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Are all certified pole dance instructors by a nationally recognized program to assure not only your safety but effective and easy to follow pole dance methods. You will learn from highly skilled instructors who are dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals within a comfortable and fun environment.

Additionally all of our instructors are also certified in group fitness, CPR and first aid.

Owner, Master Level Instructor:  

Mary Ellyn is a 53 year old mother of two. Married to her husband Jim since 2000, together they own a tax, accounting and financial services company. She began pole dancing for her own enjoyment in 2002 before pole dancing became all the rage on television and in the fitness world.

With the encouragement and support of her husband Jim, she began sharing her skills teaching pole dancing in 2005 after experiencing advanced pole dancing techniques while traveling abroad. She became hooked on learning more about pole dancing and developed the desire to teach it to others.

She started by giving private lessons and hosting home parties. Having no resources in the Chicago area at the time, and through painstaking dedication, she learned the art of pole dancing without the benefit of a live instructor or classroom.

Since then she has dedicated her time to networking and traveling to train regularly with master level instructors and has received her master trainer certification in pole dancing.

She has instructed hundreds of women - and men - in several countries in the arts of pole and exotic dance. Her students have included housewives, moms, teachers, doctors, accountants, exotic dancers and a wide range of other professionals and everyday women. Ages of students have ranged from 19 to 68.

Mary Ellyn has also developed Chicago's first pole dance instructor certification program, using safe and correct techniques based on industry standards in fitness and pole dancing.

She has been featured in Time Out Chicago Magazine , The Chicago Sun Times, The Daily Southtown, The Chicago Tribune and the Tribune Redeye, has appeared on WCKG  radio and on "Sexual Healing"  with Dr. Laura Berman on the Showtime Network.

Favorite Music:
Chasing Pirates: Droogs Remix
Do I Move You: Jihae
Strangulation: My Morning Jacket

Empowered By:
Dancing and Exercise
High Heels and Sexy Clothing
My Students



Certifications and Training:


 Other Qualifications:

  • President Midwest Pole Dancing
  • Organized the first Midwest Pole Convention & Competitions 2011, 2012 and coming in 2013
  • Organized the North American Pole Dance Championships in 2012 and coming in 2013
  • Has acted as a professional judge for multiple pole dance competitions
  • Organized Chicago contingent Guinness World Record pole dance event in 2006 and 2007.
  • Producer of Dance Wicked For A Week bi-annual pole retreat since 2009
  • Managing Officer: Lifestyle Financial Services, Inc
  • International Pole Sports Federation - original board member and chair of the technical committee, development of rules/criteria for World Pole Sports Comp
  • Registered Nurse
  • Level II Reiki Practitioner

You can contact Mary Ellyn directly at MaryEllyn@ETEDance.com

Our Instructors

Favorite Music:
Assasin's Tango
Lady Marmalade: Christina A.
Your Man: Josh Turner

Empowered By:
My Workouts
Owning my Sensuality


Jeannette (Jay) is a 41-year-old mom of one, and has been married to her husband Doug since 1995. She has worked in the accounting/bookkeeping department at Lifestyle Financial Services since 2003 and is an active volunteer in her community.

Jay has been studying pole dancing with Empowerment Through Exotic Dance since 2005. She has achieved her basic instructor certification while studying under Mary Ellyn. Jay has also exceeded in various styles of dance including Salsa, Meringue & hip-hop.

Jay made the front page of the Daily Southtown during the first ever fundraising event sponsored by Empowerment Through Exotic Dance - the Chicago contingent for the Guinness World Record attempt for the most people pole dancing simultaneously around the world in September of 2006. She also participated, once again, in the December 2007 attempt.

Jay is a certified group fitness instructor and teaches beginner & intermediate pole dancing.

Certifications and Training:

You can contact Jay directly at Jay@ETEDance.com


Favorite Music:
Lie To Me: Johnnie Lang
It Don't Matter To The Sun: Garth Brooks
Still They Ride: Journey

Empowered By:
Raising successful kids
Dancing in stilettos
Challenging my fears

Chelle is 41 years old. She and her partner, Chris, have six children.
She has been a stay-at-home mom for the past four years.

Chelle has been pole dancing since 2007 and took her very first pole class with ETED in 2009 and never left.  
As she progressed through basic, intermediate and advanced classes, her love of pole grew.  
She began studying under Mary Ellyn for her basic and intermediate pole instructor certifications in early 2011.

Chelle has previously studied Yoga, Tae Kwon Do and Modern Dance.  
She tries to further her pole education with workshops/classes whenever possible and continues to take
advanced Pole classes with Mary Ellyn on a weekly basis.

Chelle teaches beginner & intermediate pole dancing.

Certifications and Training:

You can contact Chelle directly at Chelle@ETEDance.com


Favorite Music:
Jupiter Love: Trey Songz
He Loves Me: Jill Scott
Femininity: Eric Benet

Empowered By:
A great Workout
Anything I accomplish in the kitchen
A happy family

Jonise is a 36 year old mother of two, who started pole dancing in 2010 and began training 
at ETED in 2011. 
She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, Jeff of 15 years. 
She enjoys a variety of exercise including weight training and body sculpting. 

Jonise teaches beginner & intermediate pole dancing. 

Certifications and Training:

You can contact Jonise directly at Jonise@ETEDance.com


Favorite Music:
Monsters & Angels - The Mutaytor
Fade to Black - Dire Straits
Pepper - Butthole Surfers

Empowered By:
Amazing family & friends
Learning new things
Pushing myself outside my comfort zones

Gina is a 42 year old mother of two. She and her husband Paul live in Tinley Park.

Gina began pole dancing in 2011 and continues taking weekly advanced classes with Mary Ellyn.

Gina has been training, teaching and performing circus arts since 2001. Her primary focus is aerials including trapeze, rope, silks & lyra.

Certifications and Training:

You can contact Gina directly at Gina@ETEDance.com


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