Meet SIS! (Strength in Sisterhood)

I’m so beyond excited to share with you that we have been approved by the state of Illinois and have officially started the nonprofit corp that has been on my heart for years. Over the next few weeks we will be making some powerful announcements about new resources available to you ladies and eventually the entire local community. Along with some of the most loving, nurturing, committed women I have ever met, we just finished up our second board meeting and are officially approved by the State of Illinois to go forward. The new corporation is called Strength in Sisterhood (SIS for short). In order to keep this post relatively short, we will just start with sharing our mission statement and an abbreviated list of the services offered. Here goes!

Strength in Sisterhood’s Mission Statement:

Strength in Sisterhood’s sole purpose is to empower women to be their best, healthiest self in every area of their lives. Through the support of our dedicated, passionate volunteers we provide peer counselling, education and mentoring to those in need with an abundance of guidance, nurturing and companionship.

Mission areas:
1. Mental/Emotional/Spiritual Guidance and Support
2. Physical Health Support
3. Financial Health and Education
4. Career/Educational support and mentoring

From here on out, we will continue to keep you updated as we go through “construction” and keep you informed of what’s under the “hood” in Sisterhood! If you have any questions at all, or would like to have a “big sis” to walk alongside you, or you would like to volunteer, please call me directly at 630-901-9697, or email me at We have over 50 volunteers already who are ready and wanting to do life with you. We will pair you with someone who has been through a similar situation and come out the other side with a heart to help.

SIS Board of Directors:
Kristin French McNabb
Lynzhi Cothrine
Laura O’Hara Jackson
Maureen Gasek
Jessica Hatton
Melissa Woolever
Erin Alyssa

Final note on this (so much for a short post!) all services that are provided are volunteer based. This is something that is available to you, your friends, family, neighbors, or anyone you know in need at no charge. If there is something we aren’t able to help with, we have a comprehensive and trusted list of professionals to refer you to. Any and all correspondence and conversations will be held in the strictest of confidence based on our bi-laws.

With humble hearts,
Kristin & Your SIS board of directors and volunteers

Tease Instructors Complete Pole Art Athletics Training

On March 23, 2018, the instructors of Tease Dance and Fitness underwent an intensive two-day training session with Pole Art Athletics.

Pole Art Athletics, which was founded by Dr. Misty Rose Austin, works with pole, aerial, and dance studios to ensure instructors are not only comfortable with their pole teaching, but also well versed in body mechanics and injury prevention.

Several of our instructors had this to say about the training:

“Saying Dr. Misty does an incredible job at instructing this course, is an understatement. Her breakdown of movements /exercises and how she seamlessly implements them into most aerial apparatuses is superb.”

“Dr. Misty has such a wealth of knowledge about the pole and aerial world that I can’t wait to have her come back. She isn’t afraid to answer the tough questions, and backs everything up with science, peer review, and research.”

As a student at Tease, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands not matter what style you’re learning — aerial, pole, yoga, or dance.


Learn more about Pole Art Athletics on their website:

Dancing for a Cause: Tease Supports Reclaim13

Tease Dance and Fitness recently kicked off its fourth year of student showcases on Saturday, February 24, but this year’s event — which highlights students’ performances — had a more meaningful purpose.

Participants and audience members alike raised close to $400 for Reclaim13, a cause near to Founder Kristin McNabb’s heart.

The studio matched the donations at the event, providing $800 to be donated to Reclaim13’s cause: To end the sexual exploitation of children. reclaiminghope-webbanner_2018

Kristin and her husband, along with several other Tease students will also be joining Reclaim13 on March 10 as they dance the night away in Oakbrook Terrace for the Reclaiming Hope event.

The Reclaiming Hope event, will be held Saturday, March 10, 8-10 p.m. at the Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Oakbrook Terrace. You can learn more about the Reclaim Hope event, as well as learning more about Reclaim13 on their website:

Stay tuned to the Tease blog for more information about this incredible cause and how Tease plans to continue to support it.

Tease to offer Belly Dancing in Spring Schedule

Laura Belly Dance 2Looking to add a little more shimmy to your life? In addition to offering our Burlesque classes, Aurora’s own Tease Dance and Fitness will be offering Belly Dancing classes in our Spring schedule. Taught by Laura, the classes will be offered weekly during our March/April session.

Like pole and burlesque, Belly dance is very empowering. It’s all about using your femininity and curves in a way that’s natural and comfortable for women’s bodies. I’m really excited to be able to bring this to our Tease family!

Whether you’ve taken a belly dance class before or if you’re on the fence about belly dance, we sat down with Laura to ask her a few getting-to-know you questions about what students can expect during their Belly dance experience.

How long have you been belly dancing and how did you get started? 

I started about 10 years ago. I had recently divorced and made a pact with myself that I’d say “yes” to anything that wouldn’t kill me. A friend asked me to take a class with her. As soon as I saw the sparkly hip scarves, I was hooked!

Is there a style or technique you follow?

Egyptian and American Cabaret, mostly.

What should ladies wear for their first class?

Yoga pants or pole shorts are fine. I’d suggest a sports bra or form-fitting tank top so you can see what your mid-section is doing.

Do students knee to bring a hip scarf?

No, but it helps. A great site (reliable, quick delivery, fair prices) is

Do you have any Belly Dancing idols?

