Liberating Your Dance

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Liberating Your Dance

The first time I did this kind of dance I felt awkward, self conscious and worried about what other people were doing and thinking. I nearly didn’t return a second time.

I have learned, over the last twenty years of dancing and teaching, that the way to a full, free and liberating dance experience, can be summed up in three golden pieces of advice:

  1. Give attention to your breath
  2. Move with to how you are
  3. Prioritise pleasure

Give attention to your breath

When we bring our attention back to our breath we bring ourselves right into this present moment. When we notice how we breathe, through our nose or mouth, how the breath comes in to our chest or belly, the quality of the inhale and exhale, we make it our meditation. We then find we can drop our self-consciousness, reistances and stories, letting the past and future remain where we are and can just breathe into each moment.

Move with how you are

During the attempt to bring attention to your breath, notice how you are, it might be obvious or subtle. The next step is to find the dance of how you are, give the feeling to your movement, to dance with the texture or flavour of you. In this way we get to have our feeling, rather than it having us, whatever feeling it is, it’ll change, a bit like the weather. The irony is that so many of us avoid really immersing ourselves in our feelings, we fear it won’t help or we worry we’ll get stuck there.

Prioritise pleasure

The paradox is, if we really let ourselves have the dance of however we are, it can be really enjoyable. Not only when we’re dancing our glorious joyous open hearted dances, but also our dances of fear or irritation or sadness. When we give ourselves our attention, space and time, it can be deeply satisfying and nourishing. Don’t undervalue pleasure, it’s not hedonistic or self indulgent but it’s honouring the inherent wisdom of our bodies. The number one relationship to make priority is the one with yourself, building it on trust, kindness, respect and compassion. How this translates on the dancefloor is to really practice listening generously to your whole self. Turning a generous ear to how you are and having a willingness to practice self compassion over and over again. Then, if we’re lucky, that can ripple out into our relationships with others, bringing that open hearted kindness with us to them, and to the world around us.


Next time you come to dance, I invite you to take these three nuggets. I’d love to hear how they, or anything else, work for you.




Ground Floor Lab

Ground Floor Lab

Attending a Ground Floor Lab is the first step for those interested in applying for Open Floor Teacher Training.

While there are no formal prerequisites, Ground Floor Lab is geared towards movement teachers, and people who have been ignited by their own movement practice and might like to pursue the teaching path. These labs are for you if:

  • You’re a working movement teacher looking for new inspiration and skills.
  • You’re an aspiring teacher interested in applying for an Open Floor Teacher Training, and already have extensive personal experience in one or more movement modalities. You may not have enough prerequisite study to apply for training just yet, but can see if it’s something you’d like to study in the future.
  • You’re a licensed psychology professional interested in adding movement to your work with clients. Experience in body-based modalities required.
  • You work in education, social work, hospice or other service professions and would like to integrate embodied movement into your work with students and/or clients.

Ground Floor Lab is not a teacher training, but rather an overview for those considering training in the future.

These labs offer a chance to take a tour of our evolving work in the Open Floor Movement Practice.  The curriculum includes:

  • Experiencing Open Floor Movement Practice
  • Universal movement principles that underlie all healing dance practice
  • Chance to understand what’s the intention behind and purpose of each movement exercise?
  • A grounding in the Open Floor International core values that inform us on and off the dance floor
  • A chance to learn about Dynamic Governance — our creative collaboration model
Place Time   Contact
Vendome, France April 12-16, 2017 with Sarah Davies and Lucie Nerot If you would like to attend please fill out an application here.

ARTiculate Your Soul

Articulate Your Soul Art and Dance Workshop

Articulate Your Soul

As we dance we get closer to ourselves and closer to how and who we are. This is a movement workshop that combines some element of artwork using simple techniques accessible to everyone.

Whether you love expressing yourself through art or think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, this workshop is for anyone who wants to play, bring more creativity into every aspect of their lives and feel more confident about making mistakes.

Our creativity is a gift. We will explore how we shape, own, transform and share this gift through dance and artistic expression. Explore what it’s like to be messy, do it wrong, take risks and be surprised by what you’ll discover when you articulate your soul and offer your gift to the world.

Place: Saltzberg, Austria
Time: 24-26 November 2017
Contact: Beatrice Kraus


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