How did you find Twirly Girls?
I used to take Pilates at the Fremont Club Sport. I had remembered seeing someone setting up poles and a black curtain in the studio next door. So when I began looking into pole fitness classes in early 2009, I started looking into them at Club Sport. However, those classes were no longer being offered. So I did a web search for where they might be offered in my local area. Twirly Girls popped up and I signed up for a taster class. Lo and behold, Twirly Girls was run by the same instructor I saw setting up poles at Club Sport – Bel!
How long have you been a Twirly Girl?
I have been a Twirly Girl since February 17, 2009! I remember because my first class was on my birthday and it was almost 5 months after I had my second child.
Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?
I never pole danced before Twirly Girls, unless you count the intoxicated gyrations around a pole at a club or party. LOL! Friends tried to talk me into it and tried to get me to take some classes but at the time, it still had the negative stigma of being “stripping”.
Which class(es) do you take? Who is your instructor?
I currently only take one class, with our awesome new instructor, A.J.! Previously, I was a loyal Bel student before switching over to Grace. Unfortunately for me, I am only available to take daytime classes, which leaves me out for a lot of the other classes I’ve been dying to take. I used to take aerial silks with Sarah but she’s taking a hiatus.
Which move were you most excited to nail?
Hmmm….”nail” is such a subjective term. Haha! One comes immediately to mind – the No-Hands Cupid. It was a move on someone’s “wish list” for our workshop with Natasha Wang. So we all attempted it and I was able to do it for a couple of seconds. Shortly after that workshop, I “nailed” the move, using the tips Natasha taught us.
Have you taken any workshops? Which was your favorite?
I’ve taken a few workshops. I hope I remember them all. I’ve taken a workshop with Natasha Wang, Alethea Austin, Sarah ‘Starlight’ Stolar (silks) and Josiah “Badazz” Grant. Hard to say which one was my favorite, really. Each one was taken at a different time in my personal journey so they are all my favorite. If I were to factor in entertainment value (I had a total blast!), I’d have to say Badazz.
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?
I’ve always learned to dance barefoot with Bel. Early on, we played with heels, too. It’s fun to dance in heels (though you definitely need to adjust for the shift in your center of gravity!) but I prefer bare feet.
What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)?
Oh, that’s a toughie! Probably Blue Jeans (Lana Del Ray) or Still With Me (Tritonal), but A.J. is introducing me to the world of dancing to faster music!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Guilty pleasure? Well, if it were simply pleasure, I would say my tending my home farm/ranch, animals and family. If it had to be guilty, I’d have to say Hard Tail! Ask Bel, she’ll know what I’m talking about. 😉