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Grand Rapids Location (GR):
5366 Plainfield Ave NE Suite J
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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Call Us 616.552.3572

Byron Center Location (BC):

2237 84th St. Suite 103
Byron Center, MI 49315
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Call Us 616.552.2224

Muskegon Location (MK):
5312 Grand Haven Rd
Norton Shores, MI 49441
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Call Us 616.552.2255

Front Desk Hours:
Sunday-Thursday - 5:45pm-9:45pm
Saturday - 10:30am-1:00pm

Flirt Fitness Staff


Each instructor is trained through an extensive 16-week program within the Flirt Fitness system.  We only hire the best of the best -- those who are knowledgeable, certified, nurturing, caring, loving and want the best for themselves, for their students, and for Flirt Fitness. We encourage you to experience the uniqueness that our instructors offer by signing up for more than one class in your 8-week session!


157Amy Schoonover: Owner & Founder

  • Hometown: Grandville, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: It depends on the mood that I am in. If I’m feeling really sappy or sad, I love to dance to anything by Sam Smith or Let Me Hold You by Josh Krajcik. If I’m feeling like a badass and want to feel alive, I like to dance to anything by Skrillex or Bad by David Guetta. The days that I’m feeling super sexy, I’ll play Lioness, Hours by FKA Twigs, or anything by The Weeknd. If I just plain need to dance it out, I’ll throw on songs like Beneath your Beautiful or Bless the Broken Road or Girl Crush.
  • Favorite Quote: "She believed she could, so she did." ~ R.S. Grey AND "When I'm taking my last breath, I want to look at how I used up the best of myself.  How much did I sweat, push, pull, rip, fall, hit, crash, explode?...My dream is to be so well used that in my last half-second, I just burst into dust." ~ Elizabeth Streb, choreographer
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: It’s my passion…..not just pole, but to inspire women. Being able to share my story and my life with a beautiful community and being able to introduce a safe haven for women to feel secure in themselves is the most humbling, honoring peach I could ever wish for. 
  • What I Want For My Students: I want each of my students to feel sexy, strong and confident. I want them to be able to free the inner goddess within them and be thankful for each curve of uniqueness they have. I want them to feel empowered by the physical strength pole gives them. I want them to be able to honestly look at their reflection in the mirror and say “you are beautiful”.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: You are an amazing creature of this earth and you are capable of so much more that you think you are. Life is about living and as a woman we tend to always live for others instead of ourselves. Take time for you, no matter what it is, to connect your mind, your body and your spirit. Student or not, I see the beauty in you. I believe in you. Oh – and – free laughs, smiles, hugs and more 24/7! Come in and share your story with me!!!

Cassie Truskowski: Lead Instructor

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: NIN, Lana Del Rey, and dirty, sexy beats!
  • Favorite Quote: "You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough." ~ Mae West
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: I get to work with amazing women on a daily basis. To be a part of their transformations - mentally, physically, and emotionally - makes it easily one of the best jobs in the world.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want every student to have fun and not take themselves too seriously. If they need to laugh or cry, I encourage them to just let go of everything and dance their booties off!
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Founder & Director of the Daredevil Circus Company. Producer of the Danger Damsels Burlesque Revue. Contestant on America's Got Talent. Animal lover. Heel clacker. Twerker.

Jessa B.: Lead Instructor

  • Hometown: Rural Ada, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: There so, so many. Here are some standouts over the years: "Blood, Milk & Sky (I'm-ho-tep 3700 year-old boogie remix)" by White Zombie, "Creator" by Santigold, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, "Mosquito Song" by Queens of the Stone Age, just about anything by Sia, "From Here I Can Almost See The Sea" by David Grey, "Everybody Here Wants You" by Jeff Buckley, "Parabola" by Tool, and "Shadow on the Wall" by Brandi Carlile
  • Favorite Quote: "Whether you think you can or you can't... you're right." ~ Henry Ford
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: It is my calling to teach. Pole is my passion. The fact I can do those things together is beyond fulfilling. Pole is more than my workout, it is powerful self-expression. It fosters a sisterhood I previously never experienced. It is a privilege to share that with as many people as I am able.
  • What I Want For My Students: Pole for nobody but yourself. Success at pole means you're enjoying yourself and growing as a person.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Self-doubt is my worst enemy, and one I am forever locked into a bloody battle with. The secret that I re-learn every time is that I am the one who decides the winner. Self-actualization is a choice away.

