Student Spotlight

Say hello to Genevieve!

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.