Ascendance

Ascendance Pole & Aerial Arts is a nonprofit studio coming soon to the downtown Renton, WA area.

  Shanice Stahl   Shanice began her pole journey in 2012 after she promised to take a class if a friend taught, never thinking she would have to follow through. In her first curvaceous classes Shanice found a movement that let her feel sexy and graceful, things she hadn’t really ever felt before. Shanice has continued to find new ways that dance can improve her life.  She started teaching classes in 2015, focusing on helping women learn to love the bodies they have. Shanice is a self confessed narcissist and can often be found looking at herself in any reflective surface. Through pole Shanice has also had the opportunity to model on the runway, perform in a number of shows, an MC as well. Shanice has even had the honor of teaching at the International Pole Expo in Las Vegas.  Shanice loves to show students how graceful, beautiful, and sensual they can be through this fabulous movement. Pole has changed her life and she hopes to change yours too.

Shanice Stahl

Shanice began her pole journey in 2012 after she promised to take a class if a friend taught, never thinking she would have to follow through. In her first curvaceous classes Shanice found a movement that let her feel sexy and graceful, things she hadn’t really ever felt before. Shanice has continued to find new ways that dance can improve her life.

She started teaching classes in 2015, focusing on helping women learn to love the bodies they have. Shanice is a self confessed narcissist and can often be found looking at herself in any reflective surface. Through pole Shanice has also had the opportunity to model on the runway, perform in a number of shows, an MC as well. Shanice has even had the honor of teaching at the International Pole Expo in Las Vegas.

Shanice loves to show students how graceful, beautiful, and sensual they can be through this fabulous movement. Pole has changed her life and she hopes to change yours too.

  Annalisa Mai  IG:  @anna.leesah   Annalisa’s pole and aerial journey began in 2015. After taking an intro to pole and beginner lyra class, she knew it was the fitness regimen she had been searching for. She was originally seeking to gain strength, but quickly discovered a whole new side to herself. Pole and aerial dance has taught her self-confidence, perseverance, and has become her outlet. She loves the challenges of learning a new move on a pole or lyra and pushing herself to the next level. As an instructor, Annalisa uses her pole experience to empower students and to show them that anything is possible if they work at it. In addition to volunteering at Ascendance, she works as a supervisor in court operation, and also a service member in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Annalisa Mai
IG: @anna.leesah

Annalisa’s pole and aerial journey began in 2015. After taking an intro to pole and beginner lyra class, she knew it was the fitness regimen she had been searching for. She was originally seeking to gain strength, but quickly discovered a whole new side to herself. Pole and aerial dance has taught her self-confidence, perseverance, and has become her outlet. She loves the challenges of learning a new move on a pole or lyra and pushing herself to the next level. As an instructor, Annalisa uses her pole experience to empower students and to show them that anything is possible if they work at it. In addition to volunteering at Ascendance, she works as a supervisor in court operation, and also a service member in the U.S. Army Reserves.

  Ashlee Della-Franca  IG:  @kittenscratch   Originally from Oregon, Ashlee grew up exploring creative expression through musical and sartorial mediums. She moved to England for university, where she graduated with honors from University of the Arts London and established her career in corporate fashion business management. After five years abroad, she relocated to Seattle and discovered pole in 2014.  Ashlee has been training pole dance and aerial flexibility for four years and has been teaching and performing for nearly three. She most recently placed silver in Exotic L3, Senior, at the 2017 US National Pole Dance Championships, and performed at PoleCon 2018.  Ashlee an advocate for self-love, using dance and aerial training as therapeutic and empowering mediums.

Ashlee Della-Franca
IG: @kittenscratch

Originally from Oregon, Ashlee grew up exploring creative expression through musical and sartorial mediums. She moved to England for university, where she graduated with honors from University of the Arts London and established her career in corporate fashion business management. After five years abroad, she relocated to Seattle and discovered pole in 2014.

Ashlee has been training pole dance and aerial flexibility for four years and has been teaching and performing for nearly three. She most recently placed silver in Exotic L3, Senior, at the 2017 US National Pole Dance Championships, and performed at PoleCon 2018.

Ashlee an advocate for self-love, using dance and aerial training as therapeutic and empowering mediums.

 
  Tara Steed  IG:  @tututara   Tara is a former ballet dancer with over 2 decades of dancing and teaching experience. She discovered Pole in 2011 while looking for a new dance activity and has never looked back. She has competed and placed in several national competitions. Her style is graceful and dancey and she has a passion for clean, pretty lines. Tara loves teaching and thrives on coaching her students, and loves watching them meet and surpass their goals. Tara is a new mom to her baby boy Felix, and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and corgi puppy watching bad movies and eating good food.

Tara Steed
IG: @tututara

Tara is a former ballet dancer with over 2 decades of dancing and teaching experience. She discovered Pole in 2011 while looking for a new dance activity and has never looked back. She has competed and placed in several national competitions. Her style is graceful and dancey and she has a passion for clean, pretty lines. Tara loves teaching and thrives on coaching her students, and loves watching them meet and surpass their goals. Tara is a new mom to her baby boy Felix, and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and corgi puppy watching bad movies and eating good food.

  Cynthia Tee  IG:  @avaflow   Cynthia discovered pole dancing and lyra over 5 years ago and was immediately hooked. She believes that anyone - no matter their fitness level or body size - can find strength, confidence, healing, and beauty in pole and aerial movement. She is passionate about guiding whoever she teaches to discover their flow and revel in it. Cynthia grew up dancing ballet and jazz, and discovered strength training and Pilates later in life. She recently expanded her aerial repertoire by going vertical with silks, trapeze, and aerial yoga. She loves finding new ways to move in the air.

