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Instructors

  • Marisa Oka

    A mother both at home and at the studio, Marisa loves to watch people grow by doing what they love. Her journey started with visiting numerous pole dancing studios in the greater Seattle area where she learned about the endless possibilities of strength and grace that could only be found in pole dancing. She then traveled to many places like Vancouver, BC, Utah, and Nevada to train with different performers and instructors to broaden and perfect her own art. This eventually lead to her obtaining an instructor certification with the world-renowned Fawnia Dietrich, an entrepreneur to one of the first pole dancing schools established in the United States.

    In 2008, Spinderella Studios was born right in her backyard. A little unconventional but not a surprise for a woman who finds her second home while flying and dancing in the company of other women. And in 2013, she expanded to Woodinville, opening a studio at the Junction on 144th.

    "It is a great honor to watch the student surpass the teacher."

    She is a woman who thrives on watching her students develop and surpass their goals and even takes great pride in those that go beyond her level of skill. A small business with big dreams – even now she aspires to expand her studio by incorporating other forms of aerial performance and fitness.

    Outside of pole dancing, she is a full-time wife and mother who loves to relax with a nice glass of red wine. As for her music of choice...

    "It changes as much as the weather in Seattle."
  • Cherene Reyes

    Cherene originally started taking pole dancing classes in 2008 as a means to have a more active and healthy lifestyle. Little did she know, it would spark a new passion that she would continue to pursue and develop on a daily basis. She has since complemented this passion with a regular regimen of weight training and conditioning.

    She finds joy in teaching and sharing the art of pole dance, and constantly working to showcase not only its beauty and appeal, but the amount of strength and ability necessary for the sport. Aside from pole dancing, Cherene loves cats, bad pun jokes, and sweets.

  • Jasmine Babcock

    Jasmine started pole at Spinderella Studios in 2011 with a mission to become more of a bad ass. Mission accomplished! In addition to the increased bad ass-ness, pole gave Jasmine more confidence, which she saw pour into all aspects of her life. She needed to share this confidence with other women, so she pursued becoming an instructor. Outside of pole, Jasmine also loves traveling, and she is addicted to learning and Starbucks.
  • Whitney Graves

    Whitney is forever indebted to Groupon for helping her discover aerial. What started out as a one-week impulse purchase has turned into a nearly 5 year journey of twists, turns, and drops. If she could deliver one message to people thinking about trying out aerial, it’s this:

    You do not need to be strong to try out aerial! This is the most fun-filled way to become strong!

    For Whitney, the best part of aerial is finding and challenging physical and personal limits, which is also the most gratifying part of being able to teach. There’s really nothing better than seeing a student hit a trick that’s been their white whale for months or watching a split slowly inching closer to being, well, split! She hopes to see you at the studio soon!
  • Willow Foster

    "It's never too late to be what you might have been." -George Eliot

    Willow ignored the call of the circus all her life only to discover running from that siren song eventually led her (by then a stay-at-home mom), to standing atop a platform 30 feet in the air, strapped into a harness and about to grab a flying trapeze bar for the first time. After one exhilarating pass, she was hooked.

    That kicked off her circus journey in 2010, challenging her attachment to her fear of heights as she practiced on silks, rope, and static trapeze. During her time training at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), she started focusing her attention on silks and lyra, and continues to primarily work on these two apparatuses in private training. An avid aerial student-turned-teacher, now she also delights in watching her fledgling Spinderella birdies find their own wings. She teaches because she wants you to know that it truly isn't too late to follow your bliss, and who knows, maybe this is it!