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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 30 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
A native to the Hawaiian islands, Devon carries the spirit of her homeland with her everywhere she goes. Spreading the aloha and sharing her love for pole and dance, 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 is a Lewis & Clark College graduate 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 began taking pole classes in 2011 and started 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. As a co-owner and studio director, 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. When she is not busy with studio business, you can often find Devon traveling to far off places, exploring nature and connecting with good people.
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.
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.
VICTORIA - INSTRUCTOR
A creative spirit since a child, Victoria has always loved dance! She was finally given the opportunity to explore her talent in 2007, when she joined the Jefferson Dance Company and trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and African. Being with the company for 3 years allowed her to travel and share her passion for dance. In 2014 she started taking pole lessons and fell in love. Watching her instructors execute difficult moves with ease and grace, motivated her and continues to push her to work harder. She recently competed in the PRO Qualifier Division at the NW Pole Championships and took first place! She is excited about what pole has does for her life as well as what she can bring to this beautiful art form. She hopes you can see her passion through her choreography and that you get excited about what moves you. In her free time Victoria enjoys singing, acting, crocheting, cooking and most of all spending time with loved ones.
LIZ - INSTRUCTOR
Liz is a recent transplant to Portland. She grew up in Ohio and spent 12 years living and working in NYC. She discovered pole in 2011 and what started as a curiosity quickly became a lifestyle and passion. A graduate of Body & Pole's work-study program, she became an ElevatED certified pole instructor in 2013 and taught at Body & Pole until joining the AERO Space team in December 2016. She is a competitive pole dancer with various titles. She most recently earned pro-status at the USPDF Pro-Qualifer in Oct 2016 in NYC and competed in her new division at the USPDF US Pole Dance Championships in April 2017.
GEMMA - INSTRUCTOR
Gemma grew up trying to emulate her older sister and took ballet, jazz and gymnastics, but it wasn't until adulthood that she would really appreciate dance. She started her pole journey in 2010 after a friend encouraged her to try a class: she was hooked and hasn't stopped dancing since. Gemma became an instructor in 2014 and is a graduate of the elevatED pole teacher training taught by Kyra Johannesen and is a graduate of Marlo Fisken's Flow Movement training. She competed in the first ever Pacific Pole Competition in 2012 and was part of a group competition for Miss Pole Dance America in 2015, but has found that her true passion is in freestyle dance performance. From exotic floor work to gravity defying tricks and elegant combos, Gemma's fun friendly and interactive style make her a favorite with students. When not pole dancing, Gemma likes to grow amazing fruits and vegetables in her garden, spend time with her family, and fly around on the lyra while also finishing up her degree in linguistics at Portland State University.
ASHLEY - INSTRUCTOR
When Ashley was growing up in Wisconsin, her parents called her “upside-down Ashley” because she was always tumbling in the yard and walking around on her hands. She competed in high school gymnastics and coached gymnastics and dance through high school and college. Ashley fell in love with aerial arts when she first took a silks class in 2010. She studied and performed around Portland on aerial silks and rope before finally discovering pole. She loves the variety of styles and the endless possibilities of pole dance and has made it her primary apparatus. Ashley loves coming up with creative and entertaining characters to perform on stage and in 2016 and 2017, she competed and won first place at the PSO Seattle competition in the Level 4 Masters Entertainment category. Outside of the studio, Ashley is a middle school Language Arts teacher and enjoys hiking and snowboarding with her teenage son.
JASPER - INSTRUCTOR
Jasper began her pole journey in 2010, just 9 months after her youngest was born. Having previous musical theater and recreational dance experience, pole fulfilled the acrobatic and aerialist dreams she had as a child. In 2014, Jasper started teaching pole and performed in three show seasons with a local pole dance studio. She has also participated in the Northwest Pole Championships in Seattle, competing in solo, doubles, and group divisions, most recently taking second place in Dramatic Level 4 Senior. As a massage therapist, Jasper brings her knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into her teaching. Body awareness, muscle engagement, and appropriate move progression are at the forefront of Jasper's instructional strengths and she will squeal with delight when you accomplish a move you've set out to do! Jasper has also completed training in Xtende Barre and basic mat pilates. Although pole and fitness have dominated the last eight years, Jasper received her Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Literature in 2003 and she has a major love and appreciation for poetry amongst the literary arts. Her life outside of the studio is filled with family, food, pets and fun!
KAT - INSTRUCTOR
Kat minored in Dance at Portland State University, studying modern dance, improvisation, hip-hop, and ballet. She began training as an aerialist on silks with NightFlight in 2011 and through this medium she eventually made her way to pole, which would become her favorite apparatus. Kat competed at the 2014 Pacific Northwest Pole Art Championships, where she placed 1st with her team in the group/doubles division, and placed 3rd in the Level 4 Drama division with a solo routine. She is a graduate of the elevatED pole teacher training taught by Marlo Fisken and has been teaching private and group pole dance classes since 2015. Kat has a passion for teaching and loves watching her students succeed! Outside of teaching, this mother of twins can be found enjoying a cup of coffee in the sunshine or spending time with her babies, husband and sweet dog Ruby.
JOSHUA - INSTRUCTOR
Joshua began training in gymnastics as a youngster, 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.
RAYCHEL - STUDIO ADMIN
After spending the first 25 years of her life living up and down the East Coast, Raychel and her husband made the move out west to Portland for a much needed change of pace. Like many people who would rather die then step foot in a traditional gym, Raychel struggled to find a challenging, creative, and versatile activity that provided both physical and mental wellness. After taking one class, pole dancing quickly became the obvious answer to fill this void. Raychel is always up for flips, doubles tricks, and exploring new styles of movement. However, and most of all, Raychel values the sense of community and friendships she has made thanks to pole. Never taking life too seriously, this social worker by day, pole dancer by night, and dog mom always, is honored to assist you with any questions you have about what may be in store for your personal pole journey.