Salt Mine Instructors

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. The Salt Mine’s instructors are available to teach private classes, private lessons, and parties!

Are you interested in becoming an instructor? Find out how the Salt Mine can help you gain the skills and training you need!

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Melinda Heins

Mel has been a Pole Fitness Instructor since 2008. 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 founding partners of the Salt Mine and loves to bring in Pole Stars and Master Trainers to share with all the students and studios 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. Mel loves to teach brand new pole babies and watch them grow. She manages the Salt Mine’s Instructor-In-Training program. She is available for Private Lessons, Private Training, and Private Parties.

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Katie Petersen

Katie began pole dancing September 2010 and never would’ve guess that it would take her on such an amazing journey. It wasn’t until the Salt Mine, pole fitness co-op, opened that she found the desire to become an instructor. Katie became an XPERT certified instructor July 2015. Her favorite class to teach is one that makes students dig into themselves and find their sexy. Show her your sexy and you’ll see her proud mom reaction. Katie teaches a sensual routine each week in Find Your Sexy. She breaks the routine down so her students sexy side can break free!

Available for Private Classes, Private Training and Private Parties. 

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Sarah Baird

Sarah 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. 


Joy Hansen

Joy has been in the pole industry since 2015 and became XPERT certified in 2016. She is a mama of two rascally boys. Joy received her behavioral science degree from Utah Valley University in 2013. She is a doula, published author, avid learner, intuitive/empath energy worker, and studied Haw Rang Do Karate for 6 years. She loves gardening, profound conversations, and skydiving. Her number one goal is to empower women in their authentic confidence, sexuality, strength, and self-reliance. Joy encourages personal and emotional development throughout all things Confident With Joy using tips and tricks of thinking and moving outside the box. If you are ready to unleash your natural confidence, join one of her morning pole classes on the weekends, go check out her other confidence-building ventures on her website, or become a patron of her work here. Joy is available for private/group training and bachelorette parties.


Jenna Brooks

Jenna Brooks also known as Polebeast has been poling and enjoying her aerial journey since 2014 and teaching since 2015. She has been competing and performing since the end of 2015.

Jenna is certified in Xpert training Flexibility flow, Xpert training pole 1-2, and is an IFPA Advanced flexibility specialist

Jenna’s accomplishments along the was2017 UPSDF PRO STATUS, 2018 Pole Theatre USA Semi-pro Classique Champion, 2018 Colorado Pole Championship Bronze medal, 2018 Pole Expo Pole Classic Finalist

Dancing released something incredible within her and now her mission in the aerial world is to help unleash that beast within all humans she meets.

Jenna is available for privates, semi-privates, choreography building, flexibility training, workshops, and parties.


Savannah Ashley

Savannah has been working in various capacities in the behavioral health field since 2010, and she is currently the manager of an outpatient wellness center. She is a huge believer in the healing power of music, movement and touch. After finding fulfillment and connection in practicing yoga and AcroYoga, she decided to share the gift of yoga with others through teaching. Savannah received her 200 HR Power Yoga Teacher Certification from Salt Lake Power Yoga and has fallen in love with teaching. She is also certified in AromaTouch Technique massage; and she enjoys teaching classes and workshops to empower people with natural and holistic solutions for their health and well-being. Savannah has been involved in the Ecstatic Dance SLC community for over 3 years and has a deep love for dancing. Her other passions include pole, singing, and exploring the outdoors.


Courtney Stevens

Courtney Stevens is a professional aerialist located in Salt Lake City, UT. Her background consists of 8 years of gymnastics, 10 years of ballroom dance, 5 years of aerial arts, as well as experience in basic ballet, burlesque, chair dance, and contortion. She is a performer for multiple local production companies including Voodoo Productions, Cirque Orenda, Prohibition Utah, and more.

Over the years, she has developed her stylistic approach focusing on flexibility, fluidity, and power moves. Her specialty is Aerial Silks and flexibility, but also has experience in Lyra, Duo, Specialty, and more. Her passion resides in performing and teaching, and thrives on opportunities to introduce people to circus arts. She has been an instructor since 2015. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, and also owns a circus themed apparel company, Courtney Stevens Apparel.


Shelley Meier

Shelly 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.


Wren Amelia

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 finalist in the PCS 2015 event at the Arnold Classic .


Julian Moon

Julian 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.