our studio


Dance is a delicate balance between perfection and beauty.

Recognized as Portland’s premiere pole dance studio, Ecdysiast is committed to the growth and development of students, professional dancers, the aerial community and it’s audiences. Co-founded, owned, and operated by Martina Thornhill and Shannon Gee, Ecdysiast opened its doors to the public in March of 2008. Combined, both owners have over 15 years of pole dance experience. The studio itself is part of the International Pole Federation–a world-class association governed by the world’s leading pole dancers–which endeavors to create and maintain a high standard of quality in both pole dance and pole dance instruction. Professional and well trained, Martina Thornhill and Shannon Gee both continue to be an active part of the international pole dance community and strive to share their love and knowledge of the art. Ecdysiast instructors are well experienced in pole dance and encourage students to grow, while stressing safety and proper technique. In offering the highest degree of training to our students, we participate in the making of artists and enthusiasts. It is incumbent to always act with the student’s interests in mind and encourage students to listen to their body and progress at their own pace. No matter what we learn or from whom we learn, the real and only teacher is within.

“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.” -Shanna LaFleur