October Twirly Girl of the Month: Allie O’Callaghan

How did you find Twirly Girls? After becoming a mom I was looking for a way to get back in shape while incorporating a love for art and music. Twirly girls was close by home.
How long have you been a Twirly Girl?    I have been a TG 10 months now.

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?    I had never poled before.
Which class(es) do you take? I like to take Morgan’s spin class, and Bel’s Tuesday Twirlers.
Who is your instructor, instructors?  I’ve take Bel’s classes, Morgans classes, and I try to go to  other instructors when I can.
Which move were you most excited to nail?  I was excited to nail the Ayesha.
Have you taken any workshops?  I loved the chair dance workshop.

Which was your favorite? Probably the chair dance workshop.
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?   I prefer to dance barefoot.

What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment)  I’m currently listening to anything by Rihanna.

Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing?   I hope my pole career will show me what my body is capable of doing.

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be?  I feel like Twirly Girls is a great work out, and a place that helps boost self confidence.

Welcome New Twirly Girl Instructor Morgan Christy!

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Using a Groupon promotion, Morgan started taking pole classes in the summer of 2012. Since her first class, she has never looked back!
With 10 plus years of classical dance background, she brings a technical eye to the world of pole fitness. She has a bachelors in sociology and criminology, but soon after college she discovered the fitness world, and became hooked on teaching and sharing her love for fitness.

Morgan has done several solo competitions for PSO (Pole Sport Organization.) She has also competed in the doubles category taking a Bronze Medal.

In June, she finished a year long work study program at Body & Pole in New York. She is also “Elevated Certified” for Pole Level 1 & 2, along with a Flexibility Certification. Morgan is also certified with Xpert Pole, Levels 1 – 4.

Morgan has a strong pm1assion for Pole and Physical Fitness. She wants to be able to pass this knowledge on to her students.

Morgan is new to the Bay Area moving here with her husband and her beautiful 2 dogs!

We are so happy to have Morgan join our Family.

Check out our schedule for Morgans classes.


August Twirly Girl of the Month: Giselle by Mama Twirl

giselle 1How did you find Twirly Girls? I searched online for pole studios.

How long have you been a Twirly Girl? I’ve been a Twirly Girl since the beginning of this April. I’m actually pretty new.

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG? No, but I figure skated competitively for 9 years.

Which class(es) do you take? I’ve taken Triple T’s beginner and intermediate classes, Graceful Moves, and Total Twirl. Most consistently, I take Triple T’s intermediate and Total Twirl. I’d like to get into a lot of other classes though!

Who is your instructor, instructors? I’ve received instruction from Bel, Jill, Ellen, AJ, and Grace. Including workshops, I’ve taken from Jade and SeanMichael.

Which move were you most excited to nail? There was so much buildup to the superman since a lot of instructors said that it was considered the hardest pole move for a long while. AJ helped me learn it after I’ve been waiting to try it for a while.

Have you taken any workshops? Yes, I’ve taken one of Jade’s Shameless workshop, SeanMichael’s beginner workshop, and Jill’s burlesque workshop. I especially enjoyed Jade’s and Jill’s workshop– I like learning choreography, and both also included chair which is something I don’t get to try in regular classes.

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? I’m definitely more comfortable barefoot, but I really want to learn how to be more comfortable in heels. I have a long way to go though!

What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment) I tend to gravitate towards more upbeat suggestive songs, like club music? I really like the Alex Ghenea remix of “Into You” currently.

Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? I’m performing in NCPP soon, and I’m pretty nervous because it’ll be my first time. I think my pole dream though is to develop my own style– I’m still learning a lot of basic tricks right now, but I hope to be able to develop my dance, floorwork, and flow somehow.

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? I first came to Twirly Girls at a really weird time in my life. I took off from school due to safety reasons and I had lost a lot of love for myself and life in general. The community at Twirly Girls was super welcoming and encouraging, and pole fitness itself helped me regain confidence and happiness. Pole taught me how to be comfortable in my own body again, and Twirly Girls created a safe space for me to do so. It seems over dramatic, but I believe Twirly Girls really saved me. I hope to continue being at this studio for as long as I can.

What is your guilty pleasure? Uhhh… I spend tons of money on coffee and food. I always try to go out to nice coffee shops or restaurants, way more than the average college student should…

Although Giselle has not been with us that long, she has worked so hard to get where she is today. She is performing this weekend at her first ever performance at NCPP.  I was excited when she told me she wanted to challenge herself to do this. Giselle is so friendly and is such a beautiful young lady. I’m really excited to see how far she will travel in her Pole journey. Unfortunately she will be leaving us soon to return to school. But I am so proud she is returning to school, and she knows her Twirly Family will always be here for her.

