I love the freedom and wild delight of dancing. Dance has taught me to fully embrace the joys and challenges of life, with the knowledge that everything moves. It has cast light on my edges, and given me a platform to experience and express the full spectrum of my Self. It has inspired courage to show up in both my vulnerability and magnificence.
I love the power of dance to enliven the physical body, free up emotions, and draw us out of the mind, and connect with soul.
The dance floor is a space of alchemy. Each dance is like a magical ride we climb on without knowing where it will take us. Some days there's the simple delight of feeling alive in the body. Some days it's a deep dive into the mystery. Regardless of what I arrive with I come out the other end feeling transformed. And on each dance floor a beautiful dancing tribe takes shape and supports us on the ride.
Ultimately, I believe dance is both a journey to embodiment, and a doorway to the freedom that is our essential nature. The practice of mindful movement helps us inhabit our bodies, and lean into the resources they offer of presence and aliveness. Through dance we develop a resilience in life by staying present amidst, and moving with, the changing experiences of the phyiscal body, emotions and mind. By practising dancing our own unique dance—that dance that is true to who we are, and how we are in each moment—we come closer and closer to the truth of what we are.
I feel blessed to share this fun transformative practice with others. My wish is that my classes offer every body an opportunity to enjoy the aliveness of their bodies, discover their own unique dance, to feel part of a vibrant and soulful community, and to learn from the wisdom of the body. My teaching is driven by passion is for self-inquiry and somatic exploration, and draws on various threads from my life journey: yoga, taichi, art, meditation, self-inquiry and healing.
I am grateful to have had so many inspirational teachers along the way. Key teachers I’d like to acknowledge are Geordie Jahner in 5Rhythms & Openfloor; Leanora Bauarashi in Embody Truth healing work; Karla Brodie in yoga and embodiment. And gratitude to those who have ignited inspiration and held the dance floors of my dancing journey: Meredith Davies, David Jurianz, Madhuma Thompson, Sacha Paddy. And of course deep admiration to Andrea Juhan, Vic Cooper, Lori Saltzman and Kathy Altman for founding Open Floor.