Stephanie popped down to meet me the same day I called her to ask if she would be interested in partnering with Athleta for a December dance class. I hope she was excited but it felt like a business meeting from the beginning. No bullshit. Zero time for games. She didn’t commit immediately but was open to hear what we expected and what our ideas were.
She was straight, this isn’t about what clothing line is cool or not. That’s not what she’s about or her studio. This is about movement. Celebration of freedom through dance. I wanted these things too. So she agreed to teach a class at Athleta and let me come to her studio with a bunch of Athleta marketing materials. She was gracious and open-minded and I’m grateful for it.
I feel fortunate to have met Stephanie. I’m lucky that the people of Portland spoke loud and proud when I asked around for awesome dance studios and the number one place that got mentioned was Hustle and Flow. I love love love to dance and this studio makes it easy to tap into that amazing momentum from music to movement that happens organically when humans let ourselves just be.
The space Stephanie, her studio manager Carla, and their amazing community have cultivated is truly incredible. From their website:
Hustle and Flow is Portland, Maine’s most eclectic movement studio, right in the heart of the West End. We offer Dance, Fitness, and Yoga classes infused with humor, sweat, and innovation. Our connection to the diverse people in our community, the passion we put into our classes and creating empowerment through movement are the driving forces behind our mission to create a welcoming, liberating space for all movement practitioners in our little-hidden gem of a studio.
What are you waiting for. GO.
But read more about the Ass Boss, Steph, first!
Name: Stephanie Harmon
Location: Portland, Maine
Occupation: Studio Owner
On her nightstand: A moldavite crystal for emotional well-being, palo santo, a lamp, a book and several hair elastics
Random item in your bag right now: A measuring tape
What book do you always recommend: The Unbearable Lightness of Being
What does your self care/love routine look like? Lots of cat snuggles, talking about goals and future plans with my hubby, being in the presence of my close friends, dancing, getting therapeutic massage, drinking coffee by myself and enjoying silence.
Describe your fitness/movement routine in one sentence: I spend most of my time moving and shaking. I have certain classes I teach every week, 4 of which are cardio dance fitness classes: one is a cardio, strength and mobility type class and the other one is a choreography dance class. I also take 3-4 dance classes a week and at least one stretchy yoga type class. It’s a different experience when I can be the student. I really enjoy being the teacher and the student.
Go-to Ben & Jerry’s flavor? Any non-dairy, vegan option.
Phrase that inspires you today? Surrender.