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The basics

Empowerment Through Exotic Dance, Ltd (ETED) was established in 2005 and was the first aerial pole dance studio in Illinois. In 2019 we relocated and expanded to offer more services. Our 8,000 sq ft flagship studio is located in Chicago Heights, offering all programs in both aerial and traditional fitness. Our satellite studio in New Lenox offers a limited number of programs in aerial and dance.

Two Locations in the South Suburbs:

  • Main Studio: Chicago Heights
  • Satellite Studio: New Lenox
    • Offering strictly pole and chair dance classes and parties

Our History

Movement Evolution Fitness, Inc. (ME Fit Studio) is the first fitness facility of it’s kind in the Chicago area offering a fusion of aerial fitness with traditional fitness and gym.

In 2005 Empowerment Through Exotic Dance, Ltd. (ETEDance) was established in a small studio in Chicago Heights offering group pole dance classes and parties. Soon after a satellite location was opening in Frankfort, IL which was relocated to New Lenox in October 2018.

In 2010 the creator of ETED, Mary Ellyn Weissman, started Midwest Pole Dancing, Inc. which hosts large pole dance events that included the North American Pole Dance Championships (NAPDC) and other shows. NAPDC, which ended in 2018, produced several world pole dance and fitness champions several of which earned titles or placed at the Pole Championship Series at the Arnold Sports Festivals from 2014 – 2018. Midwest Pole Dancing is now hosting smaller scale events and shows at our Chicago Heights venue which can seat 150+ guests.

Mary Ellyn Weissman is an international pole dance and fitness judge, traveling several times a year with her husband Jim Weissman who created the first computerized tabulation system used in pole dance competitions and is the official tabulator.

ME Fit Studio hosts group classes in pole dance and fitness, lyra, chair and other empowering classes under the ETEDance program as well as hosting bachelorette, birthday, girls night out and other celebration parties. Additionally, ME Fit Studio houses a full fitness gym with treadmills, free weights, stall bars, TRX and personal trainers and coaches offering group classes in a myriad of programs just a few of which include yoga, cardio dance, circuit training and barre classes.

Classes can be purchased individually for a drop in fee or there are a variety of discounted memberships for longer term registration as well as bundle packages.


Owner/Instructor: Mary Ellyn Weissman
Contact: ME at MEFitStudio dot com

Studio Manager/Instructor: Melissa
Contact: Melissa at MEFitStudio dot com

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