Stacey Craven

Stacey Craven

As a makeup artist and aesthetician I have had the pleasure of surrounding myself with the energy a women exudes when she feel beautiful. I truly treasure the moments when a woman feels completely stunning and sees herself in a way she never thought she would. By the same token, I have also found a similar energy enjoying an extremely active lifestyle. From snowboarding to yoga, tennis or swimming: I have learned to appreciate the beauty that comes from pushing myself to levels, I never thought possible. So when I discovered pole dancing, as a form of fitness, I was floored by the ability to combine the beauty of a woman with the energy of the active lifestyle I have come to crave! The benefits of pole dancing range far beyond the physical. I have discovered a liberating, sensual, intoxicating energy. I feel honored to open Smoke and Mirrors Fitness and share this feeling with others. I believe there is no better way to capture this mind altering beauty and a thrill of an amazing workout than by pole fitness. It is true beauty and action at work!

Christina Jondle

Christina Jondle

I have always had a passion to move! I only have to hear a song for a couple seconds and my body begins to shift into motion. At the age of 3 my parents put me in ice skating to burn energy and from there I became a competitive ice skater. I then moved to dance and cheerleading. To keep connected to dance, during college I taught Hip Hop dance classes. After graduating from Cal Sate Fullerton, Cum Laude, with a degree in Political Science, I felt that a vital part of my life was missing, movement and dance! Not being fully satisfied with the amount of dance in my life, I began to seek other options. That’s when I found pole dancing classes and instantly fell in love. It combines everything I need! For the past 5 years I have been able to dance, get my strength building workout, and bring in my ice skating experience with tricks on the pole. Pole dancing has become my escape from reality and it is MY time to do what I love. I wanted to share my experience with pole fitness with as many people as possible so I chose to open my own studio, Smoke and Mirrors Fitness, with my fun loving partner, Stacey. We are excited and eager to facilitating our passion for pole dance, which provides a healthy workout, confidence, sensuality, and a whole lot of fun!

Jaime A

Jaime A

When it comes to Pole Fitness, Jamie has one philosophy - move like nobody is watching! She believes that each Smoke and Mirrors class is an opportunity for each individual to express themselves. An opportunity to take each workout and be fierce. To take each dance and exude sensuality.

Jamie has a strong passion for teaching and fostering a positive and supportive environment for each student. Her goal is to show by example how to find inner confidence within oneself. To motivate each student to find their own individual movement thru dance.

In her free time, Jamie enjoys all forms of dance and being outdoors: snowboarding, skiing, running, yoga, biking, kayaking, hiking, golf, or stand up paddling. Rain or shine, Jamie keeps an healthy and active lifestyle throughout the year.

Celeste Ayers

Celeste Ayers


Celeste Ayers has always been a lover of the arts. She had danced off and on through her child and teen years and couldn't think of a more better way to lose weight after having her first son. She took her first pole dance class in 2006 and fell in love! She worked hard to learn so she could share her love of the art with other women. Shortly after she began teaching and training to be her best. In 2008 she was blessed to get pregnant with her 2nd son and pole danced and taught her classes through the 9th month. She made a quick recovery and trained more then ever and was honored to be excepted to Califorina Pole Dance Championship 2010, USPDF West Coast Regionals 2010, and East Meets West Bi-Poler Challenge 2010 where she placed 2nd. Her most recent accomplishments include Pole 2 Pole Cup USA 2012 Champion of Champions 3rd place and is now a Platinum Stages Sponsored Athlete.

Lisa T

Lisa T


I don't have a background in dance... Or gymnastics... And... I didn't really like going to the gym. I was on the low end of the activity spectrum. But, I was always interested in things out of the norm and wanted to try pole fitness. One day I just decided to signed up for class and this was the start of a wonderful and freeing journey. You'll definitely forget you're working out.

Freedom. That is what pole has become for me. Free from work. Free from problems. Free from the stigmas of the world. Free from judgements. It allows you to let loose the inner person you try every day to suppress. You will meet the most supportive women in the pole community. I can only thank Christina and Stacey this opportunity to touch and empower others as they have done for me. And... tricks are fun too.

Rio Mauriello

Rio Mauriello

I was first introduced to Pole Fitness about 3 years ago when a close friend asked me to attend a new intro class with her. Well, long story short, I've been addicted ever since. I fell in love with the sensual side of pole fitness, but most of all I enjoy the strength it has given me inside and out. It's a place where you can leave your thoughts and worries at the door and express yourself through dance. The confidence it has given me outside of class was surprising. I thought I was just getting a really good workout in, but the confidence I have received from dancing at SMF has been applied into my everyday life and I didn't even know it at first. It hasn't been easy and I am still learning to be a strong, sexy and confident woman. I encourage all women to give this sport a try and to not let others hold you back on being adventurous and doing something for yourself.

Fun facts about myself: I love to travel. I'm a bit of a daredevil and I will try anything at least once. I'm into snowboarding, surfing, yoga, running and simply being outdoors.

Carolyn Pan

Carolyn Pan

With her passion and over 14 years of training in ballet, surprisingly Carolyn has been addicted to pole dancing immediately after taking her first pole intro class!! After pole dancing for a while, she has found more and more pole dance movement is actually 'ballet inspired', which is absolutely artistic and elegant. This has totally changed her perception that pole dance must be equivalent to sexy! Even though she does not have a curvy body shape, she can still interpret her dance in her own style with both freedom of movement in pole dance and her ballet technique. Here is her favorite quote: Dance is like handwriting, everyone has a different style!

