KATHLEEN HAHN - Owner/Head Teacher
Kathleen started dancing at the ripe age of three. A few years and dance lessons later, she graduated with a B.F.A. in Modern Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts where she also finished high school in the ballet department. She continued on to New York City where she lived for seven years, dancing, making dance films, going to cooking school, working as a Certified Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor and starting her own business making customized exercise videos.
Kathleen most recently returned from her second stint in NYC studying pole dancing extensively at New York Pole Dancing (NYPD), the first pole studio to open in NYC under the ownership of Wendy Traskos. Kathleen has three pole certifications from NYPD. Before opening her own DANCECLUB Asheville studio in May, 2016 Kathleen taught her Burlesque and Jazz/Funk classes for several years on the third floor of Loretta's Cafe. She also started I Do Dances in 2009, her wedding dance business, IDoDances.com, and has made dances for over 100 couples.
Kathleen is pretty sure everyone loves to dance. It's simply a matter of finding out what kind of dance excites you and makes you comfortable. Kathleen is only interested in sharing dance that is fun! Her excitement lies in helping people find that fun, comfort zone with confidence to be able to bust a move on any dance floor!
|Chair Dance, Intro to Pole, Beginner Pole Flow & Beginner Poleography|
Ash grew up dancing at Dance Express in Connecticut and performing & competing in New York City, taking master classes at Broadway Dance Center. After moving to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art University, she was fascinated by circus and aerial arts, and fell madly in love with pole dancing, chair choreography, and burlesque. Trading in her traditional dance attire for costumes and glitter, Ash performed throughout the Bay Area with the Fishnet Follies, Atomic Bombshells, Hubba Hubba Review, and the Garter Room.
Ash is in love with the community here, and is constantly inspired by sharing and growing through the classes she teaches. Driven by empowerment, love, and support, her ultimate goal is to promote unapologetic self acceptance and express it through dance.
| Hip Hop Fitness & Twerk Aerobics |
Trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary & Hip Hop, Emma grew up competing at dance competitions across the southeast. She was a member of the professional company Project 7 Dance, in Roswell, GA and her choreography has won many awards. In 2008 she won first place in the Panoply Choreography Competition, and 1st Overall National Duo/Trio at NRG Dance Project in 2015. She has trained under many artists including Gus Giordono, Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio & Jason Parsons. Emma continues to create amazing, energetic choreography for all of her classes from Hip Hop to her Twerk Certified booty shaking!
| Exotic Pole |
Megan was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Pole dance was introduced to her a couple years back as a fun way of getting in shape. Since then, pole has turned into a necessary form of artistic expression for her, as well as a means of pushing limits and boundaries she had previously set for herself. With a special interest in exotic movement, she aims to find beauty in this sensual and ultra feminine style of dance. Megan finds her inspiration from Carmine Black, Doris Arnold and Rihannan Nichole, to create choreography that allows her students to explore their own expression through Exotic Pole dance.
| Hip Hop Fitness & Vixen Army |
Illysa is a neuroscience geek by day and fitness instructor by night. She holds a group ex certification from AFAA and a personal trainer certification from ACE.
Illysa found that the thing she loves the most about teaching is helping people tap into their alter ego and embracing the dancer they have been dying to let out! She will be sure to introduce you to your Inner Vixen in her Vixen Army Series. She has also found a passion for teaching Hip Hop Fitness, and loves helping people work up a sweat while having a fun time.
| Bellydance |
Charlotte Louise is an award-winning cabaret and fusion style bellydancer from Asheville, NC. She is known for keeping crowds smiling with her energetic performances at restaurants, parties and stage shows. She always has a smile on her face!
Charlotte has twice been part of a winning troupe at the "Belly-Off" in Pittsburgh. In 2013 she won "Grand Champion in the Rising Star Category." In 2014 Charlotte was selected as one of 12 dancers to perform with Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique in House of Tarot. In January 2015 she won "People's Choice" in the Junior Professional Cabaret Category at "Serena's Shakedown," and in 2017 she won "People's Choice" at East Coast Classic. She has studied with many master teachers, including Lisa Zahiya, Aziza of Montreal, Zoe Jakes, Mahsati Janan, and Jillian Carlano.
Above all, Charlotte strives to be a continual student of Middle Eastern dance, culture, and music. She lives in Asheville, NC and also works as a coach and psychotherapist.
| Twerk Aerobics & Pole Doubles |
Jean is a Military trained Paramedic and Charge Nurse by day. It was not until her first class at DanceClub Asheville that she realized it was not too late to also live out her childhood dreams as a dancer. She traded in her combat boots for stilettos, immediately falling in love with how pole dance combined a wealth of strength, grace and sensuality.
After training in Atlanta, Jean also discovered a passion for twerk and all things bootylicious. She is a Certified Twerk Technician and loves to push the boundaries of conventional fitness. With the support of her dance family, she aims to empower others to find their confidence and inner vixen through dance.
| Twerk Aerobics & Stretchy Flexy |
At first, taking a class at DanceClub Asheville was another check off the bucket list. But soon, Tricia found herself coming back each week - the forearm climb became her next goal, followed by ground touching splits. Once Tricia mastered some of the basic spins and floorwork she began to explore the different styles of pole dance. With each solo performance she has explored a different pole aesthetic and found appreciation for her many different forms of self expression.
Tricia never used to use sexy, graceful, powerful, or strong to describe herself, but she continues to prove to herself that she is all of those things and more. Now, her most important goal is to help other students discover their sense of self through the beauty of DanceClub.
Her favorite classes are Stretchy Flexy and Beginner Static & Spin Pole. She is a certified Twerk Instructor and substitute Instructor for Stretchy Flexy. Tricia is also a local fashion designer and plans retreats for various clients that are both local and out of state.
| Dance Pop |
Michelle Grasty-Colont started dancing at the age of 3, where she discovered simultaneous passions for both performance and felines with her stage-debut to The Pussycat Polka. From there, Michelle trained in her hometown of Waynesville, NC as a competitive dancer and singer until attending college at Appalachian State University, where she dabbled in some dance classes, but ultimately thought her dance career was over.
In early 2014, after living in Asheville for a few years, Michelle signed up for a dance class on a whim. One class was all it took to reignite the fire, and Michelle hasn’t stopped tapping her toes since. Under the mentorship of local dance teacher and health coach Christine Garvin, Michelle was able to refine her performing technique and teaching skills. Michelle began teaching her Babes & Bottles dance pop workshops in Fall 2016, and is a founding member of Asheville dance troupe Liquid Sirens, where she serves as a principal dancer and one of the choreographers for the troupe. Michelle has also taught classes in modern, song & dance, and jazz...but mostly a LOT of Beyoncé.
Michelle is so excited to be a teacher at Danceclub and believes so strongly in the studio’s vision that everyone can (and should) dance! She can’t wait to contribute to such a beautiful and passionate community.