oleJunkies originally started as a nick name back in 2002. Being termed a monkey on the pole in her earlier pole years, Alena's ambition to reach higher was truly born.
In 2003, Alena Downs was crowned with many titles which claimed she was one of the best entertainers and pole performers in Canada. Her stage show drew attention from Vancouver to Halifax. During her travels, Alena offered classes to dancers and everyday women on Sundays in every city that she could. She could see the need for this art to be brought into the public eye!
In 2004, the first instructional classes in Edmonton began with Sunday afternoon bar classes in the local clubs, then grew to in-home classes in an 800 sqft basement that was renovated to be a small pole studio. In 2005, online virtual classes were a technology breakthrough for Alena. The www offered her the ability to teach anyone globally, and never leave the comforts of her own home. In 2006, with private classes reaching capacity, a switch was in store for Alena.
The online classes and private students were taking a toll. Offering classes 30-45 hours per week was a physical reality that the turning point was near. Something had to give. The announcement was made that Alena's family was to move to Calgary, which meant the Edmonton PoleJunkies would be shut down and relocated to Calgary.
In 2007, a new location was found for PJ's in an existing fitness facility in the NE of Calgary. Within 24 months, the need to expand and grow was very apparent. In early 2010, the 17th ave location opened its doors to those alternative fitness enthusiasts...both men and women.
Alena never forgot about PJ's Edmonton. With supporters in Edmonton continually requesting another studio to open...the pressure was on to not forget her home town.
After 2 years of seeking to find no space, no acceptance of the art, and high price demands....July 2010 was the creation of PoleJunkies Edmonton. Alena joined forces with a local pole instructor as a working partner, to enable the opening of the long awaited studio. . In 4 short months, she was shown what a bad business decision looked like as the studio was almost bankrupt. Alena stepped back in to pick up the pieces and save the business she loves. By the first anniversary, the 2nd studio was back on its feet, and the support she received from her staff and students was unreal!
We are Here...We are Growing...Come See what the Fuss is all About!
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July 2011 was the open date of the newest PJ location, Ft. Saskatchewan. Conveniently located within the walls of JohnnyB Fitt Fitness Center, PoleJunkies now offers pole dance and aerial yoga fitness in its 3rd studio in Alberta.
PoleJunkies has struggled over the years with societies impression of the art, but is now soaring high...employing 22 instructors across Alberta! All of our instructors are AFLCA (Provincial Fitness) certified, PFIC (Pole dance for Fitness Instructor Certification) certified, and understand that there is no right or wrong way...but there is a SAFE and UNSAFE way to learn pole.
We value that we offer the highest quality service for the best price, and take pride in our business of keeping you active and having fun!
- For Fitness and For Fun.....WE are PoleJunkies.
- WE are dedicated to helping you get fit and have fun.
- WE are dedicated to help your body stay healthy and injury free.
- WE are dedicated to enhance the lives of all students who walk through our door.
- WE are dedicated to providing a professional, safe, friendly, and
supportive environment for men and women to learn the art and fitness
side of pole dance.
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