Meet Our Instructors

Lacin Keles

Founder & Instructor

Pole Fit L1,  Pole Fit L2/L3,  Gentle Pole,  Contemporary Pole

Lacin Keles is the founder and owner of Magnetic Pole Fit. Originally from Turkey, Lacin began her dance training there and continued in Spain, Russia, and the USA. Besides her pole dance training in Russia, Lacin has been trained in various styles including flamenco, ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz. She is highly interested in making choreographies using different disciplines and cultural elements. You can see her artist statement here.

Lacin has been performing and choreographing around the Bay Area and teaching dance and pole dance fitness for 3 years. She has a BS in mechanical engineering and currently studying towards her MFA in Dance – Creative Practice at SMC. She is a group fitness and XPERT Pole fitness instructor. 

She believes that anything is possible at any age. She believes that with continuous practice and hard work, we can achieve any tasks. Lacin has built Magnetic Pole Fit around these beliefs. She says: “We, women, are stronger then we think or we have been taught. We only need motivation and encouragement. We need to reconnect with the wild woman we have inside! Again!”

Jody Ryker

Pole Fit L2/L3,  Spin Pole,  Lyra,  Flexibility,  Strength & Conditioning

Jody specializes in pole dance, aerial hoop, and acrobatics. In 2015, Jody founded the performance group Pole Diversity. She has directed and produced many hour long shows in Santa Cruz since then. Jody teaches pole dance fitness and aerial hoop at various locations around the bay area. She also has a master’s degree in pure mathematics!

Ellen Lovelace

Pole Fit L1,  Pole Fit L2/L3,  Pole & Heels

Ellen Lovelace has been dancing in one form or another her whole life–from cheerleading to musical theater, she has always loved to boogie. Despite having no formal dance training, no gymnastics experience, and a terrific fear of heights, she began pole dancing in 2008, and found herself immediately smitten! Ellen’s nickname is “Dr. Sultry,” as she’s known for her smooth and sexy style. With an eye for details and a love for musicality, she has also coached some top pole competitors. Ellen is co-producer of the Northern California Pole Presentational, held annually in San Jose, CA. She has also taught self-defense through Women Defending Ourselves, and is a certified Aerial Yoga teacher. In her real life, she’s a functional nutritionist, a passionate animal lover who volunteers at a wildlife rescue facility, and can often be found smelling of skunk while covered in Mastiff drool.

Helen Christine

Pole Fit L2/L3,  Pole & Heels,  Flexibility

Helen is a longtime fitness enthusiast with beginnings in ballet and dance. Helen was an exotic dancer for almost 18 years, and have decades of cross-discipline movement training in yoga, bodybuilding, distance running, CrossFit, hot Pilates, pole fitness and aerial arts.  From chinese acrobatics to CrossFit or stand-up paddle boarding, Helen always wants to physically challenge herself and learn new skills.  She is enthusiastic and motivating, and love to inspire others to work toward their true potential.

Helen holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in philosophy, both from SJSU. She is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher at the level of RYT-200 and YACEP, and is also trained in Inferno Hot Pilates and Remedy barre fitness.  Helen holds current certifications from the American Council on Exercise in group fitness, NASM personal training, and TRX in functional training on the suspension strap system used in gyms around the world. Helen is also a certified Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, and holds a nutrition certification from Precision Nutrition.

Helen has taught ballet, pole dance, various styles of yoga, barre, circuit training, bootcamp, myofascial release, mobility, and HIIT. 
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