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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 & community" 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
Devon tried pole dancing during a fun night out in Mexico in 2010, unaware that 5 minutes of flailing around a metal rod would ultimately change her life. Upon her return to Portland she began taking pole dance classes and after only 6 months she knew that teaching pole and empowering women through movement was her calling. She started instructing after receiving her XPERT Pole Fitness Teacher Certification with her movement mentor, Marlo Fisken, in 2012. She has since become a certified yoga teacher and a certified Floor Flow® Instructor and is affectionately called a “frequent flow-er” by Marlo herself. Devon’s desire to share her passion for movement and guide people towards a more loving relationship with themselves and their bodies is what drove her to the create The AERO Space in 2014. As co-owner and studio director, Devon is committed to ensuring that she and her hand picked team of instructors continue to offer the best studio experience in Portland. When she is not busy with studio business, you can often find Devon traveling to far off places, exploring nature and laughing with friends.
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 and being a mom. She has an affinity for numbers, operations and finance and is a master of spreadsheets.
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.
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.
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.
HANNA - INSTRUCTOR
Hanna has always found joy exploring many forms of movement - including yoga, lyra, aerial silks, lyrical dance, and even learning stilt walking for a performance - but it’s pole dancing that won her heart. She first came into dancing for an audience through a professional theater company in her hometown of Olympia, WA, dancing in such lyrical shows as “The Rocky Horror Show” and “The Elephant Man”. In 2009 she moved to Portland and continued dancing within the burlesque and circus arts scene - taking it to the top with her burlesque partners in 2013, by winning the world title for “Best Burlesque Group” at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Tournament held in Las Vegas. Through this artist community she was introduced to pole. For Hanna, pole encompasses the sensual stylization and showgirl flair she loves in burlesque, but also the physical demand and dedication of practice it takes to progress as a dancer. Hanna loves learning and taking classes, workshops and trainings, including getting certified by ElevatED to teach pole. Hanna’s favorite types of pole movement include low-flow, static rotation, spin, and always - FREESTYLING!!!
EVELYN - INSTRUCTOR
Evelyn began dancing as a young girl studying Classical Modern. At the University of Oregon her focus turned to Contemporary, and she fell in love with pole after moving to Portland. Evelyn loves playing with Low Flow and Sensual Movement, fusing them with other club and classical dance styles, encouraging individual stylization over everything else. When she’s not dancing she loves hiking with her dog, beers on the patio, and working in the garden.
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!
KATHLEEN - INSTRUCTOR
Kathleen took her first pole dance class on a dare 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 in marketing. When she’s not working, training or teaching, Kathleen can be found hiking with her hubby, gardening, or snuggled up with a good book.
WENDY - INSTRUCTOR
Wendy has been a pole dancer for nearly 13 years. She loves the combination of creativity and physical movement that almost makes you forget you are exercising. On top of performing she is passionate about helping people on their own pole journey because there are so many positives that carry over into everyday life. When Wendy is not pole dancing she is spending time with her husband and two little boys.
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.
COCO - INSTRUCTOR
Coco McGraw Smith has been dancing her whole life, majoring in modern dance at the University of Maryland at College Park. When knee injuries sidelined her from modern dance, a friend convinced her to try pole dance, and this is where she found her true passion. Since 2011 she has been exploring the many expressions of pole dance, forming her style that combines artistic expression and athleticism. She enjoys competing, and finds joy in teaching pole dance, especially to new students. She hopes to help others discover a love for their body and a passion for movement.
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.