Cynthia Tee
IG: @avaflow

Cynthia discovered pole dancing and lyra over 5 years ago and was immediately hooked. She believes that anyone - no matter their fitness level or body size - can find strength, confidence, healing, and beauty in pole and aerial movement. She is passionate about guiding whoever she teaches to discover their flow and revel in it. Cynthia grew up dancing ballet and jazz, and discovered strength training and Pilates later in life. She recently expanded her aerial repertoire by going vertical with silks, trapeze, and aerial yoga. She loves finding new ways to move in the air.

  Candace Vaivadas   Candace began pole dancing in 2014 after an exhaustive search to find a fitness regime that would get her in shape, but also help heal her mind and soul. In pole dancing she found the piece of the puzzle that was missing in her daily life - a focus on positivity, daily success, growth, goals and community. As an instructor, she encourages her students to push through the physical and mental discomfort that this sport reveals in everyone, with the hope that it will help them harness the power of their inner voice in the rest of their lives. Alongside her work with Ascendance, Candace owns and operates Spearpoint Investigations, a private investigations agency specializing in civil rights and police conduct cases.

Candace Vaivadas

Candace began pole dancing in 2014 after an exhaustive search to find a fitness regime that would get her in shape, but also help heal her mind and soul. In pole dancing she found the piece of the puzzle that was missing in her daily life - a focus on positivity, daily success, growth, goals and community. As an instructor, she encourages her students to push through the physical and mental discomfort that this sport reveals in everyone, with the hope that it will help them harness the power of their inner voice in the rest of their lives. Alongside her work with Ascendance, Candace owns and operates Spearpoint Investigations, a private investigations agency specializing in civil rights and police conduct cases.

 
  Catherine Budinger  IG:  @flexy_cat   Catherine began pole dancing in 2016 when looking for a fitness activity that would counteract sitting at a desk most of the day. After taking a few beginner classes, she quickly realized this not only would help her gain strength and stamina, but also confidence and creativity. You will see her around the studio taking pole, lyra and aerial yoga. Additionally, Catherine is excited to take the next step in her aerial journey through teaching at our studio.

Catherine Budinger
IG: @flexy_cat

Catherine began pole dancing in 2016 when looking for a fitness activity that would counteract sitting at a desk most of the day. After taking a few beginner classes, she quickly realized this not only would help her gain strength and stamina, but also confidence and creativity. You will see her around the studio taking pole, lyra and aerial yoga. Additionally, Catherine is excited to take the next step in her aerial journey through teaching at our studio.

  Maggie Nation  IG:  @1nationstyle   Before discovering pole, Maggie had established a strong and diverse background in dance, with an emphasis on ballet, tap, jazz, modern and African dance. She has been teaching pole dance for over four years, and enjoys performing and mixing burlesque and pole. When she's not in the studio you can usually find her crafting intricate and sparkly costumes and props for the performance community. Maggie is most grateful for the confidence, strength, and beauty pole has given her, and looks to share those gifts with everyone who comes though our doors.

Maggie Nation
IG: @1nationstyle

Before discovering pole, Maggie had established a strong and diverse background in dance, with an emphasis on ballet, tap, jazz, modern and African dance. She has been teaching pole dance for over four years, and enjoys performing and mixing burlesque and pole. When she's not in the studio you can usually find her crafting intricate and sparkly costumes and props for the performance community. Maggie is most grateful for the confidence, strength, and beauty pole has given her, and looks to share those gifts with everyone who comes though our doors.

  Kirstie Chan  IG:  @kchan_pole   Kirstie began her pole journey in 2014 when she was looking for a new way of working out. Once she discovered pole dancing, she discovered a new passion and has never looked back. She has been teaching for nearly 4 years and loves to see the growth of her students.  Kirstie is a huge foodie and also runs a lifestyle blog that is also one of her passions titled  @kfclovesyou .

Kirstie Chan
IG: @kchan_pole

Kirstie began her pole journey in 2014 when she was looking for a new way of working out. Once she discovered pole dancing, she discovered a new passion and has never looked back. She has been teaching for nearly 4 years and loves to see the growth of her students.

Kirstie is a huge foodie and also runs a lifestyle blog that is also one of her passions titled @kfclovesyou.

 
  KP Bueno  IG:  kpbueno   KP was a pole vaulter for 8 years before she found pole in 2015. Prior to pole vaulting, she had a background in dance, so the switch to pole dancing seemed natural. What she loves most about pole is that it challenges her both physically and creatively. And that no matter what level you are, there is always something new to learn. KP enjoys teaching advanced tricks and flips and loves helping students surpass their pole goals! She occasionally competes in competitions and performs in shows but prefers to dance for herself.  Outside of pole, you can find her renovating her house, hiking, and traveling to anywhere and everywhere she can get to.

KP Bueno
IG: kpbueno

KP was a pole vaulter for 8 years before she found pole in 2015. Prior to pole vaulting, she had a background in dance, so the switch to pole dancing seemed natural. What she loves most about pole is that it challenges her both physically and creatively. And that no matter what level you are, there is always something new to learn. KP enjoys teaching advanced tricks and flips and loves helping students surpass their pole goals! She occasionally competes in competitions and performs in shows but prefers to dance for herself.

Outside of pole, you can find her renovating her house, hiking, and traveling to anywhere and everywhere she can get to.

 

Employment Opportunities

In our mission to build an amazing community and studio, we are always on the lookout for adding new talent to our diverse staff. We’ll invest in your development, encourage your ideas, and reward your efforts.

If you have movement teaching experience and want to be a part of our fabulous team, please email Hello@AscendnceStudios.org and introduce yourself. We may not always have the need, but would love to connect and keep you in mind for future opportunities.