Tending the Sacred Hearth
"God respects you when you work, but He loves you when you dance."
How can I possibly put dance into words?
The word "dance" sometimes feels limiting. What I really mean is free-form movement. The kind of movement that happens when you close your eyes and just GO FOR IT. Sometimes it's small, sometimes it's big, sometimes it's silly, sometimes it's sexy, sometimes it's celebratory, sometimes it's sad. It's always courageous.
When I facilitate dance, I call it "transformative movement." Because I think that the practice of listening to your body is always transformative. And what I love most is that we do it by getting out of our head.
I am traveling all over the world right now studying dance; not in textbooks, but by learning from people who dance. I am interested mostly in the ways that dance can be--and has been--a tool for community healing, for cultural ritual and repair.
In the meantime I am teaching and dancing everywhere I can, and working to build and rebuild platforms for coming together through dance. I believe that people who dance together, work better together. People who dance together, heal together. People who dance together, create together. If you are a cultural artisan or creative, a group facilitator, a community activist, a dancer or ritualist, or a part of any group or organization that you'd like to help evolve, I welcome you to reach out in the spirit of collaboration and connection. I'd love to hear your story.
As a facilitator, I am guided and inspired by a form of dance called JourneyDance; it is a beautiful structure that uses free-form movement and evocative guidance to move the dancers through a process of ritual and transformation. I am also inspired by many other forms of conscious dance and movement, such as Authentic Movement, Soul Motion, ecstatic dance, Qoya, yoga, and many more. My experience of dancing, and my approach to facilitating, is mostly guided by my appreciation for freedom of expression and cathartic release. I don't like to be told what to do, but sometimes I need some help letting go and getting out of my own way.
Please peruse this website, and don't hesitate to get in touch! Let's find more ways to dance together!