Meet the Staff

Michelle – Owner, Business Established Sept 2010

I am the proud owner of Fit Body & Pole. My staff and I are excited about the fact that our studio continues to grow, not only with clientele, but our specific Pole Program is reviewed and updated annually. We train with champion pole athletes and continue our education with fitness certifications.   We strive to always bring you the most up to date information, spins, and inverts in regards to the pole. Our goal is to have fun while keeping you safe with proper body mechanics and expert spotting.

On a personal note, I was introduced to the pole dancing phenomena in 2005 while living in Los Angeles, California. I fell in love with pole dancing from the first spin. I loved that I was getting a workout while having fun, making friends, feeling strong, and more confident with every class. Over the years I have continued to share, learn, practice, build strength, and flexibility through pole.  I absolutely LOVE the workout!

I am an experienced DivaFit Certified Pole Instructor. I have been teaching beginner to advanced classes since 2007.  I am a Certified Personal Trainer through  American Council of Exercise (ACE)  March 2010, certified Behavioral Change Coach ACE 2016, ElevatED Flexibility  certified 2017.  I am excited that I am able to fuse fitness and pole dancing together. Our studio strives to break down spins and teach advanced tricks with safety first. We have a very encouraging and well trained staff.  Keeping our clients fit, healthy and happy while progressing is our business!

Katelyn Instructor Since Jan 2013

I have always loved music and loved to dance! …whether it was my mom driving me to dance classes an hour away when I was growing up, or going out with my girlfriends every weekend to dance at the clubs in college. Then, I stepped into real life and started working a regular schedule at a local salon here in downtown Colorado Springs. I really missed dancing for the freedom and release it offered me. Fit Body & Pole has COMPLETELY filled that void! I love coming to the studio to dance a few nights every week. Who wouldn’t want to get their groove on, sweat a little, and feel sexy all at once?!?! I love the challenge that pole offers me in knowing I always have more to perfect, as much as I love how much it challenges my physical ability.

My family has always taught me to take care of my body in the most obvious way, eat clean and exercise. Simple. The opportunity to be an instructor here has held me accountable to staying healthy overall. Pole fitness has done amazing things for my strength, flexibility, agility, and endurance that I didn’t initially expect on a fitness level. I thought I was just here to dance!

And finally, I am so proud to be a part of the Fit Body & Pole team, not just our amazing staff, but all of our incredible pole dancers and athletes! The accountability and friendships created here are so good for us all! We all have our own bit of style and individuality here, which is truly the beauty in this form of fitness. I have never had so many supportive women encouraging me all at once! I absolutely LOVE my job!

Kismet, Instructor Since May 2014

I had been hearing about this great studio “Fit Body and Pole” for some time and when some of my fitness instructor obligations changed I decided to become a student again. Michelle, the studio owner welcomed me with open arms and a great smile. I remember, like it was yesterday, the conversation we had to get me started at the studio and how excited I was about being in this warm and inviting environment.My first class was a fun-filled cardiovascular & all-body workout and I was hooked. I couldn’t wait for the next class. So I know what it’s like to be a student unsure of yourself to growing into a strong confident pole fitness student!!!Fit Body and Pole has enabled me to improve in my other forms of fitness, reach personal goals & meet wonderful women from all walks of life who cheer you on.I am originally from the Brooklyn, NY and have been in Colorado since 2003. I come from a dance and fitness background & after moving became a fitness instructor. By day, I’m a Senior Manager in the corporate world. Nothing I had tried as a student or instructor gave me the strength, toning and above all confidence that I have achieved through pole fitness. The programs are developed for everyone – no dance background required and before you know it, you are doing amazing things on and off the pole.As well as teaching pole fitness, I’m a certified group fitness instructor certified to teach Insanity, Pound Workout and a variety of Zumba fitness programs. I was so honored when asked to join the Fit Body and Pole staff. Grateful to be part of an amazing staff and even more fulfilling a part of the students’ lives. The best part of my day is seeing someone nail a trick or spin they had been working on or to see a student growing confident working on a chair routine. Their smile or cheer of excitement is what this studio is about.

Angelina, instructor since April 2016

As a mother to six crazy boys and a grandmother to one beautiful granddaughter, family is huge priority in my life, but if family comes first, dance is definitely a very close second. I grew up dancing here and there as a child and again in high school through being heavily involved in the theatrical community, but my true love of dance really started as an adult when I found ballroom dance as a much needed outlet for self expression and personal identity outside of motherhood. I have spent over a decade training, dancing, and teaching in partner dance styles both in the technical studio and social communities. I came to Fit Body and Pole as a way to build upper body strength and immediately fell in love with this new form of movement as well as the amazing and supportive community that came with it.

Joining the teaching staff in April of 2016, I enjoy teaching both leveled pole classes as well as exploring creativity in everything from Stilettos, to Lap Dance, to Acro Chair, to Twerk, and well beyond. I am most passionate about helping to create a safe environment for students where they can explore and create, find themselves and lose themselves, and most of all discover their own ways of self expression. The best part, getting fit while having fun!

Heather, Instructor since Nov 2019

Heather Carnahan has been a pole sport athlete for more than five years. Heather has competed at the annual Pole Sport Organization Mountain Championships twice at Level 4 Champion. Heather is also a frequent pole performer with the Millibo Art Theater circus shows. When she’s not performing death-defying pole tricks, she’s working on partner acrobatics, Crossfit workouts, Viking reenactments, burlesque routines, and lollipop lyra skills. As a Colorado native, Heather loves camping, hiking, and spending time with her two dogs and actor boyfriend.

Julien Miguel, instructor since Nov 2017 

Hi my name is Julien Miguel and I am a competitive pole dancer from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Some of my titles include North American Pole Dance Champion for 2015 and Colorado Pole Champion for 2017. I’m so excited to be teaching at Fit Body and Pole. I offer a Heels choreography class for all levels which takes place every other Saturday. I will also be teaching fun lyrical and spinning workshops every now and then so be sure to be on the look out for those!

Michele Z, Instructor June 2019

I fell in love with pole in my mid-40’s and I’ve been addicted to this phenomenal form of fitness ever since.  It’s so much fun you forget you are working out! I’m the girl who loves to eat and drink and I hate the gym-BORING!!  Pole is the one form of exercise I find equally enjoyable and physically challenging. With the kick-ass workouts I lost those unwanted pounds, gained muscle tone and increased my strength and flexibility. No other hour of exercise passes by as quickly as when I’m hanging upside down 🙂

I love the constant thrill of learning unlimited new combos and challenging myself to grow as a pole dancer.  I leave the studio each week with new pole kisses (bruises) but feeling immensely exhilarated, energetic, empowered and excited for the next class!

As an instructor, I hope to share the joy of learning how to spin, climb, and flip around the pole, as well as the victory of a toned, flexible, powerful body that comes as a result of it.  Everyone tries pole for different reasons and each journey is uniquely special. I hope to have the privilege of accompanying you while you embark on your exciting adventure and passion for pole.