TG Her/History

983798_10152733659883582_6310936578220311555_n2006 was a year of firsts for us. Twirly Girls set up it’s first pole in a tiny studio in Danville and we were geared to uplift and empower women by blending fitness and sensuality.

8 years and 10 poles bolted we are Twirling with Fathers and mothers, athletes, men and women of every profession imaginable. We uplift ourselves by welcoming everyone with open arms.

Come and share with us your #TwirlyFirsts , a picture of your first day, first twirl, first invert, or any firsts that you had with your twirly family and tag us along @Twirlygirlspolefitness.

Enter the Dragon!

Happy Chinese New Year to all of our Twirly Girls and Boys!

We wanted to let you know what’s going on for January and February 2012!

First up, TONIGHT:  There is a Taster class TONIGHT at 8 p.m. TWO for $30!!!  Regular price is $25 each.  Contact Bel or Lori to sign up.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon!
Special Prices for Monday Tasters
Monday, Jan. 23rd and 30th
8pm Taster Classes 2 for $30!

ALSO: The Bad Boy of Pole, PHILIP DEAL

 Meet & Greet and Performance

 Friday, February 17th

7:30 to 9pm

 Other Twirly Girls will also perform.

 Twirly Girls $10 pre-pay

Guests welcome $15 at the door

 Special Performance with

Pro-Performer Shelly Lamb

 WORKSHOPS $45

Sunday, February 19th

Pole 101-Beginners

10:00 to 11:30am

This class has a fun and energetic warm up that includes dance

movement for pole.

You will learn your first invert, get ready to be sore!

Power and Inversions Intermediate

12 to 1:30pm

Heavy focus on butt and ab work.

Must have climbing skills for this class.

Pole Combo’s-Advanced

2 to 3:30pm

Large emphasis on style and dance choreography.

Combinations taught in performance style.

Must be able to invert.

You can RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/276447785754427/

December Message from Mama Bel!

Twirly Tips:

The holidays are here and, for a lot of people, it’s a very stressful time!

Quick Tips for Stress Reduction

Have a positive attitude. Try not to worry about things out of your control. Problem solve with people around you. Ask them to help you alleviate stress. Exercise. A few extra minutes of exercise a day can benefit your overall health. Eat Nutritional food. Decrease the amount of fat and sugar you eat. Meditate, or take a class in relaxation and stretching techniques –like Pilates or Yoga. Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages Rest. Try to get eight hours of sleep each day. Get a massage. A massage can be beneficial for the mind and body. Twirl your worries away!

Twirly Holiday Stocking Stuffer Specials!

Twirly Girls Gift Certificates: 1 month for a reduced price of $99, save $20!  Taster class for only $20!
Jamilla Deville’s 5 piece DVD Instructional Set ($115, save $10)
Jamilla Deville’s Routine DVD ($20, save $5)
Twirly Girl Shirts ($15, save $5)
2012 Twirly Girl Calender $20 (all money collected benefits the National Kidney Foundation)

OTG of the Month!
Congratulations
Celebrating Stacey Kelsey
One year with Twirly Girls!

PRE-SALE of the Twirly Girls 2012 Calendar to Benefit the NKF!

Twirly Girls is about to release their 2012 calendar to benefit the Lovely Rita Fundraiser and the National Kidney Foundation.  We thank our sponsors:  Mighty Grip; Jerry Wang, DDS; Senior photographer, Andrew Fryxell of Liquidpulp Photography; and photographer, Johnny Hernandez.

Calendars are $20 this year.  They are larger than last year’s and spiral-bound.  Checks should be made payable to Lori Myers.   (If you PAID to be part of the calendar, don’t forget, you will get two calendars.)

The calendar is at the printer’s and will be done around November 11, 2011.  There are two ways to get your calendar!

You can either contact Lori Myers at tazzie2010@yahoo.com  for an address to which you can send payment.  If you would like to have the calendar shipped, please add $2.  If you would like to use a credit card, please add an additional $2.   She will send you a Paypal link.

Your second option is to stop by Twirly Girls Pole Fitness in Pleasanton on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  We will show you a taste of the new classes being offered and you can pick up your calendar.  Anyone who buys a calendar at the studio that night will be automatically entered into a drawing for a FREE class for up to five people.

Check out a preview of the calendar here (and thank you to Rita for putting this video together):

November Twirly Girl of the Month: RITA!

How did you find Twirly Girls?

I made the journey almost 2 years ago. A good friend (Ms Lori M.) and I attended a taster class at Twirly Girl Pole Fitness.    Bel Jeremiah was the instructor. She is  and continues to be an inspiration for me.  Though I did not know it at the time, I needed something different, a place to be Rita, not the wife of, the mom of, or the worker bee. Just Rita, a woman.  Many people would not believe I am a very shy person. I do not have tons of self confidence.   This place.  These people. Twirly Girls.  We help each other. I am learning to just be and let be.  A work in progress to be sure.  But moving in the right direction I think.
How long have you been a Twirly Girl?

