Owner / Pole Instructor
Jennifer Gruen was born and raised in southern California. At a very young age she started swimming for the Nadadors, a local competitive team. She loved swimming and going to all the competitions. She swam competitively with them until she was nine years old. That’s when she move to Costa Rica with her family and she competitively swam on a team there all throughout middle school and high school. When she moved back from Costa Rica and went to Saddleback College she decided to get her cosmetology license and has been working as a hairdresser since 2005. In 2010, Jennifer found her love for aerial arts and fitness. She started taking pole fitness classes every day and as her passion for aerial fitness grew she began teaching at a few pole studios. Jennifer has also participated in Pacific Pole Championships, California Pole Dance Championships, and National Pole Dance Championships. Her true passion was not to perform or compete, but was to share her passion and love for aerial fitness with others and help them find their personal journey and experience. As the owner of Serenity Pole and Aerial, her purpose is to provide and create an environment at SPA that empowers and strengthens you in your every day life. Serenity is a dance studio that opens the doors to amazing friendships and an atmosphere that is considered to be like a second home.
Hammock & Flexibility Instructor
Tina Ilea is an aerial performer, costume designer and dancer who accredits her affinity of performing arts to her hometown, Las Vegas, NV. When her parents realized that she would never stop climbing on the furniture, she was enrolled in everything from fencing to aikido in order to keep her occupied. Her mother took her to her very first Cirque du Soleil show when it debuted at the Mirage in Las Vegas and remembers very fondly that as an aerialist climbed to the ceiling and performed her breathtaking moves, Tina turned to her and said, “I can do that.” She has been in love with the show ever since and had the honor of working backstage for the show, Zumanity. As a well – versed creative, she takes all that she has learned from each craft and applies it to h er unique aerial style. Tina enjoys watching her students grow and the wonderful “Aha” moment when something clicks. You will find her performing all over California and Nevada and taking classes in order to continuously develop her skills. She believes th at even as an instructor, “you are always a student” and is ready to assist her peers with any skills she can.