We at Girlfriend have had the ~incredible~ opportunity to sit down with influencer and Brent Street dancer Jayme Jo Massoud, and she let us in on her dreams with dance, and how they became an awesome reality.
WHAT GOT YOU INVOLVED IN DANCE?
"My parents told me that when I was super young, I had a crazy amount of energy and they thought that dancing would have been the perfect place for me to use it!"
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE OF DANCE?
"It's so hard to pick, but if I had to it would be Lyrical and Commercial Jazz."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG TO DANCE TO?
"I can't help myself dancing every time I hear "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars."
Same gurl... same.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR LIFE IS DEDICATED TO DANCE & BRENT STREET?
"I spend six out of seven days a week at Brent Street and I couldn't picture myself anywhere else! It's really like my home away from home. Each day is a new exciting challenge that I can't wait to tackle.
"I really am so proud to be a part of the Brent Street family and I feel so privileged to receive all the opportunities it has provided for me. The teachers are super supportive and encouraging and the students make being there every day such a joy. I can never wipe the smile off my face when I'm there."
WHAT DOES A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JAYME JO LOOK LIKE?
"I'm up and out of the house at 6:30am on the way to Brent Street for an 8:40am start. I go into my first dance class of the day with each class running for an hour and a half, so, I really get the chance to improve each style!
"After my first class I got into three hours of school work - I am studying part time - then, we have another hour and a half dance class until 4pm. From 4-5pm we have a break, and then after, my friends and I start more classes and they are so much fun!
"We do ballet, musical theatre, hip hop and many more that get us ready for dance competitions. We also take singing and acting classes along side dance. I am happy to be pushed an extend my skills as a performer, daily."
ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING DANCERS?
"Never give up on your goals and make sure that every single day you are doing something that will help you achieve them! It takes a lot of patience, but the results are always so worth it, so, keep pushing and believe in yourself."
THE BEST PART OF BEING A DANCER IS?
"For me, the best part of being a dancer is the ability to express how I am feeling through movement. It's like my body has its own language. Also, the feeling I get when I'm on stage performing is like no other!"
Want to dance with Jayme Jo? Sign up to The Girlfriend Movement, a free dance class at Brent Street on Friday 19th May at 6:30pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place and get ready for an evening filled with epic dance moves and a whole load of freebies. Download your permission slip HERE and email it back over to us before the event. See you at the Movement!