Jamie fell in love with pole dancing back in 2007 while living overseas in Australia. After returning to her hometown of Seattle, she joined classes at Divine Movement where her passion for pole continued to grow. Jamie believes that dance is so much more than steps and pole is much more than a workout. It’s a mind-body journey toward your strongest self. So go ahead, take the plunge into serendipity.
Why do you love Divine Movement?
I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin as I do when I am at Divine. It took me a long time to get to this point. Divine has always been there for me with a hand when I need a pick up, a push when I need a challenge, and a shoulder when I need to let go. I have come to know myself in a way I never thought possible. I am strong and free, I let go of inhibitions, and I walk out of every class sweaty and smiling.
What do you consider your teaching style?
I like to incorporate a little comedy into my classes. Having an open mind and good sense of humor is mandatory. And the music, THE MUSIC! I have always been musically obsessed – being an instructor at Divine gives me the opportunity to put all the great music I love into action. I play all genres. The common thread is how each song makes you feel in your body. Allowing yourself to surrender to the music, and be vulnerable, unconsciously gives everyone else the permission to do the same. And shared experiences bring us closer together. How amazing is that!?
What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
Station by Lapsley / Indifference by Pearl Jam / When I Get My Hands On You by The New Basement Tapes / Song for Zula by Phosphorescent / What Could You Do by Dolorean / Tempest by SOHN / Love Again by Ta-ku
I always enjoy a perfectly ripe mango.
What is the farthest you have been from home?
I’ve been all over! When I was 24 I did a long backpacking trip through Malaysia and Vietnam. Equally far was Australia. Egypt is up there, too.
When was the last time you cried?
Probably yesterday. Animal shelter commercials get me every time.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a tight rope walker. Seriously.
Sour Patch Kids, coffee w/Nutella, bad reality tv, singing out loud to old Britney Spears songs
Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
A freshly washed, old, ratty, cotton, fitted t-shirt. I like being able to smell the fabric softener and yank, twist, and stretch my clothes while I’m dancing.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin