At Athena Vertical Dance we pride ourselves on having knowledgeable instructors. All of our instructors have spent years training in Pole Fitness, Lyra, Silks or Dance as well as many extensive hours working with different spotting techniques and injury prevention.
Instructor & Owner: Jane Carter Courtney has been a student of pole dance since 2009. She was drawn to pole fitness as an activity that could compliment her marathon training. She was hooked from the very first spin and has been addicted ever since. Jane is an avid runner as well as a certified yoga instructor. She brings her years of yoga experience to help compliment her pole instruction. Jane spent many months studying extensively with Noelle Wood as well as traveling through out the country to study with many of the top pole professionals including but not limited to Brittani Ptylar, Josiah Bad Ass Grant, Lou Landers, Steven Retchless, Samantha Star, Phoenix Kazree, Sashja Lee, Mary Kolaciski, Jamilla Deville, Fawnia Dietrich, Flying Laura, Natasha Wang, Nadia Sharif, Michelle Stanek, Michula Nunez, Pantera Blacksmith, Kim Jordan, and Derick Pierson. And is currently certified by Jeni Janover as a Liquid Motion instructor. She has been full time teaching since 2014 and loves the find new combos and ways to put things together Jane loves to challenge not only her students but also herself. She is a firm believe her “doing something that scares you” Jane has competed in many pole competitions around the US including Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle and Reykjavik Iceland Currently she is training and preparing her 2018 competitions USPSF Pole Art Worlds in Italy
*1st Place United States Pole Sport Federation (USPSF) Pole Art Elite Masters
* 2nd Place North American Pole Dance (NAPDC) International Masters
*1st Place Pole Sport Organization (NWPSO) Level 5 Exotic Masters
*Qualified for Pole Theatre Iceland Professional Comedy
*Pole Sport Nationals Dramatic Level 4 First Place
*North American Pole Dance Championship (NAPDC) International Masters Division Third Place
*Pole Sport Entertainment Level 4 Second Place
*Third place Pole Sports Pacific Northwest Pole Art Dramatic Level 3
Jane has also performed all over Washington State. She has performed at the Tacoma Cutura Cabaret and at The Can Can in Seattle with the Vertical Cabernet and multiple times with The Bordeaux Project as well as a cast member in their three month run of Wine Flight where she performed as the American Woman (California Wine) She recently rapped up another three month long run with the Bordeaux Projects Femme Fatal where she played Helen of Troy. Her 2017 performing highlights include performing for USC at both of their big events Paradiso at the Columbia River Gorge and FreakNight at the WaMu theater on her lollipop; as well as performing at The Showbox along side Holly Bordeaux and the Suicide Girls.
Jane is also a cast member of Glitterati since 2015. Performing in their monthly Drag/Variety show which runs the second Saturday of every month. Jane loves to be behind the curtain as well and put together the sold out show The Merry Go Round Broke Down as well as multiple studio shows and student showcases. Jane is available for performances as well as private instruction. Jane is available by email at jane at athenaverticaldance.com
Instructor Mireya Lace (CeeCee)
Mireya Lace (CeeCee) is a NAYS, NCAA, and AAU certified basketball coach and a teacher who turned to pole arts as a way to gain confidence in herself and comfortably in her femininity. She became addicted to pole after realizing it helped build muscle tone, upper body strength, and a strong self-confidence. She in currently studying under pole instructor and Athena Vertical Dance owner Jane Carter, and continues to build upon her pole knowledge by participated in workshops whenever she can. Over the past year she has studied under international professional pole instructors Lou Landers from Australia, world competitor Brittani Ptylar from the US and dance instructor Kim Jordan from Brazil.
Mireya loves to teach her pole students how to accomplish tricks, spins, and floor work while helping them gain confidence in their presence while on the pole and get their “sexy back.” She loves to challenge and encourage her students while having fun and enjoying the art of pole. She has competed in the 2015 and 2016 PSO NorthWest Pole Championships and has performed at Athena Vertical Dance and with AB Entertainment. Shes currently working on her next routine for our student showcase and planning for her next competition in November.
Hoop Instructor Jenn (also known as Kat Flows) Jen has been actively learning hoop dance and circus arts for the past two years. Ever since picking up her first hoop, she could never put it down. She would often train for hours a day and decided to spread the art. She started performing and teaching workshops and was immediately addicted. She has performed and taught workshops all over the Pacific Northwest. She loves training with other hoopers and the opportunity to bring people into the world of circus arts. Jenn has also trained with other circus/flow props including: wands, fans, poi, palm torches, and more. She is also trained in fire performance. Some highlight events that Jenn has performed and taught at include: What the Festival, Bumbershoot, and AMDEF. She can even be seen in one of Mac Duna’s music videos! Jenn loves to challenge her students to keep moving forward and to not give up. Coming from a dance background in her childhood, Jenn puts a focus on hand movements, footwork, poses, and posture. She encourages her students to put their emotion into their flow, be confident, and learn how to move with the hoop. Jenn also provides fun hoop parties and private lessons
MaeBee started her pole journey in the spring of 2015 after finding a Groupon for a few classes and instantly fell in love with the sport. She found it to be both fun and challenging. This is what kept her coming back. Pole dancing is her escape from life stressors and the studio is her happy place. She loves the uplifting, confidence boosting, welcoming atmosphere in the pole community and Athena Vertical Dance. MaeBee is currently studying under owner and instructor of Athena Vertical Dance, Jane, and has taken classes/workshops with Lou Landers, Brittnai Pytlar, and Jordan Kensley. She has competed in the 2015 PSO NorthWest Pole Championships and has performed at Athena Vertical Dance.
Earlier this year MaeBee started instructing as a substitute for Jane. When she’s teaching she tries to create the same atmosphere that got her hooked. She strives to challenge and encourage each student while keeping things light and fun.
Instructor Hauser Riley
Published Pin Up model who enjoys the art and sexy side to pole fitness. She brings a sultry side to pole & enjoys empowering others through dance, fitness & beauty. Her Pole Parties are silly with a kick of sexy. She will leave you wanting to come back for more. Bring your sexy heels, camera’s & leave your inhibitions at home and book a party with her today.