Meet Our Teachers

Ellice Apostolos

Ellice Apostolos empowers every woman to connect to her body's innate wisdom and pleasure so she can move through the world in​ her​ fully expressed radiance. As a certified​ S Factor instructor, Ellice offers deeply transformative trainings where what begins as a personal erotic movement practice within the studio walls can become a sustainable practice that enriches every area of life. Ellice also guides women entrepreneurs to build the life of their desires through her online programs. She empowers them to put deep self-care and pleasure at the heart of their work so they can lead with their feminine genius, avoiding overwhelm and experience the success of a lasting and sustainable business. Learn more at


Ellice holds a degree in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis on performing arts from UC Santa Cruz. With an extensive background in dance and choreography Ellice has been performing for close to twenty year in the Santa Cruz area. She has choreographed and directed original pieces for Santa Cruz's annual What is Erotic? the past three years. This community sourced performance provides locals with or without a performance background a mentorship opportunity for discovering what is erotic to them and honing their performance skills to share their message with the community. One of Ellice's greatest delights is to support others to discover how they want to tell their story through their body, whether they want to perfect that for the stage or develop a personal practice for authentic expression. With years of exploration in the area of somatic healing and authentic expression she is excited to be specializing in the area of sensual movement for women now. In her S Factor classes, Ellice invites every woman to drop into her body's truth, eradicating shame and self judgement so she can unearth her pleasure, confidence and full emotional expression through dance. As a Board certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant Ellice adds a layer of body love and self-care through private and group nutrition education, guiding women to have a healthy thriving body so they can show up fully for all areas of their life.


As owner of Steel and Grace, Ellice offers a wide variety of weekly S Factor classes suitable for women with or without dance experience. Whether you want to pole dance, learn a fun wall routine, discover your flow with floor work, unearth your sexy, learn a lap dance or add a strip tease to your play, Ellice is excited to dance with you! 


Amber began her pole fitness as a way to gain both strength and flexibility in a fun and enjoyable way. After seeing a huge improvement in both areas she fell in love with the art of aerial dance and contortion style flexibility.
With a background in both pilates and yoga, her classes will have an emphasis on proper body alignment, injury prevention, and challenging yet fun techniques to quickly progress ones flexibility and dance goals.

She's a supportive encouraging teacher who believes every student has untapped potential to be discovered & shared. Her students are her greatest source of inspiration, constantly fueling her pole passion as they grow in confidence & explore the freedom of expression. She has a growing collection of 8inch heels & loves exploring all things bendy!


Jody has been training in circus arts since 2011. She specializes in pole dance, aerial hoop, and acrobatics. In 2015, Jody founded the performance group Pole Diversity ( She has directed and produced three hour long shows in Santa Cruz since then. Pole Diversity's mission is to share pole dance in a circus setting and to dispel common misconceptions about pole dance.

Jody performs around California at music festivals, events, burlesque shows and circus shows. She teaches pole dance and aerial hoop at UCSC and SF Pole & Dance. Jody also graduated with a master’s degree in pure mathematics and teaches math at Foothill College.


Ashley’s love for Circus Arts began in 2010. She was devoted to training aerial silks, hula hoop and hand balancing. Her passion led her to teaching and performing at festivals and in studios around the world. Pole Dance and Fitness caught Ashley’s attention a 5 years ago and she has been obsessed ever since. Her Pole Practice is acrobatic yet sensual.

Last summer Ashley led the Goddess Aerial Rising Retreat. The focus was on Aerial Silks, Rope, Lyra, Pole Dance/ Fitness, and Yoga. Her passion is to share her skills and help others tap into their physical strength and creativity. Ashley is a certified Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist.


Maricar found aerial in 2015 while looking to over come a fear of heights. With her competitive background in figure skating she instantly became hooked! With that fluid and fast spin style, aerial gave her back that feeling of flying she missed. She competed in 2017, at Level 4 PSO Nationals, taking home a silver medal!

She has recently found a new love in Olympic weight lifting and through this passion is now eager to help her students build strength. Maricar loves to see her students push past their own expectations and believes in providing an encouraging environment and celebrating every accomplishment.


Samantha has been leading women in erotic empowerment movement for 14 years as an S Factor teacher. I am so delighted that she will be joining us at Steel and Grace with Live Virtual S Factor classes! All of you die hard S ladies, please check out Sam's classes to explore more of what's alive in your body with her fresh, new and sacred voice leading you on your class journey!

"In 2006, my life changed radically when I took an embodiment movement class in hopes to spice up things in the bedroom. Truth was I needed to embark on a journey with myself. A journey of self-love and exploration."


Simona Sivils is a Czech native raised in the Bay Area. Simona’s love for all things acro and fitness began at the age of 10 when she discovered cheerleading and was instantly drawn to building human pyramids. Simona became part of a co-ed stunt team in high school and an all-girl team in college, where she found great passion in being a “flyer” and in performing with her squad(s) at a competitive/National level. It was during this time that Simona also gained some basic gymnastics skills.


Simona started pole fitness in 2012 and has since performed/competed in duet and small group pieces, as well as in 5 solos, placing 1st in 2017 GGPC Entertainment L4, and 2nd in 2016 PPC Entertainment L3. Simona excels at both static and spin pole and is especially drawn to strength and acrobatic moves with a love for all things flips, tricks, tumbles and drops. Simona is also exploring other aerial arts such as trapeze and lyra.


C.A. is a queer, femme, artist, dancer who strives to create a space free of fear or judgment, where participants can feel uninhibited to exercise body positivity and their sensuality. C.A. has been teaching pole and barre classes from the Bay Area to Maui for the last few years. You can also find her cradling a camera, making socially-distanced portraits and  boudoir photography when she is not dancing in the studio. To see her artwork and learn more about her pole practice visit

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