Jamilla DeVille…

Australia’s Glitter Girl

The first I saw of Jamilla Deville was only a few years ago when she performed a routine at the launch of the IPF (International Pole Federation), but of course being stuck out in the sticks in North Wales, I was viewing through the power of the Youtube!.

I had heard the name whispered on the forums before, [quote float=”left”]’The Original Miss Pole Dance Australia'[/quote]By then I was only a wee pole nipper and didn’t really too know much.

Curiosity got the better of me and I wondered around the tube looking for this sparkly, spangly, long legged glittering pole babe.  Didn’t take me long!  Jamilla is instantly recognisable!   She is elegant, graceful, strong, precise, has legs that go on and on, a sparkling bikini and a showgirl smile – Everything a girl needs to be a world class performer!

As a founding member of the IPF and an inspiring performer, Jamilla is pole gold dust as well as a true explorer of ‘The Art of Pole’, and I am delighted to have been given the chance to ask this incredible bird some questions, all be-it only via email – she does live on the opposite side of the World yunno!

So without further gilding the lily, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Australia’s Glitter Girl…………. Jamilla Deville.

Jamilla DeVille

Jamilla’s Stats:

– 153cm
School Name:  The Art of Pole Studio
Location:  Sydney, Australia
Signature Pole Move:  The Deville
Splits? or no splits?:  Yes
Best friggin song in the world to pole dance to right now:  Usually for me it’s powerful rock, but right now… Tiesto’s remix of Silence by Delirium.  Love the tempo, and Sarah McLachlan’s voice.

Title’s Jamilla has won:

1) Miss Erotica Sydney 2004
2) Miss Nude Sydney 2004
3) Miss Nude NSW 2004 Beauty Queen
4) Miss Nude Australia 2005 Entertainer of the Year
5) Australian Exotic Pole Dancing Champion 2005
6) Miss Pole Dance Australia 2005

Candy & Chrome’s Interview

Tiny: How did you find Pole Dance, or did it find you? (What are your pole dance beginnings)

I trained first in classical and then for many years in jazz ballet.  Later on I trained in the aerial arts, beginning with static trapeze and moving on to corde lisse and then tissu (silks).  After all this I started working as an exotic dancer.  Our club provided a free class each week with their best dancer, an amazing performer called Lucy.  Lucy was the most incredible pole dancer the country had ever seen.  We’ve featured her in the Faces of Pole Dancing page of the IPF Australia site as she is someone who deserves to be acknowledged for her contribution to the industry as it is today.  Lucy taught me my first pole dance moves and I was lucky to have my background in aerials to give me a huge head start, especially in pole moves requiring lifts and inversions.  I practiced often enough to advance quickly, since I worked for hours of each night and soon progressed to competitions and feature shows.

Tiny: Where/Who do you get your inspiration from? (When performing or creating new moves)

I’m inspired by my imagination and by the music.  I’m a dancer and aerialist in my roots and at heart, so in terms of other people, my inspiration comes from dancers who have similar influences.  [quote float=”left”]Dancers such as Fawnia and Jenyne have always inspired me, not only with their amazing ability, but also their positive and vibrant attitude towards their work and their lives.[/quote]

Tiny: Who taught you or how did you learn?

One of my favourite ways of discovering new ways of moving on the pole has always been in performance, in the midst of the music and feeling the energy bouncing between me and the audience.  This is where my instinctive performing self comes out.
Also, I have to clarify that although I teach and perform specific moves, when I’m on stage, my routines are not usually set, they flow spontaneously.  So my perspective on what pole dancing is for me is that it’s a way of moving, or flowing, or transitioning, rather than being a set of separate movements.  The joy for me is in the spontaneous, instinctive flow and my connection with the music.
Coming as I do from the days of pole dancing being performed only in the clubs, I’m like other exotic dancers of that time, in other words, we bounced off each other, we shared moves and inspired each other.  After that, DVDs started appearing on the scene, and finally the Internet blossomed into the amazing network that it is today.  I’m proud to say that I have received inspiration from women all over the world.

Tiny: How did you think and feel back then? (What motivated you)

Back then, I was entering a whole new world of dance and movement, and using it to entertain and inspire other people.  I was discovering how to use my body in unusual and athletic ways.  This was compelling and thrilling to me, and it quickly became a major focus in my life.

Tiny: And now?

