Seventh Dimension Teachers

Our teachers are what make Seventh Dimension amazing. We love them, and we know you will too!  These women come from a variety of different backgrounds, with unique interests and experiences.  But we are all united by a love of pole, a love of community, a commitment to helping each individual grow, and celebrating the beauty and power of each person who walks into through the door.

 

Read about each of these unique beautiful souls below .

all photos by Jezaira Knight www.boudoirbyjezaira.com (Instagram - @boudoirbyjezaira

Karen

Harmony

Harmony Varela

Studio owner and Teacher of Pole and Tribal Fusion Bellydance

Harmony's bio to go here

Kelsey

Kelsey

Teacher of Pole Strength and Conditioning, Sub in all classes

Beginning in her living room and her local ballet academy, Kelsey has now been dancing and choreographing for over 30 years. A UCSB Dance Major and pole instructor certified through elevatED (level 1 & level 2), Kelsey’s style is a mix of classical dance, sensual, and bellydance. She is a Santa Barbara native raising her 2 beautiful children in beautiful Santa Barbara. She still finds time to perform all over California with the punk rock band, the “Dtease,” while dancing, teaching and performing as much as possible.

 

What her students say about her:

“Kelsey is an empowering and very skilled teacher. She starts from exactly where you are and will teach you technique, flow and grace but most importantly how to feel great in your body! What I find unique and special about her teaching is her impeccable technique. Technique helps build strength while staying completely safe, which comes through from her long background in ballet. Her classes are fun, very helpful in building skill and a fantastic workout!" ~ Nicole Ramirez (Seventh Dimension Dance student)

Veronica

Veronica

Teacher of Pole Tricks - Intermediate, Sub for all classes, and assistant teacher in Pole Spins and Tricks

Veronica began pole dancing in 2014 and immediately fell in love with the creativity and athleticism the sport requires. She focuses on perfecting acrobatic moves and combinations and loves to challenge her strength and grow with this endless sport. She has been self taught and has humble beginnings teaching out of her apartment in 2015. Having found the Seventh Dimension studio in 2018, she has enjoyed becoming a part of that community  and loves teaching in this supportive environment. Veronica recently competed in PSO Pacific this past April and had a blast meeting fellow athletes. She hopes to spread the love and joy of this sport to others!

Karen

Karen

Teacher of Open Pole, and Sub for Pole 1, Spins, and Tricks

Hi- I have been dancing my entire life, in a variety of forms, and recently fell hard for Pole! And especially love spreading the joy of pole through performing and teaching! My day job as a Clinical Psychologist and lifelong teacher, definitely informs my clear and individually-focused style of instructing. I looooove working with beginners, and my favorite Pole styles are Russian Exotic and Tricks. Come join me for a fun, empowering class, designed to meet you at your level, plus a bit of challenge!

IG - @drkarenl

Nicole

Nicole

Teacher of Open Pole, and Sub for Pole 1, Spins, and Tricks

Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Chan and I am happy to be part of the Seventh Dimension Family! I have played sports my entire life and started pole in 2014.  I fell in love and haven't stopped since.  I am a fan of power tricks, bendy tricks, low flow, and exotic style.  My other interests include eating vast amounts of candy, wearing pjs almost everywhere, and my four-legged son, Sully.  I teach open pole on Wednesdays for a fun workout! 

Ani

Ani

Teacher of Beginner and Intermediate Tricks

Hi, my name is Ani and I’ve been doing pole since October 2017. I’m originally from San Diego. I grew up playing competitive volleyball and gymnastics. I love eating sushi and tacos. For fun I love watching the office with a glass of Sauvignon blanc in my hand. I’m also obsessed elephants, dogs and orcas. 

Katelyn

Katelyn 

Teacher of Hoops and Silk/Pole Fusion and Lollipop Lyra

Katelyn Carano took on the hoop name KitCat in 2012, and has been traveling the world, hoop in hand, ever since! Kat began hooping in San Diego, CA and started performing with the vivacious group, The Hoop Unit. Upon her move to Santa Barbara in 2013, she noticed the severe lack of hoop dance and quickly started a program for beginner and intermediate hoopers through UCSB's Recreation Department. Kat's performance credits include aerial dance, fire dancing, and character work locally and internationally. From corporate events to large-scale music festivals, her resume ranges from Lucidity Festival to the Burning Man Processional, to performing for Google Receptions and Lionsgate Films. But there is a special magic that comes with teaching and connecting individually with students that keeps her creativity inspired to keep teaching in her community! 

Websites:
https://katelyncarano.weebly.com/
https://santabarbarahoopcollective.weebly.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/misshoopkat/

IG:
@kitcatkatelyn

Karen Gabai

Karen Gabai

Healing Arts Teacher

Karen is an international teacher and speaker. She has helped thousand of people from many walks of life connect to their success through practices that are practical and get results. Karen has extensive teaching experience in the healing arts of yoga, meditation, and the mind-body connection.

Karen creates meditations to help people transform and succeed in all areas of life through her online platform GABAI TV.  She’s also a dancer and has been dancing with Seventh Dimension Dance since its inception. Out of a conversation between Harmony, the studio’s owner, and herself, an idea for a film experiment was inspired and a meditation was created specifically for a group of dancers from the studio to assist with mindset and for support in achieving tangible goals in their dance and in their lives. The results were mind blowing and the idea to offer a way of incorporating meditation into the practice of students coming to the studio flowed naturally from that. The meditation that was recorded for the project is available for download here ((link to https://www.gabaitv.com/product-page/all-things-are-possible. ))

 

Karen is available to support the dancers at Seventh Dimension Dance reach their dance/life goals using the tool of meditation. Email her karen@gabaitv.com.  

Jessie

Jessie

Multi-Prop Flow Teacher

Jessie is a multi-prop flow artist from Santa Barbara. She is a dancer and performer. Her love of flow arts started in 2015 with hula hoops and continued onto all types of different props. 

Multi Prop Exploration is an open flow space where you can come try new props and learn some moves with Jessie. Fans, hoops, staff, double staff, contact staff, dragon staff, juggling balls, juggling clubs, poi, rope dart! It’s all here!

 

Jessie is here to help you find your flow!  

Sam

Sam

Twerkology Teacher

Come learn all about twerking - basic moves, booty shake, and booty bounce -- and apply twerk skills to different parts of your body - standing, squatting, doggie, and froggie! Taught by professional twerkologist and performer - IG@Sam_Kittens

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