PHYSICAL STUDIO LOCATION CLOSURE: APRIL 15TH, 2021
Dearest OPD+AF Family,
My heart and soul is devastated to announce that I am being forced to close the Okanagan Pole Dance + Aerial Fitness Studio. The repeated COVID closures have taken their final toll and coupled with some health issues and some other unfortunate external factors, there isn’t a way for me to continue without pushing myself and my family farther into debt.
Students with positive account balances are invited to turn their remaining classes into account credit and to make purchases from our in studio merchandise (clothing and grips aids and such) to try and lessen the financial impact this will have on myself and my family.
Watching my students and instructors transform through pole and aerial has been one of the greatest gifts I could ask for and I will miss it and everyone I have met with every fibre of my being.
Thank you so much for being a part of this chapter of my life. Best of luck to you all and please stay safe and healthy in this strange time.
Erin Smith + The OPD+AF Team
November 2021 Update
Hey pole + aerial peeps,
It has been way too long. It's been a rough go. Losing something so close to my heart has almost torn me apart. But I am rebuilding myself. Pole is a part of my heart and soul and I'm not ever going to be able to say goodbye to it entirely. The connection I have created with my students and instructors over the past years is invaluable and necessary to my mental health and wellness. I'm driven to find a new way to bring the same things to you.
I've lost that motivational and empowered voice inside of me these past months. But I'm digging it up.
“I have been under the supervision and guidance of Erin for almost 2 years now. She is a fantastic teacher and coach, with an abundance of patience and knowledge. With her years of experience and abilities, Erin has accumulated quite a following here in the okanagan. She teaches not only at a beginners level, helping those who need that extra encouragement at the start, but at all levels! She continues to be learning herself and is committed to making what she teaches diverse and as fun as possible.
In any given week during a class you can find yourself not just working on executing tricks and moves, but also working on fluidity in our movements and piecing together combos and routines. I know each week that Erin will have an objective for the lesson, be it working solely on floor moves, or a new trick she has discovered during the week, and this instils confidence in me and the rest of the class. We are here to learn and Erin's passion and dedication has us coming back week after week.
Sure, I may leave class some weeks feeling frustrated that my body isn't doing something I want it to - a trick that seems to want to defeat me - But the following class Erin will tell me this is the day I'm gonna do it. And even if I don't, she'll still tell me how I was so much better this week and how I've improved, even if I haven't! It's this encouragement and positive attitude that sees Erin’s class always fully booked.
From the high energy warm up and crazy dance moves, all the way to our fancy dress classes and disco ball, it's a fun filled class. You'll forget you are technically working out! Pole dancing has become my passion and a new way of thinking for me and I'm loving every second of it! Bruises and all!”
Each of our instructors has their First Aid/CPR and is a PFIC Certified Pole and/or Aerial Hoop/Hammock Instructor