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First Time, New beginnings: by Mama Twirl


Often times we forget our first times!

First time riding a bike, first time rollerblading, first time snowboarding, first time taking a pole class, first time taking anything! That sinking feeling thinking that you think you’ll never learn it! Last night I had that experience again.

Last night I took Jill’s Salsa Class.  I’ve taken salsa classes in the past but its been many many years since I’ve taken classes, and I think the classes I took were pretty rinky dinky. Nowhere near what I was learning last night. Jill’s technique is great and she truly knows how to break each move down. I think what I took in the past was more like a free line dance style salsa. If you ever watch a good Salsa couple they flow together. Its beautiful and sexy at the same time.

I can dance, or so I thought I could until last night.  I totally had 2 left feet. I felt like I kept stepping over myself, and on my partner. I found I wanted to lead, and resisted following. I had to constantly look at my feet to see why they weren’t doing what I told them to do! It was quite humbling and it brought me back to FIRSTS.

Often times as instructors we forget how hard it is in the beginning. We forget our first times. I often hear students say “I’ll never get it” and as instructors we remind them that it’s always hard in the beginning. But sometimes we forget just how hard that can be.

Well, I just stepped back quite a bit. Last night was super fun, and it was a great time to come out with your partner. After class it was nice to be able to walk down Main Street on a beautiful night and sit outside and have a glass of wine. Date night.

The next time Jill teaches a dance class, don’t miss out. Shes a really a great teacher and it was alot of fun and we learned quite a bit. Yes we have homework to practice at home. We are looking at getting weekly group dance nights…so stay tuned….


June Twirly Girl of the Month: Alisha by Mama Twirl

Howalish did you find Twirly Girls? I found TG after searching online for a pole studio near me!

How long have you been a Twirly Girl? Only since March 2017, so about three months

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG? Nope, I have no dance or gymnastics background either. I just went for it!

Which class(es) do you take? Triple T’s beginner and intermediate classes, Graceful Moves, Total Twirl, and some workshops so far.

Who is your instructor, instructors?   My instructors have been Bel, AJ, Grace, Janet, and Ellen. I love all of their different styles!

Which move were you most excited to nail? At first I thought I would never be able to do a reverse outside hook, falling backwards was so scary! Now it’s my favorite to add onto the end of almost any spit to make it a combo.

Have you taken any workshops? Yes, Janet’s spinning workshop was the hardest for me, I need to become more comfortable on spin pole. All in time…

Which was your favorite? I learned something new in all of them, and each one of them was a challenge.

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? I am most comfortable barefoot right now but ideally I’d love to become good at dancing in heels, I think it adds such a wow factor to pole!

What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment) I love anything that’s both sexy and has a lot of energy, like Rihanna.

Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? One day! I have only been doing pole a couple months, so there is a lot more to learn and of course a lot more to smooth out. Learning is one thing, mastery is another. I try to stay focused on getting better for now. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew, but maybe a year from now I could perform or compete!

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? Twirly Girls is honestly one of my favorite places to be. I like working hard, being creative and being around supportive people, so it’s the perfect mix for me.

alishaWhat is your guilty pleasure? Shopping. Pole is really fueling my shopping addiction. Outfits, shoes…! So many options…

Although Alisha hasn’t been with us that long, she has become such a part of our Twirly Family.

Constantly volunteering to help in any way. Always supportive to all the other students, and always with a smile!

Congratulations Alisha!


The Dry Skin Blues! by Janet Cee

I mentioned this to my class last week, but thought it was worth sharing with everyone. Everyone knows pole dancing and lotion don’t mix, but that’s not entirely true. If you are like me, dry skin actually hinders your grip on the pole. But there’s good news – there are several POLE SAFE LOTIONS you can use every day that will not leave an oily residue on the pole and do not pose a danger to yourself or other polers! You just need to use the right lotion. The key to finding the right lotion is to look at the ingredients – NONE of them should be any kind of oil. If you see the word “oil” in an ingredient, put it back on the shelf, it’s not pole safe!!!! A lotion you can safely apply before poling contains no oil, but you will see other moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, dimethicone or petroleum listed.

NO OIL!!!! Repeat after me – NO OIL!!!!!!! Got it? Good!

The best part is all of the lotions I’m going to list for you below are easily and readily available at very affordable prices at any Walgreens, CVS, Target, Safeway, etc! No need to buy overpriced, expensive products. Say bye bye to dry, ashy skin and pole with confidence!

