Instructors

 

INSTRUCTORS

Dana McAtee – Studio owner – Pole – Pilates – Anti gravity/Aerial yoga Instructor

Dana McAtee grew up in the south bay, always outside keeping busy. A mother of 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, Dana is the owner of Believe Fitness Studio and Illusions Salon. Dana really enjoys working with everyone no matter their fitness level because “everyone has to start somewhere.” Her favorite saying is “Just Believe You Can.” In 2006, she found her love for pole and has been teaching pole since 2008. Dana became a Certified Pilates Instructor through Pilates Institute of Southern California under Stacey Vargas in 2009. She was also certified in Anti Gravity Yoga in 2011.

Adam McAtee – Pilates Instructor

Adam McAtee graduated from El Segundo High School in 2007 before becoming a certified Pilates Instructor through the Pilates Institute of Southern California under Stacey Vargas in 2010. Growing up in the South Bay, Adam found love and passion through basketball. Although, in 2010 his passion quickly turned to the movement of the human body through Pilates. Teaching Pilates for the past three year, he has become fascinated with anatomy and enjoys helping those around him. Adam is currently working on his Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science. Adam has been the Pilates Director at Believe Fitness Studio since it opened in March of 2011. Through his journey at Believe, he has become in the best shape of his life without picking up a single dumbbell. With his less-is-more approach he has found the benefit of cross-training with Pilates, Vertical Pole, Aerial Arts, TRX, and Anti-Gravity Yoga.

Beata Harison – Pilates Instructor

BeataHarison, originally from Poland, arrived in the United States in 1992. During her 18 years in Physical Therapy, Beata found a passion for Pilates. As her passion grew, Beata received her Pilates certification in 2011 under Stacey Vargas at the Pilates Institute of Southern California. Beata is very dedicated to helping her students live a happier and healthier life. Beata began teaching at Believe Fitness Studio as soon as she became certified. She enjoys the positive energy of our staff as well as the professional quality of our work.

Mei Wang – Aerial Arts Instructor

Born and raised in New Mexico, Mei moved to LA for greater opportunities. When she first discovered aerial arts, she instantly fell in love with it’s beauty and challenge. She has performed in many outdoor festivals such as Symbiosis, Yosemite National park and other beautiful venues like Supperclub LA and The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She has performed on silks, hoop, hammock, tippy hoop, and specializes in doubles with long time aerial partner Kate Minwegen. They both joined and continue to be apart of the underground cirque troupe, The Wandering Marionettes. Since she has joined the Believe family, Mei has become a yoga instructor and teaches TRX as well. “I love aerial because it challenges you mentally and physically, while building strength and confidence. At Believe, every class is like that! Everyone is so encouraging, the staff and instructors are amazing. I feel so fortunate to be part of such an incredible studio!”

Kristen Swain – Aerial Yoga Instructor

Kristen Swain grew up in south Florida, and moved to California in December of 2010. She got into aerial fitness doing pole for 2 years, and found her passion for yoga soon after practicing vinyasa and hot yoga which brought her to getting a certification for Aerial yoga which she’s been teaching for a year and a half now. Sharing what she is passionate about has pushed her towards getting her personal training and nutrition certification. She’s all about helping people workout and achieve happiness through fitness. She enjoys cooking, skateboarding, yoga, lifting, adventures and the beach.

Ashley Lawlor – Aerial Arts Instructor

Ashley Lawlor, busy mother of 2, was looking to find a creative, fun way to strengthen herself physically, mentally and spiritually when she found yoga and the Aerial fit world. In spring of 2013 she became a 200 hour RYT/ Power yoga instructor. She also studies and obtained certification in restorative-Yin yoga and Trigger point therapy yogic techniques. Ashley is a certified child yoga instructor and is currently teaching at public and private schools all over the south bay area. Off the mat Ashley is an Aerial instructor for children and adults; training under Mei Wang and Rachael Bowman for the last 3years. All of Ashley’s classes are designed to inspire, strengthen and help you find your body’s source of expression, whether it’s on the floor or in the air.

Melissa Coindreau – Advanced Pole & Aerial

Melissa Coindreau performed as a principal dancer with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet for five years. As a former international touring artist her professional credits include Grease, Cabaret, The Broadway Musical Swing, and she has had the pleasure of performing with such greats as the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Twyla Tharp, and Michael Buble. She holds US titles in Swing Dance and , is a certified yoga instructor. Consumed with the idea of taking dance into the air Melissa found her way to aerial arts. Melissa is an advanced level pole technician with competitive experience placing second in the Vertical Pole Challenge in Las Vegas. She has also coached championship pole artists, produced and choreographed aerial concerts, and loves any opportunity for a creative challenge. With over 20 years of professional experience, she is trained in aerial hoop, silks, hammock, and enjoys blending the world of dance and aerial arts together. Currently a performer and costume designer with Terry Beeman’s Mental Head Circus, Melissa is proud to share her love of dance and aerial innovation with her students.

Lynn Janovich – Aerialist

Lynn Janovich has been a competitive athlete since the age of 10. She ran Division III Track & Field at Ithaca College with her career highlights including six Ithaca College school records and becoming a 4-time NCAA All-American athlete. She also was a dance minor in college studying ballet, modern, and jazz. She moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and was part of the burlesque dance company, The Pinup Girls, the hip-hop company, The Fanatix, and has been a dancer and choreographer for LA Unbound.

She first discovered aerial arts in 2009 and immediately fell in love! Circus, for her, is the perfect combination of extreme athleticism and artistry. She has performed in various local Southern California gigs and has coached for a few Los Angeles-based studios. She won 3rd place in the Circus Star 2015 competition. Her primary apparatuses are corde lisse, silks, and static trapeze and she also has a duo trapeze partner, Kennedy Kabasares.

Melissa Hellewell – Aerialist

Melissa was immediately hooked when she first tried silks in early 2011. One week later she tried lyra, and then six months later, she began training on the flying trapeze (and hasn’t stopped since!). As an instructor, she loves to encourage students to notice the progress they are making no matter how big or small. Melissa feels the same sense of accomplishment she felt as a beginner each time a student succeeds.

Trina Bullard – Jumping Fitness Instructor

Trina has been in southern CA since 2001 and is originally from Michigan. She became addicted to Jumping Fitness immediately and experienced the immediate benefits of increased energy and weight loss. She loves the fun, high energy format. It’s a perfect form of low impact exercise blending music, balancing, and jumping. She became a Jumping Fitness instructor in September 2015 and also enjoys beach volleyball, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, biking, and SUP.

Chanel Glover – Dancer

As an ‘Art’Treprenuer with a B.A. in Performing Arts Management, Chanel has found a way to combine her passion for dance and technical training with being a certified personal trainer. She began dancing at the early age of nine and went on to study dance at Columbia College. After college, she earned a certification in Kemetic Yoga and began to teach various styles of movement in Chicago. Later, she gained the opportunity to teach pole and chair tease.

Now she’s ready to share all the knowledge she has gained over the years and help others improve their overall fitness with a saucy approach!