Now, I’m still motivated by my love of dance, and aerial dance in particular.  I love being in control of my body and having the strength and control to take myself up into the air.  And I love sharing that, either in a class situation or on stage.

Tiny: How do you progress your skills? (Do you have tutorials or learn from others)

I learn in action, on stage, playing with what I know and taking it a step further.  On stage, adrenaline runs fast through my body and I feel stronger, my stamina increases.  It’s playtime!

Tiny: What training regimes do you have? (Gym, dance, other)

[quote float=”left”]Anyone who has tried pole dancing knows that it’s extremely physically demanding.[/quote] I teach around 10 hours per week currently, plus I perform.  Apart from this I spend hours of each week choreographing and preparing classes.  Recently I filmed my DVDs, which required me to be in front of the camera and performing for up to 10 hours per day! At the end of all of this, I know that what my body needs is to relax and recharge.

Tiny: Describe your dancing style in one sentence

I like to combine grace, elegance, strength and flowing movement into my performances.

Tiny: What are your thoughts and opinions about pole dancing as an industry?

[quote float=”left”]I’ve been pleased to see pole dancing emerge as a dance fitness industry all of its own.[/quote]  It’s become an incredibly diverse industry and I’m hoping that the differences we all have can be accepted as part of the bigger picture by dancers and audience alike.  Unfortunately, the industry has its fair share of politics, and it’s disheartening to encounter women casting judgment, censoring each other and tearing each other down because of petty differences or jealousy.  There’s so much passion, hard work and talent going on around the world and we should be celebrating each other, not pushing each other down.  I really think it’s time to stop trying to claim ownership of the various styles of pole dancing and for us to find a way to co-exist and let each other practice as we like.  We are all creators of this art form because it’s such a new art form and I think one thing we all love about it is that there IS so much freedom to express yourself within it.

Tiny: How has pole dancing changed or evolved?

Pole dancing began as an extremely powerful, sensual art form which was once only performed by exotic dancers.  Today it’s practiced by women (and a few men!) everywhere from all walks of life.  For the most part it has risen above the social stigma of the strip club scene.  It has developed and expanded into  various forms ranging from pure fitness to dance and also sensual expression, as well as styles that combine all these.

Tiny: What are your favorite moves?

Obviously, I have to say first of all The Deville.  I’ve been performing it since I won Miss Pole Dance Australia.  But I also love simpler moves, like The Serpentine, The Mermaid, and in the latest DVDs I’ve enjoyed performing the Advanced Layback on spinning pole.  I have to say that I love performing more on a spinning pole, as there’s the added dimension of constant movement and weightlessness.

The Hero
The Hero
The Serpentine
The Deville
The Deville

Tiny: Do you have any favorite other dancers?  Who and why?

Three women come to mind:  Fawnia Dietrich, Jenyne Butterfly, and Felix.  Fawnia is an outstanding woman in this industry and a true leader.  She is incredibly strong and can make a static pole performance spin as no one can!  On top of this she is a great inspiration for a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude.  I treasure the time I spend with her. Jenyne is an aerialist as well as a dancer and it shows in her pole performance, so we share a similar training.  She’s really strong but also very flexible and knows how to create beautiful lines with her body. Felix is breathtaking to watch and the fact that she’s just won a contract with Cirque du Soleil speaks volumes to me about the potential of pole dancing.  What better way to celebrate the athleticism and sensual artistry of pole dancing than in a show like Zumanityin Las Vegas?  Pole dancing should be celebrated, not rejected, for its sensual beauty.

Tiny: What competitions have you entered or won? Or any other awards?

[quote float=”left”]I’ve won a long list of awards in the exotic dance industry, but I’m most proud to be the original Miss Pole Dance Australia.[/quote]

Tiny: What are your future plans?

I love teaching and am looking forward to more world tours, starting with Las Vegas in April 2009.  I also intend to add more volumes to The Art of Pole DVD Collection.  I’ve had so much fun creating the first five volumes and have had incredibly positive feedback, which only makes me want to share more!

Tiny: Do you have any hints or tips you would like to share?

I would definitely recommend to all students that they seek their artistic influence from a variety of teachers, but particularly from teachers who are also performers.  The experience one gains from performing is priceless.
Make safety your number one priority and don’t feel pressured to progress too quickly without mastering the groundwork.
Finally, be informed by your own passion for the art form and find your own unique voice within it.

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