"My goal is to help women become comfortable with their sexuality so they can be more creative in their lives."
Jamé is a professional pole dance instructor and exotic dance choreographer with over 20 years of experience in gymnastics, yoga, firedancing and more.
She has appeared on the shows “Botched,” “The Real” and “Soul Man” and has built routines and performed for artists like Snoop, Ludacris and Niecy Nash.
You’re clearly an amazing teacher—but before you started teaching others to pole dance, how did you learn to do it yourself?
"I’ve always been an athlete, dancer and gymnast. I am also a very openly sensual being. When I saw that pole is really a combination of strength and sensuality, I knew this was a lane I could master and have so much fun with. It takes strength, training, practice and determination. I learned basic pole and then transitioned into a style of my own."
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
"One of the most rewarding things about my job is that I get to help change the way pole is viewed. It’s not just for strippers and stripping. It’s an art form. It’s a form of fitness for the everyday woman. Now I have nothing against strippers, they present their own kind of magic, just what I do is different. It’s also very fulfilling to have an awkward student that thinks they are unsexy, or they don’t know how to be sexy transform into a confident, sensual and sexy woman before my eyes with training."
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
"Teaching full out for hours a day 5-6 days a week is definitely a challenge. Another challenge would be keeping my creativity flowing for innovative, sexy and body strengthening workouts for my students. Motivating them to be their best when sometimes I'm too tired to be at my own best and last but not least, Juggling being a single parent with a such a demanding career."
What do you do when you’re not teaching? Any other hobbies, passions, or occupations?
"Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my son, my family and friends. Family is everything to me. I also can be very animated, expressing myself through my love of acting and writing. I love writing poetry about love and relationships and I love to make people laugh through comedy. One day I hope to have my own podcast to be able to speak to women all over the world. Laughing is healing."
How would you describe your own personal style?
"I'm a dancer and an athlete, so my style is very reflective of my art. From exotic prints to lucite heels, I need to be ready for my diverse day that ranges from yoga to pole flow from the second I leave my house. I may start off in a pair of tribal print harem trousers and end up in a metallic thong. My personal style is also used to inspire my students to not only embrace their movements but embrace themselves."
How do you describe your profession?
"I consider myself an exotic dance instructor. Not defined by one art, but inspired and well versed in all. From pole to fire twirling, to exotic chair and dance, there are no limits on what I do and teach."
To learn more about Jamé, follow her @jameelis