The reigning favorite among polers I know right now is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion (…/…/B001459IEE). It’s a nice, relatively light, unscented lotion. Aveeno Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion is also pole safe, and makes you smell like a newborn (if you’re into that). There are several different types of Aveeno body lotions you can buy and most, but not all, of them are pole safe. Always check the ingredients to make sure before you buy!

A good choice I like to use in the winter when I need a richer lotion is Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion with Aloe (…/…/B008B9L6WS). I find it too heavy for warmer weather, but works great on winter dry skin and yes, pole safe!

Right now, I’m using and really liking Dove Baby Lotion (…/…/B06WLMNLZC). There’s a unscented sensitive skin version and a scented, I-like-smelling-like-an-infant version as well, both are pole safe. It makes my skin nice and tacky so I stick to the pole!

Many of you may already know about Corn Huskers (…/…/B0011Z1VD8), it is definitely pole safe. However, I don’t like it as much for a body lotion because I just personally prefer a more lotiony feeling lotion (Corn Huskers is more like a thin gel than a lotion in consistency).

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few lotions I have personally tried and had great success with. Please feel free if you hate having dry skin on pole days to try these or any other oil-free lotion. You’ll never have to worry about whether or not you’re going to class when you get out of the shower ever again! Just lotion up daily with a pole safe lotion and go. Happy poling everyone!

Janet is a Pole Instructor at Twirly Girls!

May Twirly Girl of the Month: Chelsea Blom by Mama Twirl



How did you find Twirly Girls? I found Twirly Girls by coming to one of my friends bachelorette parties and I loved it so much and wanted to be able to invert so I had to keep coming. Now I’m hooked.

How long have you been a TG? This month makes one year.
Did you pole dance before becoming a TG? Nope, but growing up I was always climbing up poles, ropes, and trees.
Which class(es) do you take? So far I have been a part of Bel’s beginner and beginner/intermediated triple T’s classes on Tuesdays. I have also taken a couple classes from AJ and Janet when I don’t have school or work.
Who is your instructor, instructors? My instructor has mainly been Mama Bel but occasionally AJ and Janet. I have also taken one private from Jill.
Which move were you most excited to nail? I was excited to be able to do a gargoyle but honestly I will never be satisfied until I can do the splits!
Have you taken any workshops? I took the Sunday School Workshop and Big Money Bailey Lap Dance Workshop.
Which was your favorite? The workshops are very different and I have enjoyed my time in each one!
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? I enjoy dancing in heels when it’s a sexy dance but if it’s more contemporary or has harder tricks then I stick to bare feet.
What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment) I honestly don’t have a favorite song. On my phone I have a list of sexy songs so anything on that playlist is a good one to dance to.
Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? I just did my first group and solo dance at the Rita fundraiser and I had a blast. One day I would like to do a bigger performance but I don’t know if I would compete. I just pole for myself because it’s my “me time” but I am a very competitive person so who knows what the future holds.
If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? Twirly girls is an incredible place. Since I have gotten to know an amazing and special group of men and women. Everyone that is part of twirly girls is so welcoming and no matter what they make you feel special and welcomed. They are so supportive of everything that you do and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful place.
What is your guilty pleasure? I would have to say anything chocolate or LULULEMON!!!!!!
Congratulations Chelsea on being chosen Twirly Girl of the Month! Chelsea is so supportive to all her Twirly Family. She did her very first solo this year in support of the Lovely Rita Fundraiser! Not only was Chelsea picked as the Twirly Girl of the Month, but this month is also her One Year Anniversary with Twirly Girls making her an official OTG!
Chelsea tries to take as many classes as she can with her super busy schedule and school!  She recently graduated and is now officially a National Athletic Trainer!
So glad you’re part of our Twirly Family!
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March Twirly Girl of the Month: Anh Seidler by Mama Twirl

How did you find Twirly Girls? Google search.
How long have you been a Twirly Girl? A little over a year!


Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?  Yes, from instructional video of Nicole the Pole.
Which class(es) do you take? Currently, AJ’s on Wednesday morning and sometimes Janet’s on Monday morning
Who is your instructor, instructors?  AJ, Janet, and Ellen currently .
Which move were you most excited to nail?  Gargoyle.
Have you taken any workshops? Yes
Which was your favorite? Renee Wu and Seanmichael Rau
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? Barefoot
What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment) Crazy in Love by Sofia Karlberg
Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? No
If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? I love Twirly Girls because of all the instructors and the students. They are all friendly and helpful in getting me to be better dancer. I have never felt so strong and in shape as an athlete. It definitely has made feel younger. I love that the pole community is so caring,
especiahally  Bel, to always raise money and awareness for others in need. Now I understand why they call you Mother Bel.
What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate
We are so happy to announce  Anh as our TG of the month. She has a heart of gold. She’ll take new Twirly Girls under her wing and make sure they feel comfortable. She gives so much of herself to others! We’re really lucky to have her as part of our Twirly Family

Welcome Twirly Girl Instructor: Jill Breckenridge

Welcome 14433190_10154638835203901_5361445884891891496_nJill Breckenridge to our Twirly Family!