In free time, Carolyn enjoys kick boxing, swimming, cooking, wine tasting, hand crafting and travelling.

Lola Singer

Lola Singer

Lola Singer started pole dancing at age 41 and understands how intimidating it can be to walk into a class not knowing what to expect. She has always been active and enjoys most outdoor recreational activities, with a passion for Mountain Biking. Lola admits that she was quickly humbled when the teacher of her first pole class instructed to "pull yourselves up the pole" and Lola was unable to do so. It was this defeat along with the teacher and other student encouragement that hooked her to come back and keep trying. At age 45, Lola entered her first competition, The Pacific Pole Championships! Lola is a great example of what you can accomplish by simply trying something new. As your instructor, Lola will compassionately encourage each student to dig deep, finding new triumphs for your pole fitness journey.

Kathryn

Kathryn

Kathryn’s the greatest joy is seeing her students learn that with drive and dedication, they can accomplish any goal. She loves motivating her students to help them achieve their potential and discover a passion for personal expression through movement.

Kathryn has seven years of teaching experience in dance, including training in modern, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, partnering, and musical theater. Along with a life-long passion for dance begun at the age of four, she has studied and taught a variety of movement styles including gymnastics, aerial silks, lyra, acrobatics, tumbling, Shotokan Karate, Shaolin Kempo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and women’s self-defense. Kathryn is majoring in Dance and Drama at the University of California at Irvine, and aspires to ultimately become professional performer in a modern dance company.

Upon being introduced to Pole Fitness, Kathryn was deeply impressed by the strength, courage, and style embodied by the dancers. She was immediately struck by the similarities between pole fitness and other movement forms such as dance, gymnastics, and aerial work. She feels very blessed to have been given such a warm welcome into SMF’s close community of pole-enthusiasts, and looks forward to creating a supportive and exciting environment within which each student is free to explore and grow.

Jessica

Jessica

I walked into my first Pole Fitness class a little over a year ago. Even though I couldn't land one trick or even spin around the pole it didn't discourage me and I kept trying. It took a very patient and motivating instructor for me to believe in myself. Throughout the year Pole Fitness has become my passion and an activity I found equally enjoyable and physically challenging. To me, it's liberating as a woman to feel sexy and get a kick ass workout at the same time. I find it important for everyone to find a physical activity they actually enjoy. In the past I dragged myself to gym and hated almost every moment. With Pole Fitness I lost fat, gained muscle tone and increased my flexibility. I hope to express that same patience and motivation that I got when I first started to new students of Smoke and Mirrors Fitness.

Danni

Danni

I am a work out fanatic. Every day of the week is filled with either Muay Thai, snowboarding, yoga, trail running, hiking, or a trip to the gym. To say I'm obsessed is an understatement.My initial reason for adding pole to my fitness regimen was to help develop more upper body strength for Muay Thai. However, something magical happened as I watched the instructors perform their demonstration free-dance; I became enamored with how seamlessly and effortlessly they incorporated the hard tricks with graceful and sensual movement. Insert light bulb moment... I had an epiphany. Despite my current strength, I lacked the empowered femininity these instructors exuded through their dance.In my opinion, femininity is not just a physical characteristic that can easily be shown by wearing a dress or putting on lipstick. Instead, femininity is that mental state of mind where you feel comfortable with being yourself and you openly embrace your strength and sensuality with confidence: the ultimate inner goddess.I will humbly admit that in the beginning, I personally found it challenging to marry my strength with femininity. Fortunately, with the supportive and nurturing atmosphere of the studio, it didn't take long for me to feel comfortable and attuned to my body and let go of my self-doubt. Now, I don't feel like I'm forcing myself to pretend to be a certain way: rather, I feel the femininity and confidence radiating from within.While my original motive to pole for strength building differs greatly from the unexpected self-journey that resulted, I am truly delighted with my self-epiphanies and hope for more to come! Everyone at the studio starts and tries pole for many different reasons and each journey is uniquely special. I hope to have the privilege of accompanying you while you embark on your exciting journey with pole." We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thought."

Rie Fletcher

Rie Fletcher


Rie has been involved in dancing on and off since the age of six. She first entered ballet, followed by tap and jazz. Ballet was her primary focus when she began teaching several years ago. However, at the urging of a fellow instructor, Rie reluctantly entered an aerial tissu/silks and lyra/hoop class. Her fear of the heights quickly ended, as she took to the air and was hooked! Within less than a year of aerial training, Rie became an aerial tissu/silks performer. She taught, performed and choreographed tissu/silks, lyra/hoop and aerial hammock for other aerialists. However, the joy of dancing in the air came to an abrupt end in the spring of 2011, when she endured a serious back injury while rehearsing for a performance. The back fracture and bulging discs nearly ended her dance career. Believing she would never dance again, Rie stepped away from the beautiful world of dance to focus on healing her injury. After nearly two years of rehabilitation, Rie was lucky enough to be reintroduced into her element when she found Smoke and Mirrors. Although her injury was initially devastating, Rie considers it a blessing in a way. The work she did to get back to where she was has given her a new perspective for all other dancers, whether they are injured, disabled, scared, nervous, or simply inexperienced. Rie believes the limitations we think we have are only opportunities to modify our joy and our life!