Claudia, DesJaVae, Kara, and Stephanie purchased Femme Fatale Fitness in October of 2020 and rebranded as Femme Fatale Dayton. All four owners are advanced aerialists with dynamic backgrounds and hold degrees in mathematics, dance, therapy, education, and leadership. The Owners are an incredible team that are excited to carry on the Femme Fatale legacy! You can see their individual bios below! The previous owner, Cassie Guard, mentored the new owners for several months before advancing into the next steps of her career, just as our founder, Jacqueline Allen, had done for her. The uniqueness and glamour of the studio is that of a big city but the support system and encouragement inside has the feel of a close knit community. People from all over the Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati, and other areas travel to Femme Fatale Dayton for classes and push themselves to new limits every day thanks to the achievements and dedication of the amazing FFD Instructors. Femme Fatale embodies the message: Empower yourself to be your best self … be a Femme Fatale. Femme Fatale Dayton is known for our amazing staff and instructors. Here are the people that make this place great!
I taught my first class at Femme Fatale in 2013. I had been teaching and performing Belly Dance professionally for years when I met Cassie through another instructor. Cassie knew I’d be a good fit for the studio, and when I came to meet with her and take her Dance Fuzion class, I realized she was right. I don’t teach a watered-down version of Belly Dance, and I saw the ladies at this studio were hungry for something deeper and more challenging. I was impressed and knew we could embrace the art form fully. It wasn’t long after that I became a certified Yoga instructor (RYT-200), and eventually added Yoga onto my schedule at the studio. Yoga and Dance are a lifestyle for me, and my goal in class is to present them passionately-body, mind, and soul-and have A LOT of fun doing it!
Cassie is a creator and a performer through and through. With a heart for dance, and skill for detail as an instructor, Cassie has continued to make Femme Fatale one of the most unique finds Dayton has to offer. Cassie has an extensive fitness and dance background. You might also know her as Champagne Shock in the world of Burlesque, where she was first discovered in Austin, Texas and began performing along with the Jigglewats. Cassie owned Femme Fatale under the name Femme Fatale Fitness for over ten years! Her passion, energy, and hard work turned it into the incredible sanctuary it is today. Cassie continues to own Femme Fatale Productions and loves producing shows at every possible opportunity.
I joined Femme in 2016 after moving to the Dayton area for a new job. I cheered at West Virginia University and had been coaching at an All-Star gym before moving, so I needed something to fill that void. I fell in love with pole instantly and never slowed down quickly picking up Lyra and Liquid Motion® as well.
I became an instructor in 2018! I love exploring the different styles of dance when choreographing pole routines and can’t wait to help others discover its versatility.
I am an active pole competitor and PSO Unicorn so I can help answer any Pole Sport Organization competition questions! Throughout my career I have earned many medals, most recently I placed 3rd in Level 4 Championship at the PSO Virgo Virtual Competition. I am a Licensed Liquid Motion® instructor holding 1.0, 2.0, and Heels certifications. I purchased Femme Fatale in 2020 and now serve as the Director of Finance!
I found Femme Fatale in 2017 when I was going through a really hard time in my life. I needed to find something to discover myself again, and Femme Fatale let me do that. I was initially interested in Pole classes, but I signed up too late and took Intro to Silks instead. I fell in love with Silks day 1. Ever since, I cannot let a week go by that I’m not on them or I feel like a piece of myself is missing. Since joining Femme, I’ve rediscovered a passion I didnt know was missing and a place I belonged. I started teaching classes in the summer of 2019 because I am so in love with what is available that I had to do what I could to share it with others. I had never been a dancer, had no background in it whatsoever, but Femme Fatale let me find my place in the world by giving me a place with them.
I started dancing at the age of 3. I attended Stivers School For the Arts and finished high school learning technical dance. I attended Ohio University for Organizational Communication Studies and Minored in Dance Performance and Choreography. During this time, I also earned a certificate in African Dance and Music Studies. After college, I pursued jobs that focused on my Bachelor’s Degree but was unfulfilled without dance in my life. Eventually, I started looking for an outlet and came across Femme Fatale. I almost immediately signed up for a membership. My first enrollment classes were Intro to Pole and Modern Dance class. I LOVED THEM. In 2016, after about a year and a half, I was hired as an instructor. I teach mainly technical dance and pole. Through the studio I’ve had the privilege of performing at the Jigglewatts Burlesque Revue’s 10 Years of Tease, The Main Event and Grand Opening at the Dayton Metro Library Downtown, Dayton’s Masquerage in 2017 and 2018, and plenty of Burlesque shows. I purchased Femme Fatale in 2020 and now serve as the Director of Marketing!
