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Twirly Girls Pole Fitness  is hosting the second annual fundraiser for the  National Kidney Foundation on April 22, 2012.

From Rita:
“As you may know, I have been blessed thrice with the gift of life in the form of a kidney transplant….
Serious health problems affects the lives of not just the person who is sick, but also the lives of those who love them.  To offer an organ to someone in need changes the lives of many. I ask for your support to help make the miracle happen for the next family. Please donate what you can today.  Every penny helps.”

Sun. 4/22/2012 Save the Date: The Lovely Rita Fundraiser (showcase and rafflel) will be held Sunday, April 22, 2012!
288 Spring Street
Pleasanton, CA
and check out The Lovely Rita Fundaraiser on Face Book:

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Cinderella’s Stilletto: the search for the perfect pole dancing shoe

Wearing a pair of sexy stilettos to pole dancing class can truly transform the way your body moves and feels as you learn the art of pole dance, but exotic dance shoes can be really pricey. Most of us students of pole dancing are not making the buku bucks working at some Vegas gentleman’s club, so forking out a hundred plus dollars for a pair of exotic dancing shoes is not an option (especially in this economy). Fortunately, buying a pair of sexy shoes for pole dancing class doesn’t have to break your budget; in fact, you can find some great styles at Pierre Silber (there’s a link on my website:) through their online catalog for fairly reasonable prices and also at Snaz 75.


If you’re buying shoes for the first time there are a few things to keep in mind: first, it’s best try on several pairs in person before you buy, as they all fit differently (Foot Worship in San Francisco is on Sutter Street, between Van Ness and Polk, and has a shoe selection that would make Carrie Bradshaw squeal with delight). Second, once you find some shoes that work for you, keep a record of the style and manufacturer so you can look them up in the future online and maybe get a better deal. When choosing shoes for pole dance class keep in mind that six-inch platforms seem to be the standard and once you get use to them they become more comfortable. Shoes for pole dance class come in full sizes only (no ½ sizes) so size down if they seem too loose or you’re a ½ sizer. Try on different styles to find the right fit and make sure the shoes have a non-slip sole; really, this is the most important feature to look for. Stay away from the super strappy styles where your pinky toe hangs out a hole, and mules (shoes with no back strap) because they can fly off your foot during pole dancing spins and inversions (possibly clocking someone in the head, or poking their eye out!). Functionality is the key word when choosing a shoe for pole dancing class, save the crazy fetish styles for some “other” occasion.


2nd Place-Shelly Lamb and 1st Place-Natasha Wang

USPDF WEST COAST COMPETITION 2010 was such an amazing experience.

Hosted by Poletential of Redwood City and organized by co-founders Anna Grundstrom and Wendy Traskos, this event was immaculately organized and an amazing 1st time spectacle for the Bay Area, with pole dance workshops all weekend from the USPDF Pros, Alethea Austin, Jenyne Butterfly, Amber Richard, and Estee Zakar and Climb and Spin founder Kira Lamb. From what I was told by many audience members, some known to me and many not, was that every single competitor blew them away with their displays of gravity defying athleticism and artistry. As a competitor, the whole experience was really phenomenal and I am so happy to have been a part of it. The 2010 West Coast Champion is Natasha Wang, with 2nd place-Shelly Lamb and 3rd place-Amy Raven who all received Pro-status and are eligible to apply for the Nationals in New York City this coming spring.

Read about it in the San Mateo Daily Journal

fit,fun and fierce on the pole

Upcoming classes at Shelly’s Pole Studio

Upcoming classes and events with Shelly

Redwood City only

Celestial Virgins level I
Introduction to pole dancing

November 9th-November 30th
cost: $125.00

Celestial Virgins Level I
intro to pole dancing
Thursdays, October 21st-November 11th
Cost: $125.00

Level 2
Thursdays, November 11th-December 9th
No class November 25th
Cost: $125.00

