Instructor Profiles


Niya, owner, director & instructor; founder of PYT Studio, & proud mother of one. Niya has been dancing since the age of 2yrs. Having a background in tap, jazz, and ballet she has mastered the art of pole dancing and successfully teaching aerobics. After obtaining her BS in Dietetics, she became certified in personal training & primary group aerobic fitness. Over the past decade, Niya has merged all of these talents and combined them into what we now know as… PYT (Pole Yourself Thin) Studio!!!


Allison Barnes was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She trained in ballet and jazz from The Alabama School of Fine Arts where she performed principal roles in works by Thaddeus Davis, Mimi Twyman, Waverly Lucas, Jordan and Dwight Rhoden. She graduated in 2004 where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Dance award. Allison continued her education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she immediately began to leave her mark on the school as she was voted “Most Outstanding Freshman” by the NAACP Student Union. During her four years at the University Allison was a member of Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, Dance Alabama, the Crimson Cabaret and Rip Tide dance team. Allison also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she served as step team captain/choreographer for one semester. After college, Allison moved to New York where she debuted professionally as an NBA dancer for the New Jersey Nets during the 2008-2009 basketball season. Aside from performing on the court, Allison has performed all over the world with artists including Beyonce, Jeremih, Sean Paul, Jennifer Lopez, Mario, Kanye West, Shontelle, N.E.R.D., R. Kelly, Cee-Lo, Jazmine Sullivan, The Dream and more. Her talent was also displayed on television shows like “The Wendy Williams Show”, “Saturday Night Live”, “106 & Park” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Awards shows Allison has performed on include MTV Video Music Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards and Soul Train Awards where she performed a ballet solo with R&B recording artist Tank. As dance proved to be successful for Allison, she expanded her career to modeling as well where she has done print work for Dance Spirit Magazine and for the #1 wedding show in the nation David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding.” Allison danced with Beyonce' during the 2013 Superbowl Halftime Show and was featured recently in a Birmingham News article. When Allison is not dancing she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends


Ebone Gilbert, native of Birmingham, Al. I have been involved in theater and dance for almost 17 years. Styles of dance include: jazz, modern, african and hiphop. I earned a B.A. in Theater Arts from Alabama State University. I believe dance is one of the best forms of exercise. It's fun, challenging and most of all it keeps you moving. I enjoy the challenge of learning different dance styles and genres because I'm a dancer to the core. Give me a beat and see if I stand still.


Sherry was born and raised in a small town called Florence, Alabama. Sherry, a proud Graduate of the University of N. Alabama, holds a BS in Accounting/Management. Working as a full time accountant for over 25 years, Sherry found herself needing a hobby. One hot summers’ day 2010 Sherry stumbled upon a Zumba class. Sherry, a past step aerobic instructor of ten yrs, found her NEW passion! Soon enough, she became certified November 2010 and began teaching for PYT in January 2011! She has not looked back!! Married with three children, Sherry finds time to teach Zumba at PYT Studio.


I am a 28yo native of Birmingham, Al. I have a short lived background of dance starting at the age of 5 taking ballet, modern, and jazz until age 9 then cheerleading from 11-13yo. Although I was not able to continue in dance, it has always been a love of mine. I was able to tap back into my dance experience in high school choreographing for my high school drama department as well as participating on step teams in college with the black student alliance and my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Like many women, I have struggled with weight issues my entire life and discovered PYT Studio for a new fun way to workout and have been hooked ever since. I started as a pole student in August 2011 and never stopped. I was able to transition my love of pole and aerobics from student to instructor with the guidance and training of Niya in spring 2012. My personal goal is overall fitness and total life change for myself as well empower and encourage women of all sizes to get active, get fit, and keep it sexy!!


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