Alexis FurneyAlexis Furney: Senior Instructor

  • Hometown: Climax, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: "Colorblind" by Counting Crows
  • Favorite Quote: "The magic happens outside your comfort zone."
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: My favorite part about being a Flirt Instructor is my students, hands down. I love teaching. Teaching is a talent that not a lot of people are capable of doing as it requires a lot of humility, self analyzing, patience, and an ability to teach many different ways. My students are the reason I teach, they are the reason I complete continually education, they are the reason study, and they are the reason I love my job. Each one is so very special in my heart in their own ways, and I wouldn't change that for anything in this world.
  • What I Want For My Students: To develop a level of strength and understanding to where they can achieve their own goals. Also to challenge them through educating them in different kinds of dance, movement, choreography, combos, and strength. And to help them realize that utilizing these things will make the unique and original to themselves!
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Love yourself, because you are perfectly imperfect, and that's what makes you unique!!

Beverly KochBeverly Koch: Senior Instructor

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: I don't really have a favorite song to dance to, but I like to dance to any song that helps me express what I am feeling at the time.
  • Favorite Quote: "It's not about who someone else wants you to be. It's about being YOURSELF and finding someone who loves every bit of it!"
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: I teach at Flirt because I love what our studio stands for. I love that we are a big into our community and give back to local charities. I teach at Flirt because I want to share my passion and my love for pole fitness. I teach at Flirt because our doors are open to all woman - no matter your age, weight, or size. I teach at Flirt because it's an environment that empowers, uplifts, and inspires every woman who walks through our doors.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want my students to have the time of their lives. I want them to really let loose and                                         be free. I want my students to feel stronger, sexier, and more confident after each class, and build on that throughout                                            their sessions here. I want to give them an experience they will never forget.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: You will become absolutely hooked after your first time here!  I can't wait to meet you!

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Tanya Gonzalez: Junior Instructor

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: "Anaconda" by Nicki Minaj, "Sail" by AWOLNATION, "Halo" by Beyonce + MANY more!
  • Favorite Quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: I feel every woman should feel comfortable in her own body and appreciate it, no matter the shape or size. Teaching at Flirt allows me to do that! Getting strong - mentally and physically - is always accomplished here at Flirt!
  • What I Want For My Students: For every woman who walks through these doors to reconnect with the Goddess inside them! To not be afraid to be sexy!
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Before I started taking classes at Flirt, I struggled at the gym. It was all until I met Amy and found Flirt Fitness that I was getting stronger every week and pushing myself through each session. The most important part of that was I was having FUN and that's the key to workout success!

018resizeMarchella Walsh: Junior Instructor

  • Hometown: Detroit, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: I love dancing to slow songs at the studio because each movement is meaningful.
  • Favorite Quote: "Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try." ~ Mary Kay Ash
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: I teach at Flirt for the sisterhood and the friendships that I have made over the past year. I have met some amazing women who inspire me daily.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want my students to understand that this is a journey, and journeys take time. I want all of the women I work with to leave feeling confident and beautiful - each and every week!
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: When I started taking classes at Flirt in October 2013, I had no idea ho much that decision would impact my life. I love that this is my "job" and I feel blessed to be a part of this positive shift in the world of fitness.


006resizeAmy Bitely: Junior Instructor

  • Hometown: Bailey, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: "Fever" by Michael Buble or "Dirty Diana" by Michael Jackson
  • Favorite Quote: "Half glass, full attitude."
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: To be a role model that anyone can do this, regardless of age, body type, personality, etc
  • What I Want For My Students: To experience the same level of comfort and joy as I do.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: I make the best apple pie (or at least I think so..) - it's all about the homemade crust!



