• Aerial Amy
• Amy Guion
• Anastasia Skukhtrova
• Becca Butcher
• David C. Owen
• Estee Zakar
• Evgeny Greshilov
• Fawnia Deitrich
• Hanka Veselaar
• Jamilla Deville
• Jenyne Butterfly
• Karol Helms
• Kelly Yvonne
• Marlo Fisken
• Natasha Wang
• Oona Kivela
• Prana Ovide Etienne
• Rafaela Montanaro
• Rachel Karabenick (Aloft)
• Samantha Star
• Suwasit Ritthiphon
• Zoraya Judd
• ACE Personal Training Certified
• ACE Group Fitness Certified
• TRX Suspension Training Certification
• PDIC Pole Fit. Cert. Levels 1-6
• Booty Beat Certification
• Piloxing Certification
• R.I.P.P.E.D. Certification
• Boot Camp Challenge Certification
• SCW Personal Training Certification
• Yoga Fundamentals 1 Certification
• Outdoor Boot Camp Certification
• Elementary Education Degree
• Minor in Psychology
• Masters in Reading
Amanda has been taking pole dance classes at TGR since 2013. She is now a PHD poler, an avid exercise enthusiast and aspiring contortionist. Amanda currently teaches Pole Fit Level 1, Super Stretch and Flex and Pole Flow. When she isn’t teaching, Amanda frequents TGR classes as a fellow student. As "Miss J" she is part of En L'Air Aerial Dance Co., and has competed at: Minnesota Pole Competition (2018-Elite Pole Sport; 2017-Advanced Artistic, 3rd Place), Gateway Pole Championships (2017- Level 4 Championship, 4th Place) and Central Pole Championships (2016- Level 3 Dramatic, 3rd Place; 2017- Level 4 Dramatic, Champion). Amanda’s history as a dancer began with taking ballet classes at her local dance studio at the young age of 4. She graduated high school having competed in well over 20 dance competitions, taking part in even more performances. Amanda continued to train through college, even minoring in Dance at Iowa State University. “After college I knew I wouldn’t know what life was without dancing and staying active; TGR has been my home since.” When not spending time at TGR, Amanda is a Funeral Director at a local Des Moines funeral home. She enjoys spending time with her dog, Finn; thrift shopping; and listening to house and alternative rock music.
Bri has been a member of TGR since January 2015. Her main apparatus is the pole, though she loves to cross train with lyra, hammock and (occasionally) traditional fitness classes. With a background in high school gymnastics—13 years as a gymnast and 8 years as a spotter and coach—the active, energetic atmosphere at TGR became a natural home. Bri has gone on to compete and perform in seven pole competitions and six local shows including acts as a member of En L’Air Aerial Dance Company. Currently instructing Pole Fit Level 3; Pole Trix; and Rock & Pole, Bri has previously instructed Pole Fit Levels 2, 4 and 5; Stretchy Flo; Super Stretch & Flex; Spinny Pole; Vertical Booty Camp; and Ninja Kids classes. Bri can also be booked for private pole lessons, choreography, and private pole parties.
Accolades: MNPC 2016, Intermediate, 3rd Place; PSO CPC 2016, Level 2 Championship, 1st Place; PSO CPC 2017, Level 3 Championship, 2nd Place; MNPC 2018, Elite Artistic, 1st Place; Aerialympics St. Louis 2018, Advanced, 2nd Place
Professional Development: Regular classes with Amber Cahill and Tristabel Akila. Workshops with Jessica Johnson, Jordan Mazur, Flying Laura, Phoenix Kazree and Emily Elise.
Bri is TGR's ambassador for Pole Sport Organization and is the secretary for TGR's Competition Committee.
Teaching Egyptian style bellydance since 2003, Innah is a professional Middle Eastern Dance artist and an award-winning performer. Her accolades include Bellydance Nationals Soloist (Winner 2010); Queen Of Raqs Sharqi (3rd place 2013); Taxim category, Bellydance of the Universe (1st-runner up, 2009); USA Bellydance Queen (3rd place soloist, 2010).
Innah is the leader and founder of Innah’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, and she considers her troupe a family. Her other dance training includes ballet, pointe, jazz, and latin. Her favorite Bellydance style is Oriental and Tarab.
A tumbler in her youth, Krystal has always loved to fly. She's studied aerial arts with TGR since 2014. Krystal trains primarily on silks and hammock but also loves trapeze, lyra and pole. She has performed with En L'Air Aerial Dance Co.; Cirque Wonderland; Little Mermaid Show: Daughters of the Air; and competed at the Aerial Expo and Aerialympics St. Louis. A stickler for safety and fun, Krystal's favorite part of taking classes and instructing is when someone discovers they can do what they previously thought impossible! When not at the gym, Krystal loves spending time with friends and family...and chasing adventure and chocolate.
Megan (Megan Loreen) has taken classes at TGR Fitness since 2013 starting with aerial silks and pole, then slowly transitioned to lyra and has taken that as her main apparatus. She has always loved the chance to perform and the lyra was a wonderful addition to her already title holding prop/auxiliary dancing. Megan has performed on lyra, hammock, and silks for 80/35, Misfit Cabaret, Aerial Expo, TGR’s: Elements, Masquerade Ball, and performance company En L’Aire, as well as other private events around Central Iowa.
