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Divine Em's movement experience began at the tender age of three and includes training in a diverse collection of styles and traditions: tap, hip-hop, ballet, modern, jazz, African, and salsa. After a colleague recommended classes, Divine registered for her first pole class and was immediately smitten!
Divine studied pole fitness for two years before realizing that for the first time in her life, she felt compelled to do more than take class. She was ready to immerse herself in pole art and sensual movement, selflessly sharing her experience and insight with a diverse and progressive population.
Having taught now for over a decade, Divine Em is the proud co-founder of Fly Club. Divine is a seasoned performer as well as an international pole athlete, having competed across the country, as well as in Dubai, Mexico, and Spain. In addition to her group classes, Divine is also available for private and semi-private lessons.
Caitlin is a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and elevatED pole instructor teacher with 10+ years of Zazen meditation experience from studying with Buddhist monks in Hiroshima. She has honed her yoga teaching style with a strong emphasis on meditation and its neurological benefits as a path to self-discovery to find your weird, authentic self.
As a pole teacher, she helps students unlock hidden strength both physically and mentally by using pole fitness and dance to explore deeper connections within their bodies.
In addition to being the co-founder of Fly Club, she teaches Pole, Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal Yoga, and has developed a specific yoga program to address the challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury.
Thalia's pronouns are (she/her/hers) and she is our incredible Studio Manager. Call her Tata if you're feeling especially feisty AND familiar!
Even though Thalia has more hobbies than you can shake a stick at, her faves are dance, painting, and photography. In addition to some pole and lyra dance experience, Tata also enjoyed a short stint as a baby burlesque dancer.
Thalia is currently pursuing her = MSW at UIC, with the ultimate goal of becoming a child therapist. A healer in the truest sense of the word, Tata has life experience as an abortion doula, knows trauma informed yoga basics, and loves somatic experience exercises.
Texas native, Dalton Rhodes has been dancing and teaching for over 10 years, but it wasn't until 2016 that he stumbled into a pole dancing class. From that moment he was head over 8-inch heel in love with the art form.
Dalton has since traveled across the country teaching, competing, and performing all while honing his own style and flow. He holds titles in various Pole Sport Organization competitions as well as the title of Exotic Generation USA Mens Champion of 2019.
With just a little over a year of pole dance under his belt, Johnny has trained in both aerial silks and gymnastics earlier in life.
Like many others who take on pole, he finds traditional exercise to be unfulfilling and prefers a more artistic outlet. Pole has provided him that and more with his wonderful Fly Club family. Join his classes for a healthy mix of fun and exercise!
Wolfie has been performing on stage for many years, but only recently discovered the guilty pleasures of pole dancing.
He graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre before finding himself fully submerged into the world of pole. Beginning his pole journey in Oct 2019, he trained hard and long to hone in on his skill set and is now incredibly excited to begin teaching at Fly Club.
Wolfie is a strong believer that everyone can find their own sense of sensuality through pole dance and cannot wait to help facilitate those discoveries through his Elements of Sexy classes.
Alison began pole dancing in 2016 on a whim and quickly fell in love with the artistry, strength, and self-expression of pole dancing. The only thing she loves more than creative spin pole passes is the warm & goofy community of pole dancers that accompany the many hours of training and dancing at Fly Club.
Alison believes that everyone’s movement journeys are unique; she’s so excited to help folks of all fitness and dance backgrounds (including those with none prior to pole, like herself!) discover their own style and passion for pole. Alison currently teaches Mixed Pole and Teen Twirl at Fly Club Chicago and can't wait to move with you.
Sophia took her first pole class in July 2019 and immediately fell in love. Pole has provided Sophia with a safe space for personal exploration without fear of judgment, and she is thrilled to help create this space for future students. She believes that pole helps facilitate a deeper understanding of yourself, your body, and your sexuality - opening the gateway to untapped confidence, strength, patience and more.
Sophia’s passion lies with sensual movement, heel technique, freestyle, and refining the tiniest of details. She believes strongly that we must always support our stripper and sex worker siblings and trailblazers who brought us the joy of pole. Whether you feel most comfortable in your coziest sweats and socks, or 8” heels and your skimpiest outfit (or maybe both, depending on the day!) Sophia can’t wait to Slink with you!
Sin Martin started her pole journey in October 2016. Initially, she was looking for a fun fitness regimen that she could actually stick to, but she was immediately smitten with the artistry and challenges of pole dance. Most importantly, Sin fell in love with how good pole dancing made her feel about herself!
