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Sasha // Instructor

Instructor-Sasha

Meet Sasha!

Sasha started at Divine somewhere in between a knee injury and 2016. Dancing here has been immeasurably therapeutic for her, physically and emotionally. With a little background in gymnastic, ice skating, martial arts, and aerial silks, Sasha embraces a variety of stylistic elements into her dance. For her, teaching is a natural extension of learning, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to guide students through the creative process of building their own unique style.

Hometown?
San Jose, California

Why do you love Divine Movement?
Divine provides me with the opportunity to express my creativity, build my strength, and challenge my intellect, while listening to beautiful music. And somehow, all of that is just icing, in comparison with my favorite thing about Divine: I get to spend my time building a loving, supportive community surrounded by brave, empowered, inspiring women.

What do you consider your teaching style?
I tend to be bubbly and playful while speaking, and my dance technique tends to focus around strength and power. I like to encourage my students to explore different feelings, emotions, and facets of themselves while they dance. In my technical classes, I emphasize form and control. You’ve learned a move when you can do it on your own; you’ve mastered it when you can dance it forward, backward, upside-down, slowly, eyes-closed, on the other side.

What music is on your “Divine” playlist right now?
Anything by Sleeping At Last or Chase Holfelder.

Favorite Food?
Berries and dark chocolate.

What is the farthest you have been from home?
Austria and South Korea are about equally distant, in opposite directions, and both hold special places in my heart.

When was the last time you cried?
I will cry from joy nearly every time I meet a baby animal of any kind.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballerina. Then an ice figure skater. Now Jenyne Butterfly.

Guilty pleasure?
Berries and dark chocolate.

Favorite article of clothing to dance in?
I have this large, amorphous, stretchy shirt. I’m still not totally sure how it’s intended to be worn, but I love getting tangled in it.

Favorite quote?
“May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground.” -fun.