Megan has competed at the professional level for lyra and currently holds these titles/placements:
• 2016 Central Lyra Champion (Aerial Sport Organization)
• 2nd Place Lyra – NAPDC Midwest 2016
• 5th Place Lyra – Aerial Sport Organization Nationals 2016
In addition to lyra/trap, silks, hammock, pole, and flexibility training at TGR, Megan has also trained at Aloft Loft in Chicago, Iowa Circus Academy, and has had individual or small group sessions in aerial, pole, or contortion with Caty Mae Yount, Jessica Johnson, Sarah Romanowsky, Charlie Faraday, Iowa Fly Girl, The Flying Laura, and more. When not training/teaching at TGR, Megan’s “day job” consists of teaching music, dance, and drill team. Megan is available for private lyra, trap, and hammock study, aerial parties, and other dance/performance study at request.
Megan has been with TGR fitness since 2012. She grew up competing in dance and gymnastics and was thrilled to find a gym that brought those activities back into her life. Megan started competing in pole fitness in 2014 and is currently training for her 4th competition. In 2017, She was named Champion of Central Pole Championship's level 4 Dramatic senior division. Megan began teaching pole fitness at TGR in 2014. Classes taught include Pole Fit Levels 1 through PHD, Vertical Booty Camp, Rock & Pole, cardio dance classes, Pole Flow, Pole Combos, Floor Flow, pole dance parties and many more. Megan has choreographed multiple routines for herself as well as pieces for other competitors and performers. She is a committee member and performer for En L’Air Aerial Dance Company. When she is not at TGR, Megan practices as a registered dental hygienist is West Des Moines and enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. “TGR has become a way of life for me. It is not just a place to become fit but a home where everyone is very loving and welcoming. I have found my life long friends here.”
Sarah has been a member of TGR since 2013 when she started taking pole and aerial classes. Since then, she has gone on to perform with En L’Air Aerial Dance Company on hammock, silks, and pole as well as competing in 4 pole fitness competitions. Having no background in gymnastics—only some killer moves from high school show choir—she has had to challenge her mind and body in new ways, allowing her to be an even better instructor. In her aerial hammock class, she covers everything you'll need to get your feet off the floor: freestyling, increasing flexibility, strength moves, wraps and drops. Every class is a little different and she's always looking for new and exciting things to add to the curriculum. Sarah placed 3rd on pole and 1st on hammock in the Intermediate category at Aerialympics St. Louis 2018.
Sarah's other awards include 3rd place at CPC 2015 Level 2 Championship; and 3rd place at CPC 2017 Level 3 Championship.
Sarah has been a member of TGR Fitness since September of 2010. Since she began her journey at TGR she has gone on to compete professionally throughout the Midwest. She has competed in at Central Pole Championship (Professional), the North American Pole Dance Competition (Elite), the Windy City Competition (Elite), and at Minnesota Pole Competition (Elite). Sarah has also performed in Iowa at 515 Alive, 80/35, Santa Pub Crawl, Sub Sonic Social, Varietease, the Iowa State Fair, Pandora's Circus, Des Moines Bridal Expo, and more than a dozen TGR shows and performances. She is also a cast member of Girl Next Door - Chicago. She is an active member of TGR's performance group, En L'Air Aerial Dance Company.
In addition to her extensive training at TGR she has also trained at Body + Pole in New York City, Aloft Loft in Chicago, and Fit Body and Pole in Colorado Springs. She has trained individually with Samantha Star, Kelly Yvonne, Michelle Stanek, and Marlo Fisken. In addition to flexibility training at TGR, she has also trained with Issac Pena, Caty Mae Yount, Jessica Johnson, and continues to further her knowledge in this area to bring new and updated techniques to TGR.
After seeing a deal on Living Social in 2012, Wendy decided to give TGR a try and has been attending classes ever since. Wendy has been focused primarily on the fitness side—taking classes in cardio and strength—and you can see her combining the two when she performs with TGR’s bellydance troupe. Wendy loves the environment and support at TGR and has increased her strength, flexibility and confidence with the continued encouragement from her TGR sisters.
Wendy holds a Piloxing Certification.
Our work-study crew is available on weekday evenings to answer your questions, give studio tours, manage equipment and help our gyms feel more like your home-away-from-home!
Our work-study program is designed for people who are serious about developing their fitness, pole and/or aerial capabilities and want to make it a bigger part of their lives. Whether it is competing, teaching, or switching careers, this program has helped countless others reach their goals. It is at least a 6-month long commitment where you will be required to work one evening per week spread from open to close. During these shifts you would be responsible for opening/closing the studio, working the front desk, cleaning, rigging, and any number of extra tasks. In exchange you will receive a heavily discounted membership of your choice.
TGR's aerial dance company, En L'Air (ballet in the air) produces four to six professional shows each year! This team focuses on concept creation, stage settings, cast selection and fundraising. Meet our En L'Air committee!
TGR has brought over 100 pole and aerial competitors to the stage! With routine creation, costume design, travel plans and day-of preparation to consider, it takes a TEAM to make it happen. Meet our competition committee!