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Amanda (Pole & Twerk) comes to Shockra with a background in competitive cheerleading. Originally from Northern Virginia, she was Varsity captain of her high school cheerleading squad, which she would eventually coach after graduating, and was also a member of multiple award-winning all star squads that competed along the East Coast. After moving to New York City to pursue music journalism, she crossed paths with Shockra Studio and found just the thing to fill the fitness gap in her post-cheerleading life -- pole dance. Years later, she's proud to be able to teach other people her newfound passion in the same place where she originally honed her skills. Her sassy, pole and twerk parties keep guests smiling, and she enjoys bringing her passion for music into her pole fitness classes by challenging students to expand their pole personalities and range of movement through different genres of music, while paying attention to conditioning, form, and safety.

Amanda's Pole Classes.

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"Took a pole dancing class here with Amanda. It was so much fun!! Amanda was great! We were a large group with a lot of personality but she kept up and then some. She really caters to your skill level and gives everyone personal attention. It was a workout but we laughed the whole time. Amanda is fun, energetic and funny! I highly recommend taking a pole dancing class here -- my friends and I are itching to go back!"

"I just finished my 6-week beginners program with Amanda and can't wait to take the continuation to this series with her again which I think really says a lot about this place! Amanda's instruction is really great, and she is open to move suggestions if they're within the realm of the difficulty level you're at. She also allows different music to be played during the freestyle portion of the class (everyone has their own feeling sexy song, so it's great that this environment allows us to dance with our music as well). "

"A few weeks ago I took my fist pole class ever with Amanda and fell in love! I can't wait to get back to class. The class was small, and Amanda adjusted very fast to our ability levels. We were new to pole, but had dance backgrounds and caught on fast. So she kept giving us new spins to play with and I had a ball. Love her! Amanda is chill, down to earth, very clear in her instruction and about safety, and totally approachable."

"Right now I'm taking a class with Amanda, who is great. She has a wacky sense of humor and is attentive to form. I appreciate the attention to detail and the humanity she brings to the class."

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