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Jennifer Gruen

Jennifer Gruen

Owner / Instructor

Jennifer Gruen was born and raised in southern California. She grew up swimming competitively and loved it. After high school she attended cosmetology school and has been working a hairstylist since 2005. In 2010 she found a love for aerial arts and pole fitness. Jennifer has also participated in Pacific Pole Championships, California Pole Dance Championships, and National Pole Dance Championships. As the owner of Serenity Pole and Aerial, her purpose is to not only provide and create a safe environment that empowers and strengthens you in your every day life, but a place that you can express yourself freely without judgment. Serenity is a dance studio that opens the doors to amazing friendships and an atmosphere that is considered to be like a second home.

Jesse De La Cruz

Jesse De La Cruz

Instructor

Jesse grew up doing both competitive gymnastics and circus. After retiring from gymnastics he pursued a career in circus full time and has been performing in the field for over 14 years. He’s performed for various cirque style entertainment companies as well as numerous theme parks throughout Southern California. 

 

Tina Ilea

Tina Ilea

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.