Alyssa Coogan models a pole dance and fitness pose in the new AK Inverted studio space located inside the Yoga Path at the grand opening on Feb. 24, 2019. (Mollie Barnes | Juneau Empire)

Alyssa Coogan models a pole dance and fitness pose in the new AK Inverted studio space located inside the Yoga Path at the grand opening on Feb. 24, 2019. (Mollie Barnes | Juneau Empire)

Juneau pole dance and fitness studio holds grand opening

AK Inverted is located inside the Yoga Path

It was a ‘really, really intense hobby’ that Alyssa Coogan turned into a business. First she taught pole dance and fitness classes out of her house to her friends for free. Now, she’s got a real studio and a business plan.

AK Inverted held their grand opening at the Yoga Path on Sunday night. Alyssa Coogan, AK Inverted owner, said that while she’s been offering pole fitness classes in various locations around Juneau, this is the first permanent state of the art studio in Juneau.

“This is definitely the first most stable and state of the art studio that Juneau has ever had,” Coogan said of the studio space, located inside of the Yoga Path in Lemon Creek.

The company started out as Pole Fitness and Dance in 2014, moving from private classes at Coogan’s house, to Suite 907, to Mountain Wellness studio downtown and finally to its new home in the Yoga Path. While Coogan originally used her own portable poles that she bought off Amazon in the various prior spaces, the new studio has a more permanent feel.

[First Trans Gaming Night exceeds organizers’ expectations]

Coogan said all of the new equipment is top of the line from the United Kingdom.

“They design (the poles) to fit the measurements to the specific studio,” she said. “The industrial mounts are permanently installed and stay on the ceiling. But the poles themselves, you can just slide them into place and tighten them and take them down and store them to use the space for other things.”

About 20 people came to the grand opening, where Coogan taught a beginners’ crash course.

Tiffany Snowden, an attendee, said she signed up for classes before she’d even gotten to the grand opening and tried it. She said the Yoga Path is her favorite studio in town, and so she was excited to try a new offering at the studio.

“I need the core strength,” Snowden said. “I hurt my knee running this year, and so I started swimming. I do incorporate yoga into my practice, and this just is so enticing. Anything just to be upside-down I think is really healthful and playful, and I think that we’re sort of meant to be able to do that. I mean we used to get to climb trees, and we don’t get to do it anymore,” she said, adding that pole fitness was a way to be able to get a similar experience.

Coogan’s family owns Coogan Construction, and she said entrepreneurship runs in her family.

“It’s definitely in my family to be entrepreneurs, but I still am operating under my brand, because I really want this sense of camaraderie and a team athletic type of feel to be present, so people can do competitions down south and we can represent Alaska,” Coogan said.

But she said she is still working in conjunction with the Yoga Path. People who have memberships at the yoga studio can use it for pole dance classes, as well. Jodee Dixon, owner of the Yoga Path, said the partnership was really exciting.

“The space here has enough room for (Coogan) to have six poles and 10-foot ceilings, so there’s some good potential, and we just really worked well chatting and brainstorming together,” said Dixon.

“This is definitely a huge thing, for myself and this town,” said Coogan, who works full time as a counselor at AWARE, but wanted to continue teaching pole classes on the side.

“I hope that all stigma aside, people can really come to find how amazing pole fitness is and what it can do for your life,” she said. “It means more than anything to me to be able to share that with other people, and hopefully they can develop the same relationship with pole fitness that I was able to develop, where it’s kind of just a love for health and well-being and your body and yourself.”


• Contact reporter Mollie Barnes at mbarnes@juneauempire.com or 523-2228.


More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora Forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Feb. 5

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire 
Edward Richards, left, a high school student in the Sitka School District, talks about the lack of mental health services in Alaska’s public schools as part of the testimony also offered by district Superintendent Frank Hauser, center, and student Felix Myers during a Senate Education Meeting on Monday at the Alaska State Capitol. The committee is proposing a 17% increase in the state’s school funding formula, which was remained essentially flat since 2017.
School’s in at the Capitol

Students and education leaders from around state make case for more classroom cash.

Folks at the Alaska State Capitol openly admit to plenty of fish tales, but to a large degree in ways intended to benefit residents and sometimes even the fish. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
The bizarre bills other state legislatures are considering

Alaska’s Legislature isn’t mulling the headline-grabbers some statehouses have in the works.

This photo shows snow-covered hills in the Porcupine River Tundra in the Yukon Territories, Canada. In July 1997, a hunter contacted troopers in Fairbanks, Alaska, and reported finding a human skull along the Porcupine River, around 8 miles (13 kilometers) from the Canadian border. Investigators used genetic genealogy to help identify the remains as those of Gary Frank Sotherden, according to a statement Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, from Alaska State Troopers. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)
Skull found in ‘97 in Interior belongs to New York man

A skull found in a remote part of Alaska’s Interior in 1997… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Officer William Hicks stands with JPD Chief Ed Mercer and Deputy Chief David Campbell during a swearing in ceremony for Hicks on Thursday at the JPD station in Lemon Creek. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
New officer joins JPD’s ranks

The Juneau Police Department welcomed a new officer to its ranks Thursday… Continue reading

These photos show Nova, a 3-year-old golden retriever, and the illegally placed body hold trap, commonly referred to as a Conibear trap, that caught her while walking near Outer Point Trail last week. (Courtesy / Jessica Davis)
Dog narrowly survives rare illegally placed trap in Juneau

State wildlife officials outlined what to do if found in similar situation

Most Read