Instructor Spotlight

AJ // Instructor

Meet AJ!

Aggressive supporter of intersectional feminism. Working in higher education. Also, dancer. 🙂

Hometown?
Seattle, WA

Why do you love Divine Movement?
I enjoy the community of women who support and encourage other women. We live in a society that creates the circumstances pitting women against each other and too few can both see that and choose to not participate, but instead buck the system by saying, ‘You [other woman]! Your success is valuable in and of itself AND is my success, too – let me help you!’ and really mean it. I’ve found so many women at Divine doing the latter, both in class and out, and I love being part of that, both on the receiving end and the giving end.

What do you consider your teaching style?
“If it’s safe and feels good, you’re doing it right.”

What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
Metallica’s Enter Sandman, Beyonce and The Dixie Chicks’ Daddy Lessons, X Ambassador’s Naked, Jessie Ware’s Hearts.

Favorite Food?
Pasta, Chocolate, Tea

What is the farthest you have been from home?
6/7 continents down; Antarctica to go.

When was the last time you cried?
Teaching in class a couple weeks ago watching ladies dance. Beautiful doesn’t come close to describing the moment.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What didn’t I want to be? Vet, President, Poet, Zine Creator, the list goes on…

Guilty pleasure?
I refuse to feel guilty about my pleasure.

Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
Sweatpants and my Dance Like You F*ck shirt.

Favorite quote?
Personally – “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Professionally – “When we do not check facts, dispel stereotypes, learn about difference, and appreciate new perspectives, we are teaching powerful negative lessons to the students we serve.”