Expressive Movements allow one to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. When we communicate our passion with authentic movement, we connect closer to our true selves and pave the way for those around us to follow along.
Expressive movement practices provide a healthy outlet to express the divine spirit that dwells within all of us.
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5 Rhythms Dance
Dancing the 5 Rhythms is a practice – a dynamic way to both work out and meditate in the same breath. The practice of the 5 rhythms is said by Gabrielle Roth to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. The 5 rhythms (in order) are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. This dance is a creative, free-form movement practice that increases awareness. It is a safe space where we can explore ourselves: bodies, emotions, minds, and hearts.
Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Although some of these isolations appear superficially similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, they are sometimes driven differently and have a different feeling or emphasis. Many belly dancing moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. New belly dancers often report a positive change in their relationship with the body and spirit.
Biodanza is the poetry of human encounter and a safe space where we forge affective links with humanity. “Biodanza is a conspiracy of love” said Rolando. It combines authentic movement, organic music and heartfelt emotion to create a great big party of presence with self, the other and the universe. Biodanza was created by Chilean Rolando Toro in the 60’s and spread to Brazil, Argentina, then onto Italy and the rest of Europe.
Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in the Indian films. It is a mixture of numerous Indian folk & classical dance as well as popular world dance elements. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style.
Learn the history and the art of the tease with a sassy routine filled with bumps, grinds, shimmies, and shakes. Burlesque is an expressive movement art that allows anyone, regardless of status or shape, to unleash their inner tiger and feel as sensual as they really are within.
Contact Improv (CI) dance is physical collaborative play. In contrast to other partner dances, CI is organized around mutual following of points of contact, instead of being based on formal patterns. In CI, partners mutually follow shifting points of contact, discovering ways to coordinate with each other and themselves through these points. The movement possibilities are vast, yet recognizable movement tendencies emerge. Learning to find what works by mutually following the emerging dance, rather than by trying to control it, is the essence of the practice.
A fusion of the strong attitude from Hip Hop, with the sexiness of belly dancing or burlesque, Heels is an dance that empowers you to feel as strong and sensual as you truly are inside in a non-judgmental environment.
Hula-Hoop dance combines technical moves and tricks with freestyle or technical dancing. Hooping is part of the greater spectrum of flow arts, which are playful movement arts involving skill toys that are used to evoke the exploration of dynamic, flowing, and sequential movements. This movement, and the related mind/body state, is referred to as “flow”. Technically, hooping is a form of object manipulation and therefore shares some lineage with juggling.
Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance of Afro Brazilian origin in 2/4 time danced to Samba music whose origins include the Maxixe. Samba is a dance authentic to black/African people in Brazil who brought much of their music and dance culture into Latin America with, them upon arrival into many Latin American countries.