The Advantage of a Dance Background in Teaching Fitness

Students of mine often comment on how they find a deeper approach to exercises they are accustomed to doing in other classes as a result of what they learn in Body Activation. My response is always that it has to do with the many years I have spent as a dance performer, choreographer, and teacher, which have given me great insight into paying attention to the details of movement and the ability to work constructively with blockages and injuries.

Creating a Natural Body

Dancers are used to moving through space. This type of training creates a natural body that responds to gravity in a different way than a more static approach. Dancers are always questioning how to open the body more, how to create new possibilities, and of course, how to avoid injury. And because we are always preparing for the stage, we are in constant search for ways to approach movement that allow us to express ourselves with the least amount of visible effort. 

Making the Most Out of Every Movement

A dancer's body needs to be relaxed in order to fulfill the rigors of performance. It is the seasoned dancer who knows how to use her/his body with the utmost efficiency to make the most out of each movement. 

A Non-Static Approach

Body Activation takes its principals from dance. Rather than focusing on poses, each exercise is alive with inner motion, taking a position and expanding it through releasing tension, developing core strength, and creating ultimate flexibility in order to go beyond limitation. 

Through Body Activation we assume that no exercise is ever complete. We are always growing into the next level with each movement, finding greater potential within the expanding boundry lines of a given position. We are always questioning how we can open the body more. Though we move only slightly on the mat, the class is constantly in a state of movement.

When exercises are thoughtfully designed for the body in motion, it makes it easier to carry yourself through space no matter what you are doing.

The Importance of Corrections in Class

Having danced for practically all my life, I know how essential it is to be corrected. Without corrections, we are all apt to return to what feels comfortable to us, which might be a very old habits that we've gotten ourselves into that are not necessarily the best thing for the body. 

Analyzing each person's body within an exercise is extremely important. Looking at a body with the knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology, as well as with an intuitive understanding of how the body works is key. Understanding each individual's unique challenges and tending to each person one-on-one, whether in a group class or a private, is essential for retraining the body to find healthy alignment. 

The Joy of Teaching

I am always learning from my students, finding new ways to help them release bound areas according to their own particular physical structure. This is a great part of the joy of teaching, along with seeing the deep results that create ease and pleasure as bodies become less restricted. Coming from dance I am able to understand and work with many of the blockages that occur when muscles tense up, when ligaments and tendons become strained, when there is not enough space in the body for the bones to move harmoniously.

My Responsibility to You

I feel an enormous responsibility towards each student's body, and am grateful for a long history in the art of movement for giving me the tools for exploration into how to provide the body with greater range and deeper remedial value through specific exercises. As a seasoned teacher, I look at my profession from the point of view of a healer, and take this responsibility very seriously. When you are in the studio with me, your body is in my hands, and it is my mission to give you the very best of my knowledge as we enjoy the process of guiding your body into its full potential.