my name is nicole. i am brand new to tease and a newbie in the world of pole fitness. unfortunately i don’t have much of a dance background (a year or two of dance classes as a child and some awkward party moves is it for me!), but i have been an athlete all my life. i am very interested in the fitness world and have been recently turned on to pole fitness. i’m currently a journalism student at metro state, and my emphasis is in public relations. i will be around the studio and occasionally at the front desk working as “the intern.” please let me know if you have any questions, story ideas or things/events you would like to see or be apart of. i am really excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to getting to know the tease community.
in preparation for tease studio’s six year anniversary i recently sat down with jen and asked her a few questions about tease studio’s past, present and future. here is what she had to say ::
q :: tease is about to celebrate it’s six year anniversary, what would you say has been the studio’s biggest accomplishment so far?
jen :: the amount of lives we’ve touched. for sure. what an incredible community. i’ve been really kind of taking that all in lately, because it’s a big deal. it has always been the driving force behind the energy that i put into tease, but after some recent personal events, it really serves as my complete inspiration behind tease.
q :: do you mind sharing that personal event and how it has inspired you?
jen :: sure. recently, walt and i had a great friend – someone extremely close to him – pass away. his name was tanner. tanner was probably the most driven and positive person i have ever known. he never once, through any of the unbelievable things he went through complained. i don’t have the ability to put into words how PRESENT and driven this young adult was. he has literally inspired thousands of people. he touched our lives so much that we dedicated the dj academy to tanner in an effort to continue to inspire everyone who walks through that door.
as i sat with walt at tanner’s wake, supporting him and mourning for our loss, i really had a lot come over me, causing me to truly re-evaluate things for myself and my family. one thing was a refreshment of the excitement that i have for tease. i literally saw all of my clients’ faces flash through my mind. i felt a great need to know their stories better. tease is SO much more than a gym, it is more than just a place to burn some calories. every single person who walks through the door of tease is changed by the time they walk out after their first class. you can see it in the way they carry themselves when leaving class. we have a very divine and supportive community and it’s extremely uncommon. as we enter our sixth year, i am feeling very refreshed by my own personal reason why i opened tease and why i continue doing what i do day-in and day-out. our mission here at tease also drives me. i am so excited to make sure that tease is one of the most fantastic parts of our clients’ lives, i want their time here to be life changing. i cannot wait to learn our clients’ stories better.
q :: what else inspires you?
jen :: i’m also extremely inspired by my staff (do I not have the best team on earth?!) and i’m excited, going into our 6th year, that working at tease is not only their favorite job and part of their lives…but a path leading them to making their own personal dreams come true.
*you can read Tanner’s story here: http://www.tannersfoundation.org/ .
q :: what was the initial motivation behind opening your own studio?
jen :: creating tease was for me the dream to give other women the chance to experience the love of this dance style and community that i felt so blessed to have experienced.
q :: how and when did you get involved with pole fitness?
jen :: i took my first pole fitness class in early 2001. eek, that’s so long ago isn’t it?! i was a classical ballet dancer pursuing ballet on a professional level for the majority of my life. when i changed course, i became a little lost about what i wanted to do. i had heard of pole classes and was always intrigued with the idea, it sounded fun for me. when i finally got the guts to take a class, it took me 3 months, i was HOOKED. it spoke to me. there was nothing like it. i felt the same energy in the studio that i had as a child when i danced. i was amazed at the sense of confidence it gave me. it completely changed my life.
q :: what has been one of your favorite tease moments?
jen :: ahh there have been so many cool moments. the growth into two new incredible spaces over the past six years – although i still haven’t fully sat back and enjoyed this new space, it’s been an EXHAUSTING year opening it. seeing the community come together for so many awe-inspiring events is amazing too. one of my favorites, though has been a recent quiet moment. a client sent a letter disclosing everything, letting us know how tease gave her a reason to live. it justified every piece of myself that i have ever given to tease.
q :: how does the tease studio differ today from when you first opened?
