Thursday, January 28, 2016

Twirling Viking Warrior Reboot

As you probably know, if you read my recent post, I am firmly BACK in the pole world, and I could not be more excited about it.  When I do things like pole dance or cosplay and make appearances with Chunky Girl Comics, it's almost like a mask for me.  I can be that confident person that I may not always be in my regular life.  And the more often I do it, the more it trickles into my regular life, making me the person I really do like to be.  Whenever I find something that makes me uncomfortable, I usually know it is something I should make myself do so that I can grow as a person.

I think I knew I would be returning to pole because last October I actually had a photoshoot with Kai in Oakland.  His girlfriend is a pole dancer and he has shot Volare Variety in the past.  Rumor has it, he may be shooting an event for me later this year.  He was a really easy photographer to work with and I love how my photos turned out.  Since I really don't do a ton of advanced moves, I often am not sure if photoshoots are worth it for me.  This one was really awesome.  He was very kind and patient with me.  This shoot was literally days after my boss killed himself so it was a really difficult time, but I am so glad I didn't cancel.

I think part of what drove me to get back to pole was my ambassadorship with Artista Active Wear.  I am wearing the monokini in these photos.  I also post tons of pics in my Artista outfits on Instagram (user name: lolorashel).  I love that they carry larger sizes and they have been amazingly easy and fun to work with.  It is currently my plan to represent Artista and work the booth at Pole Expo in Vegas later this year.  Use code ABALM10 at checkout for 10% off when you order anything at Artista!  Then tag me on instagram so I can see your awesome outfits!

December 2, 2015 was my sixth anniversary as a Twirly Girl.  My sixth bloggerversary is actually this weekend.  For six years, I have been oversharing on this blog and all of you amazing people have been reading it and supporting me.  Writing is always so cathartic and I really appreciate each of you for all of your love and support.  I get tons of private messages from people who understand where I am coming from, and it helps to know that none of us are alone in this world.

Class last night at Twirly Girls was a lot of fun.  I may, in fact, be learning a group routine to perform at Lovely Rita in April.  It is going to be a difficult one for me.  Simple but sexy.  Tons of floor work.  I just need to get light on my feet so I can slide through some of these moves.  That will be my focus.  I have four months, though, so I can do this!

Here's a clip from our free dance last night:

Clip from tonight
Posted by Confessions of a Twirly Girl on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thank you again for welcoming me back with open arms.  I look forward to rebooting the Twirling Viking Warrior and continuing my pole journey with all of you.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Triumphant Return

For the past year, I have not spent much time on the pole.  It has been an interesting year.  I got my dream job, which I still love (and is the reason I stopped teaching).  I got out of a six-year relationship.  NCPP 2 happened!  I have been spending a lot of time with my family and the now one-year-old babies.  I lost my boss in a horrific manner.  I feel like I have been travelling at 100 MPH.  Yet, despite that last part, life has been pretty fantastic.  I'm happier and healthier than I have probably ever been.  (Thanks, Ellen!!  Update coming soon.)  As always, I have a ton of really fun things to do.  As I love to say: my life doesn't suck.

However, on Facebook, I would see posts from my pole dancing friends and I would wonder if I was missing out.  Twirly Girls has always been a safe place for me.  The studio is home.  No matter where I go in life, Mama Bel always makes me feel loved.  I have been poling for six years, and I really started to miss it.  So, last week, I went back to regular class.  I decided to go back to a class where I can work on my foundation again.  I feel like I am starting from the beginning.  I am so sore and bruised -- and it feels amazing.  I feel like I found my mojo pretty quickly.  I have never claimed to be the sexiest or strongest dancer, but I always find it freeing to turn the lights down and just let my body move.  One of the things I truly appreciate about Bel's class is the importance she places on being able to free dance.  I danced one song twice and felt like I was only tripped up or slowed down a couple of times.  I was pretty proud of myself.

So, this blog will once again start including pole on a regular basis (since that was the reason I started it to begin with).  I am looking forward to watching myself improve, getting my confidence back and returning to being the bad ass Twirling Viking Warrior that I used to be.  I am also excited to be working with Artista Active Wear as one of their brand ambassadors (use ABALM10 for 10% at checkout).  Watch my second free dance of the night below and feel free to leave comments with your thoughts on my triumphant return to the plus sized pole dancer world.  I'm back, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!