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.

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-Rie Bell

Rie-Rie Bell


Rie-Rie Bell first entered dance at the age of six. In 2007, she began teaching dance classes, primarily focusing on ballet and flexibility training. In 2007, she started taking aerial tissu/silks and aerial lyra/hoop lessons. She immediately fell in love with dancing in the air! Incorporating her dance and flexibility background into her routines, Rie-Rie began performing aerial dance. Within a year, she became an aerial dance instructor and began choreographing routines for herself as well as for other dancers. However, in 2010, a painful back injury prevented Rie-Rie from continuing in dance. After taking two years off to heal her injury, Rie-Rie stepped back into dancing. She was nervous starting over, trying to rebuild her strength and relearn moves to work around her injury. Rie-Rie was overjoyed when she was able to start teaching dance again in 2013. She has since become a coach to dance competitors, including several medalists. In 2014, Rie-Rie became an aerial dance competition judge. Rie-Rie believes her journey back into dance has given her a perspective that helps her relate to the feelings and challenges that many students may experience (whether it be injury, disability, fear, nervousness or the like).

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.

Melody

Melody


Melody took her first yoga class in 2005, without having any intention of becoming a devoted yogini practitioner. Within the first few minutes of class, she knew she found the keystone to her life right on her yoga mat. After dedicating years of practice, she became certified to teach yoga in 2010 at Purple Yoga. She currently dedicates much of her life to teaching yoga in yoga studios in Orange County, and considers her greatest achievement is the ability to inspire others in their yoga practice.

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.

Lisa

Lisa

"With no dance or gymnastics training, I began my aerial training in 2008 in the backyard of a house. In the beginning, I couldn't even lift myself (for about the first 3 months, I couldn't even climb) but my persistence and stubbornness prevailed and I got stronger and more flexible class by class. I continue to take classes everywhere and anywhere to better myself; always a student. I have developed a strong passion for teaching and providing an encouraging environment for every student. It gives me so much joy to see people get things they never imagined they could do. I feel like I was blessed to struggle so much, as it has given me an amazing perspective to relate to challenges my students may feel."

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.