The Instructors at the Salt Mine all have some type of industry training.  We believe that being good at something does not necessarily mean you can teach that skill to others.  Contact us to find out how we can help you gain the skills and training you need to become an instructor!  The Salt Mine's listed instructors are all available to teach private classes, private lessons, and parties.  

Photo by Somer Ahonen

Photo by Somer Ahonen

Melinda "Mel" Heins has been a Pole Fitness Instructor for 6 years.  She fell in love with pole during her first class in 2007 and made it her goal to become an instructor.  She is one of the partners of the Salt Mine and loves to bring in Pole Stars and Master Trainers to share with Utah.  Mel is AFAA Group Exercise Certified, PFA Pole Fitness Certified in Levels 1 - 4, XPERT levels 1-2 Trained, TRX certified and has completed course work for STOTT Pilates Mat and Reformer - Essential and Intermediate levels. She is the Co-Leader (with Salt Mine Partner, Sarah) of Utah Peace and Pole - a Facebook group dedicated to playing nice in the Utah pole community.  She is available for Private Lessons, Private Training, and Private Parties.

Katie Petersen - nothing makes Katie feel more feminine and sexy than pole dancing.  Katie has been pole dancing since 2010 and says "Hair Flips are a must!"  She loves how much confidence she has gained since starting.  Outside of Pole, Katie works in Marketing and is currently working towards her Bachelors in Strategic Communications.  Katie loves to turn the lights down, turn the music up, and freestyle.  She is so thankful for the positive people pole dancing has brought into her life.  She is available for Private Classes, Private Training and Private Parties.  Or join her monthly Mischievous Monday Class and learn choreography to a new song every month!

Sarah Baird has been a Pole Fitness instructor for 4 years.  She began as a yoga and dance instructor and found Pole Fitness and was excited about learning a new skill.  She is one of the Partners at the Salt Mine and she and her amazing handy man of a husband have helped to create some of the creature comforts we enjoy - Air conditioning, safe poles, brooms!  She also is the Co-Leader of Utah Peace and Pole where she spreads her positivity and joy to everyone.  Sarah is PFA Pole Fitness Certified, is a Master Yoga Instructor and is AFAA Certified in Group Fitness. She heads up our Art Installations and our Pole Jams for a cause.  Sarah is available for private classes, private training and parties.  

Photo by Somer Ahonen

Photo by Somer Ahonen

Wren has been poling since 2011, and has worked as a professional pole fitness instructor for the past three years.  She specializes in the vertical gymnastics style of pole, and loves to teach classes that break down tricks, build confidence, and offers athletic conditioning needed for staying off the ground!  Wren is the 1st Place winner of the Aerialympics 2015, 2nd place runner up for Colorado Pole Championships 2014 & 2015, and was a featured final;ist in the PCS 2015 event at the Arnold Classic.

Shelly Meier has been in the pole industry in Salt Lake since 2007.  If you know a woman who has been involved with pole, chances are, Shelly was her first instructor!  She embraces the sensuality of pole and loves helping students become physically strong and psychologically self confident.  Shelly adores it when each students creates their own unique style of dance.  She believes that pole is accessible to any woman, regardless of their age.  Her motto is "Making Salt Lake beautiful - one Pole Class at a time!  She is certified PFA Pole Fitness levels 1 - 3, and AFFA Group Exercise Certified.  


Joy Hansen has been in the pole industry since 2015 and became XPERT certified in 2016. Her number one goal is to empower women in their authentic confidence, sexuality, strength, and self reliance. Joy encourages personal and emotional development throughout each class with tips and tricks of thinking outside the box. If you are ready to unleash your natural confidence, join one of her classes on the weekends or go check out her other related ventures at Joy is available for Private Lessons, Private/Group Training, and Private Parties.

Zoe is a registered 200 hour yoga instructor who specializes in restorative and flow yoga. Zoe’s aerial journey began 5 years ago when she participated in her first pole class. Since then she has included silks, hammock, lyra, chains, and fire dancing to her repertoire. She has competed and performed internationally in the U.S. and Canada on pole, silks, and lyra, and she loves learning different forms of expression. You will always find Zoe swinging from the ceiling (and rolling around the floor!) at the studio, and she is excited to support you on your empowering journey towards strength, flexibility, and confidence!

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Julian Moon is an Xpert certified pole instructor, a coffee junkie and animal lover. She has been an avid pursuer of sensual movement since 2014 where she studied pole and erotic dance at The Secret Pole Studio in Los Angeles. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2016 and has utilized the high caliber pole community in SLC to gain skills and knowledge to teach pole to others. Her journey of pole dancing has given her a self-confidence and grace she never thought a scrawny, uncoordinated girl could have. Julian hopes to cultivate a body-mind connection in her students that is rooted in sensuality and strength. She is available for private/group training, private sessions and private parties.