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The AERO Space is the only pole dance studio in Oregon with two separate pole rooms and the only studio in Portland that offers members unlimited access to a fully-equipped practice space available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a nominal monthly fee. Our mission statement is "to foster empowerment through movement education" and to that end, we offer a wide variety of classes & trainings that are intelligent, informed and fun.
Our hand-picked group of elite instructors have over 20 years of pole specific teaching experience combined. Each one has been expertly trained in spotting and teaching methodology to offer the highest level of safe and professional instruction available in Portland. We work hard to create an atmosphere of positivity, open-mindedness, respectfulness, growth and fun and we aim to give you the freedom to express yourself however you want, whenever you want.
We are located in industrial SE Portland under the Hawthorne Bridge in the Portland Cement Building at 111 SE Madison Street with parking available on the street or in our lot. We are open to members all day, every day and open to students during class times.
Learn more about our team below!
DEVON - OWNER, STUDIO DIRECTOR, INSTRUCTOR
Devon, a native to the Hawaiian islands, carries the spirit of her homeland with her everywhere she goes. Spreading the aloha and sharing her love for pole, her passion for movement and a genuine desire to lead people towards their full potential is what drove her to the create The AERO Space in 2014. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Music Composition and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004. She has had extensive training in Anatomy & Physiology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Structural Integration and Alignment Therapy and is fascinated by the incredible machine that is the human body. Devon discovered pole in 2011 and began teaching after receiving her XPERT Pole Fitness Teacher Certification with her movement mentor, Marlo Fisken, in 2012. She became a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher in 2015 and in 2016 completed elevatED's Flexibility Teacher Training and the first Floor Flow® Teacher Training, both with Marlo. Devon is committed to ensuring that she and all of her hand picked team of instructors continue to offer the best instruction possible to everyone who chooses to train at The AERO Space.
RACHELLE - OWNER, BUSINESS MANAGER
Rachelle was introduced to pole dance in 2013 by a friend who knew she was looking for a fun way to stay in shape. Little did Rachelle know that shortly after her first class she would join the ranks of pole enthusiasts around the world who are drawn to pole for its unique blend of athleticism and grace, and the confidence that it builds. With no formal dance background, Rachelle relished the freedom of expression that pole dance provided and fell in love with the level of support and camaraderie that exists within the tightly knit pole dance community. The pole also provided this former gymnast, gymnastics instructor, and rock climber with a perfect outlet to challenge her body to move in unfamiliar ways and to tap into her softer, more fluid side. She secured a small practice space that she shared with a handful of other dancers-- including her former teacher, Devon--and out of that studio The Aero Space was born. When Rachelle isn't at the studio, she is working hard at her job as VP for a local software company. She has an affinity for numbers, operations and finance and is a master of spreadsheets.
JEN - INSTRUCTOR
Jen, 2016 USPDF Silver Medalist, 2015 US Nationals Pole Finalist, and 2014 NW Pole Art Runner Up, began studying pole dance in 2009. She quickly became obsessed with pole for its athleticism and artistry and began teaching in 2011 and has since gone on to compete and judge in pole competitions all over the world. She has worked tirelessly to improve upon her skills in an effort to bring something fresh to every performance and to teach at the highest level. Discovering her love for the performing arts at the age of 5, she has a background which includes training in ballet, tap, jazz, cheer, gymnastics and pole dance. Having also studied music since an early age, Jen has a talent for understanding the intricacies of sound and uses that to make the most out of every piece. Her style fuses her love for daredevil pole tricks and fluidity.
THAIESE - INSTRUCTOR
Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts, Thaiese relocated to the Portland area in early 2015 from Tucson, Arizona. With a degree in Computer Science, Thaiese works as a systems analyst at a large tech company. Her first pole dancing experience was at a birthday party for a friend at the local pole studio in Tucson. She found it both fun and challenging and decided to start taking classes in 2010. It was there she learned that pole people come in all shapes, sizes, ages and from many different backgrounds. She realized you don't have to be a certain type of person to do pole fitness. Anybody can do it! Not having a background in dance, gymnastics or any other type of fitness, Thaiese never expected to be able to hold her feet off the ground, let alone over her head. She credits her instructor and fellow students for inspiring her saying "Seeing someone else like me, do the things I thought I was too heavy to do, made me believe I could." So in 2011, when the chance to teach presented itself Thaiese jumped at the opportunity, hoping to one day inspire others the way she had been. As an instructor Thaiese loves to bring out the best in her students and encourage them to push towards the goals that seem impossible. Aside from pole fitness, Thaiese also loves to sew and can sometimes be found rocking her hand made pole gear at the studio.