Two years if measured by hours and minutes.  Decades if measured by heart and soul.

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?

If you did not already know.  I am a three time kidney transplant success story.  I did not do much for myself before Twirly Girls.

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

I am part of Bel’s Wednesday nights 6:00 pm class.  In November I will start Silks for beginners.  November is an exciting month!

Which move were you most excited to nail?

Anything I can do amazes the heck out of me.  Climbing is a recent project.  Needs improvement, but getting there.

Have you taken any workshops?  Which was your favorite?

A few here and there.  In a recent trip to LA and the infamous OC Ms. Lori Myers and I stopped over and took classes from Ms Ms. Amber Richardson and Ms Collette Kakuk.  Different styles from different powerful ladies, but I learned a lot in 60 plus minutes.

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?

Heels, hmmm not such a great idea.  But I think I should give them another try.

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

This changes all the time.  I tend to female siren songs that are melancholy and touch me or songs of women power.  Today Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots are Made for Walking.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cheese! and Science Fiction.

Confessions of a Twirly Boy

Post from Maleko on Confessions of a Twirly Girl blog:

http://lolorashel.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-post-from-twirly-girls-very-own.html

A guest post from Twirly Girls’ very own Maleko Wine!

A few months ago, Twirly Girls added a Twirly Boy to one of the classes.  And I asked him to do a guest blog.  This is Maleko!

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When the opportunity to contribute to this blog was made by Lori, I almost hurt myself getting to my keyboard. I felt that “Confessions” would be a good place to talk about my experiences. You see, I’m not your typical pole dancing enthusiast: I’m a guy.

When I started down this path over a year ago, I wanted to be more comfortable with my body and learn how to be a bit more erotic for my sweetie. We had watched some movies and the male dancers got her attention in a big way. So I called around looking for a place that would teach a guy how to be an exotic dancer. I figured that learning how to strip might be fun for both of us.

Needless to say, there were no places for me to do that. Someone suggested that I might want to check out the local pole dancing studios since they seemed to cater to teaching housewives how to be sexy, sultry and erotic. It sounded reasonable, so I made some phone calls and sent some emails trying to find a teacher. But reasonable it wasn’t. Nobody wanted to teach a guy or have a guy in their class.

The was no equivocation in their response either. It was no. Simple and to the point. No. I was shocked! In a world where we supposedly have opened up in so many dimensions, in a world where any mom can get lessons on how to be sexy, I was alone. Rejected. I guess they assumed that guys are sexy and erotic enough. Okay, maybe it was more about not having a business model or resources to deal with a guy, or maybe some of us are a bit, well, leaches, but I still felt rejected. And, on top of it, I still felt like a plodding clod.

And, when I feel like a totally rejected plodding clod, I turn to my computer like any geeky guy does. But instead of binging on Aces High, I started to do more research about pole dancing. I figured that I didn’t know enough so I started to did and that’s when I discovered Shelly Lamb, Bel Jeremiah, and the Twirly Girls. Oh, did I mention that I was a guy? I mentioned it to Shelly when I talked to her and she seemed to be fine with it! Seems she’s done this before!

So I started my journey down the path of Vertical Dance in Shelly’s SLAPD class. My first personal success was performing at the Twick or Twirl event last week Saturday with Shelly and three of the most talented women I’ve had the opportunity to work with. If somebody had told me 3 months ago that I would be doing a shoulder mount in a public performance I would have told them probably not.

Sure, it was a crappy shoulder mount, I slid down the pole, but I did. I did it without a crash mat and I didn’t go “splat” at the end.

Do I still feel like a plodding clod? Not as much any more. But it’s a long journey and I’m just at the beginning. What I do feel like is a part of a family that takes their art very seriously.

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Men taking pole classes is definitely a hot topic right now.  We at Twirly Girls love our Maleko!  Here is a photo and my video from the performance!

September Twirly Girl of the Month: FARRAH!

We chose our first Twirly Girl of the Month to be FARRAH!  She just went off to school and we miss her a lot.  Here’s Farrah’s story!

How did you find Twirly Girls?
I was scouring Yelp for all the pole studios in the bay area, and in so doing, I found your blog and really liked everything that I read. [I owe you a ginormous thank you for your writing! :] It just seemed like such a great place to be, and I’d been wanting to learn for many, many moons, so I couldn’t not check it out!

How long have you been a Twirly Girl?
I took my first taster class in December of 2010 (as my hooray-you-made-it-out-of-finals-alive treat to myself). I fell in love, but I couldn’t start taking classes right away because I was supposed to be studying for MCATs, so I officially started in February 2011, a couple days after I took the test. I was basically a fixture at the studio for the entire summer and I really, really miss it there. I’m going through some serious withdrawal over here. :[

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?
Nope, although I’d wanted to learn ever since I found out about its existence 4 years ago while I was in Hong Kong. It looked like vertical gymnastics, and I was in awe of the tricks and the spins that people could do. While I was in college, I kept my life so freakishly busy, I never truly had free time until I graduated. I also didn’t even get my license until last October, so the fact that I would’ve had to transport myself on foot/bike to whichever studio I chose was also working against me.

