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Our Instructors

Our Instructors have been hand selected for their skill, personality, and background. Additionally, each and every Rock N Body instructor is professionally certified to teach pole dance – this ensures that our students always receive safe and effective teaching methods. In addition to skill set, Rock N Body believes that pole dancing offers more than just a fitness benefit to women – through pole dancing, students can become their strongest and most confident selves. Our instructors understand and deliver a safe and encouraging enviroment so every woman can find herself in pole dancing.

 



Brandi Godcharles
Owner & Lead Instructor

I am a teacher that is full of life and laughter and I love helping my students learn the art and skill of pole dancing! The most rewarding part for me is helping students to feel a confidence in themselves for exactly who they are – sometimes, because life can get in the way, people “forget” how talented, spirited and full of joy they actually are and I love facilitating an environment where their best selves can come to the forefront. It is an absolute joy for me to show students how much they are capable of. One of my favorite things about teaching is seeing those light bulb moments happen when students realize just how strong, skillful and sexy they really are.

I fell in love with pole dance in 2010 and in the years following, left my career as a professional writer to pursue teaching pole dance full-time and I haven’t looked back since. I love taking the time to get to know my students on a personal level so that I can provide them with what they need the most as individuals. I’ve learned that my passion in life is helping people to feel good about themselves and that is a big reason teaching pole is so much fun for me.

Helping someone see their own unique beauty is a gift that I love giving whenever possible – sometimes it is achieved through a kind word or gesture, sometimes through continued encouragement – whatever the method of getting there, making the world a happier and more joyful place to be is a job I can imagine myself doing for the rest of my life. Come join our family and laugh and sweat your way to feeling the best you can about yourself. Life is too short to not be having a great time, feeling happy and laughing every single day!

Favorite type of pole dance: The slinky and sensual side of pole is hands down my favorite. I’ve always been intrigued by the sexiness and level of athleticism in exotic dance.

Favorite song(s) to pole dance to: Any song that gives me that wonderful feeling of being in touch with my heart and my sensuality – my favorite songs to dance to tap me into that unique feeling of sensuality like “Skin” by Rihanna or “Coffee” by Miguel and Wale. I also enjoy songs that allow me to express my feelings of confidence and happiness like “True Faith” by New Order and anything by the Black Keys.

Hobbies and interests: Pole dancing is my #1 love and #1 crush but I also like movies, fashion, animals and being with loved ones.

Education: B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Florida

Favorite color: RED!

Favorite genre(s) of music: Most genres of rock, and hip hop

Barefoot or heels?: Heels for days! My collection of heels is impressive if I do say so myself!

Website: www.brandigodcharles.com

Brandi teaches Pole Dance 101 and Strength & Stretch Splits and Straddles on Monday evenings, Strength & Stretch Back Attack and Intermediate Pole Tricks on Wednesday evenings, and Advanced Pole Tricks and Exotic Floor Dance on Saturday mornings.

 

Neesheta Patram
Instructor

I was raised in a culturally diverse home and grew up learning exotic forms of dance such as traditional East Indian, Asian, Latin, and Belly Dance. I also learned to appreciate the art of burlesque. While I loved to dance, I never had professional training; it was just something I really liked to do at home.

In 2008 I discovered the art of pole dancing. Recognizing my newly found infatuation, my mother gifted me with my first pole as a college graduation gift! Yeah, she rocks! I truly love everything about pole dance and the aerial arts. It is super empowering and I’ve never found a community of people more fun, loving, and supportive as this. My instructors, idols, and the pole community have given me so much in so many ways!

I began teaching pole in 2011 and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity. It has been one of my most rewarding experiences and it is extremely amazing to watch others grow in this art form. I must say that I am so very proud of all of the students who attend the studio!

Favorite type of pole dance: The slow and slinky kind! It lets me be something that I do not portray in my “normal day” life and it gives me the opportunity to let my sexy feminine, empowered pole dance self out!

Favorite song (s) to pole dance to: Oh man, it changes so much! Sexy, slow, big beat, rocker style… oh yeah!

Hobbies and interests: I love spending time with family and loved ones… and of course pole dancing! Dancing, singing, archaeology/anthropology, culture, lyra, Muay Thai, music, movies, burlesque, cartoons, Disney and more…

Education: B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Florida

Favorite color: I honestly don’t know, haha!

Favorite genre(s) of music: I like so many, but maybe a mix between Spanish, East Indian, rock, trip hop an 80’s /90’s rap, haha.

Barefoot or heels?: Heels…. Um heels, and heels… Did I say heels? Lol! I enjoy dancing barefoot sometimes, but I love my heels. I’m only 5’2” (and a half, heh heh) so they make my legs look and feel longer. I think of the heels as an extension of my leg!

Website: www.neesheta.com

Neesheta teaches Pole Dance 301 on Tuesday evenings, and Pole Dance 201 on Thursday evenings.



