About Jody

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I entered the world of acrobatic dance almost four years ago. I recall feeling that I had finally found what I was meant to do. Pole dancing strengthens my body and gives me an outlet to express myself. Learning the art of pole dance has been an incredible experience for me, and I want to share it with others.

I am currently an instructor at Aerial Arts Santa Cruz and the 418 Project. I teach all levels in pole dance, strength training, and aerial hoop. I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to be able to share my passion with my students.

Performing is my favorite part of dancing. I choose a song that moves me in some way, and then I spend hours choreographing it. I put a lot of thought into every move so that I can share a feeling or idea with my audience. I performed in shows including the Santa Cruz Fringe Festival’s Counter Culture, the Santa Cruz County Fair, Keep Chico Weird!, RAW San Jose, the Cathedral of Faith’s “In the Name of Love,” and What is Erotic?  I have numerous upcoming shows, so check out my News page to find out where I’ll be performing next!

I recently produced and directed two dance shows. Fashion in Flight was an aerial dance and fashion show that I put on with my students and a local clothing designer. My new project is Pole Diversity. The debut of the show was a great success, and since Pole Diversity has performed in many venues around Northern California. Find out more about Pole Diversity and how you can get involved on the Pole Diversity page!

In addition to performing, I compete several times per year. Competing is stressful, but very instructive. I placed 2nd in the dramatic level 4 division at PAAC in fall 2014 and placed 2nd in the professional division at a regional PDA competition. I won in the amateur division at my first pole dancing competition in Chico in 2012.

I’m always looking for a challenge, and my recent interests include hand balancing and contortion.

Outside of aerial dance, I study mathematics. I’m currently a grad student in the PhD program at UC Santa Cruz in the pure math department. If I’m not at the studio, I’m usually reading textbooks or teaching calculus!

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