Instructors

  • Roxi DellaDonna
    Roxi DellaDonna
    Founding Owner
  • Lisa Wenhart
    Lisa Wenhart
    Managing Owner
Roxi DellaDonna
Founding Owner

    Bio:

    Roxi has always been passionate about the arts. She started performing in middle school in plays, musicals, band, any thing she had time for. After high school many of those activities got lost in the day to day of adult life, but she would soon be on stage again. Roxi started working in a Cleveland area Gentlemen’s Club at 19. It was a difficult journey at first; trying to recognize her beauty among all the model-like women, trying to overcome self-doubt and shyness. Eventually she started looking inside and found her own confidence and sensuality. And she learned the truth about all women: there is a goddess in each one of us. Helping women find that goddess and love themselves is why she puts her everything into Cleveland Exotic Dance.

    Roxi teaches pole, exotic dance, belly dance, and burlesque. She has had over 10 years exotic dancing, training in anatomy, and over 5 years experience in massage and bodywork. In the past 3 years she has branched out as a Sex-Positive Sex Educator for Adults and has created the Sexual Wellness program and classes at Cleveland Exotic Dance.

    Classes Taught:

    Classes

    Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3, & Intermediate

    Spin Pole

    Belly Dance

    Sexual Wellness Classes

    Parties

    Pole

    Lap Dance & Striptease

    Belly Dance

    Sexual Wellness Topics


    Images 1 & 3 by: Sainteven Photography
    Images 2 & 5 by: Prismatic Vision Photography (formerly Quixote Creations)
    Image 6 by: Rokneven Photography
    Lisa Wenhart
    Managing Owner

      Lisa’s first exposure to pole and exotic dance came in 2007 when she was a student in our first class here at CED. She worked her way through the pole classes, was offered a position as a pole party instructor, and eventually became one of our regular pole instructors, then manager, and was eventually offered a position as partner.

      Lisa has been involved in dance and theater for over 20 years. She has dual degrees from the University of Akron in Media Production and Radio & TV. Though she loves dancing and performing, Lisa is a natural planner that feels at home putting productions together, whether it be for film, television, or the stage.

      In 2004, Lisa starting having problems with joint pain, weight gain, and extreme fatigue. Almost a year later, she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease. SLE had caused her to put on weight, and that paired with the arthritis forced her to learn how to live in her body again. Roxi’s dance classes were instrumental to this. She learned how to once again be comfortable in her own skin and feel sexy at any size. All these years later, her SLE is fully under control and her weight back down through a combination of of learning to better listen to her body, following a healthier diet, and doing strength bearing exercises like pole dance. In addition to modern exotic dance, Lisa is also involved in burlesque and is a member of the burlesque troupe Tease & Thank You. She has an extensive health and fitness background, and has been a vegetarian for over a decade.

      Classes Taught:

      Classes

      Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3, Intermediate & Advanced

      Strength Training with Pole

      Parties

      Pole

      Lap Dance & Striptease

      Burlesque

      Sexual Wellness Topics


      Images 1 & 2 by: Sainteven Photography
      Images 3, & 5 by: Jason Tilk
      Image 4 by: Emily Speelman Photography
      Image 6 by: Cleveland Scene Magazine
      Image 9 taken during: Dr. Sketchy Cleveland
      Images 10 by: Prismatic Vision Photography (formerly Quixote Creations)
      Image 11 by: A Cleveland Portrait
      Image 12, Art by: Randy Crider
      • Chelsi Rose
        Chelsi Rose
        Class Instructor
      • Snow
        Snow
        Class Instructor
      • Nikki R.
        Nikki R.
        Class & Party Instructor
      • Selena Felien
        Selena Felien
        Class & Party Instructor
      • Erin
        Erin
        Class & Party Instructor
      • Nikki B.
        Nikki B.
        Class Instructor
      • Bethany Time
        Bethany Time
        Class & Party Instructor
      • Eliza Sidecar
        Eliza Sidecar
        Class & Party Instructor
      • Dahlia D’Luxe
        Dahlia D’Luxe
        Party Instructor
      • Danni Red
        Danni Red
        Class & Party Instructor
      • Kim
        Kim
        Party Instructor
      • Ava Adore
        Ava Adore
        Party Instructor
      Chelsi Rose
      Class Instructor

      Bio soon!