074resizeDeana Haines: Junior Instructor

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: It depends on how I am feeling... Porn Star Dancing, Just A Fool, GirlCrush, Often, The Hills, songs with explicit lyrics (yes, I admit that), Young and Beautiful, Say You Love Me... anything that helps express a feeling or feed a need at a particular time.
  • Favorite Quote: "Always do what you are afraid to do." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: I started taking classes at Flirt when it was at the original studio in EastTown. I have been an anxious person my entire life, and wanted to challenge my anxiety and push myself out of my comfort zone. I met Amy (founder of Flirt) and I asked her if she thought I really could learn pole. I honestly had no idea how much this would help my confidence and just make me feel good. I love the amazing connection I experience when I am at Flirt. It nurtures my soul. The bottom line is that I love people and I love helping people.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want to help create an environment for them to allow themselves to be vulnerable and try new things, without the worry of being judged. I want them to feel supported, loved, and encouraged.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: If you think you are uncoordinated and clumsy... we are kindred spirits. It usually takes me longer to learn new things, but I think this helps me with my teaching, because I've experienced struggles and also really appreciate when something finally clicks in my brain. I have a tendency to say silly, goofy things(my family, students, and friends will agree with this), but I have a big heart and love people. I love animals, especially cats. (Shoot, I think that was more than one last thing.)


008resizeJustine Helsen: Junior Instructor

  • Hometown: Ravenna, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: My song choice really varies on my mood. I typically like songs with heavy emotion/meaning; something I can really relate to and pour my heart out through my movement. While other times all I want to dance to is something slow and sexy! Here are some of my favorites: Say You Love Me – Jessie Ware, Self-Conclusion – The Spill Canvas, Castle - Halsey, Dance for You – Beyoncé, Wildfire - Tinashe
  • Favorite Quote: “It doesn’t make sense to call ourselves ugly, because we don’t really see ourselves. We don’t watch ourselves sleeping in bed, curled up and silent with chests rising and falling with our own rhythm. We don’t see ourselves reading a book, eyes fluttering and glowing. You don’t see yourself looking at someone with love and care inside your heart. There’s no mirror in your way when you’re laughing and smiling and happiness is leaking out of you. You would know exactly how bright and beautiful you are if you saw yourself in the moments when you are truly yourself.”
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: Teaching pole and inspiring women gives me so much fulfillment and I believe with all of my heart that this is my calling in life. To have the opportunity to inspire and guide women through their pole journey as my instructors did for me is an honor. I believe in everything this studio stands for. As instructors, we are here to not only help you learn the art of Pole Fitness but, also, to learn the art of becoming a stronger, more confident you!
  • What I Want For My Students: I want my students to truly gain everything they hoped to gain from Flirt Fitness and MORE! I want my students to truly fall in love with themselves. I want to see them wear their bodies with great pride; loving every inch of their uniqueness. I want the wall size mirrors in the studio to no longer be a voice for their insecurities, but a FRIEND that gives them a clear reminder of their true beauty and strength. If my students walk out of the studio each week feeling confident, sexy, strong, and full of self-worth then I will know I am fulfilling my duties as an instructor.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Flirt Fitness is not just a “Pole Studio”, it’s also a safe haven built of a community of amazing women who are ready to welcome you into our lives as our sister. This studio has become my sanctuary where I can strip down all of my insecurities and express myself through my movement and I’m sure every woman at this studio would say the same for themselves. And, though taking the first step can be intimidating, I promise you, you will thank yourself for taking that courageous first step as you watch your life transform for the better... I can’t wait to meet you!!!


037resizeJennifer Van Leuven: Junior Instructor

  • Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: "Fantasy" by Alina Baraz & Galimatias, "Waiting Game" by BANKS, "Inside My Love" by Delilah, "Feelin' Good" by Nina Simone, "Pony" by Ginuwine, and "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard!
  • Favorite Quote: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." ~ Audrey Hepburn
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: There is such a great community and sisterhood here. Being at Flirt Fitness is like having a "home away from home." It's a comforting place. Everyone comes together each week to learn, have fun, and dance. It's a sanctuary - a place of love and support - which is something every woman needs and deserves.
  • What I Want For My Students: Trying something new can be intimidating, but I promise to be there for you every step of the way. I'll be there to help you through the challenges and encourage you in your goals. Don't ever give up - because I will never give up on you!
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: Practicing pole is an incredible journey in itself and it brings you through such a transformation. Not only outside, but inside too! Your mindset changes, your physical AND mental strength grows - and you can do what you never thought you could before! Do this for YOU and enjoy every part of the journey!