Tons! Check out a few:

Not sure if this is your style? E-Mail Tease Dance and Fitness to ask about our intro classes.

Tease Dance and Fitness Announces new classes in March-April Schedule

MARCH APRIL scheduleTease Dance and Fitness is excited to announce new classes in our March-April 2018 schedule.

This upcoming session we are offering more morning classes, as well as Belly Dance, Lap Dance, Curvy Girl classes, Returning Pole, and more Aerial classes throughout the week.

We’ll be talking more in-depth about each new class we’re offering here on the blog.

Don’t miss out on our new spring offerings! Reserve your spot today!

Tease Students Offer Advice for Handling Pole Dancing Queries

Jessica“You’re taking WHAT kind of class?”

“Pole Dancing? Like Stripper Class?”

If you’ve taken a pole dancing class or are considering a class but aren’t sure how people will react, we’ve got a few pointers.

We recently asked the students at Tease Dance and Fitness how they’ve responded to friends or family’s queries into their workout.

Here are a few responses:

People are always really shocked when I tell them and say it doesn’t seem like something I’d do. I tell them “well, I guess you don’t know me as well as you thought you did”

It builds so much confidence and body positivity which is helpful for my job working in mental health. Especially with coworkers I build on how powerful it could be for some of our sexual assault survivors to connect to their sexuality as something they can have control of and be proud of.

I always say that Pole Dancing is the most giving sport for women. It does not discriminate in the least bit. Women of all color, shapes, size are welcome and loved. It’s about building confidence and strength and coming to terms with your own sexuality. You are your biggest critic. And there’s so many variations of pole work.

I stopped worrying what others thought a long time ago, I think that is one of the steps of pole dancing. You share info, but you can’t change a persons perception, and if my honest testimonial isn’t enough for them,well so be it.

I call it pole dance fitness which seems to work well. Really most people find it interesting and if they don’t I show them a video…that usually does the trick.

Visit Tease Dance and Fitness to sign up for your next class today. You can now read our student testimonials on our website and see what others have to say.

Tease Dance and Fitness: We Have Fitness for Every Body

Tease Dance and Fitness pole classWe have a saying at Tease Dance and Fitness: We have something for every body.

Tease is excited to offer a lot of different fitness options in our Aurora studio.

In addition to our pole dance fitness classes, we also offer burlesque classes, lyra (aerial hoops) instruction, aerial silks, and instructional ‘chair dance’ routines.

But we don’t stop there. Tease also offers options that can allow every body to participate. Whether you’re recovering from illness or injury; have issues with stiff joints, flexibility, or mobility; or are maybe a little intimidated by the apparatuses, we have classes on our schedule that will boost your energy and your confidence.

Come check out some of our newer classes

Melanie on silksTease recently introduced a Curvy Silks class focused on our gorgeous, curvaceous women.

Led by a social worker and fellow curvy girl, this class will focuses on building self esteem as well as the strength, flexibility and grace to rock the silks.

This class leads women through a warm up, stretch, and conditioning section that prepares for climbs, sits, stands, locks, and knots. This class is specifically tailored for our curvy girls, providing a safe space for women to attempt new tricks and get a fun workout without falling victim to comparisons and feeling shame about their bodies.

Learn more about the class in our registration portal.

Care to keep your feet closer to the ground? Check out our Beginner Lap Dance class. This 8-week series you will help you say a lot without saying a word. Students can compliment and build onto their own free- dance style with various strips, peels, reveals, shoes, and styles. You won’t want to miss this class! Learn more our website

Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page to stay updated on new classes being offered in upcoming sessions


Enroll Today for Tease’s January-March 2018 Session

January2018 Session

There’s still time to register for classes at Tease Dance and Fitness.

Our new January-March session is now online and available for enrollment. Visit our website to view our upcoming schedule

Tease Dance and Fitness offers classes for pole fitness, aerial fitness (including aerial silks and aerial yoga), Lyra, and Burlesque. Aerial classes for Kids are also available.

Not sure if you want to commit to a full session? Try our one-time intro class to get a taste of what Tease has to offer. Visit our website to learn more.

Tease Aerial Dance & Fitness reopens larger studio in new location to meet growing demand

Since 2006, Tease Dance & Fitness – now known as Tease Aerial Dance & Fitness – has been Chicagoland’s premier pole dance fitness studio. To meet increasing demand and provide more class offerings, Tease has been rebuilt in a new, larger space near Fox Valley Mall. Located at 4014 Fox Valley Center Drive in Aurora, the new studio celebrated its grand reopening on Friday, Nov. 10 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local business leaders and Aurora aldermen. The new studio will focus on acrobatic aerial workouts such as silks and lyra (hoop) as well as pole dance, burlesque and more.

Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and nearly 5,000 square feet of dance and retail space, the new Tease caters to women looking to experience an effective and creative workout. The completely redesigned studio features four unique dance spaces, 18 competition grade poles and plush a lounge area for students to enjoy.

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Tease is owned by Kristin McNabb, who started her business teaching pole dance to clients in the basement of her home. This move is the third expansion for Tease, which was previously located in Naperville and then near the Route 59 Metra station in Aurora before moving to its current space.

Tease offers classes seven days a week, ranging from beginning to advanced levels. Instructors include elite competition pole dancers and performers.

Tease also offers parties, special events, workshops, private training sessions and now kids’ classes. For more information, visit