I’ll never forget the thrill of my first Tap performance at age 5. From that moment on, my passion for the art of dance became an integral part of who I am. I went on to study Ballet, Modern, African Dance, and Jazz. Each form of movement tapped new wells of creativity and expression that profoundly shaped my outlook on the world. At the age of 25, I found Nia, which is a beautiful integration of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts. I taught Nia classes and workshops for 17 years. As a psychotherapist, I have also trained in Mindfulness practices, emotional regulation and expression that very much informs my movement practice.
Emerge Movement is a totally unique experience because each class is based fully in the present moment. I create all my choreography in the moment based on the intersection of the energy that the group brings and flow of the music, allowing the movements to emerge.. Music playlists are fresh creations for each class that help students access movement variety through my playful and joyous approach.
Each Emerge class begins with the group conducting a body Inquiry, a contemplative practice of tuning into our bodies. The goal is to discover where our bodies are at in this moment. Next, a theme is introduced to bridge/inspire our mental and physical health as we move. Some themes are: playfulness, creativity, beauty, self-love, body acceptance, etc. Class ends with a return to a body inquiry where students observe what has emerged in their bodies and minds and those observations are shared aloud with each other.