 



Sara Amelia
Instructor

My journey to pole was certainly not something planned but highly welcome. It was a random night out with my girlfriends to try something new. If being completely honest, I did not think I would be back after my first class. Yet, I returned for a second and found myself with a monthly recurring membership. I even have several pair of shoes and pole shorts although I was skeptical that the sexier side of pole would ever be me… now, I love it all!

The pole offers a unique challenge that I encourage you to accept. There is always a new goal to be accomplished and repetition is never boring or dull; it leads to perfection. The pole community is a wonderful community with encouraging and supporting women. It is like being part of a secret society where only those that are a part of it understand; yet anyone willing to join is welcome!

The workout is undeniably effective. While working out, you also get to discover a sexier side and obtain a confidence that did not exist before the pole. As an instructor, I love watching my students grow and see them discover something they thought they could not do.

Favorite type of pole dance: Fast pace

Favorite song(s) to pole dance to: I have several depending on the mood. I also love taking songs from Neesheta’s playlists because she always has something different!

Hobbies and interests: Pole is my main hobby. I also enjoy spending time with my man and our dog (an adorable 60 lb mutt). I love reading and relaxing by the pool or beach. I enjoy paddle boarding and still like trying new things when possible.

Education: B.A. in History (minor in Political Science) from Rollins College; J.D. from Stetson University

Favorite color: Black, white, and blue

Favorite genre(s) of music: All kinds – I’m also open to try new songs if I have a special request, too.

Barefoot or heels?: Both… with leg warmers!

Sara Amelia teaches WTFF SS on Wednesday evenings and Pole Exercise Drills on Thursday evenings.

 

May Adams-Keith
Instructor

I grew up a tomboy, digging in dirt, playing basketball, hanging at the skate park, and wearing my big brothers jeans to school. While at school, I discovered salsa dancing and hip hop by going out to clubs with my roommates and my inner dancer was found! After college I moved to Tampa and started ballroom dancing but something was missing. I wanted something I could do just for me, no dance partner needed.

I came to Rock N Body in 2012 on a whim from an online ad and I was mesmerized. The women at the studio were strong, graceful, beautiful, and confident! Slowly, with the help of my instructors and the amazing world of the pole community, I too found my inner pole diva. I was a changed person and after a year of pole – I could even do my first pull up!

Instead of looking in the mirror and thinking about my imperfections, I concentrated on where should my toe point, where my hand should fall, and I was able to look inside and see that I too could be that beautiful dancer. I love what pole dance has done for me and ever since that first day in class I have wanted to share my love of pole with every woman I meet. Seeing how happy my students become when they nail a trick or feel free in their dance is what I live for. I can’t wait to help my students find their inner sexy dancer/pole ninja/superwoman!

Favorite type of pole dance: Slow, slinky, sexy, with lots of fun strength based tricks.

Favorite song (s) to pole dance to: I love slow, hard rock and on the flip side lyrical singer songwriters with just a simple guitar or piano accompaniment, it just depends on my mood. 🙂

Hobbies and interests: In addition to any kind of dance, I love watching sci-fi movies, TV shows and reading comics. I also love to travel and go on hikes with my husband and our two little dogs. When I’m not upside down on the pole, you might find me upside down in a headstand or handstand on my yoga mat.

Education: PharmD from the University of Florida

Favorite color: Green!

Favorite genre(s) of music: Rock, hip-hop, lyrical, classical, I love it all.

Barefoot or heels?: I love, love, love my heels but sometimes I feel like a modern dancer, and bare, feet flexed toes are a must!

May teaches WTF SS on Monday evenings.



 



Jordan Kinsel
Instructor

Growing up, my sister and I tried everything: gymnastics, softball, ballet, etc… but we never stuck with anything. Nothing was ever challenging and rewarding enough to keep me coming back week after week. Until I found pole…

Pole dancing was something I always wanted to try, but never had the courage to walk into a studio. About 5 years ago I finally did and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have never been very “girly”, but through pole I have able to express a part of myself that not many people get to see. The only regret I have is that I didn’t start earlier. No matter what shape, size, or age, pole is a great, total-body workout. It is so much more than I originally imagined. It’s the perfect combination to make you feel strong, sexy, and empowered. I find myself talking about pole to anyone that will listen and trying to recruit new polers everywhere I go.

I am new to teaching but I look forward to helping students begin their own pole journey! I hope that my own pole experiences, successes, and failures can help women that decide to take the plunge and walk in to the studio.

Favorite type of pole dance: Slow and sexy

Favorite song (s) to pole dance to: I don’t really have a favorite song, I just love to dance. 🙂

Hobbies and interests: I love Tampa Bay Sports. I am a huge Bucs, Rays, Lightning, and USF fan. If I’m not at the studio I am usually at a stadium.

Education: B.A. in Sociology from the University of South Florida… GO BULLS!

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite genre(s) of music: I love ALL music! My iPod is a weird hodgepodge of random songs. I especially love ska music.