jen :: oh if you could have seen! when i first opened tease, it was a small 800 sq foot studio. one room with four poles and only me teaching classes for the first year. i worked my booty off working a 9-5 and teaching three classes a night after work. then i would go home and work on the back end of the business until two or three in the morning. pole fitness was so different those days too…when we would tell someone what we did for fitness we would get “the look” (these days, the response is “oh my mom does pole!”) but you know…the paint color was the same, the style was the same. most importantly, the concept has always been the exact same – to give women the ability to love their workout and be a part of an incredible and life-changing community. the energy of the studio – the feeling you get when you walk in, leave any troubles outside the door and enter a community of pure support, acceptance and encouragement is something that will always be my priority no matter the direction we grow.
q :: are there any new classes in the works you are excited to introduce to tease?
jen :: one of my concepts behind tease is to always remain on the brink of fitness trends. we love to offer our own unique twist on any class/fitness style that speaks to us.
i’m really excited for the introduction of our new pole curriculum. i’ve been working hard alongside our pole staff in order to really grow our pole fitness program and we are ecstatic for what we’ve come up with! it’s completely cutting edge and will be offering a TON more in each of our levels – it’s going to really challenge our students.
q :: what are some of your goals for the studio for the rest of this year and 2014? how about within the next four years?
jen :: i’m still uncovering from our move! kidding, i’ve always got something in the works! right now, we’re really enjoying this space. we are looking forward to growing our daytime class schedule over the next year. one of our biggest focuses at this point is to make tease a destination for daytime fitness.
i have a license program for the tease concept and that is definitely the direction that i’m moving with it – i’m excited to pass on my knowledge and experience to other driven individuals serious about taking the leap and creating their own version of tease in our area and different areas throughout the country. our license is really unique in the sense that it allows studio owners to put their own twist on their studio (or be a duplication of my version of tease if they prefer!) and i can’t wait to see our concept grow to numerous locations throughout the next four years!
like most 80′s babies, movies like flashdance, footloose & dirty dancing definitely influenced my dancing. my mom used to teach dance aerobics and would use all the soundtracks to these movies. i would sit in the corner and re-enact every scene at 6 years old.
my favorite style of dance is urban jazz. urban jazz is a mixture of jazz, hip-hop, and a touch of sassy burlesque thrown in. the more girly the style, the more i love it!
i started my own company, Rouge Co. this past year with two friends of mine. we had our debut show in april that sold out both nights. we currently have 17 of the most talented dancers in denver dancing with us. although we do a bit of everything, our show is most based of contemporary with a touch of jazz, hip hop and burlesque.
when i’m not in the studio, i love hanging downtown and bicycling. every summer i do what’s called a fun calendar. i include any and everything that i want to do in the mountains as well as cool summer events going on in the metro area. every summer my friends wait for the fun calendar and it’s become a tradition among us. it’s basically a guarantee that our summer is booked with mayhem and fun. if we have nothing planned for that day, you will find me tubing down a river.
my goal is to never stop. i have had so many amazing opportunities and i adore my company. i love making a dancer out of someone who says they can’t dance, doing choreography & performing. as i get older i realize that i get hired for my gigs not for my amazing technique or because i’m the best dancer…i get booked because i love every moment of it. i received the best compliment after my show this past april. a woman came up to me and said “you really like to dance, don’t you?” i think that had to be the best compliment ever. i think that when you see someone dance and you can tell they love it, you feel it. as a dancer, if you get that across, you have done your job.
marquette is launching pussycat style fitness TOMORROW (thursday june 6th) at 5:15pm!
my mom will tell you that i’ve been a dancer my whole life! but i seriously started training in ballet when i was ten.
i remember when i first fell really hard for ballet. i was obsessed and particularly obsessed with pointe shoes. my whole world was ballet! and the second time i fell for a genre was after my first pole class. i was at the studio every day i could be and was completely addicted to it. it was love!
pole! but i also really love a fusion of styles like what you see on ‘so you think you can dance’. and of course ballet.