Since embarking on her journey, Sin lost 50 pounds while gaining strength, confidence, and several friendships. She describes herself as a life-long learner and continues to study all aspects of sensual and exotic movement.
Sin is now a Liquid Motion certified instructor and has been competing and performing since 2018. Using her background in public arts education, Sin hopes to motivate her students grow, unlock their own creativity, and fall in love with the process of learning!
Join Sin for weekly Drip classes at Fly Club Chicago and floornicate to your heart's content!
For as long as she can remember, Danielle has loved to dance. Since a young girl, Danielle has been immersed in the world of performance art - from musical theater, traveling show choir, or dance recitals.
It wasn't until Danielle began dancing with a dance studio on the Southside of Chicago in 201 7 that she learned the movement techniques of feminine energy and sensuality. Not to mention how to be SEXY AS HELL!
Since then, Danielle has learned how to not only move with intention, but how to also tease AND please a crowd. Danielle discovered the rabbit hole that is pole dance in 2020 and enjoy every moment. She believes that pole has been an excellent addition to her dance abilities and can't wait to see how far she can go!
Danielle believes that every person should live in their sexy and own it to the fullest. Her goal is to teach students exactly how to do that while simultaneously personalizing and individualizing their individual movement - along with touches of eye contact, attitude, joy, and authenticity.
Mollie started pole dance without any prior dance or fitness experience at Brown University as part of the college team, The Poler Bears, and she immediately fell in love with it. Mollie taught as a student coach for the team before teaching at Boston Pole Fitness and Providence Pole Fitness. In a desire to improve her foundations, she began training contortion, hand balancing, dance, duo acro, lyra, and trapeze.
Mollie moved to Kansas City for medical school and became the Head Coach at Pole Worx where she focused on instructor education. She also performed duo acrobatics as a company member of Kansas City Aerial Arts. Mollie then moved to Chicago for her Emergency Medicine residency, where it was love at first sight of Fly Club.
Mollie's primary teaching focus has always been safe progressions through proper cuing and the development of strength and flexibility. She has coached students through competitions, showcases, and the cultivation of their personal style.
Ms. Mighty brings together her Jamaican cultural roots and professional experiences into a fun class environment. She is Creative Director of BODY By Mighty, a Caribbean lifestyle arts and media company. Her dedication and love for Caribbean music and movement has taken her all over the world to train, perform, and teach.
Stage performances include experiences with Lady Say, Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Elephant Man, Konshens, Mavado, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Black Coffee, and more.
Kim is an aerialist and certified pole fitness instructor through the Pole Fitness Alliance. She enjoys taking and teaching pole, aerial silks, and aerial hoop classes. She began her aerial journey in 2014 and has been hooked ever since! Kim has placed in multiple aerial and pole competitions and loves helping students fall in love with pole and aerial fitness.
Ulziibuyan Mergen first discovered her contortion abilities at the age of 4 and entered Mongolia's National Circus School when she was 7, where she began to further develop her contortion skills.
By the age of 9, Ulzii was chosen to join the cast of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. This launched her career and Ulzii has since performed in such Cirque du Soleil productions as Alegria, Amaluna, & Totem.
After an exhilarating past decade of traveling to and performing in over 40 countries, Ulzii continues to cultivate her own individual style and work with up & coming production companies across the entertainment industry.
Izzy is the prime example of "Get you a girl that can do both!" Athletic & tomboyish while simultaneously feminine & alluring.
Izzy loves to express herself through movement and pole dancing is the most exquisite way she has found to do so. With 4 years of pole dancing experience, Izzy is also XPert certified.
Through pole, Izzy has discovered the way to combine her inner athlete with her hidden siren. Have you seen her hair flips?! You can't tell Izzy she's not a whole video vixen while whipping her curls around the Chi.
According to Izzy, "Music is life and that's why our hearts have beats." Dance looks different on every body and there's no greater joy than embracing your unique style and using it to celebrate your individuality.
DeShawn is THE 2022 Pole Sport Organization (PSO) Champion and 2021 PSO Space City Men's Champion. He has over a decade of performance, teaching, and choreographic experiences.
DeShawn graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, summa cum laude with distinction, from the University of Colorado, Boulder, trained at the classical academy of Colorado Ballet, and was a trainee with BalletMet, Columbus.
Collectively, his dance education includes ballet, jazz technique, modern dance, aerial dance (aerial silks, lyra, and pole), and more! DeShawn has danced professionally with Boulder Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet, as well as with the contemporary/modern dance and aerial dance companies in Oklahoma City, Columbus, Denver, San Francisco, and New York City.
DeShawn is vegan, has two pussies, loves Paris more than London, and works as an ICU nurse.