Photo credit Tim Summers

 

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

Using inherent healing elements of dance with dance/movement therapy and embodied consciousness techniques, you will be guided into movement explorations to re-align the body-heart-mind + re-awaken your body's natural feedback system to heal. No prior dance/movement experience necessary. Bring an appetite for exploring the unknown and connecting to your true self. Through practicing mindful movement, we will practice non-judgement and allow space for the wisdom of the body-heart-mind to be heard.


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New Weekly Class: Open Contemporary / Dance Healing 

Mondays 6:15-7:45pm

with live music by Devin Bews Jan 15

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

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

*Discount class cards available at Velocity's office. 

*Financial assistance available upon request — no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

This class upholds Hayley's Dance Healing philosophy of noticing your internal experience with non-judgement while incorporating slightly more technique and choreography than a traditional Dance Healing workshop. Class is inclusive to movers of all levels, backgrounds and physical abilities.

Rooted in the philosophy of dance as a non-judgmental gateway to connect authentically to ourselves and others, Open Contemporary/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 strengthening, improvisation explorations and phrase work. As an open level, each class will be adapted to those present. Inclusive to people of all physical bodies and backgrounds.


testimonies

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 Mae
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 Fauver
You create a safe space for meditation, moving, and healing it’s important.
— Dance Healing Participant
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!
— Dance Healing Participant
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 Georgieva

past workshops

Photo Credit Jazzy Photo

Photo Credit Jazzy Photo

0/10 Spaces Available.

Time 1-4pm 

Dates Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 7, Feb 11

Location Soma Yoga: 1423 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA

Cost Sliding scale $60-80 series / $20 drop-in*(*if space available)

*financial assistance available upon request

In this series, we will focus on the power of reconnecting to your true self through breath. 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.

We will work with stages 1-3 of breathing related to the 12 stages of healing (Donald M. Epstein). In addition, we will develop and explore the LivingDance (Dr. Danielle Fraenkel) elements of muscle connectivity, shape and rhythm as tools for well-being and self-discovery. You are encouraged to bring tools home to cultivate grounding and harmony in every-day life and to inspire your personal and artistic practices.

 

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017: Stage 1 - “Home”

w/ live accompaniment by musician devin bews 

A powerful vessel for awareness, breath reveals exactly where the body wants you to be. This workshop introduces stage 1 breathing by finding “home" - the space where you are most connected to your breath. We will explore expanding movement from this connection while attuning to sensation with non-judgement.

 

Sunday, Dec 10, 2017: Stage 2 - "DUALITIES" 

w/ live accompaniment by musician devin bews

We cannot evolve if we do not allow ourselves to sense what is present. 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 dissolving judgement and giving ourselves the space to say “yes” to being where we are, we can discover new awareness and release.

 

Sunday, Jan 7, 2018: Stage 3 - “stuck”

w/ live accompaniment by musician devin bews

Once we observe polarities within us, we often discover patterns and realize we are stuck in a perspective. Our bodies are continually renewing themselves, yet our nervous system can hold onto response patterns that distort our systems’ natural ability to change and heal. In this stage, we do not try to understand why we are stuck, because it distracts us from the process we are in at the moment. Rather, we allow ourselves to surrender to the dynamics of our “stuckness” without judgement to realign with our natural body-heart-mind rhythm. Through honoring where we are, we can transcend attempts to control or subdue our process and move beyond stuck.

 

Sunday, Feb 11, 2018:"Integration"

This workshop uses breath-work to build a bridge between our “home” and our “stuck” centers, inviting movement to 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. Reclaim your power

 

helpful notes:

• Free street parking available.

• Inclusive to movers of all levels and backgrounds. Space is ADA accessible.

• Movement adaptation is encouraged whenever needed or desired (i.e. using a chair instead of standing).

• Everything in class is an invitation and you always have the power to say "no" without explanation to yourself or others. Respecting your boundaries with compassion is key and often inspires those around you to do the same.

 

Resources:

12 Stages of Healing: A Network Approach to Wholeness by Donald M. Epstein (1994)

LivingDance~LivingMusic alt-r D/MT program - Dr. Danielle Fraenkel


past

Photo by Jazzy Photo

Photo by Jazzy Photo

Dance Healing: December 3 Workshop

18 spots available.

Time 1:30-3:30pm

Location SHift movement and healing arts: 3517 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Cost $15-20 sliding scale. financial assistance available upon request.

December Dance Healing will feature live music by the soulful duo Aria Storm and Kai Ariel! Aria and Kai are seasoned artists at using voice and numerous acoustic instruments to provide a supportive and inspirational flow for self discovery.

As you step into the new rhythms of winter, give yourself space and permission to inhabit your fullest presence. Transitions can be scary and we often move too fast or let fear keep us from processing what we need or no longer need. In this workshop, we will explore the body as a mirror into aspects of ourselves that call for awareness. By listening within and practicing non-judgment, we grow into deeper alignment of our head, heart and body.

We may be holding on to rhythms of past ideas, old selves, old habits that no longer serve us. When we feel off-balance or out of alignment, we can use this information as a compass to show us the way back to our authentic self. This workshop will explore noticing our inner rhythms and felt presence to re-orient towards our deep truth.


Photo credit Abbey Moore

Photo credit Abbey Moore

Dance Healing at Celebrating the Sangha with live accompaniment by Kai Ariel and Aria Storm.

Saturday, November 11

6:30-7:30pm

FREE + open to people of all abilities and backgrounds

This unique Dance Healing class is a part of Northwest Dharma Association's day-long celebration of the sangha from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Nalanda West.

Sangha means "community." The essence of a sangha is awareness, understanding, acceptance, harmony and love, which is the root of what we practice in Dance Healing. Come gather with humans of all walks of life in a celebration of our commonalities through the universal language of movement. Class will include a guided meditation, movement warm-up, guided improvisations and witnessing.

See the full schedule of events here.


dance healing october with pepper

Dance Healing Oct 1 with live accompaniment by Pepper Proud.

16 spots available.

Musician Pepper Proud will share her gift of music as a witness and participant as we use dance/movement therapy and embodied consciousness tools to connect authentically to ourselves and others.

Music + dance have had an intimate relationship since their ancient beginnings. In this workshop, we will practice listening to the natural vibrations of our body-heart-mind while relating to others and the vibration of sound in the space. Witnessing ourselves and others is a key part of this work, meaning that we notice our own sensations without judgement. 

If your body could speak, what would it say? This workshop invites you to listen. Depart with new awareness/tools to re-invigorate your personal/creative practice and bring more grounding + harmony to life.

Inclusive to people of all movement backgrounds and experiences. PLEASE NOTE: there are stairs necessary to get to the studio.