Barefoot or heels?: It depends on the day 🙂

Jordan teaches WTF SS on Tuesday evenings.

 

Heidi Virag
Instructor

I grew up on a farm in Ohio with all sorts of animals. There is much to say about farm life- including how hard it is to toss hay bales above your head in the middle of summer! That setting helped me to see how strong I can be and what “hard work” really meant. It helped to mold me into the strong woman I am today.

I moved to Florida in 2005 and went through some difficult times shortly thereafter. I was not in a good place in my life. I viewed myself as “ugly”, not worth anything to anyone, and simply nothing. A friend asked me to take this pole dancing class with her that she found on Groupon. I went. That was the best choice I could have ever made. The instructor that I had that day made such a positive impact on me that I had to tell her after class. It made me feel something inside me, a light that just cracked through all of the garbage that I was telling myself and all of the darkness that I was feeling. It gave me hope to see myself in a positive way again.

Everyday life has a way of taking things over. It makes us not take time to enjoy our life and embrace all of the positive things that are happening around us on the daily. Everyday, “life” took over everything, and for over a year I went back to a terrible place. Then I remembered how much happiness pole dancing brought me. I hunted down that first instructor, Brandi. Yes, the Brandi that owns this studio, Rock N Body. She remembered who I was. I was so shocked and excited all at the same time. She has since become my best friend, my rock, my ride-or-die. Pole dancing saved my life.

Pole dancing makes me feel like I am on top of the world and I love to share this feeling of positivity and empowerment with my students. I look forward to sharing this happiness with them. The day may seem dreary or something bad happened earlier in the day…but once you come into the studio and feel the love of all the other students and instructors, it makes that pain or anger go away and love will take that spot over. I want all of my students to leave with a smile on their face and love in their hearts. Like I stated before, pole dance saved my life, it could help save yours.

Favorite type of pole dance: Slow and slinky

Favorite song (s) to pole dance to: The songs that make me get goose bumps because of the beat/lyrics…those are my favorite. The songs that get me pumped to get a trick have a solid punch to get that emphasis of “I’m going to nail this.” When I feel a song, the dance just follows.

Hobbies and interests:
Number 1 hobby – POLE! Runners up would be – walking trails, relaxing in the park, or sitting by the water. I am a bookworm and the best time to read is during a thunderstorm while parked on the sofa. Aerial yoga has become a fascination of mine. It is so good for the mind, body, and soul. Probably my most important interest is anything animal-related! I have a dog and cat of my own that I squish with love all the time. Working with animals for 12+ years has given me quite the connection with them…it is pretty awesome!

Education: Certified Veterinary Technologist from St. Petersburg College

Favorite color: Tiffany blue

Favorite genre(s) of music: Hip-hop and rock would be my top choices. There are so many to choose from!

Heidi teaches Beginner Pole Tricks on Tuesday evenings and Pole Dance 101 on Thursday evenings.



 



Michelle Garner
Instructor

Believe it or not, I grew up uncoordinated and totally not a dancer. I took ballroom dance in my late teens and discovered I didn’t have two left feet! But, I didn’t actually start discovering my love of dance until later in life when I started taking belly dancing. My love of hooping grew out of a desire to find a fun way to exercise and be fit. I have been hooping since 2008, and started taking classes with the HoolaMonsters in 2009. You will rarely see me without a hoop, even on vacation.

I came to Rock N Body in 2012, on an invitation from a friend. I was hooked. I loved the grace and strength of pole dancing, as well as the support from the instructors and other students.
I adore being able to hoop or pole dance, and if I can combine them I am even happier. I have a passion for both and like to share that with others and help them to find the joy in the dance. Seeing the smiles and satisfaction when one of my students gets a move or finds their own flow makes me giddy – you will actually see me clapping and jumping up and down in classes. I am an enthusiastic and patient teacher, but I will make you work. You have been warned!

Favorite type of pole dance: Slow and sexy with spins or fast and hard with spins (ok, I like to fly around the pole…) Add a hoop and I am in heaven.

Favorite song (s) to pole dance to: Something with a hard beat or slow and flowing…or something totally silly and outrageous. Actual song titles (don’t judge me)…Once Upon a Dream, Killer Klown March, Let’s Have a Kiki, Here Comes the Bride or Haunted House (by Elvira), When You Got It – Flaunt It, Why Don’t You Do Right, Let’s Get Rocked, and Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me

Hobbies and interests: In addition to any kind of dance, I love theme parks, watching sci-fi horror movies, reading and cooking/baking. When I’m not dancing, I am usually spending quality time with my boyfriend and our fur baby.

Favorite color: Yellow – bright sunshine crayon yellow

Favorite genre(s) of music: Anything but rap…and I mean anything. My ipod is a crazy eclectic mess.

Barefoot or heels?:
I guess it depends on the song and if a hoop and what tricks are involved – Sometimes you just gotta have the heels and sometimes you wanna be able to skip like a crazy person.

Michelle teaches Chair Dance on Thursday evenings.