I joined Femme in 2019; I’d been involved in some form of movement or dance for most of my life and after college, it felt like something was missing. I fell in love with pole the second I started. I danced and figure skated as a child and teen, and I was also a drummer, which definitely contributed to making pole feel perfect for me. It allows me to incorporate dance and musicality, as well as being an amazing strength and stamina builder! I especially fell in love with using heels as an additional apparatus with the pole and all things flow (although I still love learning and teaching tricks as well). I was approached to become an instructor in 2021 and happily accepted.
I found Femme in January 2018 when I was looking for dance classes to get my body moving again. My first classes at the studio were Dance Fuzion and Pole H.A.B.I.T. and I quickly bought a membership because … it was my new addiction! As a transplant to Ohio, Femme became my community and my happy place. I became an instructor in October 2018 and have taught lyra, pole, silks, and fitness classes at Femme, including becoming a PiYo certified instructor in 2019. I performed with the Femme Fatale dance troupe at Masquerage 2018 “Rio Nights,” aerial silks/lyra doubles with Crave Aerial for “RAW: Cincinnati presents Impact” on the stage at Bogart’s, and aerial silks in Cirque Fatale at the Brightside in November 2019. I purchased Femme Fatale in 2020 and now serve as the Director of Communications.
I first encountered aerials at a flow arts festival. A friend found Femme Fatale 6 years ago and encouraged me to attend the Circus Workout. I quickly fell in love with the unique type of fitness, and the supportive community. I became an instructor several years into my aerial journey, and have been teaching Lyra, Hula Hooping, and other aerial forms since March of 2016. I have had the pleasure to perform with Femme Fatale at many local events including the Dayton Public Library, Masquerage, and several Yellow Cabaret nights. I am also a licensed Liquid Motion® 1.0 and 2.0 instructor!
I grew up dancing, primarily ballet and contemporary. Dance was always my emotional outlet, and the only type of exercise I enjoyed. After college, I felt lost without having that artistic/emotional outlet. I found aerial arts at the beginning of 2018, and quickly fell in love. I started with silks, and quickly expanded to lyra, later adding hammock and pole as well. I became an instructor at the end of 2020. I love the community at Femme Fatale, and the wide variety of opportunities it offers – there’s something here for everyone!
I was invited by my best friend to take a circus workout class at Femme in March 2016. I was just about to graduate college and was facing some personal anxiety and uncertainty about what to do next with my life. Other than marching band in high school I had never really gone to the gym consistently. After my first class, I couldn’t leave. I had to try everything because it was all unique and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I fell in love with the lyra in 2017 and it has been my apparatus of choice since. In August 2018 Turbokick was introduced to the studio. I would not describe myself as a dancer in any way but the music and boxing moves of Turbokick made me feel more coordinated than I already was. It quickly became my favorite class. Being asked to teach in 2020 was a dream come true and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to teach. Femme is a support system for everyone that walks through it’s doors. Every member and instructor supports me, challenges me, and celebrates with me even through the smallest of victories. As a student I was told, “You do not have to come to Femme strong, but we will help you get there.” At the time I thought this just meant physically. Now I have taken this as strong physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am blessed to call Femme Fatale Dayton my home.
I struggled with body image for years. One day I saw that Femme offered pole classes and thought, “Well hey – at least I can learn to do cool things with my body, even if I don’t like how it looks!” One class in and I was HOOKED! I quickly started taking classes in all the apparatus rooms and fell in love with the studio as a whole. I saw my body changing from the aerial classes – more strength and endurance, flexibility, and general improvement in health – and I wanted MORE so I decided to take burlesque and the rest, as they say, is history! The apparatus rooms definitely change your body and what it can do, burlesque for me changed how I saw myself entirely. I became an instructor in 2015 (I think?!?!) focused on Intro classes for Pole, Lyra, and Burlesque (and now Dance Fuzion!). My absolute favorite part about teaching is watching my students grow into themselves by being brave enough to be vulnerable. Trying something new is scary, and I’m so incredibly honored to walk with you through this new aerial/burlesque/fitness journey!
