ADMIN

MARTINA THORNHILL

Co-Founder

Martina@EcdysiastStudio.com

Martina co-founded Ecdysiast in 2008 and was one of the main instructors for the first three years. She has dabbled in dance and acrobatics throughout her life and found pole dancing to be the perfect combination of strength, grace and challenge. Martina is now solely involved in an administrative capacity and can be found behind the desk answering phones and juggling paperwork. She spends her time outside the studio doing ceramics, weaving and taking care of her jungle of houseplants.

SHANNON GEE

Co-Founding Artistic Director

Shannon@EcdysiastStudio.com

Born in Seoul Korea and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Shannon is a co-founder of Ecdysiast and Artistic Director of the Ecdysiast Pole Dance Company (EPDC) as well as a company dancer in the EPDC. She has been poling since 2001, co-founded the studio in 2008, and founded the Ecdysiast Pole Dance Company in 2013. She is well experienced in western pole (mainstream pole), and Chinese Pole. She composes the artistic vision for the EPDC all the while engaging in a collaborative effort with her fellow company dancers to create, artistically express, and move audiences.

RAIN SMITH

Administrative Director

Rain@EcdysiastStudio.com

Rain joined Ecdysiast as an instructor in 2010. She trained aggressively to begin teaching, falling in love with pole dance immediately. Her adoration for jazz-ballet as a child lends to her dance style, as well as her interest in other disciplines, such as belly dance. She also studied at South Puget Sound Community College receiving her Bachelors in Business in 2006. Though she never imagined herself a pole dancer, she now finds herself in the world’s greatest job! In 2012 Rain moved into an administrative role at Ecdysiast, as the studio’s Administrative Director. Excited to go to work every day, she encounters so many amazing and empowered students. In her own words, “I feel lucky to be here at Ecdysiast. It’s my home away from home!”

BRITTNI BALLOU

Production Manager

Brittni@EcdysiastStudio.com

Brittni discovered Ecdysiast in 2016 and quickly became enamored with pole dancing and the culture of the studio. After taking classes and being a stage hand for EPDC’s production of Le Chic Le Freak, she joined the team as Production Manager. Her experience in theater production is diverse with skills ranging in woodworking, space curation, event coordination, plaster/silicone/wax casting, welding, facilitating and more. She is incredibly excited to have a job that allows her inner theater nerd to shine merging with her life long love of dance, as well as being surrounded by so many fierce and amazing women. When she’s not thinking about theatre production, Brittni can be found playing with fire, plants and magick.