Which class(es) do you take?  Who is your instructor?
I started out coming to one of Bel’s classes just once a week on Tuesdays, but once my classes in school ended, I decided to do unlimited in June/July/August so I also got to start taking classes with Shelly Lamb. It honestly wouldn’t be far from the truth to say that the studio was like my second home during the summer–I’d even bring my books/notes so I could study in between classes. Pole dancing is super addicting, and the feeling you get from finally nailing something you’ve been working on is exhilarating. I wanted to learn everything I possibly could before I had to run off to the other end of the country, and I’m so thankful that I met Bel and Shelly and that I had the opportunity to learn from them. I cannot describe in words how awesome they both are, but I tried my best to articulate this in my Yelp reviews:

Bel/Twirly Girls

Shelly’s Pole

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Which move were you most excited to nail?
This is a difficult one, because I was pretty ecstatic over practically every move that I nailed, but I think…either what everyone at the studio has been calling, the “Falling Farrah,” because it’s the first move I ever successfully taught someone else (:D!), or the Bobblebutt! (I don’t know if that has a “real” name, but I saw it from Alethea’s(?) video and had to try it.)

Have you taken any workshops?  Which was your favorite?
I’ve taken one workshop (made possible from the Twirly Girls scholarship fund; I can’t thank everyone enough!) with Pantera Blacksmith in August. She’s an amazing instructor–super strong, very fun, and I love her spunk!

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?
I definitely tend to default to barefoot. I try on heels every now and then just to change things up, but I’m terrible at walking in them and I’m also a major klutz, so it just seems like an accident waiting to happen. But! I have to admit, I love how long they make my legs look. Oh, the powers of illusion.

What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)?
I’m still completely in love with Emerson Hart’s “I Wish the Best For You” right now. In general, I tend to gravitate towards the slower songs.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I’m a strong believer in the no-guilt rule (as long as everything is done in moderation). However, if I had to choose one thing, food would win, hands down. “Black hole” is one of my nicknames because I consume frightening amounts of food. When I go on cruise ships, I tend to scare the waiters because I order something like 3 appetizers, 3 main dishes and 3 desserts and eat it all. I realize this seems to blow the whole “everything in moderation” thing out the window, so I will also mention that this doesn’t happen every single day and I also happen to love all sorts of exercise and physical activity (otherwise, I’d be a complete disgrace as an exercise biology major!).

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You should read Farrah’s Yelp review…she made us all cry — it is so sweet!  Farrah is now on the other side of the country, going to school to be a doctor!  We wish her the best and can’t wait for Winter break so we can see her again.  She is also writing a blog about her adventures on the East Coast.  Check out the Twirly Girls group on Facebook for updates!

October Twirly Girl of the Month: SHIRLEY!

A true ORIGINAL Twirly Girl and Grande Dame, this is Shirley!

How did you find Twirly Girls?

I met Bel through Club Sport in Pleasanton.  She taught a “Femme Fatale” class around Valentine’s day one year.  We learned some chair moves, wall action, floor work and some introductory to pole.  It was so fun and I left with a real good feeling about pole.  Shortly afterwards, Club Sport was promoting pole fitness by offering a free month and $49 thereafter monthly classes.  What a deal! Why not?  Bel was so fun and the other girls became my friends.

How long have you been a Twirly Girl?

Off and on for about three years.  This year, I really got into pole dancing and took unlimited classes.  I think I advanced more this year than any other time.  I have gotten much stronger.

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?

No.  I was one of those conservative and shy Asian women.  Pole dancing was the furthest thing on my mind.  However, I am open to most anything so why not try pole dancing.  Bel made the class comfortable and non threatening.  She dimmed the lights and played great dance music.  She taught us how to move and look.  Everyone was in the same boat and I along with my classmates lost inhibition. It was a positive experience because we would cheer each other on when we were able to do something.

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

Bel is the Chief Instructor and most of my classes are from her.

Which move were you most excited to nail?

The first year, I was thrilled to be able to climb the pole. In my second year, I learned to invert.  My most challenging move this year was the Gemini and Scorpio.  Now I am working on V split and Jasmine.  By the end of the year, I would like to nail cross ankle release and “the Swan”.

Have you taken any workshops?  Which was your favorite?

I took Jamilla’s workshop, Liz’ Hawaiian Twirl, Sarah’s Lap Dance class and Tricks are for Chicks classes from Marilyn and Shelley.  Most recently i took 2 sessions of group classes with David Owens.  I enjoyed them all because there is always something new to learn from each instructor.

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?

I like dancing barefoot because I have better control.

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

Adele “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain”

What is your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate and ice cream.  Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate brown fudge is my favorite.