Body, Mind & Pole - Pole and Aerial Arts Studio
Instructor Biographies
 
Pattye Bohnet-Fleming
Pattye Bohnet-Fleming
Pattye’s parents enrolled her in dancing school at the age of 4 because they thought that this would relieve her of being painfully shy. They happened to be right. Through the years she has been trained in all forms of dance, but her emphasis was on being a competitive USGF Gymnast. After a few years of teaching Gymnastics she retired her leotard at the age of 22. Coming to an end of a long hiatus, Pattye realized that something had been missing in her life. Through prayer it occurred to her that she missed dance and gymnastics but immediately discounted it because of her age. However, she found herself in an introductory class at a pole dancing studio which was the perfect blend of her former training of gymnastics and dance. Pattye knew immediately she was home and became on fire with this new found means of self expression. As her passion for pole dancing continues, she is excited about having the opportunity to share and help woman discover their sensual side as well as develop their inner and outer strength.
Tracy Levy
Tracy is a self-proclaimed fitness addicit. After nearly 20 years of doing triathlons, in 2007, she found pole dance on You Tube. With her husband's support, since there were no pole studios on Long Island back then, Tracy contacted an on-line teacher. She spent the next year on Skype learning how to pole one-on-one with a woman she's never actually met in person. She's come a long way since then, taking classes everywhere she visits, attending the International Pole Convention and actively continuing her pole journey. Pole remains a very personal journey for her, as she enjoys helping her students to master the basics and find their free style dance as well as fun tricks. "There's always another level to get to in pole. The sport of pole and the dance of pole are merging, making the artform all the more personal." Tracy believes it's never too late to start pole dance, as she began her journey after her 40th birthday. "Come pole play with me!" - Tracy
Tracy Levy
Stella Fink
Stella Fink
Stella Fink is a professional pole fitness instructor and certified personal trainer. She began pole dancing in 2008 at home, learning from YouTube videos and instructional pole fitness DVD’s. After becoming more serious about pole fitness training, Stella began supplementing her at-home pole training with strength and flexibility training at her local gym. Completely self motivated and self taught Stella spent most of her free time after her day job as an engineer, training to transform herself into a pole dancer. To Stella, pole dancing is a symbol of strength, beauty and grace. In her eyes, pole dancing seems to encompass elements of ballet, gymnastics, and ice skating to create the ultimate sport that is also a great form of artistic expression.
Kim Decker Reddan
Kimberly is a stay at home mother of three beautiful children. Her love for pole dancing began about 5 years ago. After a year of being a dedicated student she took a break to have her third child. She is now back on the pole and loving it even more. So much so that she decided to become a certified pole instructor. She is thrilled to share her love for pole with the students at Body, Mind & Pole.
Kim Decker Reddan
Destiny Ocasio
Destiny Ocasio
Destiny has been pole dancing since 2010 and has been hooked since day one. She's hoping to help others find their “sexy swagger," all while getting a great workout and having fun at the same time! As a fitness junkie and an athlete, she never saw the body toning results she had wanted. The day she cancelled her gym membership and enrolled in classes at Body, Mind, & Pole was the day she finally saw the results she was looking for. Destiny hopes to inspire women and help them see pole dancing in a whole new light. Everyday she encounters women who are trying to attain that “perfect” body. She believes pole dancing can help build confidence and make women feel comfortable in their own skin; regardless of color, shape or size. Pole Dancing and Fitness epitomizes everything that Destiny believes in: building confidence, setting goals, achieving goals, and good health.
Zoe Kantor
Zoe had been dancing for 15 years when she first discovered pole dancing while living in Korea in 2011. She began training obsessively after being drawn to the combination of strength and grace. Pole dancing quickly became Zoe's passion, and she advanced rapidly. She recently won the Level 3 bronze medal at the Boston Supershag Pole Fitness Championships. Zoe is passionate about sharing her love of pole with others, and helping students to grow stronger and develop their own style. She is also a certified personal trainer, and is incredibly excited to become part of the Body Mind and Pole Team!
Zoe Kantor
Maryann Stevens
Maryann Stevens
Maryann has been dancing since the age of four, and it has always remained a true passion for her. Throughout her life, Maryann continually sought out different ways in which to express herself through movement. She was naturally drawn towards the beauty and strength of aerial arts. Maryann discovered pole dancing 7 years ago. After just one class, she was enamored and immediately worked towards becoming a certified instructor. While continuously training at several well known pole studios, she also began performing at clubs and private events. She has been instruction at several locations since her certification. Maryann began her circus experience 5 years ago when she discovered the flying trapeze. She again fell in love and wanted to share this experience with others. She began training at two premier flying trapeze schools (I.FLY Trapeze and Streb Academy) and currently works at I.FLY trapeze, Long Island only flying trapeze and circus arts facility. With a love of being in the air, Maryann diligently worked on several other aerial apparatus, including Lyra, static trapeze, doubles trapeze and aerial hammock. She found her true passion in fabric/silks and currently teaches at several different locations. Maryann continues to study under Bobby Hedgelin-Taylor, highly acclaimed aerial coach, choreographer, and actor/performer. She is well versed in safety, spotting and rigging procedures.
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