Say hello to Dara!

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IMG_7100“Dancing at Divine makes me feel sexy and confident!”

Miss September 2016: Dara

Occupation: Office Manager at DOL

Your motto or favorite quote: Be kind! Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about! – AND –  Words are like weapons, use them wisely!

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? 2 years and 1 month

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole? A little kickboxing…and Jazzercise!

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes? I was looking for something new to try and saw the Groupon deal.

Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why? My favorite class is Boudoir for sure! It’s freeing and you can work out the stuff in your brain! And, then there’s the stripping.  Ha.

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? Dancing at Divine makes me feel sexy and confident!

Platforms or legwarmers? Legwarmers!

What are you currently working on technically? My spins (momentum) and climbing!

What are you working on artistically? Transitions from pole to floor and floor to pole.

What is your favorite move? Straight leg spin on spinny pole.

What is in your pole bag (ex: grip aid, journal, etc)? Girly Grip and Mighty Grip, leg warmers, and my sparkly, red pumps

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? It’s a tie! Booty Wurk by T-Pain and Let Me See The Booty by The Dream

We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life, and why?

1. Time Of Your Life by Greenday — I’ve been blessed with a great life and Perfect (if I do say so myself) children

2. I’ll Be There For You by Rembrandts — Family first!

3. More Than Words by Extreme  —Actions mean more than what you say

Guilty pleasure: Sausage gravy and biscuits!!

Final Question: Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers?  Don’t give up!! Whatever you’re struggling with now you will be doing before you know it!

Say hello to Mykel!

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Mykel“To adore each other so openly and generously feels like a gift, and I am grateful for it every time I dance…”

Miss August 2016: Mykel

Occupation: Full-time student and mama of two.

Your motto or favorite quote: Close your eyes. Fall in love. Stay there. -Rumi

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? Fifteen awesome months!

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole?  I gave birth, does that count?  On a more serious note, I was fairly unfit but had done a little yoga and some hiking.

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes? I moved to Seattle, and I was actually looking for yoga classes. When I Googled yoga near my house, Divine showed up in the search. I had a hunch that pole dancing was exactly what I needed to pull me out of my post-move misery. I am so glad I followed the hunch! Dancing at Divine took me through a really dark moment and possibly saved my sanity.

Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why? This is like asking me to choose between my children… I love them both equally but sometimes when one is tough, I like the other one more. No really, I love them equally. Listen: that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? There is so much to love about Divine. That moment just after a dance has finished is my favorite. All the women are looking at their fellow dancers with love and admiration. To adore each other so openly and generously feels like a gift, and I am grateful for it every time I dance, and watch others dance.

Platforms or legwarmers?  Legwarmers! I love they way they look, the way they feel, and how my body feels in them, sliding across the floor.

What are you currently working on technically? Right now I am working on getting stronger and more flexible.

What are you working on artistically?  I am working on bringing more of myself into my moves without compromising my form. For example, remembering to keep my toes pointed or my head up while I add my own individual flair. I have some work to do!

What is your favorite move?  The Stargazer.

What is in your pole bag (ex: grip aid, journal, etc)? My pole bag is the bag I use for everything so, charmingly, it is full of receipts, beach sand, wet wipes, legwarmers, and Dry Hands. If anyone needs spare beach sand, I have some to lend you.

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? Right now: All Night by Beyoncé – I could spend the entire song doing hip circles against the wall.

We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life, and why?

1. Driftwood, Travis – – I attended university in England in a village that gets more rain than anywhere else in England. Every Friday night, we went down to the student union and danced to whiny British indie music like Travis. I still (secretly) love it.

2. We Come One, Faithless – – My best and longest friend introduced me to Faithless. I danced with my partner to this band before we married. I went to every possible Faithless concert in my twenties.

3. Ta Da – Spank Rock – – I have Heather Hennessy to thank for this one! I asked Heather to choose my song in a boudoir class, and this was it. It was a dance-changing moment for me. I closed my eyes, let go of my inner critic and danced my heart out. It is still my favorite all-time pole dancing song. Guilty pleasure: I have recently started eating a plant-based diet, except for once a week. On Friday nights I orders sushi and I get the Magma Roll from I Love Sushi. It’s deep fried prawns in a roll covered in hot mayonnaise. It’s so good.

