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Ep 42 – Jamie Hodges

Jamie Hodges started Irish Dancing at the age of 8 in his hometown of Bristol, England. During his competitive career his solo achievements included top 5 placement at a national level, top 10 internationally along with being a 5 x World Champion in both Figure and Ceili dancing.  After finishing his competitive career Jamie took a break from Irish Dancing to travel and work, including a brief stint as a television presenter in the UK before returning to Irish Dance full time.

Jamie returned to dance with his charity project ‘Create Not Hate’ working with dance schools around the world to support and raise awareness for a number of local and international causes which included working with children’s cancer charities, dancers with special needs, a campaign to promote safe driving and many other worthy causes. Alongside this Jamie partnered up with Fusion Fighters full time, creating and developing their performance workshops which allowed him to work with over 3000 Irish dancers all over the world! As well as performing across America, Europe and Asia Jamie has worked with dancers from America, Mexico, Australia, the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and even to countries as far flung as Kazakhstan & Singapore!

In March 2019 Jamie teamed up with his brother Mitchell to partner on a new project ‘On The Move’, an exciting new endeavour encompassing all of the positive aspects of his previous charity and inclusion work with the goal of inspiring a dancers confidence, enhancing their ability whilst encouraging inclusivity for all through dance.

On The Move’ will offer performance workshops worldwide suitable for all levels of dancers with the main goal being fun, fitness, and performance technique. ‘On The Move’ are working to build a community of dancers full of positivity and support with it being based around genuine and honest people who can be brought together by their love of Irish Dance.

Due to his community outreach and love of dance Jamie is a regular face at major competitions, covering the CLRG World Championships and American Nationals, conducting interviews, and meeting dancers for some of Irish Dancings most loved brands including Irish Dancing Magazine & Camelia Rose.

In his free time Jamie takes part in a host of charitable projects. In September 2017, Jamie climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, for charity, raising an amazing £3000 for Dig Deep, a vital organisation who work to provide clean water throughout rural Kenya.  Another fundraising project he participated in was organising a charity performance in Austria in 2018 which raised over €2000 for a cancer charity.

For his charitable work and achievements in Irish Dance Jamie was named 2017’s most inspirational by Irish Dancing Magazine and was their cover star in February 2018. Through ‘On The Move’ he hopes to share his love of dance and help others by working together with the whole of the Irish Dance community to promote positivity, honesty and most importantly fun as much as possible!

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