Have you ever worked on your dance routine and you just felt there was something missing. You just knew that if you had more of a dance background, you’d be able to find that missing link! Often times working with a dance instructor can really help connect the missing pieces. Or maybe you just want to be a better dancer!

Jill will be teaching various dance classes starting in March!

Jill  has a combined 23 years experience in modern, contemporary, ballroom, jazz, tap and performance dancing.   Jill is also a professionally certified Cardio Barre instructor.

New to the San Francisco Bay Area, and originally from Boston MA. Jill received her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA and began her journey west. In that time she has danced professionally in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Portland, and San Diego. Some of her work includes being a showgirl in Jubilee!, a hair model/dancer for L’Oreal Professional, a ballroom dance competitor, as well a dancer for San Diego Dance Theater. Her passion is to learn as many styles of dance as possible so she can share the many benefits, the diverse world of dance can offer.

Teaching her first dance class when she was 18, Jill has almost ten years of teaching experience. In those years she has taught all ages from 8-98 and a variety of styles including ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, salsa, swing, hustle, foxtrot, tango, waltz, rumba, and cha cha. She has choreographed first dances, father daughter dances, solo routines, duets, flash mobs, and group numbers. Her favorite thing about choreographing is being able to add personal touches and choosing movement based on the individual(s), customizing the dance to the dancer(s).

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8th Annual Lovely Rita Fundraiser hosted by Twirly Girls Pole Fitness


Note from Lori: When I started Twirly Girls in December of 2009, a group of friends were scheduled to come with me. Everyone backed out, except one — and that was Rita.  I met Rita a couple of years before, not long after she’d had her third kidney transplant.  We have certainly enjoyed many adventures together over the years and I wanted to share a little bit about her story to help people understand why Twirly Girls hosts the Lovely Rita fundraiser every year.

This is Rita’s story, in her own words, modified from a speech she gave for the National Kidney Foundation:

Tenacity: the quality or fact of being very determined; continuing to exist; persistence.

I would ask that you keep this word in mind for the next several minutes.

Hello, my name is Rita Pearson. I am a three-time kidney transplant recipient. Today I am here to tell my story of life with kidney disease. This journey began 40 years ago as an 11 year old girl from Reno Nevada who liked to play outside, ride bikes, play kickball and twirl on the “monkey bars.”  You would call my family “outdoorsy”,  with the Sierra Nevadas as our back drop, who wouldn’t be?  On one of many trips in the mountains my fath28572_10150192164325386_1092904_ner fell and sprained his ankle.  It became very swollen.  That night, when he and I were talking, he stuck his swollen leg out and I placed my leg next to his.  I remember saying “Look.  My leg is swollen too.” My very worried mother took me to the doctor the next day. This was the first of many doctor visits, and lab tests that would become a staple in my life.  I think I have personally helped many doctors pay back their student loans.

15181571_10157663046430386_1705810351766816609_nThe final result was a diagnosis of Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis. These are very long words for an 11-year-old girl and her worried mom. I was put on alternating high dosages of prednisone and high blood pressure medication and sent home.  My poor mom.  Can you imagine?  Adolescence, hormones and prednisone. I gained a round face, mood swings and a sense of not being right or just different.  A low immune system kept me away from people. I became withdrawn and lost.  Kidney disease does that. It isolates you.  Anyone with kidney disease must find inner strength to make sure they are not left behind and are included in life.  Somehow, through sheer determination, my mom and I survived and I made it through high school.  From there, college.  I am the first of my family to graduate college.  It is here I met my husband, David.  One thing led to another and we have been married for 25 years.  It was during my first year of marriage I was to start dialysis.  However, I was very fortunate.  On the day I was to have the fistula installed I received my first miracle call.  A cadaver kidney was waiting.  Get here quick.  I was 26 years old and a young, professional woman.  I wanted a normal life.  I wanted to be a mom.

Prior to my first transplant, I had been told I could not have children and even if I one day could, it was not recommended.