Growing up I always wanted to take dance classes, but I was raised by a single father who wanted me to play sports. Unfortunately, dancing wasn’t one of them. My best friend knew that and introduced me to Femme Fatale. I was in love after the first class – a circus workout. I was hooked. I had been going to the gym regularly but I had never been that sore. I signed up for a membership the next day and attended as many classes as I could. The studio became my outlet and I fell in love with dancing. Liquid Motion® was offered in 2016 and after I took my first LM class, I knew that was it. Out of all the classes I had tried it was my favorite. Liquid Motion® is all about fluid movements, something that was a real challenge for me. I kept going back and eventually became a Liquid Motion® certified instructor. Femme Fatale changed my life. It became my happy place. It is the most welcoming, most loving community I’ve ever been a part of. I hope everyone has a chance to experience a place with this much love. #lovefemmefatale
I walked into the studio one day after work to find Cassie there setting it up. That studio wasn’t open yet, but would be soon. I got lucky that someone was there! I told her about how I was a Zumba instructor and wanted to know if she was hiring. We scheduled an interview and a demonstration and I started teaching Dance Fuzion as soon as that studio was open for business. It wasn’t long before I was being trained on pole followed shortly by silks and Lyra. In all I’ve been teaching at femme for 7 years now. I teach nearly everything including chair dance, burly-q, pole, silks, lyra, hammock, and even cheer dance occasionally! I’ve performed at two Masquerage parties, the library grand opening and ribbon cutting events and a few yellow cab tavern shows. I opened Crave Aerial Apparel July of 2018.
Stephanie Stine comes to us from Toledo, Ohio where she grew up dancing at the age of two under the direction of Brenda Paulsen with Daryl Jervis Dance Studio. At age five, she was apart of the prestigious and award winning dance company, High Voltage Dance Company; where they performed in the community for charities and local events along with competing at a regional and national level. Stephanie also had the opportunity to train with Al Gilbert in her youth and can be seen in his graded tap technique videos. Stephanie Stine attended The Ohio State University where she continued to study dance and was apart of the OSU dance team from 2007-2011. Currently she teaches and choreographs for Marjorie Jones School of Dance in Columbus, Ohio and is a member of Ohio Dance Masters.
I’ve always enjoyed dance and performing but was too shy to really use them as a platform. In high school I was constantly busy with color guard, winter guard, show choir, and musicals. Once I graduated high school, I lost all of that! I stalked Femme Fatale for years before finally feeling comfortable enough to walk through the doors. I finally came to Femme Fatale in 2015. I had just graduated college and was looking for a hobby and a way to help me lose my baby weight (even though he was 2 years old)! I fell in love with aerial silks right away and lost 30 lbs! I gained a ton of confidence and transformed from an introvert to an extrovert. I became an instructor in 2016 with my focus being on aerial silks. My favorite part of being an instructor is teaching people that are brand new to it! I love watching their confidence grow as they watch themselves do amazing things! I’ve performed with Femme Fatale at the Dayton Metro Library Gala and at the Yellow Cab. I purchased Femme Fatale in 2020 and now serve as the Director of Operations!
I started coming to Femme Fatale in 2010. I found a Groupon for a pole class and decided to give it a whirl! I was beyond nervous, I almost didn’t get out of my car to go in. You see, I was very shy and quiet. I kept to myself all of my life, and never branched out of my very small circle. I’d never taken a dance class in my life. But something pulled me out of my car and into the studio that day! I’m so thankful it did! Over the next few months, I discovered my true self! I found new friends, I became a social butterfly, plus I discovered that people liked me and what I had to offer! I’d never felt that before! I started taking burlesque, and that was when I really found out what I am capable of! It was so empowering! In 2012, I was asked to become an instructor. I started helping to teach teaser classes and I took over the party portion of Femme Fatale. Over the years, I’ve taken on new roles and I love being involved with everything! I’m so excited for all that is to come for Femme Fatale and the community we have built!