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Valerie Rush

With a big, bright smile and the enthusiasm of an athletic coach, Valerie says it best. “I was born to dance!” It all began at age 7 with Tap, Ballet, Jazz, and Gymnastics. My dance background lead to cheerleading, song-leading, & show-cheer. After high school came certification to teach aerobics which included high/low impact, step, body sculpting, creative and fun floor routines. You could say I have done it all!

I have a passion for teaching......I love everything about teaching and am totally motivated by the success of my students and that’s why I’ve created Vertical Fitness Studio.

Vertical Fitness has changed my life. From the absolute physical benefits to the unexpected inner rewards, I have taken a life’s worth of experience in dance and fitness and transformed them into something magical that I want you to experience!

Valerie with Fawnia Mondey DietrichValerie is certified by the the AFAA and also Nationally Certified by the PDIC. She is the only Pole Fitness Instructor in greater Sacramento certified to teach Pole Fitness. The highly-respected PDIC credential is earned only by those instructors who have a passion and dedication for the sport and art of pole. Valerie completed her PDIC certification in Las Vegas under world-renowned Pole Fitness and Pole Dance instructor Fawnia Mondey-Dietrich, the most highly respected name in the industry as a leader and champion of Pole Fitness.


Fawnia Mondey-Dietrich, the most highly respected name in the industry is a leader and champion of Pole Fitness and was the first to create the pole/fitness connection with the her original instructional video on Pole Dancing in 1998.  Pole fitness instructors who hold PDIC credentials are regarded as professionals who uphold the safety, dedication and skill mastery of pole fitness. Valerie is also a member of the Pole Fitness Association, IPF, USPDF, Pole Nation, APFA and NAPW.

Valerie attended Stanislaus State University in Turlock, CA and graduated with a Bachelor's in Biology with a concentration in Zoology. She also attended Purdue University in Indiana and studied Exercise Science. She has her Real Estate License and is a Registered Veterinary Technician.

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Valerie’s pole dancing fitness plans are safe, reliable, and individually customized; designed for the complete novice to the experienced dancer.



Valerie is Nationally Certified by the following Associations:

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Valerie is a proud member and supporter of the following Associations:

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