First off, we want to say how proud we are of our April Twirly Girl of the Month, Alyssa! She placed first in her division at Pacific Pole Championship held down in Los Angeles last month!! Congratulations, Alyssa!!!!
How did you find Twirly Girls?
I first heard about Twirly Girls from one of my yoga instructors, Su, from Mind Body Zone.
How long have you been a Twirly Girl?
I *think* my first class with Twirly Girls was around 2010, but I was in school at UC San Diego so I didn’t come to Twirly Girls often. It wasn’t until 2012 that I started going routinely.
Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?
For 9 months I had fantasized of taking a pole class until, finally, I took my first one in San Diego at Pole Sinsations. My pole preoccupation started in July 2009 when my friend Andrew showed me a video of Felix Cane, and after seeing her performance I couldn’t help dreaming and fantasizing of taking a pole class. I was amazed by her strength, grace, and physique… and I thought that if I started classes I, too, could be awesome like her. After Pole Sinsations, I began classes at Sumara Pole (formerly Sexy Silhouettes), which is a studio closer to where I lived. My instructor, Sarabeth, was supportive of our learning, and she provided us with fun opportunities to display our skills.
Which class(es) do you take? Who is your instructor?
I take most of my classes with Bel, but I don’t have a set weekly schedule. I have learned many things (moves, transitions, flow, etc) from everyone at Twirly Girls.
Which move were you most excited to nail?
When I started pole, I was most excited to learn the fairy spin (fireman); I thought it was the quintessential pole move. A recent move I was excited to nail was my shoulder mount.
Have you taken any workshops? Which was your favorite?
I have taken a workshop from Alethea Austin, which was like another dream come true since I’ve watched her Youtube videos just over a billion times. I wasn’t experienced enough to keep up with what she was teaching, so I didn’t pick up a lot of her moves. However, I did learn tips about how to make floorwork look more interesting than sitting/laying on the ground as well as to keep in mind that moves look better when your limbs move in waves. Her dancing was super sexy, and I was so happy to see and meet her in person.
I have also taken a workshop with Nadia Sharif, and she was very down to earth and an amazing instructor; I loved how she broke down moves for us, and she really cared about our learning during her workshop.
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?
I like how heels look and the effect they give to certain dances, but dancing barefoot is more comfortable.
What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)?
I enjoy dancing to most songs by the Weeknd.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Daydreaming. And pearl tea drinks.
Check out Alyssa’s winning routine!