Meet our Staff

Pole Dancing and Fitness Instructors in Columbus, Ohio

Devon Crumay

Devon opened Vertical Bliss Fitness after 5 years of pole fitness and pole dance training in Columbus, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. She comes from a dance background primarily studying and teaching classical ballet. Devon discovered pole dance in 2010 and fell in love with the physical challenge of vertical training as well as its dance and sport aspect. Devon earned a Discoveries Dance instructor certification in 2014 for pole dance, holds a AFAA group fitness certification, and earned certification for Advanced Pole instructor through PFA in 2017. Devon enjoys hot yoga, running, and a variety of dance and physical exercise. “I love pole because it is the most physically challenging form of exercise I do and at the same time the most rewarding and fun! I love the pole community and have made amazing friends!”

Adrienne Holtzlander

Adrienne has trained and has been involved in multiple facets of dance for over 27 years. She competed in team dance for 6 years in which her squad won multiple state and national championships and has judged dance competitions all over Ohio. She coached and choreographed girls’ competitive team dance where her squads won multiple state and national titles. Adrienne has a degree in Sports & Fitness Management from Columbus State and fell in love with pole dance & fitness in February of 2012.What Adrienne loves most about pole is the confidence gained from reaching new levels of strength and endurance, as well as the artistic expression. In 2013, Adrienne competed as a finalist at Pole Dance Fest and was awarded 1st place in the Vertical Theatrics and Art Apprentice Division in 2014. Adrienne has also performed at the Arnold Classic Sports Festival in 2014 and competed in the 1st Annual Arnold Classic Pole Open Championship in 2015. In 2016, Adrienne won 1st place at the Arnold Classic Pole Open in the Novice Division and placed 4thplace at the North American Pole Dance Championship in the Essential division. In 2017, Adrienne placed in the top ten at in open division at the Arnold Classic Pole Open and had the opportunity and honor to perform at the 10th Annual Mynx Extravaganza in St. Louis.  Adrienne is inspired every day by her fellow pole dancers at Vertical bliss and all over the world. She loves to see her student’s confidence grow as they learn pole and more about themselves!

Bridget Hollern

Bridget discovered Pole Fitness quite by accident. Tired of feeling out-of-shape, but not at all interested in “reguar” methods of working out, the opportunity to try pole fitness piqued her curiousity. One class was all it took! Not coming from any sort of dance, cheer or gymnastic background, Bridget struggled at times with the dance and extension aspects of pole, but that only made her more determined. Over the years she found that pole is for everybody, and your style is all your own! Now she focuses on strength moves and loves tumbles and drops. She was fortunate enough to qualify for the 2013 Midwest Pole Dance Regional Semi-Finals in Detroit, placed 4th in the 2014 Detroit Pole Fest Vertical Theatrics and Artistry competition, and placed 5th at the 2015 Arnold Classic Novice Division. Initially timid about performing, it has now become a driving force in her pole journey and she loves to show off her own style of pole to the world. A horseback riding instructor by day, teaching comes naturally to Bridget and she’s looking forward to sharing her love of pole with the students of Vertical Bliss!

Leslie

Having always been one with her head in the clouds, it makes sense that Lili would eventually take flight.
Pole dance had never even been on her radar until a friend recommended it her over Eggs Benedict. What started out as complaining about the gym over coffee became a turning point in her life. She signed up for classes and hasn’t looked back! Since that first class, she’s added other aerial apparatuses to her repertoire, and performs both independently and with the Mikey Butane Performance Group and the Columbus Burlesque Collective.

She’s absolutely thrilled to be able to share her passion with her students, and is excited to be a part of Vertical Bliss Fitness!
Mia

Mia found her passion for fitness and performing arts in 2010. She started her pole training under Philippine’s Pole Master, Ed Aniel and Senior Instructor, Lance Santiago. Mia’s extensive training includes Barre, Crossfit, Boxing, Gymnastics and Yoga.

She loves to coach, teach, and share her fitness experiences with her students. Like other pole athletes, her vision is to have pole fitness be recognized as a unique, fun, and effective workout for women.

Ashley Thorbahn

Ashley found her love for pole in 2014 when a couple of friends encouraged her to take a class. It was such a fun workout that she was forever hooked. Ashley soon fell in love with the many aspects and styles of both pole and chair dance. She is now excited to share that enjoyment with her students and the pole dance community. Ashley competed in the 2017 PCS Pole Open at the Arnold Sports Festival in her home town of Columbus, Ohio and finished 4th in the Novice Division. Ashley would like to continue competing and challenging herself to new heights while teaching others to explore their passion for pole and chair dancing. “Pole has changed my life in terms of my physical fitness, self-confidence, and ability to express myself through dance. I can’t imagine my world without it!”

Jasmine

Jasmine performed competitively for 9 years in dance Color/Winter Guard. She came to Vertical Bliss in 2015 with the goal of finding a unique and creative outlet for cross-training while also increasing strength and endurance. Little did she expect to fall so deeply in love with the pole dance sport! Jasmine became a dedicated pole dance student and progressed quickly. She enjoys helping others in their pole fitness journey and now joins our staff as a talented instructor.  Jasmine’s style is contemporary flow with an emphasis on detail, character, and expression. Jasmine is proud to be a 2017 PCS competitor Novice Division at the Arnold Festival in Columbus, Ohio. She encourages others to try pole fitness and looks forward to sharing her love with the studio!

Lindsay

Lindsay’s dance journey began at age three. Her background includes ballet, tap, hip hop, African jazz, and burlesque. Lindsay had her first belly dancing experience in 2005 and became hooked right away. She soon became a level 1 and 2 instructor in Egyptian style belly dance at her studio. Since then, she has enjoyed teaching ages 3 to 93. In addition to teaching, Lindsay has entertained audiences at weddings, festivals, and restaurant events. Lindsay is excited to bring her talents to our studio.