Staff

  • Sasha Moinzad

    Sasha Moinzad

    Pole and Dance Fitness Instructor

    Growing up in a culture that loves Hip Hop, Salsa, Meringue, Belly Dancing and the Cumbia, dance runs through Sasha's blood! Her many fitness adventures include running, cycling, yoga, and even Muay Thai kickboxing. She is a true fitness chameleon, who's passion for movement includes participating in and instructing pole dancing, which offers Sasha a place to combine her love for sensual movement and physical fitness. Sasha has been instructing pole for over three years, in addition to Cardio Flirt, and a variety of other dance inspired fitness formats. She loves celebrating her ethnic heritage in her classes and inspiring women to feel sexy, confident and beautiful.

  • Lauren Saenz

    Lauren Saenz

    Pole Fitness Instructor

    Lauren, a long time lover of team sports, and yoga enthusiast since the age of 18, first discovered pole fitness on YouTube, prompting her to begin practicing pole at home. In 2010, she began teaching pole, as well as sexy boot camp classes with Mile High Pole Club in Parker, Colorado, where she also managed their pole studio. Since the closing of Mile High Pole Club, Lauren has received her Pole Instructor Certification from Xpert Pole, and is a Master Pole Instructor certified through Elevated. Lauren is also certified in the discipline of barre through Barre Forte, and currently attends the Nutrition Therapy Institute, where she will receive her certification as a Master Nutrition Therapist.

  • Roxy Star

    Roxy Star

    Pole and Burlesque Instructor

    Roxy Star is a vintage burlesque artist who performs dazzling striptease while elegantly twirling around a vertical spinning pole! Stockings circle the air, corsets unwind, and bras fall away in a whoosh as she whirls around! Roxy is also a sought after instructor in pole dance-fitness, sensual movement, and burlesque. She adores teaching women how to boldly claim their own self image by understanding the unique qualities that make each and every woman sexy. She says, “A woman often believes that she has to change herself in order to love herself. I love to teach her how to simply change the way she sees herself, and become aware of all the magnificence she already possesses.” Roxy has been featured on Fox 31 News as the respected founder and instructor of the five- week how-to burlesque course and student showcase known as Sexylesque. She was also featured in the Boulder Daily Camera for her progressive views on modern burlesque entertainment. She has performed at the International Pole Convention in Los Angeles and the Colorado Burlesque Festival, and she was awarded a medal for her performance in the 2014 Burlypiks competition. Roxy loves the online social world, so be sure to check her out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google Plus, and Youtube!

  • Denaye Austad

    Denaye Austad

    Pole Fitness Instructor

    Denaye Austad is a Colorado native with a passion for dance, movement, and helping other women discover their own strength, athleticism, and confidence. Denaye specializes in sensual pole choreography and hand balancing tricks, and she spends much of her time taking new classes in gymnastics, aerial dance, and fitness. She has spent the last few years training as a pole dancing student at Vertical Academy, and looks forward to applying her knowledge at the front of the classroom as the newest instructor. Outside of Vertical Academy, Denaye enjoys reading, traveling, spending time trying new activities, and meeting unique and exciting people around Denver.

  • Sam Buck

    Sam Buck

    Pole Fitness Instructor

    Sam comes from a lifetime dance background. She started dancing at age three and continued to train and compete in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and tap until age thirteen. From age thirteen until about nineteen Sam trained primarily in classical ballet and pointe. She has always had a passion for ballet, the precision, beauty, and flow; Sam even got accepted into Joffrey Ballet's Trainee Program in NYC in high school. Sam went on to university instead and this is where she discovered pole dancing. Sam has trained in pole for almost five years now, she performs in a genre called Ballet Pole. Ballet pole allows her to bring her two dance and fitness passions together into one amazing lifestyle. Sam has taught various dance and fitness classes throughout the past five years and is very excited to be bringing ballet flow, pole tricks, and sexy booty work to the ladies here at Vertical Academy.

  • Midnite Martini

    Midnite Martini

    Reigning Queen of Burlesque

    Midnite Martini is the Great Burlesque Exposition's "œBest Soloist of 2011", voted one of 21st Century Burlesque Magazine's Top 50 Figures in Burlesque and a two-time Reigning Queen of Burlesque competitor at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas. In her hometown of Denver she is known as the Mile High Flying Tease and headlines and produces weekly burlesque variety shows at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret. Midnight Martini mixes the delicious ingredients of aerial arts, dance training, striptease and circus performance, finely shaken into a perfect combination of entertainment, sass and tease!

  • Eloise Abraham

    Eloise Abraham

    Burlesque Instructor

    English Rose, Eloise Abraham, danced as a young girl, later performing and instructing burlesque in England. After moving to Denver, Eloise attended barre classes at the body barre, trying both barre and burlesque, and falling in love with both formats. She now instructs for the body barre and Vertical Academy Workout at the body barre's Highlands Ranch studio. Clients enjoy Eloise's genuine smile along with her ability to make women feel comfortable while celebrating their femininity.

  • Nadia Walker Arnold

    Nadia Walker Arnold

    Pole Studio Owner

    Nadia's dance experience includes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and even burlesque. She also spent many years in competitive gymnastics and cheer-leading, as her daughter does today.

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Thanks to the Vertical Academy Workout for introducing me to my new workout obsession…pole! I admit that I was skeptical of this type of workout at first, but once I tried it I became hooked. This workout has improved my strength, flexibility, grace, and self-confidence. All of the instructors make you feel comfortable and their enthusiasm is contagious. The classes are always fun and everyone supports each other. At the end of every class, I always think I cannot wait to learn another move or spin! No matter what your skill level is everyone can do this workout. I’ve heard people say that they have to get in shape before trying pole, but I think that this is a great way to get in shape!

Laura M., Pole Fitness Client - Denver, CO.