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April Twirly Girl of the Month: Emmy Bock

emmmmmHow did you find Twirly Girls? I found TG through Google searches. I knew I’d be living in the bay area after graduation so I needed to find a new studio.

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?   I’ve been a TG for about 8months now and have been pole dancing on and off  for roughly 6 years. With all the on and off training I’d say I have 3 years of experience.

Which class(es) do you take?   I’ve been taking classes with Patrick for tricks and Morgan for flexi. I would love to take more but my work schedule wont allow for it.

Who is your instructor, instructors? Morgan and Patrick.

Which move were you most excited to nail?  The move I was most excited to nail was definitely the Ayesha. It’s kinda that pinnacle move I feel that everyone advanced can do and it’s one of the very few 2 point of content tricks. I tried learning it way back in my second year of pole but it just felt so impossible! My elbows hyper extend so I needed to work extra hard to build the strength to keep my arms slightly bent or else..snap! Still have some issues with hyper extending now that I am working on Phoenix.

Have you taken any workshops?  I actually have not taken any workshops yet but really looking forward to seeing what’s to come.

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? I used to dance only in heels! They’re really pretty and make legs look killer! But I really wanted to learn some tricks that involved using the bottom of your foot and when I discovered competitions..I needed to have that ability and flexibility with my trick options.

What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment) Oh gosh my favorite song to dance to…when I started my favorite was Lights by Ellie Goulding. Now..I wouldn’t pole to it but lately I’ve been enjoying 8teen by Khalid. I’m not very good at finding songs I like dancing to. I compete in the entertainment division so I have a lot of self enforced guidelines when it comes to performance pieces. It needs to be creepy in some way or silly. The music I like listening to is not the same I’d feel comfortable pole dancing to. Mostly because I feel incredibly awkward sexy dancing. It’s never been my thing. I wish I could but I just feel odd doing it. I cant take my self seriously I guess. Maybe it’s because when I started everyone wanted to be so sexy but its pole. There are times. Many times. When you’re learning a new trick and it’s not cute. You grunt and make facing it’s all part of it. I feel like I’ve embraced that aspect of it because I saw it made others around me feel less ..un sexy and show that making these ugly noises and faces acceptable. At least it made them laugh and I love making people laugh. 

Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? My pole dream would be to keep competing in the entertainment division and see where it takes me. I do kinda want to teach pole maybe someday but I’d want to learn to spot and figure out exactly what I’d want to teach.

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? One thing I’d say about TGs is that it is so welcoming and supportive. I love that the studio doesn’t have a strict vibe to it. Everyone comes here for the love of aerial sport and we all have our own styles and goals and it makes for such a fun and welcoming place.

What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty pleasure would be shopping at savers or goodwill. I absolutely love bargains.

Congratulations Emmy! Emmy is an amazing pole performer and recently won a Gold Medal at the 2018 Golden Gate PSO in her division. Her routines are always so fun to watch and amazing…Emmy has such a great smile and always helpful to her other TG’s.

 

 

March Twirly Girl of the Month: Sara Levine

How did you find Twirly Girls? Groupon, I took my first class with Bel and was addicted ever since.

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How long have you been a Twirly Girl? It will be 2 years in August. Time Flies!

Did you pole dance before coming to TG? No, I’ve always wanted to try though.

Which class (es) do you take? I’ve most recently been taking Lyra and Mo Tricks on Monday nights.

Who is your instructor, instructors? Jen and Morgan right now. I’ve also gotten to work with Janet and Mama Bel.

Which move were you most excited to nail? I really wanted to nail the Superman, and was so happy when I did. The inner thigh pain was real though.

Have you taken any workshops? Yes! I did the strip tease workshop alittle while back. I would love to try more. I also did a naughty school girl workshop led by Mama Bel 🙂

Which was your favorite? Both were great but I especially enjoyed the strip tease workshop. It was fun to learn some sexy moves.

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? Ooooh…I do love me some heels! They add some sass that I just don’t quite get when I’m dancing barefoot.

What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)? Right now I’m digging anything by Halsey.

Do you have a pole dream, such as performing, competing?  I competed for the first time with the Revolution Dance Team at the Golden Gate Pole Competition in San Francisco and that was a huge milestone for me. My next dream is to do a solo for the Lovely Rita Fundraiser we do at Twirly Girls in May.

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? I really do feel like Twirly Girls is a family. Everyone is so supportive at the studio and I’m grateful to have met the wonderful men and women that I have so far.

What is your guilty pleasure? Emmmm definitely watching Friends re-runs while taking a bubble bath.

“CONGRATULATIONS SARA! Sara has a wonderful personality and is always working so hard to push herself to new limits.! She always has a happy smile and a positive attitude on life. So proud to have Sara as part of our Twirly Family!”

Our First Twirly Girl of the Month for 2018: Dawn Pettey 2018 January Twirly Girl.

How did You find Twirly Girls?
I’ve known Patrick for several years dancing with him in Zumba. He was always telling me to come take a class. Finally, I had the means and time flexibility to try. I was hooked after my first class!dann 3
How long have you been a Twirly Girl?
Six months

Did you pole dance before TG?
This is my first experience pole dancing. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive place to learn and dance.

