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.

13754652_10207772181877335_4119703807736844830_nInstructor & 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.

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.  Currently she is training and preparing  her 2017 competitions USPSF Pole, Art,  and NAPDC .

Current Awards:


*Third place Pole Sports Pacific Northwest Pole Art Dramatic Level 3


*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


*United States Pole Sport Federation (USPSF) Pole Art Elite Masters 1st Place

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.  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.  She  produced and put together our 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

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.

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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.

Instructor Brittnai Ptylar – Traveling Instructor

Brittnai Ptylar began her pole journey 5 years ago. She has since competed and performed all around the country, and continues to grow her performance repertoire. Brittnai’s strength lies in drops, power moves, and heel work. She enjoys embracing and combining the sexy and powerful properties that the aerial arts present as well as telling a story with her routines. Recently she qualified for the World Championship for USPSF Pole Art Ellite Division.  She loves to compete and travel.  Currently she is training for her next competitions USPSF, and PDCDenmark.  Here current titles are as follows:
USPSF World Championship Qualifier Pole Art Elite Division
2016 and before
COTAC 1st Overall + Pro Doubles as well as Best Tricks, Best Musicality, Crowd Favorite
USNPDC Exotic 2nd Place
USPDF Pro Card 2016
Dance Filthy Pro Finalist 2016
SW Pole Exotic 3rd Place
Southern Pole Championships 4th place
Miss Congenialtiy Florida Pole Fitness Championnship