Instructors

Meet the Knockout Bodies Team

Knockout Bodies classes are taught by a team of passionate & well qualified instructors. We all love what we do & believe that pole and aerial are more than just a workout! We keep classes small, so you will get plenty of individual attention and get to know your instructors & classmates well! Our focus is always to give you the best experience in a safe and injury free environment. We all have experienced the many benefits of pole and aerial including feeling strong and empowered. Let us show you that too.

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Charisma Blue

Owner / Instructor

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.

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Dakota Wolfe

Co-Owner, Pole Instructor, and Resident Heels Expert

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.

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Misty

Pole Instructor & Instructor Trainer

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 Vertical Art Athletics. She is the ’09 North Star “Miss Fitness” winner, & currently performs with the group “Cirque du Pôle”.

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Laura

Pole Instructor

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.

  • Third Place – Minnesota Pole Competition Intermediate Entertainment 2019

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Tasha

Co-Owner, Pole and Fitness Instructor

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.

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Lindsey

Pole Instructor

Lindsey is one of our passionate instructors with an approach to honor freestyle majority of the time! She has been a student at Knockout for five years! Despite life interruptions such as major abdominal surgery, traveling, school, and work- her love for pole has remained strong! She is a Social Work student and has many years of working in Human Services. This contributes to her inclusive, communicative, and approachable demeanor as an instructor. You won’t be leaving her class without a good laugh, a new song, or a smile! In addition to her employment, dance background, and education, she’s also completing her Yoga Teacher Certification and she is Reiki attuned. “Mind, body, and spirit fuel my creativity- in both my personal practice and group instruction. Let’s submerge our entire self into movement, TOGETHER.” Interested in a reiki session with her? Email her at divinemovement1111@gmail.com to schedule your session.

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Elisabeth Gress

Pole and Ballet Instructor

Elisabeth has been dancing in some form for the majority of her life, including extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. She found pole and aerial arts in June 2017 and started instructing with Knockout Bodies in Winter 2018. Elisabeth holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is a current instructor with Vertical Arts Athletics. She enjoys helping her clients and students have the most successful, safe and fun experiences in all movement forms.

Certifications

  • Vertical Art Athletics Foundations
  • Vertical Art Athletics Pole Mobility

Competitions

  • 1st place PSO Chicago 2018 Level 2 Dramatic Junior
  • 1st place PSO Gateway 2018 Level 3 Entertainment Junior/Senior
  • 1st place MNPC/LOL 2019 Advanced Performance Theater
  • 1st place MNPC/LOL 2019 Doubles
  • 2nd place PSO Triangle 2019 Floorwork/Low Flow Level 2/3 Junior/Senior
  • 3rd place PSO Triangle 2019 Doubles
  • 1st place PSO Chicago 2019 Level 4 Entertainment Senior
  • 1st place PSO Space City 2019 Doubles
  • 1st place PSO Space City 2019 Level 4 Entertainment Senior

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Jean Luc Dicard

Pole Instructor

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Jean Luc will be celebrating his 5 year pole-aversary in June 2019! They have been an independent pole performer and entertainer around the Twin Cities and MN since winter 2014. Jean Luc has been a member of various local performance troupes, and currently is a member of The Vigilantease Collective. Since spring 2016, they have been instructing pole students from brand new to advanced levels, and making group pole choreography. He is a Certified Shiatsu and Massage Therapist, and had their own bodywork practice 2013-2017. Jean Luc has a background in movement arts such as gymnastics, modern dance, contact improvisation, and Wu Chien Pai martial arts. Pole dance has helped Jean Luc embrace sensuality and assertiveness, and move towards being and becoming their most authentic self. Witnessing people play and heal through somatic practices such as dance gives them life.

Awards:

-2016 MN Pole Competition, 1st Place, Men’s Division

-2018 MN Pole Competition, 1st Place, Men’s Division

-2019 MN Pole Competition, 1st Place, Elite Artistic Division

Certifications:

-2014 Shiatsu and Massage Therapist Certification from CenterPoint Shiastu and Massage Therapy School

-2017 Pole-ates Foundations Course from Vertical Art Athletics

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Brandy Jane Grey & Seebie Sparklehaus

Brandy Jane Grey (she/her) and Seebie Sparklehaus (they/them), come to you after three years of flying together on lyra.

This Mixed-Level Lyra class is best for lyra students with some fundamentals who have completed the Intro to Lyra series and feel comfortable with all skills covered in the series. It is not unusual to take the intro series multiple times.

The structure of class is as follows:
– Warmup and Prehab
– Fundamentals (hangs, alignment and balance work, and beats)
– Skills (drops, rolls, advanced poses)
– Transitions and Sequencing
– ArtistryWe accept all students at all ability levels and are happy to work with folks to design your path in circus.

We both train lyra in private and semi-private lessons with many local instructors, including Lynn Lunny, Kristen Zyra, Cheryl Birch, and whoever is passing through! Together, we are committed to ongoing training and study from science-based materials published by Jen Crane (cirque_physio), Catie Bier (physioflex), and Emily Scherb (thecircusdoc) to keep up our ongoing learning. Seebie did lyra teacher training with T Lawrence Simon, previously at NECCA and currently in Boston at the Commonwealth Circus Center. Brandy did her lyra teacher training with Paper Doll Militia in the Born to Fly program.

In our 3 years teaching together, we have developed a dynamic curriculum in fundamentals, skills, and artistry. We feel strongly about instilling all students with excellent training habits and empowering everyone to safely explore artistry and expression.

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Professionally Trained Instructors

All our instructors have been trained by Vertical Art Athletics, recognized by the Pole Safe Federation! We offer Pole Tricks, Pole Dance, Aerial Tricks, and most importantly, Fitness classes to help advance your pole and aerial training in a safe and very effective manner. Check out our classes today!

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