Knowing how a dancer's mind works is key to what I bring into the studio with my classes. As a former professional myself, I intricately understand what a dancer walks through on a daily basis: the self doubt, perfectionistic thinking, insecurity, plus the love and joy of creating pure beauty through movement. The love of something so wonderful can be quite powerful, but also overwhelming at times.
Our energy centers held within our natural body are a fabulous map and foundation for us to follow! I use the chakra system as a very basic tool to access and shift the energy necessary to improve the way we approach and look at our selves. When working to develop a dancer's artistic expression and open up their creative lens, we must reach beyond our normal go-to dance vocabulary and begin working with a new system that can support something as elusive as artistic expression. With the work that I do with my clients in personal practice, as a creativity coach, I have not found a better tool! Mixing it in with some solid questioning and practical grounding techniques and exercises is a wonderful enhancement to any dancers daily routine.
I have divided my approach into 3 Focused Points where artistry is witnessed and felt within the dancer's body. These 3 points are energy centers held within the body and are direct links to expression and knowing of our inner self. I think of the work I do in my classes as the pre-work before you get into the studio and begin moving. The 3 Classes: Core Values, Opening of Heart, and Connection to Intention and Goals correspond to the Solar Plexus, Heart Center and Crown held within the physical body.
I work with the dancers in a personal and connection based way to offer an environment where there is time to work with the exercises provided in each class, but also time for structured coaching of individual questions. My coaching style is mainly through guidance and support, so that the dancers themselves may find their own answers and wisdom. The exercises and tools that I provide are based mainly on partner exercises, group sharing, and individual exploration. The lecture side to things is woven throughout the classes, offering a focus on experiential learning. The dancers take notes and work directly in their own personal journals and use the Artistry Workbook, as a wonderful resource for further introspection once they are home.
My classes are specifically created with the dance teacher or program director in mind. I offer flexibility in scheduling through the ability to weave my classes into any summer program, year-long training or university program, intensive, whatever you have created I would love to be a part of it!
The fees and numbers:
As a certified coach, I base my rates on something comparable to that profession, not on the ballet dance teacher rates. Because I still love dance and have such a life-long connection with it, I have lowered my personal hourly coaching rates to better serve the dance world. So realize, this is actually a deal!
$100 per hour
Purchase of the Artistry Workbook is desirable for the classes, but not necessary. I consider it similar to buying a textbook for a college class, so you may ask your dancers to purchase it themselves prior to the classes or you may purchase them in bulk from me with a 20% discount on 20 workbooks purchased, which is $12 per book ---instead of $15.
UPCOMING CLASSES: 2017
LINES SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM 1 AND 2: June and July respectively
5 POINT DANCER INTENSIVE- Albuquerque, NM August 4-9
LINES BFA DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY: August 21
LINES BALLET TRAINING PROGRAM: October 13, 20, 27
MILLS COLLEGE DANCE DEPARTMENT: December 4
UPCOMING CLASSES: 2018
LINES BFA DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY: January 16, 17, 18, 24