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.

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. Even though she is nowhere close to be curvy, she can still express herself in her own way with both the freedom of movement in pole dance and her ballet technique. She became a cast member of Girl Next Door - a pole dance soirée in 2012 and placed three times in Pacific Pole Championship in the last three years. Here is her favorite quote: Dance is like handwriting, everyone has a different style.

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.

Amanda

Amanda

Amanda fell in love with aerial arts at a climbing gym in St. Louis. After moving to Southern California, she surrounded herself with aerial silks, lyra (hoop), and hammock (sling) and quickly began teaching and competing. She loves exploring new tricks and transitions and has trained in Dublin, Seattle, and Hamburg, always striving to expand her knowledge. She has a passion for teaching and helping students reach their goals.

Rie-Rie Bell

Rie-Rie Bell


Rie-Rie Bell is a barre and flexibility/stretch instructor, and has been teaching at Smoke and Mirrors since 2013. She is a dancer, aerialist, competition coach, choreographer and a competition judge. Rie-Rie originally started dance classes and flexibility training at the age of six, and began teaching dance in 2007. Rie-Rie has a fun, playful way of teaching, and is more than happy to be a little silly if the mood gets too serious! She loves watching students progress, and is the proud "Dance Mom" to all of her students!

Leanor

Leanor


I've never been what you would call a "fit person". As a mother of two girls, I joined a gym like many women but I ended up bored & uninterested. One day I decided to try Smoke and Mirrors and the rest is history. That one day changed my life. I entered a room that was filled with support, motivation, empowerment & passion! Smoke and Mirrors is a place that will allow you to be yourself without judgment. I've learned so many different types of dance, flow & movement. I am very proud to say I am an elevatED Certified Pole Instructor. This program was instructed by the world renowned Marlo Fisken, designed specifically for pole instructors to have the proper tools & techniques to safely teach class.

Each class helps you build core strength, flexibility and most importantly – confidence! Pole fitness is a journey. If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you! You need patience, determination & most of all, to believe in yourself! Throw doubt & insecurities out the window! Never set limits for yourself, set goals. I encourage everyone to find their own style & when it's time to dance, leave it all on the dance floor!

Grace Holiday

Grace Holiday


Bryony Grace comes from a background in dance and music theatre, with a little bit of gymnastics thrown in there. After high school she spent 3 years studying classical music and musical theatre in Australia where she grew up, before moving to America to continue her studies in performing arts. During this time she discovered aerials, training mostly on static trapeze. After not too long she found herself missing the dance floor under her feet, and that's when she discovered pole.

Pole is the perfect combination of everything she loves and she was hooked right away. She loves how versatile pole is, there is no 'type' when it comes to pole dancers. You may be flexible with a ballet background, or a super strong cross fitter, or neither but just damn good at dancing on the bar... or in your bedroom. Or perhaps someone who LOVES music and gets really bored in the gym. Pole has a way of welcoming all types and making them blossom.

Teaching has become such a joy for Bryony Grace, she loves to see students get excited about taking on the next trick or spin or climb or movement. The thrill we all get when we nail that 'thing' we have been trying for ages is one of the best feelings in the world! She believes pole is THE BEST work out, and SMF is her sanctuary and her home away from home.

Hillary

Hillary


Hillary Bassoff is beyond excited to share her passion for the aerial arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was a performer and specialty choreographer for the UCSB Dance Company touring throughout California and Europe. While in Europe, she was selected as a guest instructor for a master dance class at an arts boarding school in Prague. As a soloist in the company, she was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Alice Condodina Performance Award and was chosen to be a guest artist for Santa Barbara Dance Theater.

In 2011, she took her very first aerial dance class at Smoke & Mirrors Pole Fitness and discovered her love for pole dancing. As this passion grew, she began expanding her knowledge and exploring other forms of the aerial world such as aerial fabric, lyra, hammock, trapeze, and cube. She continued her aerial training at the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Dance, Body & Pole in New York City, and Aerial Arts New York City, before moving back to Orange County to pursue her artistic career.

Starting in 2014, she performed independently for private parties and corporate events, and was invited to be a member of Ruby Karen's Circo Etereo Professional Company specializing in aerial arts, circus acts, and dance choreography. She was involved in choreographing and performing aerial silks, acrobatic, and ground routines for various special events, weddings, birthday parties, and festivals in the Orange County and Los Angeles area. She cannot be more thrilled to come full circle and join the family at Smoke & Mirrors Pole Fitness. She is excited to be doing what she loves and hopes her choreography of combining contemporary dance with aerial artistry inspires both dancers and non-dancers alike.

April

April

April took her first pole dance class in 2011 simply hoping to find a fun and new way to work out. With no dance experience or athletic background, she found the first class extremely intimidating. After a few classes her passion for the freedom of expression as well as the confidence and strength that pole dancing brings began to grow exponentially.


As a Registered Nurse, she knows the importance of maintaining one's health and considers herself lucky to have found a sport that enables her to do so and release her inner dancer. It was only in her wildest dreams that she imagined herself attending a teacher certification program, instructing and performing. April is committed to making sure that every student has fun, feels confident, accomplished, and gets an awesome sexy workout. She supplements her pole training with the aerial art of tissu/silks, lyra/hoop, yoga and pilates.To date she has placed four times in Pole Sport Organization competitions and looks forward to growing even more so as a performer and competitor. Smoke and Mirrors Fitness immediately felt like a home away from home and she is excited to share the same warm welcome with other students.

Debbie

Debbie

Debbie grew up living and breathing gymnastics for 10 years and loved every minute of it! In 2012 Debbie was looking for something new to do and decided to try pole dancing. After a few classes she was hooked and eagerly attending as many classes as she could fit into her schedule. To build on her passion for fitness Debbie became certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and received her Sports Nutrition Certification through the American Council on Exercise. Debbie came to Smoke and Mirrors Fitness in 2014 and knew she had found her home. In 2015 she began competing in Pole and placed second in the Level 3 Championship division at PSO Nationals. She looks forward to continue to grow as a performer and competitor.


Debbie loves helping students achieve their goals and go beyond what they thought was possible. She believes in providing a safe and encouraging environment and celebrating every little victory! Debbie is thrilled to be a part of the SMF family and is humbled to be a part of their students pole journey.