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 https://www.elliceapostolos.com/

 

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! 

Simona

Simona Sivils is a Czech native raised in the Bay Area and recently re-located to Capitola. Simona is married to her junior high school sweetheart and is mama to two hybrid cats.

 

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.

 

When not poling, Simona works full-time as an Occupational Therapist in both the hospital and home health settings. She is a foodie (and the wife of a professional chef!), loves photography, all things tropical, and curling up with a good book.

Vaidehi

Vaidehi is a yoga and dance teacher dedicated to feminine movement. She is a certified instructor of BUTI Yoga, Vinyasa and Yinyasa Yoga, Pole Level 1, and Pole Conditioning. She loves hosting creative woman empowerment workshops that include movement, ritual, and dance. Vaidehi is a performing and recording artist (dancer, rapper and singer) who performs on stage, bringing her love for music and rhythm into one. She is also a multimedia producer that loves capturing beauty through the camera and editing reels for dancers, yogis and small businesses in the field. 

Tina P

aka "Goddess Afrodisiac"

Tina P (aka @GoddessAfrodisiac) is one tough cookie with sensitive icing. Hailing from Chicago, she started studying acting and movement in her teens. Though you could always find her on the dance floor, Tina P never imagined she'd be a professional dancer, and certainly not a pole dancer. After winning a free class she became obsessed with pole, attending classes five days a week. Eventually Tina P was accepted into The Choreography House's scholarship program in 2017 where she got her first teaching opportunity. Being an actress, Tina P loves to perform and has danced in Girl Next Door, Seven, and Santa Cruz favorite What Is Erotic. She has been featured on The Root website and as a pole double for R&B singer Mya. She is also the co-creator of @BlackPoleGoddess which celebrates exotic polers of color.

 

Tina P recently moved to the Santa Cruz mountains to work at a Buddhist retreat center. She is excited to be joining the Steel & Grace team to share her Bump N Grind style, a super fun blend of the sensual and ratchet sides of dance. Moreover, Tina P has a deep interest in uplifting women and loves to use movement to help women to love themselves...one heel clack at a time.

Krista

Krista discovered pole and aerial arts in 2013.  Her nerdy obsession with training hard has given her the opportunity to travel the world to share her art.  Krista has toured the US and Canada with The Cherry Bombs, a rock n' roll cabaret group, and Caravan Stage Company, a theater company that travels by tall ship.  Additionally, she has worked with various production companies, such as Veinte Varos Producciones (Playa del Carmen) and Aerial Experience Productions (Los Angeles).  She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share what she has learned on her journey with a community of people who love to 'get lifted' and express themselves in the air!

Amber

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!

Jessica Sweeney

Jessica Sweeney has been dancing since childhood beginning with Jazz/ Tap/ Ballet and changing course to Ballroom Dancing at age 12. She has danced Ballroom competitively since 1999 and during this time she was asked by instructors and coaches to work on emotional expression and confidence. This led her to join a Burlesque Troupe in 2011 called Bad Apple Burlesque. Jessica believes that Burlesque is responsible for a marked increase in her ability to express emotion to her audiences and channel anxiety on stage as well as in life. This is why she loves to share this dance with her students and Burlesque family Lulu and the Lushes. This Troupe currently performs often locally and has created an event called Bourbon and Burlesque. Jessica is the assistant director and a main choreographer for this event and she continues to teach partner dancing at the Palomar Ballroom.

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