Student Spotlight

Say Hello to Bri!

By December 23rd, 2019 No Comments

What is it that you LOVE about pole dancing at Divine?

So many things. I love that walking into the studio always feels like a giant hug. I love that I feel like I can show up exactly as I am and be accepted. The darkened rooms and the community here are worth more to me than I could ever put into words.

Name: Bri Suffety

Occupation: Front End Web Developer

Your motto or favorite quote: “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties. It means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”

How long have you been pole dancing at Divine?
Since May of 2016. Although, I was away for a year while I traveled around Europe, Morocco, and Latin America with Remote Year (May 2017 – April 2018).

Did you have any previous dance or fitness training before starting pole?
I’ve always loved to dance and have been pretty active. Before divine I’d taken a couple misc dance classes throughout the years, ran, rock climbed/bouldered, and had been training at SANCA in rope, fabric and static trapeze.

What made you decide to take pole dancing classes?
I had fallen in love with the combination of strength and movement required for other aerial arts. I couldn’t get enough; I was hoping to find something closer to home that would help with cross training and I’d been curious about learning to pole dance for a couple years. When I saw a Groupon for Divine I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to explore that curiosity.

Favorite class? (spins, inversions, or boudoir), and why?
Tough question. I love them all, but the boudoir classes have a special spot in my heart. I love having a dedicated chunk of time to experiment and play around with different movements. I often find myself feeling as if I’m finally able to breathe and just “be” in those classes.

Platforms or legwarmers?
Socks.

What are you currently working on technically?
Passing out of basic inversions – I need to smooth some things out on my non-dominant side.

What are you working on artistically?
I’m continuously playing with momentum and ways to use it in surprising ways. However, lately I’ve added the focus of capturing lightness/a sense of floating while still projecting power.

What is your favorite move?
Willow tree. I love exploring what shapes I can make and it just feels good in my body.

What is in your pole bag (ex: grip aid, journal, etc)?
5 types of grip aid, a pair of pleasers, leg warmers, knee pads, and a water bottle.

Do you have a favorite song to pole dance to?  

It changes regularly, but this year Shrine Tooth has been a definite favorite.

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

Hotel California by the Eagles – The Eagles are my parents’ favorite band, so my brother and I grew up constantly hearing their music. I saw them in concert in the fall of 2013 which ended up being the most money I’ve spent to go see a band live. I’d already had tickets to go with my family when I found out I’d be moving to Seattle. My folks asked if they should sell my ticket; I told them no and booked a flight back for the sole purpose of going.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen – the number of random nights I’ve had singing loudly and off-tune with friends to this song is beyond countless.

Despacito by Luis Fonsi – This song blew up while I was on Remote Year. We heard played in every country we traveled to. It became the official/unofficial song of our group.

Guilty pleasure:
Beecher’s Cheese & Peppercorn ice cream from Salt & Straw, a good scalp massage

Final question, any inspirational advice you would like to share with new polers?
Explore. Experiment. Try new things. Look at familiar things through a different lense. Commit to trying an exercise even if you don’t think you’ll find it fun. You never know what’s going to spark something wonderous in you and/or your dance.