The structure of AN OPEN FLOOR CLASS
In truth, whether you've been dancing for years or find yourself stepping onto the floor for the first time, each dance holds the potential for great novelty when we enter without expectation and stay attuned to what's arising through our body and our movement. Within a typical 2-hour class we have the opportunity to strengthen awareness and gain tools that can build muscular and emotional intelligence as we move and include the vast terrain of our humanity ~ the uplifting and the challenging, the passionate and sorrowful, cycles of birth and death, and everything in between.
Research shows that people who dance grow more flexible, confident, capable of intimacy, and resilient in the face of change. When we move together, we grow communities that care for each other on and off the dance floor. The invitation is to come just as you are, and join others doing the same right alongside you.
On the floor, there are no steps to learn and no way to do it wrong. Our inquiries aim to balance the structure of gently guided facilitation with the freedom of self-exploration. We offer opportunities to learn and explore new ways of being in the body as well as ample time for integration. Stirred by music, clear guidance, solo time and connection with others, we shape landscapes that inspire wild dances and tender ones; traverse a variety of levels of embodiment - physical, emotional, mental, soulful; and engage the hungers of our humanity - solitude, connection, community, and Spirit.
There are no steps to follow. Discover how your body wants to move!
We speak through our movement rather than our words. It makes for very creative conversations.
If you have no idea what to do: Explore, experiment, try one of the following:
- Stay. As with any meditation practice, distractions happen – expect them. Just gently bring your attention back to movement.
- Pace yourself. No matter what the rest of the room is doing, listen to your body. Relax in the beat to refuel.
- Stretch yourself. If you always keep to yourself, include someone else in your dance. If you prefer dancing with a partner, try going solo. Slow down. Speed up. Experiment. Break a habit. Imitate somebody and see how it feels.
- It’s not about the music. Teachers use music to catalyze movement. Love it or hate it, how you respond is up to you. Use everything as fuel for your dance.
- Don't give up. We all hit patches of fatigue, boredom, shyness, frustration, or discomfort. Even if you can only wiggle a finger or nod your head to the beat, stay with it until something changes. Most often, it will. Trust me...stay and it will change.
Enjoy yourself! Excessive seriousness will slow you down!