Which classes do you take?
Mostly, I take Grace and Morgan’s classes on Monday. If my schedule clears, sometimes, I am able to take Patrick’s class, Janet’s or a weekend combo. I’ve also tried silks and love them as well. I’m looking forward to trying lyra.

Who are your instructors?
I’ve mostly been learning from Grace and Morgan. I really enjoy the challenge of Patrick, Janet, and Ellen’s classes as well.

Which move are you most excited to nail?
I JUST got my layback over my winter break from work, which I am SUPER excited about. I am looking forward to learning Superman and getting my head flat!
Did you pole dance before TG?
This is my first experience pole dancing. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive place to learn and dance.
Which classes do you take?
Mostly, I take Grace and Morgan’s classes on Monday. If my schedule clears, sometimes, I am able to take Patrick’s class, Janet’s or a weekend combo. I’ve also tried silks and love them as well. I’m looking forward to trying lyra.

Who are your instructors?
I’ve mostly been learning from Grace and Morgan. I really enjoy the challenge of Patrick, Janet, and Ellen’s classes as well.

Which move are you most excited to nail?
I JUST got my layback over my winter break from work, which I am SUPER excited about. I am looking forward to learning Superman and getting my head flat!

Have you taken any workshops? Which one was your favorite?
I’ve take. Morgan’s floor work workshop which I really liked. I have wanted to try the sexy heels, acrobatics, and AJ’s sexy workshop, but my schedule hasn’t permitted. I’ll get there, though!

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?
I do like dancing in heels. I feel sexy; they give fantastic lines, and it’s fun! However, I am a super newbie to it. (I don’t even where heels regularly. Lol) I got a very sexy pair of neon pink ankle boots that I can’t wait to try.
I adore dancing barefoot, though. I tend to put my whole body into big expressive dance, so my bare feet serve me best that way.

What is your favorite song to dance to (at this moment)?
My favorite song to dance to right now is “Earned It” by The Weekend. I performed to it at Trick or Twirl, and it really gets my inner pole kitten moving. 🙈

Do you have a pole dream?
I would love to perform. I’m not sure about competing (although, that’s not out of the question), but I love performing. I was a cheerleader in college and performed here in Pleasanton in community theater. This is my newest adventure!

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be?
I would say that Twirly Girls is my dance home. Bel, the instructors and fellow students are so encouraging and accepting. Coming in totally fresh, I was encouraged to try new things and push my limits. I am super self conscious and like to get things right away, but I never felt like people were judging me (only me judging myself). And even when I was the least experienced in a more advanced classes, the instructors worked with me on my level. I love the comradely and genuine friendship I feel here. Like I said… home.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Hmm… I like to indulge in all manner of pleasures, and I rarely, almost never, feel guilty. But by definition, my one guilty pleasure would probably be Nelly. Anytime I hear him, the volume goes up, and the moves bust out… even in the car.

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We love having Dawn as part of our Twirly Family. In just the short amount of time she has been with us, she has already performed in a solo routine! Always coming to class with a smile and a positive attitude, and a ton of great energy….Congratulations Dawn!

December Twirly Girl of the Month: Dalia Rodriguez

How did you find Twirly Girls? Groupon

How long have you been a Twirly Girl? 10 months

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG? No

Which class(es) do you take? Pole and Silks

Who is your instructor, instructors? Bel and Daniela

Which move were you most excited to nail? I love the Butterfly spin and would like to work more on my inverts

Have you taken any workshops? No yet

Which was your favorite? N/A

Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? Barefoot

What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment)  At this moment Havana from “Camila Cabello”

Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? I like when we do student recitals because I get inspired to work towards a goal, but I’m not considering any other performance or competing at the moment.

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? It’s a great family where everyone is talented and supportive, there’s always something new to learn and someone willing to help you achieve your goals. Bel is an amazing leader and teacher with a great heart, always is pushing us to strive for more and that is encouraging. I also love Daniela’s class she is a great teacher, super fun and always motivates us to keep it up. Time goes fast any time I’m in the studio. 

What is your guilty pleasure? Eating Monster fries from In and Out.

Congratulations Dalia. Dalia is such an inspiration to everyone. She has already performed at several of our in house performances. Dalia is a belly dancer and performed her own solo during the Lovely Rita Fundraiser. She also performed her first aerial solo during our Trick or Twirl performance. We are really happy Dalia is part of our Twirly Family. She brings so much talent, and happy smiles to the studio!dalie

 

 

 

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.
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Welcome New Twirly Girl Instructor Morgan Christy!

Welcome Morgan!mmm

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.

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.  At Twirly Girls our instructors really take the time to break each move down so you don’t feel so intimidated. We understand that “sinking first time feeling.” Dancing with your feet is one thing. But dancing with your heart is breathless. Don’t over think your moves. Let your feet carry your soul.

 

 

 

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 (https://www.amazon.com/Aveeno-Daily-Moisturizi…/…/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 (https://www.amazon.com/Gold-Bond-Ultimate-Heal…/…/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 (https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Dove-Lotion-Sensit…/…/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 (https://www.amazon.com/Huskers-Oil-Free-Hand-T…/…/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!