Meet the Knockout Bodies Team
Charisma recently acquired Knockout Bodies in 2017 from its previous owner Jen Cichon who started the studio in 2010.Charisma fell in love with pole dancing as an alternative way of getting fit. She was getting bored with her current workout and turned to pole dancing as a way to break free of the monotony. She was instantly hooked with her first class at Knockout Bodies in 2011 and has been pole dancing ever since. After taking a year and a half break to have a baby, she turned back to her passion of pole dancing to get back in shape and to have some “Mommy Me Time”. Taking her passion for pole to the next level, Charisma became a certified pole instructor in early 2016 and found a new reason to love pole. She loves to see her students succeed and to provide the encouragement to try something new and different. Charisma was a dancer and theater background and applies her theatrical flair to all of her performances and routines. Recently, she took home 2nd place at the Central Pole Competition in 2017 for her Level 2 Dramatic Division performance and 3rd place at the MN Pole Competition in 2015 for her Novice Level Artistic Division performance. She was also a certified Sports Massage Therapist in 2008 and applies the self-care principles to her training and teaching style.
Misty has been a fitness instructor for over 15 year & has dedicated her life to health, healing, & fitness.
She is a NETA certified group fitness instructor, certified Spinning instructor, and certified clinical Pilates instructor. Misty is a performing arts physical therapist, with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, a master’s in physiotherapy, & a doctorate in hand & upper extremity therapy, and has comprehensive mat & equipment Pilates certification. Misty offers teacher training through Performance Art Athletics. She is the ’09 North Star “Miss Fitness” winner, & currently performs with the group “Cirque du Pôle”.
Dakota has been teaching pole dancing for five years and dancing for seven years. Her signature style is classic pole with a show of amazing flexibility, graceful flow, and awe inspiring drops. You can find her performing several times a year at multiple aerial and variety shows in the Twin Cities as a solo or part of Cirque du Pole performing group.
Most recently, Dakota took home the gold at Central Pole Competition in 2017 in the Doubles Division and placed second at the Pole Princess Competition in 2015.
Laura stumbled upon pole dancing when classes were offered at her yoga studio. As soon as she started dancing, she was hooked! After training hard for three years at Knockout Bodies, life intervened and she had to step away from coming to class, but continued to pole at home with her own pole. Life eventually calmed down and after taking several instructor training courses through Pole Art Athletics, she was finally able to realize her dream of becoming a Pole Fitness Instructor! She loves helping students discover how fun fitness can be through pole dancing.
Tasha has been poling since October 2015 and started teaching March of 2017. She is dedicated to learning and getting stronger so she can continue to grow in strength and agility and to help guide her students in their pole journey. She competed in 2016 at the Minnesota Pole Competition and recently tied for third place in the Level 2 Dramatic Division at the Central Pole Competition in 2017. When she is not at pole class, she is an avid cosplay costume designer and attends conventions across the country. She is also a self-proclaimed Cat Lady and the proud parent of Pumpkin and Vader.
Kelsey has been a competitive dancer for over 21 years. Growing up, she competed in ballet, lyrical, jazz, and acro dance. Deciding to share her love of dance, she became a dance instructor and eventually found pole dancing in 2013. She fell in love with it and embraced the community fully. She loves how pole dancing has brought her confidence, happiness, and some of the best friends a girl could ask for.
Nicole is an avid fitness enthusiast with a passion for aerial arts. She is no stranger to flying high as she was a zip lining guide before discovering aerial arts and her desire to help others on their health and fitness journeys. She is always looking for her next challenge, whether it is finishing a marathon, trying a crazy new fitness class, or tackling another circus apparatus. She is intrigued by anything that she finds difficult and pushes her outside her comfort zone, her motto being, "Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable." She blends both of her loves together to give her students a great workout while making fitness fun by incorporating aerial silks, allowing students to get sweaty while striking a camera ready pose. In her classes you can expect to find a challenging workout that is open to all body types, all skill levels, and an overall welcoming and inviting environment. Everyone's journey is unique, so get ready to focus on you - set your own goals and track your progress. The only competition allowed in her class is with yourself.
Heather Christine is passionate about women’s health and has layered her education and experience specifically related to motherhood…seeking pregnancy, pregnant and postnatal. She is a physical therapist, ACE trained group fitness instructor and yoga teacher specializing in pre/postnatal and baby yoga. Heather most recently became a certified MUTU Pro™ through training in the Fall of 2017 in the UK. As a MUTU Pro, she is one of only 60 Pros worldwide. Additionally, Heather is a DONA certified birth doula and lactation educator counselor. And last but not least her greatest education has come from being the mother of three. Checkout her pre-natal/post-natal classes offered at Knockout Bodies quarterly. PS. For those of you performers…ask her about her alter ego.
Cheryl Birch - Lyra Series Instructor Bio - COMING!
Laura has been a physical artist, instructor, performer and competitor since early on. She spent her earlier years training in dance and gymnastics before moving into competitive cheerleading, and was a stunting flyer and tumbler as an Iowa State Cheerleader. For the last 10 years, Laura has trained, performed and instructed locally and across the nation, focusing on aerial silks, tight wire, Spanish web, Chinese pole, lyra and contortion. She currently performs as a solo freelance artist and with the Xelias Performance Company
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Professionally Trained Instructors
All our pole instructors have been trained by Pole Art Athletics, recognized by the Pole Safe Federation! We offer Pole Tricks, Pole Dance, and most importantly, Pole Fitness classes to help advance your pole training in a safe and very effective manner. Check out our classes today!