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Yasss, Girl!



Discover your self indulgent escape and your moment of zen.

Whether it’s your very first time or you already slay the pole and aerial game, we consider you to be part of the crew. Our close knit community is what makes us stand apart as a boutique pole dance studio in a specialized industry. Centrally located in the heart of Paducah, KY our studio vibe is one of inclusion, encouragement, and support--with a heavy dose of silliness.

We excel in the art of high fives and happy dances because this is your place to feel completely free: be a dancer, be an athlete, and fall head over heels in love with giving yourself the gift of extra. Extra "Me Time," extra self expression...we even think you should get the extra guac at Qdoba. Let us celebrate you as you live your best life and embrace the extraordinary: welcome to Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness. 


Maranda Blackman, Owner

Maranda has had great opportunities to train and perform across the country, meeting some amazing and talented people along the way. In 2012, she discovered a class closer to home offering pole dancing lessons for fitness. She completely fell in love with the whole idea of pole dancing as a fitness and dance concept and hasn't looked back since!

Not only does Maranda teach classes full time, she is also a mother--so life can get a little hectic! However, she loves the diversity of all these experiences and the people she gets to meet along the way.

Her involvement in the pole industry includes participating at competitions alongside some amazing dancers and training with numerous pole champions. 

Maranda received her certification in 2013. In 2017, she fulfilled her ambition of opening up her own studio to share her passion with others in an open and supportive environment.

Maranda loves teaching pole and is able to cater to students of all shapes and sizes from beginners to advanced. She believes that pole dancing promotes a healthy mind as well as body, and has personally experienced the therapeutic benefits that pole dancing has to offer. Most importantly, her enthusiasm for pole dancing is contagious and she loves her classes to be fun!

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Michelle Higgins

Michelle aka MollyPop is a dancer of many forms and has been critiquing her craft since 2011. She studies burlesque, Pole, aerials, lyrical, jazz, belly dance and flow arts.

Her recent teaching mentors include Elektra (Paducah), Siobhan Atomica (Lexington), Lola van Ella (St. Louis) and Egypt Blaque Knyle (LA). She is a yearly participant in the Flow Camp Festival and also has plans to attend her first Burlycon festival later this year. She is sure to get your behind moving and the whole class grooving!


lisa mead (inanna)

Lisa, who performs under the stage name Inanna,
has been belly dancing for over 15 years in Paducah, KY. She has a passion for performing and teaching. She is a member of The Zerdali Dance Co and the founder and director of Bella Luna Belly Dance. 

When Inanna experienced her first belly dance performance at a renaissance festival she fell in love with the sway of hips and the jingle of coins. She was entranced by the music and the way they moved. She is thrilled to be able bring this experience to you. 


Jessi milam

Always having been an exercise nut, Jessi has done a variety of physical activities. Throughout high school, she was practicing swimming and water polo, and then on to weight lifting and training in the traditional gym setting.

Jessi began began pole fitness in 2015 and has fallen in love with performance and teaching. She received her instructor certification in 2018.

“If you asked me two years ago if I think I would ever be able to do this I probably would have said, "Heck No!"

“But look at me know proving myself wrong. It took a lot of time, strength, and passion to get to where I'm at today. Some people worry about looking silly or embarrassed—some feel like they don’t have the strength or body type. But remember we were ALL beginners once and every body is a pole body. We all have to start somewhere. BUT the first step is on you to muster up the courage to sign up and walk through the studio doors; after that we are here to help with the rest!”

Jessi’s style is strength and tricks based with an emphasis on energy, fitness, and music. She loves teaching combos by breaking them down into manageable parts so students of all levels from beginner’s to advanced can enjoy their stage of dance!


Open Positions

At Verticality, we're always looking for motivated, enthusiastic individuals to bring the newest and innovative fitness classes to Paducah! Currently our classes involve involve pole fitness, booty shaking, aerial silks, burlesque fusion and more. This is a contract (1099) job. You select your work and your hours! If dance is your passion, we'd love to hear from you! Individuals selected for this opportunity must attend and complete an orientation program.


● Dance, athletic background - degree or certification or equivalent experience
● Ability to choreograph on the spot
● Experience teaching individuals and groups
● Insured - proof of liability insurance (by the time you start)
● At least 18 years old


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