Pole Kat Level 3
Tuesday Nights
November 9th-November 30th
cost: $125.00

All classes require pre-registration


In San Francisco only

Celestial Vigins
Introduction to pole dancing
4 week pole dance series
No Experience Needed
Fridays 6:30pm-7:30pm
Oct. 22nd-November 12th

cost: $125.00

Pole Kat level 3
San Francisco

October 24th-November 14th
12:45pm – 1:45pm

cost: $125.00

Level 2
San Francisco
October 24th-November 14th

cost: $125.00

Weekend private lesson special 2 people for the price of one

Saturdays at 12:30-1:30 OR 1:30-2:30 ONLY


All classes require pre-registration


USPDF West Coast Regional 2010 Bay Area Semi-Finalist

Hello Everyone,

I am wicked excited to announce that I have been chosen as a semi-finalist in the West Coast Regional Division of the upcoming USPDF pole dance championships to be held in Redwood City, California at the Fox Theater on Saturday November 6th.  As a semi-finalist I am not yet a finalist competitor, but with your help and vote I can be.  Please help me to put pole dancing as art form on the map as Bay Area competitor, and also show the world that at the age of 47 women can still be sexy, athletic and powerfu.  Voting is only from September 2nd until September 8th 9pm est. Voting is only from September 2nd until September 8th (12am est), so your vote must be cast by 9:00pm on September 7th to be counted.).   Please cast your vote as soon as possible.  I truly appreciate your support.  You can view my video submission and vote for me (Shelly Lamb) by following the link below.

Voting Link:

BTW here’s my performance from Tripole Challenge last month

East Meets West Tripole Challenge

I am honored to be a finalist in the West Coast competition of East Meets West TRI-POLE CHALLENGE:

A three day pole fest in North Hollywood with performances by some of the hottest polers on the west coast AND PRANA, on Friday (8/13), a 3 category competition on Saturday (8/14), PLUS, AFTER PARTY, and on Sunday (8/15) WORKSHOPS BY SOME OF THE TOP POLE FITNESS INSTRUCTORS in the US and abroad .  For more information and tickets click on the East meets West logo, or here

Hosted by:  Samantha Jones of E-Fit Dance in Charlottesville, VA  and Michula Nunez, owner of Antix Fitness in Redlands, Ca.

North Hollywood, California
The Tri-Pole Challenge Event Weekend
August 13th – August 15th 2010

Friday, August 13th 2010
“Rock the Pole” and Bad Kitty Pole Fit Expo

Saturday, August 14th 2010
Tri-Pole Challenge:
1:00 PM : Amateur Competition (Age 18 – 34)
3:30 PM: Ms. Spinster Competition  (Age 35 & Up)
6:00 PM: Bi-Polar Competition (Pairs)
Tri-Pole Challenge After-Party Hosted by Platinum Stages:

Workshops on Sunday august 15th


Prana’s Personal Pole 12:00-1:30pm

Prana is going to teach an array of her original and personal favorite tricks.

Level: Intermediate/Adv.      Cost: TBA


Pole Doubles with Leigh and Nadia 1:30-3:00

This class is for all of you dare devil experienced pole dancers, Nadia Sharif, USPDF contestant and Leigh Acosta our Resident Aerialist will be teaching partnership pole tricks on a single pole. You will learn how to execute movements around each others bodies and create strong positions with beautiful lines. You will also learn a doubles performance that is both fluid and Athletic. Cost: $30 per person if you come in a pair or $40 solo Class Duration: 90 minutes


Pole Conditioning with Michula Nunez,  3:00-4:00pm

Tired of feeling weak and wondering why you can’t execute the more difficult tricks ON the pole? Are you tired of getting winded just when after you climb? This is your opportunity to learn how to build your upper body strength needed for advanced aerial tricks on the pole and to improve your overall endurance. You will be subjected to Michula’s infamous highly intense and the most challenging pole class that you will ever encounter. You , your core and upper body will reap the rewards! This workshop will equip you with drills and exercises for your upper back, shoulders, and core!   Cost:  $40 Level:  For all levels, but must be able to climb  Bring: water, towel Suggestion: Wear athletic shoes