Final Question: Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers?  The best advice that I was given when I first started dancing at Divine was “if you run out of moves, just hump the floor.” It was the best advice ever, and I still do it almost every dance!!

 

Say hello to Julia!

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Julia“Don’t quit — you’ll come out the other side stronger and even learn to love what challenged you in the past.”

Miss July 2016: Julia

Occupation: Product Manager

Your motto or favorite quote:  “Be who you are and say what you feel because people who mind don’t matter, and people who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? I took 101 Mid Nov 2013 so a little over 2.5 years now.

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole? I have always been active, but I have never danced beyond my living room or a night out with friends.

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes? A friend of mine found a Groupon and had been thinking of taking 101. Climbing and flipping around a pole sounded like fun, so I joined her. We both fell in love after the first class.

Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why? I love being upside down. Inversions class feels like home. But I’m stretching myself to get in touch with dance this year. I just finished the Basic Boudoir Series after years of just inverting, and I’m really looking forward to continuing that journey.

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? I don’t even know where to start with this question, everything! The women and teachers make every day brighter. Every student finds that thing she excels at. Whether it is tricks, spins, or dance, we all find something that makes us feel strong and empowered. And what’s really special is watching others dance. The person who is quiet for most of class can get on the dance floor, let everything go, and transform. Divine is truly a place where you can stop worrying about what people think of you or who you think you’re supposed to be.

Platforms or legwarmers? I’d have to say legwarmers in the studio, but at home I’ll pull out the heels.

What are you currently working on technically? Right now I’m working towards my Iron-X and Phoenix.

What are you working on artistically?  I would love to embrace dance like I can at home. Getting out of my head while others are watching is still a challenge for me. It’s my 2016 goal to push myself in order to let go of that.

What is your favorite move? Either a layback (it’s simply beautiful) or a handspring (because of the power).

What is in your pole bag? Grip aid, food (when I remember), extra clothing, my Divine journal, and a wrist cover.

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? I can’t say I do. I just started boudoir, so I feel like I’m just learning what music my body likes to move to, which I’m kind of loving at the moment. Thank you to all the teachers and their Spotify playlists – we appreciate it more than you know!

We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life?

1. What I Got by Sublime

2. Fragile by Tech N9ne

3. Instant Pleasure by Rufus Wainwrite

Guilty pleasure: Nutella calzone pizza

Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers?  Find what you love about pole, but also push yourself to explore the hard stuff. Dance has not come easy to me, but the women at Divine have always been there to help me through it. Every day it gets a little easier. There are hundreds of women in our community who have pushed through the frustration of learning a move that doesn’t come naturally at first and can relate. Don’t quit–you’ll come out the other side stronger and even learn to love what challenged you in the past.

Say hello to Sabrina!

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sabrina2“This is a place where you can completely be yourself and where you will accomplish things you never thought possible.”

Miss June 2016: Sabrina

Occupation: Localization Program Manager

Your motto or favorite quote: If you are constantly learning, your absolute best work now will be half as good as your average work later.

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? Since 2008! I took Pole 101 alongside some of our current instructors!

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole? Only a few ballet classes, but I’ve done a lot of weight training.

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes? A friend dragged me to an open house. I had the completely wrong idea about what it would be like, but as soon as I saw Angi perform I wanted to sign up. I’ve never been so glad to be wrong in my life.

Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why? Probably inversions, because I love to climb, but it’s really hard to pick one!

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? I love the physical and artistic challenges, and the completely amazing community of women here. This is a place where you can completely be yourself and where you will accomplish things you never thought possible.

Platforms or legwarmers? Legwarmers…but really I prefer minimalist attire.

What are you currently working on technically? I have one last transition to improve (Butterfly to Flatline) before I can graduate to Intermediate Inversions. I. Can’t. Wait.