      Classes Taught:

      Classes

      Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3,

      Parties

      Pole


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      Snow
      Class Instructor

      Bio soon!

      Classes Taught:

      Classes

      Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3

      Spin Pole


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      Nikki R.
      Class & Party Instructor

      Bio soon!

      Classes Taught:

      Classes

      Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3, Intermediate, & Advanced

      Lyra/Aerial Hoop

      Parties

      Pole

      Private Lessons Available For:

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      Lyra


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      Selena Felien
      Class & Party Instructor

        Selena came to Cleveland Exotic Dance in 2011 after a decades’ worth of training in many, many different types of martial arts. She found that pole dancing allowed her to combine strength and skill with expressive movement, and her love of the dance style has continued since.

        She considers herself to live in the middle ground between fitness and sexual expressiveness, using elements of each to enhance her quirky, arty flair in the dance world. Inhabiting this middle ground of expressive motion has expanded her love affair of movement to include dance flows (movement combinations that assist in linking tricks together and enhance freestyle dancing), twerking, lapdancing, and playing with poi, lyra, and contortion. In addition to sharing the art of pole (and other) dance through teaching, Selena also loves to perform. She has debuted in pole and variety shows in Cleveland, Detroit, and Columbus. In 2014, she participated in her first competition at Pole Fest. The ultimate achievement for her was to be accepted into the competition where she performed before a large audience of her peers and received feedback on her art from a panel of judges (although, yes, she did place).

        Other adventures include traveling to various pole conventions like PoleCon, PoleExpo, and the Arnold Sports Fest to meet other dancers and performers and take lessons from leaders in the industry. She has also taken private workshops and lessons in other cities and states to continue expanding her knowledge and understanding of safe training techniques, progressions in teaching moves, adapting techniques to multiple skill levels and physical abilities, and combining tricks and movements into dance flows both on and off the pole.

        Selena is many things, and at CED, she is always up for helping you find what you love in what you are doing.

        Classes Taught:

        Classes

        Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3, Intermediate & Advanced

        Pole Flow

        Parties

        Pole

        Twerk

        Lap Dance & Striptease


        Images 1, 2, & 3 by: Sainteven Photography
        Image 4 by: Spilt Sugar Photography
        Image 6 by: Novus Obscurum
        Erin
        Class & Party Instructor

        Erin came to CED in 2009, friendless and new to the city. She quickly found her niche in our burlesque program, where she developed self confidence, amazing friendships, and some pretty slick dance moves.
        Since then, she has participated in Burlesque, Belly Dance, and Pole classes, eventually becoming an instructor for weekly Burlesque classes and private Burlesque, Belly Dance, Pole, and Lapdance/Striptease parties. Erin has a background in theatre, music, dance, and art; as well as a deep interest in the history of burlesque that influences her performing and teaching style. Her classes include a strong focus on developing self confidence and helping students embrace their sensual selves. She is constantly seeking new sources of burlesque performance and history education. In 2012, she attended Burlycon in Seattle, Washington, an education- and development-focused convention for burlesque performers.
        Erin has been performing under the stage name Tess La Coil since 2010 and is part of our burlesque troupe, Tease & Thank You. She has performed at such venues as Brother’s Lounge, the Beachland Ballroom, the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium, the Richland Cafe, the Highland Square Tavern, and Mahall’s in shows produced by Toxic Burlesque, Hell on Heels Burlesque, La Femme Mystique, The Red Hot Heathens, Infusion Crew, and others.
        In 2014, Erin was part of the cast of RAWR WITH RODNEY, a Burlesque Fitness DVD staring Mr. Burlesque, Rodney James, a noted international performer and teacher, and frequent CED guest instructor.
        Outside of CED, Erin works as a model for life drawing classes, picks up very heavy things in the gym, and watches far too many scary moves on Netflix.
        She also thinks writing about oneself in the third person is weird.

        Nikki B.
        Class Instructor

          Nikki started pole in September 2011, and has been teaching since May 2013. Nikki’s expression of pole is between fitness, strength training, and dance art expanding her skills in freestyling. Her passion for the sport has developed into encouraging people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and ages to participate; encouraging the start of classes for men and future ideas to start pole gymnastics for kids. She has published an article in her company newspaper explaining what pole is and what it means to her which reaches an audience that is not in the pole community.

