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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!

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

 

Cons

  • 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!

February Twirly Girl of the Month: Daniela Svoboda by Mama Twirl

1. How did you find Twirly Girls?
I found twirly girls online, searching for a place near Livermore.16492384_10211682624003571_524742994_o
2. How long have you been a Twirly Girl?  I joined twirly girls August of 2016
3. Did you pole dance before becoming a TG? I took 2 months of pole prior to twirly girls. April and May of 2016.
4. Which class(es) do you take?  I take Pat-tricks on Wednesday evenings and I’ve taken a Lyra class and one class with Grace and 1 with Bel.
5. Who is your instructor, instructors?  My instructor is Patrick…I love Wednesday nights.
6. Which move were you most excited to nail?   My hand spring… but honestly, I get excited about any move I nail. Plus I think doing my first ever performance at Trick or Twirl was a huge highlight for myself
7. Have you taken any workshops?   I have taken 3 work shops so far. Renee Wu, and 2 workshops with Josiah.  Which was your favorite? I learned something from each workshop so I can’t really say I liked 1 more than the other.
8. Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? I’ve just recently started dancing in heels after Bel had me try on a pair…. never had I even thought of doing so.  And I have to say, I love it and I feel very sexy when I do dance in heels.

9. What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment)  My favorite song to dance to is, I Touch Mys
elf by Divinyls. I’m working on a routine with Alana and it’s been so much fun and it’s really bringing me out of my shell, the whole dancing part (I’m not a dancer lol) and doing it in heels it new for me. I’m having a blast working on it.
10. Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing?  I would love to perform at least once someday. But dream wise, I’d love to be able to just put in a bad ass song and be able to free dance, dance and look like its effort less, like it’s a routine I’ve been working on, and do it all looking sexy
11.  If you wanted to say some16466846_10211684128561184_797113676_othing about Twirly Girls, what would it be? Twirly girls is Amazing! I’m so glad to be part of this family like environment. Everyone is so nice and helpful. So much support from everyone. Patrick has been an amazing instructor and I look forward to class every week. Happy to be a part of all activities and work shops, love learning and having fun. I can see why everyone calls Bel, “Mama Bel” too… she’s great!
12.  What is your guilty pleasure? My guilty please is Coca Cola. It took me so long to quit drinking it, so when I do have some once in a great while… it’s like a taste of heaven.
Congratulations! WE love having Daniela as part of our TG Family. She has already volunteered to perform for our in house performances as well as supporting other Twirlies with their outside events! This girl is always smiling! Can you believe shes a mom!!! She looks 18…

 

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December Twirly Girl of the Month: Elizabeth Granger…by Mama Bel

How did you find Twirly girl? I 14237689_1117982581581697_191968592567086014_nwanted to get back into exercising, but I could never get into the gym scene. I love to dance so I thought I would pole dancing would be fun. I saw one of my Facebook friends used to pole dance at Twirly girl so I thought I would try it.
How long have you been a Twirly Girl? 2 years on and off, due to work and medical reasons.
Did you pole dance before becoming a TG? No, but I used to do ballet and some dance classes as a kid. (Weird for me to say I used to be a kid)
Which class(es) do you take? Bel’s classes (as always gotta have that fix) AJ class if I have that day off need a couple days to get over the soreness after. Graceful moves to learn how to trust myself.
Who is your instructor, instructors? Bel, AJ, Grace and occasionally Janet’s class.
Which move were you most excited to nail? I want to work on mostly inverting and trusting myself to know what left and right when when I’m upside down.
Have you taken any workshops?  Sadly haven’t taken any workshops.
Which was your favorite? Don’t have a workshop to be my favorite and I love going to different classes.
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot? I honestly like barefoot because heels ruin the vibe of my beautiful cry baby face… lol.
What is your favorite song to dance to? (at this moment) At this moment Smother by Daughter, it was my favorite song with my cousin who just past and I can relate a lot to it.
Do you have a Pole Dream, such as performing, competing? I am competing in Golden Gate 2017 in February.
If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be? They honestly make you feel like family and they won’t judge you which is hard to find nowadays.
What is your guilty pleasure? Tacos, it will be tacos till the day I die.
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I am so proud to have Liz as our final Twirly Girl of the Month for the year 2016!
 At a very young age she hiked the Pacific Coast Trail by herself! I cannot tell you how impressed I was to hear her story!
This young lady is strong, dedicated, and when she puts her mind to something, she is going to stick to it! I see great things for Liz. She is kind, funny and has a heart of gold. We are all so very proud to have her in our family! Liz will turn 21 in January and she has already accomplished more than most of us dream of. Keep your dreams alive Liz! You are such an inspiration to all of us.

Thank You Santa! by Mama Twirl

Don’t Just Give a Gift!  12208297_10153175074475373_5659639258651266947_nGive a MEMORY!

Ever wonder why Santa is always so happy! Maybe Santa has a hidden little secret, Mrs. Claus is a Pole Dancer!

The holidays are coming fast!

 

 

Not sure what to get your friends? Tired of buying the same old office gifts….why not surprise your group and do something they won’t forget!
Find out which of your friends are Nice and who are Naughty!