i guess what inspires me is my background combined with the athleticism of pole. i like to think of the pole as an extra accessory that allows you to move your weight around in ways impossible to on the ground. i love watching pole when it is equal parts dance and drama.
i like the 50mm a little more and i get more joy out of spin pole, but both are great!
personally, i’d love to compete in the next couple of years, continue to grow as an instructor and add to my knowledge base, and then eventually combine pole with my dance therapy practice.
pretty much anything that has soul and a good beat. jazz, electronic and rock mostly though.
jillian’s launching some NEW fantastic classes at tease this month including just dance cardio pole, pure flex & a partners workshop!
my own personal love of health and fitness began when I was about 8. i started playing football with the neighbor boys, which blossomed my love for sports. not until I got hurt in 8th grade, breaking my hip, did I really start to pay attention to form and how to do things correctly so as to not get hurt. as the years progressed and i learned more about my body, and what i was doing wrong, i started seeing others do it to. with a few suggestions to friends, and their raving feedback, i was hooked on helping people. when i moved to colorado in 2007 i started doing yoga for my hip. it was really hurting and no doctor could help me… that is when my love of passing it onto others flourished. i really got into yoga and personal health and fitness and over the past year, i worked on learning and getting my certifications to really help people. now it is my joy, passion, and full time job to spread the love of health and wellness.
YES! i am truly loving life! now i have more time to explore new classes to bring to people and new and FUN ways to help people reach their health and wellness goals.lLife ALWAYS works out the way it’s supposed to.
BUTI hands down. i LOVE doing the class AND teaching it. it is a fun way to get people into yoga and out of their comfort zones. i love what it has done for my body and others!
a crazy bootcamp class where i can barely see because there is so much sweat dripping from my forehead.
i am a fan of girl talk when i have an intense workout coming, but if i am going out for a run, i like the jamminess of STS9.
that is a TOUGH question! there are so many great ones to choose from, but one i keep returning to is steuben’s. LOVE me some diner food!
whitney’s favorite quote that has been helped her get through rough transitions in my life: ”you have three choices in life. give up. give in. or give it your all. so remember that falling down is part of life and picking yourself up is part of living!” …we love this girl.
i knew i was addicted to pole dancing 5 years ago, when i lived in in Westminster and would drive an hour everyday to get my fix!! nothing has changed, still as addicted as ever:)
i remember the first tease studio location, we only had 4 poles and the space was so small! but was perfect for that time because we only had about 1-2 students per class! i cannot believe how tease, and our long-term students have grown! i am so blessed to be able watch the pole community grow and evolve.
i just finished school last week! i am now a physical therapists assistant, and can’t wait to start working! i have my board exams next month then it will be official. i will be celebrating my graduation by taking a trip to columbia in january!
right now I don’t have a trick I’m working on. i haven’t had much time to train, but i am finally able to breathe again and excited to work on some pole tricks for myself! i do want to try the Fonji and the death lay next though!
i don’t really have a favorite song, it changes all the time. right now i’m loving lana del rey and the weeknd. slow and sexy songs are my favorite songs to dance to.
i have so many pole idols! i love watching all their different styles and gaining something new from each dancer! i am obsessed with floorwork, so i tend to watch a lot of alethea’s videos.
presenting to you our NEWEST instructor to the team, jessica. we have a total girl crush on this gal!
after many years of extensive training in ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary, jessica has been blessed with many amazing opportunities and awards. in her competition days, she was named runner-up national miss showbiz, denver icon of the year, and west coast dance explosion senior miss, in addition to winning a contract with ddo agency in los angeles. after graduating from pomona hs, she moved to los angeles and worked as a professional dancer in television, film and stage. her credits include: trace adkins “ladies love country boys,” brooks and dunn “hillbilly deluxe,” lmfao party rock anthem,” rush hour 3, disney’s antfarm, and live stage shows for many different events, concerts, and performances. she was also an la laker girl and lakers tv host for the 07-08 season.
