Photo credit Tim Summers


Dance Healing is a dance/movement class designed to invite people of all physical abilities and experiences into a more authentic connection with themselves and others.

Weekly Dance Healing Drop-In 

Mondays 6:15-7:45PM

May 28 enjoy class with Felicia Tripp

Velocity Dance Center 1621 12th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122

Cost* $15 drop-in, cash or check accepted

* no one will be turned away for lack of funds


Rooted in the philosophy of dance as a non-judgmental gateway to connect authentically to ourselves and others Dance Healing invites movers of all backgrounds to build their dance toolset in support of personal agency and creative expression through the body. Class includes somatic embodiment practices, movement fundamentals and guided improvisations that build into exploratory partner and group work. As an open level, each class will be adapted to those present. Inclusive to people of all physical bodies and backgrounds.


Series ends June 25, 2018.

Image design by Hannah Moujing

Dates  Sundays 3/25, 4/8, 4/29, 5/13

time  1-3:30pm

location  sh/ft movement & healing arts: 3517 Stone Way N. Seattle, WA 98103

Cost  recommended Sliding scale

FULL series $70-160 | Drop-in* $20-40 

*if space available

**no one turned away for lack of funds


Your breath is a powerful bridge to your presence and can reveal exactly where your body is asking you to be. In this series we will explore stages 1-4 of breath related to the 12 stages of healing. Each workshop is accompanied with live music by Devin Bews who will support our journey with a gentle and percussive sound-scape. Inclusive to movers of all physical abilities and experiences.

We often skip over places that need attention in an effort to protect ourselves. These holding patterns may no longer serve us and often restrict us from embracing our whole selves. Each workshop invites you to embody presence with non-judgement and develop your innate capacity for compassion and healing.You are encouraged to bring tools home to cultivate grounding and harmony in every-day life and to inspire your personal and artistic practices.


3/25 “Home” 

We will explore stage 1, finding “home," the space where you are most connected to your breath. When listening to our "home," a space that can evolve daily, we become aware of sensations our body is asking us to be present with. We will play with expanding movement from this connection and attuning to what arises without judgement.


4/8 "polarities and rhythms" 

When exploring our breath patterns, we can discover differing rhythms within our body. It can be challenging to accept that parts of us are experiencing less flow, because those places can be accompanied by emotions that may be perceived as negative. In this stage, we practice acknowledging our differing rhythms without analyzing or labeling them as "good" or "bad." By returning to sensation without judgement, we support our capacity to be present with challenging emotions and prepare to accept that they are also a part of us.


4/29 “stuck”

In this workshop, we will listen to tension (or lack of flow) within our breath and the body and let it guide an exploration of being stuck without trying to change or “fix” what we may consider as “wrong” or “bad.” By surrendering to the dynamics of where we are stuck, we can transcend attempts to control or subdue our process and prepare to move beyond patterns that no longer serve us.


5/13 "reclaim your power"

Breath becomes a bridge between “home” and “stuck" to encourage movement into spaces that can benefit from increased flow and sensation. Perhaps your heart (emotional-center), your solar plexus (power-center), or your low belly (intuitive-center) can open to a more fluid connection to other centers, bringing you into a more integrated version of the beautiful person you already are. By uniting pieces of ourselves that once felt disparate, we can feel a sense of ownership and autonomy to move us forward in our journey.


free STREET parking available.

Inclusive to people of all physical abilities.

No prior dance experience necessary.

If you are feeling lost (be it creatively, emotionally, realize that certain parts of your body feel disconnected), try this class. It has been a long time since I’ve last felt connected throughout my whole body and still maintaining that connection with my heart/soul.
— Zsa M
For me, dance healing was a soft, powerful and awakening journey into a more authentic version of myself. Hayley led us through a series of exercises that made me feel grounded and open to connect with others. The arc of her class supports exploration and honest acknowledgment of what is emerging in every moment. She taps into the sacred community that movement can create and the class is magic.
— Liv F
A gentle release from expectation, Hayley Shannon invites you to move in Open Dance Healing. This space creates the safety and support our contemporary selves crave, giving us time to integrate the experiences of body and spirit. Hayley’s guidance and use of imagery offers love to duality, practice to chaos, and allows acceptance to coexist with disagreement. Wherever you are in your journey, Hayley’s class is an opportunity to recuperate and honor your whole self.
— Alex N
You create a safe space for meditation, moving, and healing it’s important.
— Chris W
Coming from a yoga-based movement background into the Dance Healing space, I was seeking a breath-focused, meditative class where I could move my body from a place of attunement and presence. Hayley’s facilitation allowed for my nervous system to relax and down-regulate, my breath was able to full inhabit my body and be at peace. Hayley is a beautiful facilitator who expertly balances the need for nonverbal and verbal communication, choice, group vs. individual needs, and variety of embodiment tools. The accompanying music was deeply thoughtful and helped deepen my experience without being distracting. I highly recommend!
— Laura D
Amazed at the power and depth of emotion I experienced....It was a wonderful release to be able to express the pain and anguish that has been bottled up inside me. All my life, I have yearned to be able to express myself artistically and have been spectacularly unable to do so….I feel better for having expressed myself to that depth. Thanks for creating a safe place where we can get in touch with our authentic selves!
— Tim T
Hayley`s voice is a balm for every body and soul. Her instructions will invite you to explore your physical and emotional state of being, and then guide you to answer its call through meditation and gentle movement with yourself and your partners in space. Hayley`s workshop is a treat for movers of all dancing levels, age and experience. You will become united as one synchronized flowing energy where self-acceptance bonds you together. 
— Ana-Maria G