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Bring in a group for only $150..that’s $15 per girl if you bring in 10!
You can’t even buy a decent gift anymore for $15…Learn a fun pole routine, take fun pictures and you have a memory that will last forever…
We provide holiday props for great pictures. We are in walking distance to great restaurants, 15 minutes away from over 50 wineries in the Livermore Valley. Make it a day, make it a date! Now you have the perfect Christmas gift without the stress.

Call to book your private class today! Your friends will never forget the gift of Twirling!

November Twirly Girl of the Month: Tracy Lau by Mama Twirl

How did you find Twirly Girls?   I was searching online for some places with workout/fitness classes, and I somehow ended up watching a pole video. And then I was like this is the sort of challenge I need. And I looked up some pole studios nearby, and that’s how I found Twirly Girl!
How long have you been a Twirly Girl?   I have been a Twirly Girl since May, 2015.

Did you pole dance before becoming a TG?  Nope! I pole danced the first time at Twirly Girl.
Which class(es) do you take?  I am currently taking Jessica’s Lyra and Silk and AJ’s Total Twirl.
Who is your instructor, instructors? Jessica and AJ
Which move were you most excited to nail?
Shoulder mount! FINALLY!!!! And inside leg hang.
Have you taken any workshops?  I haven’t had the chance to take any workshops yet, but I will soon!!!
Which was your favorite?   😎 N/A
Do you like to dance in heels or barefoot?  Definitely barefoot! Hahahaha
What is your favorite song to dance to?
l like dancing to anything by The Weekend and Sia.
D you have a pole dream (such as performing, competing?

My pole dream is to get stronger, more flexible, and build up the confidence in myself through pole fitness.

If you wanted to say something about Twirly Girls, what would it be?    I love my Twirly Girl family! Everyone is so friendly, caring, encouraging, and supportive. And sometime when adulthood gets too stressful and dull, Twirly Girl is a really good place to go and just hang out, and put away all that stress. It is also a place where you learn to trust yourself and have confidence in yourself.

What is your guilty pleasure?  Sleeping in wayyyyyy tooooooo muchhhhhhh over the weekends

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Congratulations Tracy,  You have pushed yourself really hard this season, and I’m super proud of you!

Trick or Twirl 2016!!! by Mama Bel

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Highlighting our studio and our Trick or Twirl 2016 performance.

Our performances highlight our studio, instructors, students, and fellow pole friends. The show gives our instructors the chance to work with fellow students toward a common goal and shine on stage. Performances give us the opportunity to celebrate our dancers for their hard work and allows our community to support and revel in their accomplishments.

Recap of Trick or Twirl Performance!
Again…another successful night of amazing performers, volunteers and the support from the audience of friends and family!
First of all…to all our Performers who took numerous hours preparing for this…you were amazing. Each and every one of you brought something unique to the show and gave so much. Everyone of you gave 100% and it showed! Be proud…because your Twirly Family is so proud.

To all our volunteers, where would we be without you;
Ginger…stage manager…I never ever worry when I know you are in charge…you are so organized. If I forget something, you don’t.
Rosanne…took over music this year…what a relief..you have no idea how much easier you made my life, and you did an amazing job!
Our numerous pole cleaners: Pole Cleaner in charge Jade D., Teresa, Grace, Alana and all others who helped make sure those poles were clean and ready for the performers. Lots of work, lots of responsibility, and I knew you girls had it covered.
Sylvia and Theresa..thank you for taking the tickets and Sylvia also as door monitor. I never have to ask for help…you always volunteer.
Miles…can’t wait to see the videos…you are beyond talented.
Diablo Gymnastics, Diana, Andrew and Kim…thank you for the bleachers. Seating makes the show so much more enjoyable if you’re not sitting on the floor. It makes the show so much more professional with a place to sit so you can see!

OUR PERFORMERS! A SHOW IS NOT A SHOW WITHOUT PERFORMERS!

Giving so much of your personal time to make our show a success. We come together as a family to support and encourage each other. Our shows are to highlight each and everyone of us. To encourage each other. Especially those who are new. For some it may be their first time on stage…for others, they are veterans. For all, it creates an exciting evening of dance, one where we come together to celebrate the joy of expression. The belief that we are all connected to something larger than just ourselves and the support you give each other is amazing. We all had to start somewhere and knowing you all support each other is a blessing. Walking out on stage is not just your moment, but our moment also. We share in your joy and accomplishments as a family.

Our Instructors…Your dedication, love, passion, patience, and skilled instruction have nurtured dancers who shine as they perform. Take a moment to appreciate what you have fostered in your students. Know that it will last longer than their dance on stage. You have helped give them the strength and courage to perform. You have given them a gift and a memory that will last their lifetime.You know how very thankful I am to have you teaching in our studio.

Our audience…thank you for coming out on a rainy day to support your friends, your studio and your Twirly Family. What is a performance without an audience! It means everything to a performer to hear the cheering and applause, to know that all their hard work was appreciated.

It is a privilege to teach, work with, and have a studio full of wonderful people.

And to wonderful magical surprises that are unexpected but makes your heart burst with love…AJ, Grace, Tiffany, Miles!!!! I’m still in awe…and yes…we will share soon