What are you working on artistically? I’m planning to perform at NW Pole Art in November and I’m thinking of attempting to choreograph my own piece this year. I’ve never done this before, so I’m slightly terrified.

What is your favorite move? For spins, I’d say Flying Angel; for inversions, probably Jasmine — which is funny because it used to be my nemesis move!

What is in your pole bag (ex: grip aid, journal, etc)? Grip aid. Unicorn booty shorts. What else do you need?

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? I have a few: Givin Em What They Love (Janelle Monae & Prince), Ransom Notes (Sohn), Hal (Yasmine Hamdan)

We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life, and why?

1. 912 Greens by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. I’ve done a lot of travelling when I was younger and this song reminds me of the spontaneity and sweetness of those years.

2. Anything from Led Zeppelin or Sabbath…70s music is my spirit animal.

3. Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie. When I was a kid and couldn’t sleep, my dad would play this on the piano for me. Guilty pleasure: Really, really bad horror movies. I love things that are ridiculous. Also, singing at the top of my lungs to whatever’s playing when I’m driving around.

Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers?  Even if a new move seems impossible, just keep at it. Sometimes it takes me months or even a year to be able to do a new move…but there’s no feeling like when you finally nail it.

Say hello to Genevieve!

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IMG_6400“Divine brought dance back into my life.”

Miss May 2016: Genevieve

Occupation: Group Fitness Instructor + Personal Trainer

Your motto or favorite quote: “Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.”

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? Since June 2014. Almost 2 years!

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole? Yes, I was already very active before starting pole. I love working out and finding different methods of fitness. I’m pretty determined to be a well-rounded athlete, and was searching for a new type of workout. I danced as a child and wanted to pick up dance again as an adult, but wasn’t sure where to start. Pole was definitely the missing ingredient from my fitness regimen!

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes? My mom got me into pole dancing, actually! She took a beginner workshop and Pole 101, and she thought it’d be a really good challenge for me. From that point, I just jumped into a Pole 101 series and absolutely loved it! And yes, my mom still dances at Divine as well :)

Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why? Depends on what I’m feeling at the time. Spins, when I want to learn something new, but still dance it out. Inversions, when I want to challenge my body and strength. Boudoir, when I want to really get out of my head, put everything I learned together, and focus on evolving my freestyle.

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? Divine brought dance back into my life. The empowering environment that Divine has built and established is what makes this place so unique. This place is filled with strong and supportive women from all walks of life. Divine has helped me mentally and challenged me physically so much more than I would have ever imagined.

Platforms or legwarmers? Legwarmers!

What are you currently working on technically? I’m currently working on all the basic inversions on my other side and polishing some advanced spins. Flying Angel is currently my nemesis spin… Can’t seem to get my legs to move the right way, ugh!

What are you working on artistically? Dancing to songs I won’t normally dance to. It’s a great challenge to see what comes out of my body when I’m freestyling to unfamiliar songs.

What is your favorite move? I just learned Vortex on spinny pole. Ohhh so fun!

What is in your pole bag?  Extra shorts, legwarmers, journal, 3 different grip aids (stupid sweaty hands…)

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to? My favorite always changes! I’m currently loving “PARACHUTE” by Code Kunst and “Close” by Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo.

We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life, and why?

1. “Who You Are” by Jessie J – Reminds me that everything will be okay and to stay true to myself, despite who or what tries to get in the way.

2. “Born Hater” by Epik High – You do you and that’s all that matters! Don’t let haters bring you down!

3. “Save Rock and Roll” by Fall Out Boy – Music is everything. This song speaks to my soul.

Not so guilty pleasure: Cheese. My stomach and skin hate me when I eat dairy…but it tastes so good…

Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers? Don’t be afraid to try! More than likely, you won’t perfect each move the first time you try it and that’s okay! Be patient, but stay determined and you will nail that nemesis move soon. Focus on the journey through your pole dancing, not the destination. You will gain strength as an athlete and as a badass woman.

Say hello to Grace!

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Grace“I LOVE the people of Divine.  Aware, empowered, so vulnerable, so strong, loving, supportive, open, compassionate, beautiful, fun, and this kind of sexy that is amplified to goddess levels by all of the previously listed badassary.”

