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November 4, 2010

Add a bit of aerial flair to your wedding reception! | Shanyn Pollard | PoleFit.ca

Get to know Pole!

Back in March, I introduced all of you to my friend Shanyn, founder of PoleFit.ca and S.A.S.S. – Shanyn’s Artistic Strength Studio!

Today’s blog post is written by Shanyn, to all of you, as an inspiration to add a bit of flair to your wedding reception!

I’ve been to a handful of wedding receptions over the past few months and they were beautiful! However, I did get to view them from a very unique perspective as I was 20 feet above the guests and wedding party performing aerial silks. I watched as everyone starred in amazement as I wrapped myself in ribbons of silk executing spins, drops and poses complimenting the romance of the evening.

My name is Shanyn Pollard and I’m an aerialist, circus school coach and pole fitness instructor. The services that I provide range from fitness classes, bachelorette parties and entertainment.

I’m the owner of SASS (Shanyn’s Artistic Strength Studio) in Stoney Creek, Ontario. My studio offers pole dance fitness classes, group or private, aerial silks classes, resistance training, cardio training and more.

Classes are offered to women of all shapes and sizes who want to have fun while getting fit. SASS is an un-biased environment where women are supported by one another in achieving their goals.

Pole parties are also a huge hit for bachelorette parties! In your home with my portable pole or in my studio with 10 poles, I can teach you and your bridal party 12-15 moves on the pole. By the end of the party everyone in attendance will learn to perform a choreographed routine to music! It’s always a great way to start the fun!

Finally, once your wedding day has arrived, you can have a live aerial silks performance at your reception. It’s definitely a very magical touch guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on those closest to you.

Aerial arts have become my passion over the past 4 years and I’ve just been awarded Best Pole Tricks in Canada at the Canadian Pole Dance Competition in Vancouver, September 11, 2010.

I’m also on the Board of Directors for the Pole Fitness Instructor Certification Canada, a commission dedicated to ensuring safety to all pole enthusiasts.

As a wedding planner, I’m honoured to showcase Shanyn’s talents to my brides who are looking to add some touches of unforgettable to their wedding evening – and I’m excited to share this with all of you!

To read more about Shanyn’s classes and performances, and to see a video of her first wedding performance, click here!

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March 18, 2010

Find your inner Pole Goddess at S.A.S.S.!!

Tonight, I had the opportunity to try one of the most uniquely incredible workouts I’ve ever tried… pole dancing!

SASS (Shanyn’s Artistic Strength Studio) is about expression of strength, beauty and art through the movement of your body.


Shanyn is a young mother of two who shares her time between being a mommy and a pole dancer.  She has absolutely no experience as an exotic dancer and is 100% self-taught. With a background in gymnastics, she saw a dance pole as nothing more than another apparatus, and even without ever having touched one, she knew she had to try it.  Shanyn bought a pole, installed it in her dining room and discovered an effective way to release all the days stress while staying in shape and revealing the goddess within.

Now, Shanyn teaches women to shed their outer layer and reveal the beautiful and confident women within. She has combined her pole dancing skills with her personal training certification and gymnastics background and has designed a program for all women, any size and shape, to begin and continue to learn the art of pole dancing.

According to Shanyn,

Pole dancing is no longer for the women who we could never imagine being like, it is for the women who are just like us.  It is a great way to get an amazing body while feeling completely empowered and beautiful while enjoying your workout.  It is all about using something that has, for years, been seen as a sexual apparatus and using it as our tool to better our bodies and self esteem.”


Tonight, I not only watched Shanyn teach three Level 1 graduates some more advanced pole dancing moves, I was lucky enough to be included in the class and “give it a whirl” myself! (she makes it look so much easier than it is!)

I was also lucky enough to have Shanyn perform some incredible pole dancing choreography, as well as show me her amazing talents on the “silks” (which she is available to perform on at weddings!! – Contact me for more details!)

For those of you in the Niagara / Hamilton / GTA area, interested in coming out to a private WeddingGirl.ca beginner level course (Pole Dancing, Level 1) starting in mid-April with Shanyn, please contact us for details!

For more information about the amazing work Shanyn does, visit her website at PoleFit.ca!

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