrinsville and Rototuna studios.

DANI

I started pole in 2016 and fell in love! Over the years i have trained in slings, straps and hoops. I love being able to share tips and tricks to my students and help them grow in each of their aerial fitness journeys. I have competed in Pole legends doing Doubles with another great aerialist and will be competing again this year! I am passionate about flexibility and enjoy teaching stretch and flex classes.

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

KERYN

I signed up to hoops for a bit of fun. After the first class I was immediately hooked and to this day I’m still loving it just as much. I started with zero experience and was not a naturally strong person before this but the strength, fitness and confidence I've gained has been life-changing!

As is common, a little later I decided to have a go at pole as well and while hoops will always be my first love, I love learning all the tricks and acrobatic feats on the pole!

In  2018 I competed in the doubles section of the Miss Lyra NZ competition which was an incredible experience.

I love teaching and passing my love of hoops on to others.

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

SHAY

Shay started aerial hoops in 2017 and to say that she loves it would be a huge understatement.

By doing hoops I’m so much stronger, fitter, have more confidence and there’s nothing quite like seeing yourself improve or being able to accomplish a particularly tricky move! Competing is a crazy and incredible experience and in 2018 I competed in the national Miss Lyra NZ competition in the doubles category with my best hoops pal Keryn.

In 2018 Shay decided to give pole a go as well – while hoops might be her first love, she is also finding pole is so much fun and a great way to grow her strength and confidence.

pole dancing, aerial fitness, morrinsville, aerial hoops, meet the team

VICTORIA

Victoria's aerial journey started with pole, but she soon found herself drawn to hoops. Hard to pick a favourite, Victoria now loves and trains in both disciplines. Victoria teaches pole and hoops at Rototuna.

SARAH

Walking out of my first yoga session, I felt relaxed, energised and, most of all, empowered. I was addicted. I got that exact same feeling again after my first aerial class. 

7 years on and two kids later, I’m now passing on my love of yoga, fitness, mindfulness and self love. As an adult and a parent, it is easy to loose part of your own identity, but through meditation and body awareness, you find a new ‘You’. I have gotten fitter, stronger, gained confidence in myself, and met some amazing wahine along the way. 

I wish to share this experience with others, teaching them methods for self preservation, being comfortable with who they are and to have fun while working out.

ALYSSA

I started pole in April 2019 as a way to get back into dance and give my fitness some variety! I’d been training in a gym for years, and after a few hip surgeries wanted to change things up and try something new! I fell in love with pole and the environment at Rise and Shine.

I love seeing all my students nail their moves and gain strength and confidence in the studio

NESS

Pole has improved my strength, flexibility and confidence, all while having fun and bonding with amazing people. Pole has taught me new ways to move, there is nothing better than dancing when your feet aren’t even on the floor! Pole is an amazing art form that isn’t limited to any one style, you can express yourself to whatever mood and / or music feels right at any given moment.

I love the supportive atmosphere of Rise and Shine, and I am proud to be apart of this fabulous team. I am inspired to help my students grow and flourish in their journeys, to see the improvement they make from week to week is so rewarding and I am honoured to be apart of their journeys.

SIOBHAN

I have always had a love for dance! After my first two aerial classes I was hooked. I saw my strength, flexibility and coordination increase incredibly fast and to this day my passion and love for hoops only continues to grow more. It’s a blessing teaching aerial hoops, stretch and flex, and pole here at Rise & Shine Aerial, and I am more than grateful for the opportunities and experiences I have had in being a part of the Rise & Shine Aerial family! Its an amazing feeling getting to be apart of my student’s aerial journeys. 

BAILEE

I was introduced to pole fitness when Rise and Shine first opened in Morrinsville at the start of 2019. I was in awe of Sonja and the other instructors as I could barely hold myself off the ground for more than half a spin! It didn’t take long to notice my strength improving, and I quickly became addicted to the feeling I got when a new move was achieved. I enjoy training sling as well and am constantly learning new things in both disciplines.  Alongside my day job as an intermediate school teacher, I am a local martial arts instructor. I have a passion for watching all of my students, across all three areas, improve and grow in confidence.

JESS

I have been pole dancing for around 8 years & I am forever thankful for finding pole, it has made me a much happier, stronger person both physically and mentally, and has done wonders for my self confidence.
A couple of my fave pole tricks include AYESHAS & the classic jade split and while I love & try to practice all sorts of styles of pole a couple of my fave interests are generally pretty pole flow & especially exotic style pole ... I love feeling like sexy bad ass in my 8 inch heels! And I would love to spread that amazing feeling onto others whether you wanna feel sexy, elegant, or just want some awesome new moves - There's something for everyone in pole.

BETH

I started hoops classes at the beginning of 2019. I am a busy mum and I was just looking for something fun to do for myself as a time out from my kids. I was terrified of getting my feet off the ground but within a few lessons I was addicted. It is such a rush when you master a new move and I love the atmosphere and the friends I’ve made in classes.

KRISTEN

The secret of getting ahead is getting started! My passion for all things health and fitness started some years back and it is now an integral part of what I do and who I am.  I recognize the benefits of exercise and how empowering it can be as it was a huge part of my recovery when my mental health hit rock bottom.  I am passionate about helping people to build capability and confidence and extend themselves beyond more than they ever thought they could.

My qualifications include Cross fit Level 1 and I am also a qualified Personal Trainer.I can’t wait to meet you and support you on your journey of becoming the most amazing version of YOU!

CASEY

Between the ages of 8 - 24 years old,I was an active hip hop/jazz ballet dancer. I taught young children hip hop dancing,was a Chiefs cheerleader for a season,and travelled around LA performing at numerous venues including Disneyland. 

After putting dancing on hold for 4 years to pursue my passion for bodybuilding, I decided I wanted to try a new form of dance and that's when I discovered pole fitness. I absolutely loved it and found my love for dance again. Pole fitness made me realise how strong I could be,and how much my body was capable of achieving if I just persevered and never gave in to the pressure of thinking that a trick was 'too hard'. The rush you get from nailing a trick is something else!

I am so grateful to the Rise and Shine studio for allowing me to discover my passion for pole fitness and be apart of their aerial family. I look forward to helping my students find their love for pole fitness just like I did. 

ANNA

I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for 6 years. I teach both vinyasa flow and restorative yin yoga.

I am passionate about helping my students find their version of the practice; be it a challenging pose, a flow sequence or a deeply connecting yin practice. Yoga gives me the opportunity to slow down and connect with my body and breath and step into a quiet space either on my mat or with those who I am guiding as a teacher.

 

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