February Twirly Girl of the Month: Grace!

How did you find Twirly Girls?

I was in search for a different kind of work out outside of the gym and decided to Google pole fitness studios in my area. I came across the Twirly Girls website and loved how they offered a commitment free taster class. As I look back at where I was at that point in my life, there was much more that I was in search for. The authentic “me” that had been lost in the midst of being a mom, student, girlfriend and daughter was tucked away somewhere to be found and unleashed.

How long have you been a Twirly Girl?

I recently made “OTG” (Original Twirly Girl) a title given to Twirly Girls at their one year mark this past December 2011. With the love, support, encouragement and family feel at the studio it seemed like I’d been there for years!

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?

No, but I always admired the athleticism and grace it took to pole dance.

Which class(es) do you take?  Who is your instructor?

I currently take Shelly Lamb’s Advanced Pole Dance (S.L.A.P.D) class on Thursday evenings. Here I get the opportunity to get S.L.A.P.D by a pro-poler with advanced tricks and incorporated choreography. Her warm-ups kick butt and have me sweating up a storm before getting on the pole. From time to time, I love to drop in Mama Bel’s Triple T’s Class (Tricks,Twirls and Transitions) to learn and practice combination moves/ spins and simply to have fun.

Which move were you most excited to nail?

That would have to be REVERSE CATERPILLAR CLIMB!!!! Those who have had a class with me before know how disoriented I get upside down. So this was my biggest challenge that I’d overcome while practicing for the Trick or Twirl Halloween event.

Have you taken any workshops?  Which was your favorite?

It was almost unreal for me to be at the center pole taking direction from NATASHA WANG!!! We were so fortunate to have her host a workshop at Twirly Girls this past December that I came for 2 days in a row. I couldn’t get enough. Not only is she a badass on the pole, but she is so sweet and down to earth. I’ve also taken an aerial silks workshop from Sarah Stolar (an amazing performer, artist and fellow TG), and look forward to Phillip Deal’s upcoming workshop this month!

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?

Like any other shoe I wear, it would have to depend on my mood. I like to dance to softer music barefoot. I’d strap on some heels for a more hardcore, rough feel. But you’d definitely find me barefoot on any regular day at the studio.

What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)?

I have 3: “Take it All” by Adele,  “Closer” by Kings of Leon, “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse.

What is your guilty pleasure?

SWEETS AND FRENCH FRIES!!!! When I speak of sweets I mean anything from cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolate, ice cream, crepes and green waffles. I also love Criss cut fries/ French fries with ketchup and ranch.

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