Susannah Bickler: Beginner Instructor

  • Hometown: Waukesha, WI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: Depends on my mood! Sometimes it's AC/DC or the classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard. If I'm feeling more dramatic, it can be "Say Something" by A Great Big World or anything by Sam Smith. Rihanna is kind of a fun go to, so I kind of love dancing to it all!
  • Favorite Quote: “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” — Erin Hanson
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: Flirt has completely changed my definition of fitness, what is sexy, and has transformed the way I think about my body. This studio has created such a wonderful, safe, comforting, encouraging environment that truly celebrates women and I am so excited and humbled to have the chance to be a part of Flirt and spread the message of empowerment to other women. It is so easy to get lost in obligations and errands and day-to-day life that we can lose sight of taking care of ourselves and Flirt has created a safe and inviting atmosphere that allows us to remember who we are as women and gives us time every week to take care of ourselves first before anyone or anything else.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want my students to feel sexy, strong, and powerful! I want them to be able to leave their obligations and responsibilities at the door and unleash their inner goddess. I want them to love themselves and know that they are beautiful, and sexy, and an amazing person!
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: It is the journey that matters! Everyone's pole journey is different and while it can be hard, don't compare yourself to anyone else! Everyone comes to Flirt from different backgrounds and fitness levels and it can be easy to get caught up in how other students are doing, but what is important is why you are here and how far you have come, not someone else!

Alyssa Omlie: Beginner Instructor

  • Hometown: Southern Maryland
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: "Unfold" by Alina Baraz, "7/11" by Beyonce, "Toes" by Glass Animals, any song by The Weeknd
  • Favorite Quote: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: I never expected to be teaching pole dancing classes in my life, but it is one of the most rewarding opportunities that life has brought me. It brings me joy to share my love for pole to others and see my students embrace their confidence, express themselves through dance, and power through challenges.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want my students to embrace the mindset that perfection does not come instantly. It takes practice and patience to become great. I want my students to feel strong and powerful. I want them to break out of their comfort zones and feel supported by me and their classmates to reach their goals - whatever they may be. Your pole journey is what you make of it. 
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: I love Old Bay on almost everything. 


148resizeJennifer Bileth: Beginner Instructor

  • Hometown: Greenville, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: I can't name them all. I like any song, fast or slow, as long as it has a good beat or can just make my body move.
  • Favorite Quote: I don't really have a favorite quote
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: It's a great community! I have learned so much and want to share what I've learned with others and provide encouragement.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want them to be happy, gain confidence, encourage others, and have fun.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: I believe in trying everything once. You never know what life will bring. I once tried out for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. I didn't make it but now I'm an instructor at Flirt. Life moves in all directions.


Megg Kupres: Beginner Instructor

  • Hometown: Saugatuck, MI
  • Favorite Songs To Dance To: "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard, "6 Inch" by Beyonce, "River" by Bishop, "Down With The Sickness" by Disturbed and anything by In This Moment and Rihanna.
  • Favorite Quote: "What can we do, rejoicing and honoring, to show our respect? We can heal. We can cherish our bodies and honor them...For the body is not the dwelling place of the spirit--it is the spirit. It is not a tomb, it is life itself."~ Paula Gunn Allen
  • Why I Teach At Flirt: Flirt gave me the sense of community I have always wanted. I started as a student with little to no confidence in my body and in my beliefs. What a transformation it has been! I am grateful for everything Flirt has given me, and it just felt natural to become an instructor. These are my people.
  • What I Want For My Students: I want my students to feel welcome. I want to contribute to a safe space where women can be creative and express themselves without judgement. I want everyone I encounter to feel supported mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually.
  • One Last Thing I Want You To Know: I take sensuality and creative expression very seriously. I believe it is important for women to have environments conducive to both of these.