VICTORIA - INSTRUCTOR
Victoria has always been a daredevil at heart and never one to follow the crowd. In search of a workout that strayed from the monotony of the gym, she discovered pole in 2010. With a background in skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding and whitewater rafting, she was drawn to the hardcore athleticism and intensity of the high-flying tricks and speedy spins pole dancing had to offer. She embraced the challenge of developing the fluidity and grace that of the art of dance confronted her with and after several years of practice and commitment, Victoria has become well versed in all aspects of pole dance. She began teaching in 2011, utilizing of a variety of dance styles, elements of cross-fit, and various movement techniques to keep her instruction fresh and diversified. Her supportive and fun-filled approach to pole enables her students to feel strong, empowered, and proud of their accomplishments regardless of background, limitations, or natural ability.
JOSHUA - INSTRUCTOR
Joshua began training in gymnastics as a preteen, winning several gold medals and 1st place All-Around in his division. In his late teens he discovered his passion for dance, joined several dance troupes and began to perform in ballets such as the Nutcracker. Guided by his natural kinesthetic intelligence and an innate love for the stage he studied dance and theater at Humboldt State University and later at the prestigious Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He received a BFA in Performing Arts despite developing an illness that drastically impaired his physical abilities during his senior year. After years of physical therapy and chiropractic treatment he was able to fully recover and went on to discover pole in 2014. With his previous aerial acrobatics experience, he took to the pole like a fish to water. He was the 2016 Pacific Pole Championship Bronze Medalist and 2016 PSO Men's National Silver Medalist. He is honored to be teaching and training at the AERO space, where he can share his talents, skill and experience with other pole enthusiasts and competitors.
MELISSA - INSTRUCTOR
Melissa discovered pole dancing in 2013. Her true passion for pole lies in the endless possibilities she sees in creating shapes with another person. Melissa and her pole doubles partner are the 2015 Northwest Aerial Art Bronze Medalists for base/flyer doubles division. Melissa was not naturally flexible or strong, but after discovering pole she has trained religiously to achieve huge gains in both areas. She loves to help students work through limitations to achieve tricks that appear out of reach. When she isn't working on pole doubles, she can often be found booty shaking. Melissa holds titles for numerious twerk competitions and has choreographed acro-twerk pieces for several song releases. During the day she works as a digital marketing consultant and textbook author. At night she is pursuing her MBA at Willamette University.
LAUREN - INSTRUCTOR
Lauren discovered pole dancing in 2012 and has been hooked since her first class. She has always been passionate about fitness and health and has made a career of bettering the mental and physical wellness of others through her work. She holds a degree in microbiology from Colorado State University and has been the Director of Quality Assurance for a local pharmaceutical company since 2013. Lauren has a background in yoga and ballet, and is an accomplished equestrian. Some of her favorite things to do in the studio include partner balancing, acrobatics and doubles pole. Lauren appreciates many styles of music and dance and is inspired by the endless creations that the fusion of the two can create. Lauren loves her family, traveling, eating, snuggling with animals, reading a good book and making things with her hands.
KATHLEEN - INSTRUCTOR
Kathleen took her first pole dance class on a dare while studying abroad in 2010 and has been hooked ever since. She approaches pole with a playful passion and firm belief that fitness should be fun and empowering. As an instructor, she loves to see her students grow as pole artists, learn new skills and develop their own styles. Outside of pole, Kathleen’s background includes training in ballet, modern, theater, trapeze, silks, basic contortion, yoga and various other forms of fitness. During the day Kathleen works as a medical marketing consultant. When she’s not working, training or teaching, Kathleen can be found hiking with her hubby, gardening, or snuggled up with a good book.
JESSICA - INSTRUCTOR
Jessica received her bachelor's of Science degree from Pacific University and is currently pursuing a career in physical therapy. After trying a pole class in 2013 she discovered pole was a fun, unique and challenging way to move. She became a Level I certified instructor through the elevatED Teacher Training program in 2015 and she enjoys helping her students reach their goals. She is especially fond of the dance elements in pole and loves working on spinning. With experience in endurance sports, cross training and injury prevention, Jessica ensures her students progress in a safe and supportive environment.