I don’t know sh!t about pole…

I started taking private lessons with master trainer Xiaohong (of San Francisco Circus Center) out of a desire to increase my strength and endurance for the pole dancing/fitness.  My first experience was awesome and I was pleasantly surprised to find that, even though I busted my behind in class, I didn’t get the post training soreness I had anticipated; however, my body did poop out sooner than usual in my pole training session the next day. I attributed my brilliant recovery time to the incredible assisted stretching I got in between each exercise burst.  So to all of you training pole fitness enthusiasts, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF STRETCHING.

We have begun working on the pole using Chinese acrobatic pole technique and I have decided that I don’t know sh!t about pole… I thought I was pretty strong, I guess I am compared to some other pole dancers, but my strength is like a total beginner compared to his.  How humbling it is to work with someone like this, how inspiring!  His tales of his circus training as a youngster in China have inspired me to train harder because I realize that, really, I am a lazy oaf in comparison, sad but true.  I am appalled at how lacking my left arm strength is…in handstands (after doing many reps and then holding) i begin to sink down into the left side and he has to hold me up.  Well, I will improve…I will get stronger!…I WILL, I WILL!

New session starts November 2012-Reserve you spot now!

The Pole Vault Weblog

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:  https://www.facebook.com/TheLovelyRita

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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.

Pole dancing with the stars at….

California Pole Dance Champion Competition

We were there! We were even blessed with the opportunity of meeting and taking a class at Evolve Studio with
World Pole Dance Champion and Goddess Ms. Felix  Cane…see, >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I’m not lying! It was such a fantastic display of talent that i feel like moving to LA just to take class from some of the performers (of course, many are instructors).

Stay tuned for workshops at our Redwood City location with Laura Martin, who took second place and is pictured below…she was PHENOMENAL.

USPDF WEST COAST REGIONAL COMPETITION 2010

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

Tuesdays:
November 9th-November 30th
7pm-8pm
cost: $125.00

Celestial Virgins Level I
intro to pole dancing
Thursdays, October 21st-November 11th
7pm-8pm
Cost: $125.00

Level 2
Thursdays, November 11th-December 9th
No class November 25th
8pm-9pm
Cost: $125.00

Pole Kat Level 3
Tuesday Nights
November 9th-November 30th
8pm-9pm
cost: $125.00

All classes require pre-registration

REGISTER HERE

In San Francisco only

Celestial Vigins
Introduction to pole dancing
4 week pole dance series
No Experience Needed
10%OFF WHEN YOU SIGN UP WITH A FRIEND
Fridays 6:30pm-7:30pm
Oct. 22nd-November 12th

cost: $125.00

Pole Kat level 3
San Francisco

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

cost: $125.00

Level 2
Prerequisite: CELESTIAL VIRGINS
San Francisco
Sundays
October 24th-November 14th
1:45pm-2:45pm

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

COST: $100 FOR TWO PEOPLE

All classes require pre-registration

REGISTER HERE