Location: Long Beach, CA
During one of Jamie Hammond’s choreographed performances I was struck with inspiration to know more about her and her journey into the dance world.
Jamie Hammond States:
Dance saved my life. As a child, I wanted to move and be free; the discovery behind the beauty of dance drew me like a moth to a flame. Dance was the perfect form of expression, that allowed me to transcend my body, my circumstances, and my mind.
My inspiration for starting Pony Box Dance Theatre started from fostering my love for art, ALL art, sculpture, poetry, architecture, dancers, theater, opera, film, and music. Breathing life into a professional company of mature dance artists was, and continues to be, profoundly transformational for me in every respect.
ART chose me, and I embraced that choice. It was a raw, intuitive, emotional choice. No rational person would choose dance; it wrecks your body, requires years of extreme discipline for only a short career span. Furthermore there are inherent obstacles to making a living that you are drawn to, especially since most dance forms are highly restrictive and over commercialized. Yet, I am among the chosen few, who are honored by the rare opportunity to fuse one’s passion with one’s lifework through the expression of an under-appreciated, transformational art form……..dance.
TOP & BOTTOM PHOTOS BY TRACY KUMONO.