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 (unless otherwise noted) www.boudoirbyjezaira.com (Instagram - @boudoirbyjezaira

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Harmony

Harmony 

Studio owner and Teacher of All Levels of Pole and Tribal Fusion Bellydance

Hi everyone!!! My name is Harmony and I am the grateful owner of Seventh Dimension Dance!!! Before I tell you about myself I must say that I have never in my life EVER experienced anything quite like this studio. What happens here is truly magical and deeply special. A huge THANK YOU to all my instructors and students who make Seventh Dimension Dance the most beautiful family I have ever known!!! No words to express my eternal love and gratitude for each and every one of you!!! I love you so very much!!!
         
Short Story
•Harmony is married to soulmate and high school sweetheart Richie and has 3 kids who are the loves of her life! (Phoenix, Hawk, and Skyler Rain.)
•Harmony has been bellydancing for 23 years
•she was pole and burlesque certified 19 years ago in LA 
•she taught pole, burlesque, and bellydancing at Stagelight Studios in Ventura CA for 2 years before she opened her home pole studio. In 2015 she moved to Santa Barbara where she Followed her dreams and with lots of help from her two besties (Kelsey Bodine and Karen Gabai) Seventh Dimension Dance was born!!!

For the longer story - check the ABOUT Page

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 Beginner Tricks, Pole Strength and Conditioning, Russian Exotic Choreography, Open Pole, and Sub for Pole, Spins, and Tricks

Hi- I have been dancing my entire life, in a variety of forms, and in 2017, I met Harmony and fell hard for Pole! I've had the opportunity to also train with some of the top Pole Instructors from all over the world through traveling to various conventions and indulging in online trainings. I 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, but will definitely challenge you to build your pole strength and stamina!

BTW - You are NEVER too old to Pole! #PoleDancersOver50

IG - @dancinkaren

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

Catherine

Catherine

Advanced Pole Tricks

Hi everyone. I'm Catherine and I'm the instructor for Advanced PoleTricks. Growing up I competed in both gymnastics and cheerleading where I learned many of the foundational concepts to acrobatic movement. As I grew older, I stepped into the incredible and badass world of pole dancing. In my class, I like to focus on strength and flexibility development through acrobatic training. We'll focus on tricks seen at competition level 3 and above. So bring on all those wild and crazy trick combos you've been seeing on Instagram or YouTube. We'll dissect the movement and learn these new skills in a safe and controlled environment complete with mats and spotters

Photo credit (left) Rob Hoffman

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Taylor

Introduction to Contemporary Pole Dancing

Hello! My name is Taylor McIntosh. I am teaching an Introduction to Contemporary Pole Dancing. I have been dancing for 22 of my 26 years of life, and I have been pole dancing for 1 year at Seventh Dimension Dance. I have fallen so deeply in love with pole. It has deeply impacted my health, my body image, and even the way I raise my two beautiful daughters here in Santa Barbara. When choreographing, I tend to draw influence from my love and study of musical theatre as well as from contemporary, modern, and jazz dance styles. I hope to see you in class to explore musicality and expression through pole dance with me! 

Photos by Rob Hoffman

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Bettina

Bettina

Tricks and Open Pole

With a performance background going all the back to Childhood, Bettina has enjoyed being on stage, whether dancing or acting, for 25 years. 

 

Seventh Dimension Dance became her home in 2017 where she fell in love with pole dance. While not working in digital marketing, she spends most of her time doing many types of dance including pole, burlesque, aerial and hula hoop. Whether on a big stage or small intimate shows, she loves performing as much as she can. Especially when she’s dancing with Santa Barbara Glam Punk band The DTease. 

 

Her biggest teaching goals are to share the same knowledge, skills and community with her students that she was offered at Seventh Dimension Dance.

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Ilda

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Ilda

Conditioning, Strengthening, Splits, Booty Classes

llda is a writer, athlete, bodyweight training coach, as well as a passionate pole dancer. Her favorite pole dance style is exotic pole dance.

 

Ilda is a former gymnast, tv reporter & psychologist in her country of origin Albania.

 

Ilda has been leading and teaching her self designed bodyweight training  programs at Seventh Dimension Dance Studio. This program was created by Ilda to guide and support pole beginners safely in their pole journey, as well as anyone else who is interested in fitness and flexibility training. 

 

Ilda started pole dancing one year ago. Her passion for pole had her commit and work wholeheartedly towards her pole goals and dreams every day & she has this vision of being a pole artist and performer in the future. 

What makes me a good teacher ?

 

Some of my students say I kick their asses. That’s number one reason that makes me an amazing teacher. What they usually  mean by that statement is that give all my heart and energy  in the class and as well as complete dedication and focus to each student depending on what they need to work more on. I don’t allow my students to give up on their goals or dreams.My high level of energy, my desire to see my students reach their goals by pushing their limits to the edges and my inner passion for my work makes me a unique teacher of my own kind”. 

Dre

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Dre

Therapeutic Pole Processing

Hi I am Dre and I have been dancing at 7D for a year and a half. I love the studio and the community that comes with it. I am a licensed psychotherapist who loves to utilize my platform to talk about mental health and make it a priority. Body movement is So important for both physical and mental health and the studio is a sanctuary for that. I want to create a class that allows us to process our emotions while physically working them out! I created Therapeutic Pole Processing class and it is held on Monday evening at 6:45. I have been a licensed therapist in private practice since 2011 here in SB. I have been in Santa Barbara my whole adult life and find that the community is one of the most special things about this beautiful town. I have utilized my mental health background in my dancing since I started- always tying my show case pieces into something that connects with mental health and a way to express myself! 

Therapeutic Pole Processing is a spin on group therapy and working out! In this class you will learn and enhance your basic spins, tricks, and utilize choreography for the pole. We start the class exploring and processing the topic of the day with the help of the music and group participation. We journal, share, and put it all together to body movement, a really wonderful way to feel and heal with the beautiful community at Seventh Dimension Dance.

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