Miss May 2016: Grace

Occupation: training @ a tech company

Your motto: Courage is contagious

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine? One year in April 2016!

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole?  No previous dance training. Enthusiasm. But no training. I do identify as active though and have tried everything from fencing to paddle boarding, with a few years of intensely training as a tennis player.

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes?  A friend’s life event and an attractive Groupon for the 6-week Pole 101 series. I was the support companion. In the first class, I felt silly and uncomfortable. I giggled. I’m not a giggler?! In the second class, we were doing the body trace and as our hands met our faces, the instructor said ‘now hold your face like it is someone you love.’ I realized I was crying. That surprised me. It also got me curious about what had really been touched. Not in my physical body, but in my being. What needed to be acknowledged, let out, or nurtured? How about my sensuality? Sexuality. Feminine divine. Body image. Self-expression. Self-esteem. Ohhhh so much. And the journey began!

Favorite class – and why? Depends on my mood and what I need from my dance. Spins = play time. Inversions = physical & mental challenge. Boudoir = dancing out my feelings

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine? The community. I LOVE the people of Divine. Aware, empowered, so vulnerable, so strong, loving, supportive, open, compassionate, beautiful, fun, and this kind of sexy that is amplified to goddess levels by all of the previously listed badassary. I also LOVE women cheering for other women. It is wild & tribal for me. Bonding & healing.

Platforms or legwarmers?  Legwarmers – for their sliding power

What are you currently working on technically?  Incorporating inversions into my dance & being brave on spinny pole because I’m afraid of both.

What are you working on artistically?  Letting go. Giving myself permission to drop the expectations or rules. Get messy. Trying things that feel uncoordinated, stiff, or ‘ugly.’

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to?  Anything that drips

We LOVE music at Divine. What 3 songs would be featured on the soundtrack to YOUR life?

1. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman 2. Lucy the Tease, Allan Rayman 3. Criminal, Fiona Apple

Guilty pleasure: Sleeping in. Napping. I am a glutton for sleep.

Final Question: Any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers? Hang in there!

Jessica // Instructor

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instructor-jessica Jessica has been dancing traditionally since high school but caught the pole bug in 2012. So much so, that she’s competed in PSO events in LA and Seattle 4 times since then. When she’s not in class you’ll find her teaching FlyGym and Flexibility. She is a firm believer that life is better upside down.

Hometown?
Van Nuys, CA

Why do you love Divine Movement?
The incredibly uplifting community at Divine in addition to the style of teaching empowered me to love me for myself.

What do you consider your teaching style?
I’d say I have a little bit of a tough love approach to teaching only because I can be a cheater and I don’t want anyone cheating themselves.

What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
Way Down We Go – Kaleo
Wishing Well – Cheyenne Marie Mize
Blood On My Name – The Brothers Bright

Favorite Food?
Tacos. They work for every meal.

What is the farthest you have been from home?
In 2009 I went backpacking through England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Paris with my husband. This year we’re planning to visit my family in New Zealand and Australia.

When was the last time you cried?
There was a Whiskey commercial that came through my news feed a week or so ago with a beautiful poem in the background. I cried pretty hard at the end of it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I still don’t know the answer to that. Which is how I wound up with degrees in Interior Design, Anthropology, and Liberal Arts.

Guilty Pleasure?
Pepsi

Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
Pants and long sleeves. As much as I love to invert, sliding around is my favorite.

Favorite quote?
It’s a song lyric really but it’s stuck with me ever since I heard it, “I can’t be told, it can’t be done.” – The Lumineers

Hannah // Instructor

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instructor-hannah My name is Hannah de Regt (pronounced like “direct”) and I’ve been practicing pole for about 2 and a half years as I’m writing this. It all started for me when my maid-of-honor organized a surprise pole party for my Bachelorette. We both had so much fun that we signed up right away for pole 101. It’s been an incredible journey for me – Divine has helped me to break out of my shell and feel comfortable with myself and it has pushed me both mentally and physically. If you had told me 3 years ago that not only would I be pole dancing, but that I would have competed 3 times, performed on stage 8 times and won 2 medals I would have said you were crazy! I feel incredibly lucky to have been supported by so many of our amazing instructors on this journey and am honoured and excited to be able to share my experience with others.

