The Brass Ring is a boutique fitness studio located in Chicago offering classes in pole fitness, aerial fitness, dance and flexibility.


The Brass Ring  Pole Dance & Aerial Fitness opened its doors in 2013. We offer alternative fitness classes 7 days a week.  We believe enjoying your workout in a fun, supportive environment is the key to a healthy mind and body.  Our 1800 square foot studio is located in the West of Western District of the Humboldt Park neighborhood in the heart of Chicago.   

*Pole Dance Classes

*Aerial Silks and Lyra

*Flexibility Classes

*Dance Classes

*Pole Parties

*Private Lessons

*Studio Rental


The Brass Ring's main goal is to create a safe and positive environment for it's students.  You will first and foremost have fun while you are exercising. Our world class staff of instructors cultivate a welcoming and supportive classroom experience  from warm up to cool down.  From your first class with us you will gain body awareness, strength and confidence.  We focus on teaching luxurious movement and proper technique all while nurturing your personal style so that your mind, body, and soul feel accomplished and fulfill ed at the end of your workout.


The Brass Ring opened it's doors in 2013.  The Brass Ring's owner Melissa Schrader began pole dancing in 1999 at the age of 30 when she walked into her first pole fitness class. She was a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect. She ended up finding everything that she had been looking for in a workout: it was fun, challenging and social. Through pole dancing she found confidence, letting her feel empowered, strong and free.  

Melissa began teaching in 2001. She is certified by the world's top pole fitness certification program, Elevated Education. Melissa has trained extensively with the best pole athletes in the industry.   Melissa is also a performer, competitor and traveling pole instructor. She is the two time North American Pole Dance Championships - Midwest Champion of 2012 and 2015, Pole Sport Organization - Central Pole Championships  Level 4 Dramatic Champion and the 2016 Pro Runner Up for Dance Filthy USA. In 2016 Melissa was chosen by the leaders of the industry to compete as one of only 10 finalists in the USA's premier pole dance competition featuring the best pole dancers in the country, Miss Pole Dance America. 

Melissa's favorite place to be is teaching classes at The Brass Ring helping others find self confidence, watching her students grow stronger each day, adding joy to their lives through movement. The dream of opening a world class pole studio has come to life in The Brass Ring through the hard work and passion of it's instructors and students.  The Brass Ring, a home to whomever walks through its doors, a place to train, create, dance and laugh with your friends. A place where there is no limit to what you can accomplish...a place to reach for The Brass Ring!

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2539 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647


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