          Nikki’s classes focus on learning moves safely, strength training, and then putting multiple moves together into combinations. She is a firm believer that pole is like a language. You can learn a ton of tricks (words), and start combining them (sentences) but if you don’t know how to put them together, you can’t tell a story.
          Nikki loves to street pole and do pole tricks on random street signs, structures and playgrounds.

          Classes Taught:

          Classes

          Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3, Intermediate & Advanced

          Doubles Pole

          Men’s Pole

          Spin Pole


          Images 1, 2, & 8 by: Sainteven Photography
          Images 3, 4, 5, & 6 by: Amanda Ellis Photography
          Bethany Time
          Class & Party Instructor

            Bethany started poling in March of 2013 when she attended her first class with Lisa. She continued as a student until offered a position as a party instructor in April of 2014. Bethany teaches parties for pole, lap dance and striptease, and recently she began teaching beginner pole levels 1, 2, & 3.

            Bethany has some background in gymnastics and martial arts. Pole has become a passion of hers that she wishes to share with students. “I want them to know anyone can do anything they set their mind to do.” Bethany enjoys street poling especially on her morning runs (which you can always see evidence of on her Instagram profile.)

            Classes Taught:

            Classes

            Pole Levels: 1, 2, & 3

            Parties

            Pole

            Lap Dance & Striptease


            Images 1, & 2 by: Sainteven Photography
            Image 4 & 7 by: Amanda Ellis Photography
            Eliza Sidecar
            Class & Party Instructor

              Eliza has been a student at Cleveland Exotic Dance since 2012, taking everything from pole to hoop to belly dance, and everything in between! With over 15 years of theater and dance experience, and as an accomplished burlesque performer, Eliza has graced the stage all over Ohio and the Midwest. She specializes in creative costuming and theatrical performance, and is a member of CED’s studio burlesque troupe: Tease and Thank You, as well as Guilty Pleasures Burlesque, Hot Sauce Cabaret, and Toxic Burlesque.

              In addition to burlesque, Eliza is an internationally published alternative model. An expert in pin-up styling and posing, she is currently the Creative Director at Sainteven Photography, and has posed as a life drawing figure model for Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School in Cleveland and Akron, and for BAYarts’ life drawing classes. Eliza also has an intense love of all things make-up. A budding make-up artist, she enjoys playing with bold colors and avant-garde style, and is obsessed with learning new special effects and airbrush make-up techniques. Her favorite thing about Cleveland Exotic Dance is the body positive, open and accepting environment of the studio, which encourages learning and growth from students and instructors alike.

              Classes Taught:

              Classes

              Belly Dance

              Special Topics in Burlesque

              Special Topics in Modeling and Makeup

              Parties

              Belly Dance

              Burlesque


              Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 by: Sainteven Photography
              Image 7 by: Zoë Lapin
              Image 8 by: Perkoski Photography
              Dahlia D’Luxe
              Party Instructor

                Dahlia has been with Cleveland Exotic Dance since its inception in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since! Beginning with pole dance, she quickly made her way through other offered classes such as hoop dance, lap dance and striptease, and burlesque where she has been traveling and performing around the country as a solo artist since 2010.

                Incessantly passionate about performing and the arts, Dahlia has over 15 years of theater, dance, and production experience. She holds a degree from The University of Akron in Media Production and Theatre as well as a degree from Cuyahoga Community College in Deaf Interpretive Services.

                Her many cartoonish facial expressions and bawdy sensuality on stage has earned her the tagline “The Sensuously Silly Stripper!” and made her an award-winning burlesque performer (2013 Funniest Performer; Great Southern Exposure Festival in Charlotte, NC)

                Cleveland Exotic Dance has opened many performing doors for Dahlia and she couldn’t be more grateful or excited to continue as an instructor at such an amazing and encouraging dance studio.

                Classes Taught:

                Parties

                Pole

                Lap Dance & Striptease

                Burlesque


                Images 1, 2, 5, & 6 by: Sainteven Photography
                Image 3 by: J. Andrew Thames
                Image 4 by: Perkoski Photography
                Images 7, 8, & 9 by: Spilt Sugar Photography
                Danni Red
                Class & Party Instructor

                Bio soon!

                Classes Taught:

                Classes

                Pole Levels: 1, 2, 3

                Stretch

                Parties

                Pole Sugar

                Pole Spice

                Lap Dance

                Striptease


                Images soon!
                Kim
                Party Instructor

                Bio needed

                Ava Adore
                Party Instructor

                Bio needed.