Hometown?
I was born in Solihull, England, but have lived for the past 18 years in Redmond/Eastside.

Why do you love Divine Movement?
I fell in love with Divine the freedom of movement and the message that we teach that it is ok to love your body. I stayed at Divine for the community of women and the many friendships I’ve made.

What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
Current favourites include “Slip” by Elliot Moss, “You” by Keaton Henson and “Feeling Good” by Avicii

Favorite Food?
Chocolate!!

What is the farthest you have been from home?
I suppose it depends if you consider Seattle or England home! I’ve been to Mauritius – that’s probably the furthest point from either place!

When was the last time you cried?
HA! I cry all the time, I’m a big softie.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A journalist. That turned out to be pretty far from reality.

Guilty pleasure?
I’m a huge nerd. I love youtube/webseries adaptations of classic literature such as Jane Austen or Shakespeare and tend to get quite emotionally involved while they are updating. I’m also a HUGE Harry Potter fan, but that’s more of a guilt-free pleasure.

Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
Mostly leggings/legwarmers and a tank top, unless I’m inverting, in which case shorts and bra. I’m pretty boring when it comes to clothing…I should experiment more!!

Favorite quote?
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore

Suzannah // Instructor

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instructor-placeholder I started dancing at Divine when my son was 8 months old and I was looking for a way to reclaim myself. I found not just myself, but an incredible community of women who take joy in supporting each other.

Hometown?
All over – I’ve moved so many times. But my heart’s home is the Seattle area.

Why do you love Divine Movement?
I love the sense of play – of being ourselves. I love that I can get to a place in my dance where I don’t care about what anyone thinks and just get to celebrate movement.

What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
Hey Mama – David Guetta; come Away with Me- Norah Jones; Waiting Game- Banks; Jonny Lang – Walkin Away

Favorite Food?
Middle Eastern cuisines

What is the farthest you have been from home?
I’ve travelled a lot, but the furthest I ever felt from home was in the Czech Republic. I was lonelier than I’d ever been. Usually when I travel I find a way to feel home.

When was the last time you cried?
Early January – overwhelmed from changing jobs and pressure to perform well.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I honestly have no idea. If I could go back and pick something, I’d want to be on Broadway.

Guilty pleasure?
Sweets, particularly chocolate. And pop music.

Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
Long skirts/ my hair

Favorite quote?
Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday for in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. – Rainier Maria Rilke

Erika // Instructor

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instructor-erika I found Divine in 2012, after a decade-long hiatus from dancing; it was just the thing I needed to get back to movement and to feel completely comfortable in my own body. I love the movement style that is uniquely Divine, but also completely individual to everyone who walks into the studio. Pole dancing at Divine is a constant reminder that we are all beautiful in our own unique ways and that we all have something to share and learn from each other. I can’t wait to see you in class!

Hometown?
Seattle, WA

Why do you love Divine Movement?
I love Divine because it is the most supportive and empowering group of women I have ever encountered. The instructors and students are all beautiful, intelligent, caring people from all different walks of life with whom you can’t help but feel completely comfortable baring your soul through dance.

What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
10,000 Weight in Gold by The Head and the Heart
Don’t Wanna Fight by Alabama Shakes
Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran
All Along the Watchtower on Dave Matthews Band’s Recently album

Favorite Food?
Oysters. I could binge eat oysters.

What is the farthest you have been from home?
Paris.

When was the last time you cried?
This is a terrible question for me. I’m a cry baby. I cry when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m overwhelmed; I think I teared up a little bit the last time I explained how much I love this community of women!

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballerina.

Guilty pleasure?
Someone really should stop me from buying concert paraphernalia; it’s a real problem.

Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
Leg warmers. I just love sliding around on those new floors in the Seattle studio.

Favorite quote?
“Above all things, if kindness is your king, then heaven will be yours, before you meet your end”

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