i began dancing “officially” when i was eight years old (after my mother realized it was pointless to make me try anything else!), but i was spinning around the kitchen long before that. as i got older, i spent an increasing amount of hours at the studio and by the time i was in hs i hardly ever left. it was then that i knew i was utterly addicted! when you’re a senior in hs and you want to spend your friday nights dancing in an empty studio, you know you’ve got a problem!
favorite music video – party rock anthem. hands down. it was a shuffle party all day long (which is saying something for a 15 hour day!), and everyone there was outgoing, high-energy, and hilarious; from the make-up team to the camera crew. also, i got to dance on the hood of a car for a good portion of the day, which had always been a little dream of mine! my favorite concert was actually one of the smaller ones i did, for max vangeli. he is an electro/dance dj and dancing behind him with all that energy and happiness flowing from the crowd was just unreal!!
every time we got to perform on the court. there were a few other exciting events that we got to participate in, but for me none of them beat dancing all out for an entire stadium. they call it the “lake-show” for a reason; the court is spotlighted and the crowd lights dimmed so you feel like you’re at a performance more than a game, and then of course jack nicholson is always there courtside to cheer you on.
that’s an impossible one to answer! it relies entirely on my mood for the day, which is precisely why I am so in love with dance. it magically fits whatever emotion you want it to. contemporary probably has my heart, but…give me boots and a killer beat and I can strut away any problem in the world!
it was a million small things, but i always knew i wanted to come back to denver, so when i got that “time to leave” feeling i went with it! i love the people, energy, and attitude of denver, and am excited to start another chapter of life here.
one thing that is really important to me is getting a degree, so that’s first on the list. i have about 2.5 years to go, so after that hopefully i’ll have a more specific long term goal set. i know i want dance to be a part of my life forever, but i really satisfied all of my initial dance dreams in los angeles and am ready for a new adventure! all I know so far is that i want to have a family, make a small difference, and leave people better off for knowing me.
we’re excited to begin featuring a team tease instructor each month so that you can get to know the people behind your favorite classes even better.
fresh off of an INSANE amount of summer massive EDM shows & tours (and back to classes at tease again this fall!), this month we’re introducing you to team ez HEAT workout’s (gogo fitness) creator & instructor MsEasy ::
growing up in a blue collar midwestern family didn’t enable me to take dance classes at an early age. with the insatiable urge to dance i began dancing on the street & learned a very unique style that was adapted from hip hop and popular media. as a young adult, i put myself in dance classes studying nearly all types but consistently go back to my underground roots. i have since been asked to teach “freestyle” dance classes in dance academies nationally & travel the nation teaching this unique style i’ve developed from all genres in my own workshops.
i became the recognizable “Ez Girl” after performing in various cities during my teen years wearing a shirt donning the car salesman slogan “I’m Easy”. when people didn’t know my real name they began to refer to me as this & it just stuck. easy does it…easy like a sunday morning…it’s just easy to use!
my all time favorite genres of music to dance to are drum n bass, breaks & rock/industrial. when i’m not at work i listen to post rock, shoegaze & downtempo.
it’s definitely been exciting to work alongside famous musicians like motorhead & tommy lee. in the EDM genre performing alongside legends like ritchie hawtin & moby really take the cake.
i begin to lose track of the amount of events that i have “recently” done. since around march i have toured performing in as many as two cities per week. life on the road moves fast! my favorite shows of this season were electric daisy carnival new york, lowlands festival amsterdam, edc puerto rico & nocturnal los angeles.
i’ve been honored to have the chance to perform abroad. my favorite places to perform have been tokyo & france. i am a featured dancer for the tokyo decadence events that are based in tokyo but tour to many other countries. we did a collaboration show in france at the famous cabaret sauvage last year which was one of my all time favorites! i also had the chance to perform in amsterdam this summer at the lowlands festival which was an amazing experience as well.
world famous pole champion and team tease instructor estee zakar talks pole fitness – how she personally got addicted and why she has such a strong love for the sport. teasers tess & shelby are highlighted as they discuss the impact that estee, pole & tease has had on their lives.