I have absolutely no dancing background, and haven’t worked out in over a year but man what a way to get back to it. My first class was really hard, and I was picking up some small stuff but by the third class I am feeling so confident and I can see progress already. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting fit and not sure about traditional workouts. If you’re interested in a confidence boost... come in! I’m hooked already!
Shelly has successfully maintained a competition career as well as an in-demand teaching and coaching business as the owner of Exotic Workouts. She opened Exotic Workouts in 2010 and introduced a style that is both sensual and dynamic. Her pole career is the culmination of a strong athletic background and a passion for creating a space for women to shed their inhibitions and get in the best shape of their lives— all while having fun.
Shelly is the 2017 PSO Southeastern Pole Champion and will be representing Exotic Workouts at the 2018 U.S. National Pole Championship in August.
Her athletic exploration is never ending and is always collaborating with other movements like yoga and acrobatics. Shelly combines her developed strength and agility into dynamic movement as a pole dancer.
Apart from being a pole dance instructor and competitor, Shelly is also a renowned travel blogger. She explores cultures around the world with her partner. You can keep up with her adventures by following @ageminiinwanderlust on Instagram.
What is your most proud teaching or performing moment?
My most proud teaching moment happened when a client who I had been training for about 4 months finally had the courage to come to class wearing shorts. She faced her insecurities and finally saw the picture I had been trying to show her all along. She was beautiful in her skin and it’s time she learned how to embrace it!
What pole move(s) are your favorite?
My signature pole move would have to be an aerial deadlift. I can’t get enough of them lol
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Energetic, Patient and Loving
Why do you enjoy teaching at Exotic Workouts?
I love seeing the changes that we are making in women’s lives. The confidence that is acquired from taking out classes is translatable to all aspects of life. When you believe in yourself the sky is just the beginning.