Surprisingly, three years after my first transplant I was told that I could have a child. I would need to be at least three years post-transplant and healthy. My husband and I waited the required time. Once again, persistence, patience. I became a mom to a smart, beautiful girl. We call her Kate. She is now attending St. Mary’s College and is spending this school year in Italy. Despite the obstacles, this dream came true.16298822_10158034218900386_9016536943024915798_n

I then went back to a normal life as a transplant patient, mom, wife and professional. However, in 2002 my transplant failed and I was again forced to decide the type of dialysis to undertake. I chose hemodialysis so that I would be at home with my family. I continued to work while doing dialysis four times per day. It was horribly physically and emotionally draining experience but I and my family soldiered on. During this time, we tested my husband on a lark and found out that he was actually a perfect match for me. While he was going through all of the hoops to donate, a second cadaver kidney became available. We, of course, jumped on the opportunity.

Once again, back to normal life. However, this kidney never really took and in 2007 or so, it failed. This time, I opted for peritoneal dialysis three times per week. No one should ever have to live this daily or weekly torture. But the third time is the magic number and on June 20, 2008, while celebrating my husband’s birthday, we were called about a cadaver kidney and on June 21, I received my third transplant.

And as we say life goes on and here we are today eight years later.


I have been asked many times what is it like to have a lifelong struggle with disease. Here is a list of cons and pros:

I like to end on the positives.



  • Energy is needed in life! I just do not have the same energy as others.
  • I do not have an strong immune system. I have spent long periods of time isolated because of it. Next time you know of someone who is struggling, go get them and take them on a mini adventure. It keeps them engaged in life.
  • I would really like to get back the time spent at doctors, hospitals, and getting lab tests done. Time is a precious commodity in life. Make sure you treat it with respect.
  • Mood swings — Prednisone and adolescence do not mix. (I’m sorry family!)
  • My little girl watched me through two transplants and several years of dialysis. No child should have to watch their mom get so weak and tired.

Now for the good stuff, the Pros:

  • I get to see how precious each and every day is. Actually I know this.  Not in theory, or some Facebook post.  But I know this to my very bones.
  • I realize the importance of being able to walk and think clearly. These are gifts many take for granted.
  • I am so very thankful for my family. I know to tell them frequently. Because you never know what the future holds.  But I know they know how precio13902793_10208815363915191_6318670003092494437_nus each of them is to me.
  • I do not sweat the small stuff. It is the big stuff that matters.

What I would like the medical profession to understand about living with a lifelong chronic disease:

Having to deal with health issues every day touches everything in my life. My energy, my ability to walk, sit, run or just plan or think, my relationships with everyone and more. Finding energy to do anything is a constant re-negotiation each and every day.  I hope to be able to do X, if my legs do not swell up, if I do not get dizzy, if I can form a coherent thought in my brain addled with all the extra unwanted chemicals in my system. But it is the isolation from life and people that is the hardest part.  Being forced to stay at home and rest my broken body means I miss out on many opportunities and it is sooooo boring.  I want to say yes to everything.  My mind is there, but my body just cannot make it.10431547_10154342097295386_2495616221514645801_n

This fatigue and forced rest has not been fair to my family. They have to pick up my slack.  I cannot tell how much I hate not being able to go the extra mile for them.  Not always being there.

One thing everyone can do today is to call someone who is stuck at home. Better yet, take them out for 30 minutes or maybe it is just 20 minutes.  Just a little freedom makes a huge difference.

In conclusion, this journey has made me the person I am. Looking back, I would not change a thing.

A post-script from Lori: I want to thank all of the Twirly Girls who have helped make the Lovely Rita Fundraiser a success in years-past and who are preparing for this year’s event.  We really do appreciate all of the time spent preparing routines, as well as the items and money donated.  I want to personally recognize Diana for bringing in the bleachers and giving people a place to actually sit (I’ve attended many events where you have to sit on the floor) and also Bel for donating so much studio time to make this such a great event. 27197_111757455504506_8171919_n

Rita ran into some more health problems almost a year ago and hasn’t been able to make it to class in quite a while. I know many new students don’t know Rita personally and have probably been wondering why we put on this event.  I hope this helps you understand a little bit more about Rita.

Please save the date! Twirly Girls’ 8th Annual Lovely Rita Fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 22.  Ticket sales and raffles will benefit the National Kidney Foundation.  We are looking for performers, volunteers, and raffle items to be donated.  If you would like to be involved, please let Bel know!  And if you have any questions, or would like to drop Rita a note, please feel free to join the Twirly Girls group on Facebook and leave comments there!  We look forward to seeing you in April!