Body Activation in Berlin

photo by Yingli Xu

photo by Yingli Xu

Many people asked me, when I ready to leave my beautiful life in Buenos Aires, why are you moving and where will you go from here? As many of you gypsy adventurers know, there's a big world out there to explore if you are not afraid to take a leap out of your comfort zone, and once you're used to doing so, curiosity will continue to take hold of your soul to make you a world citizen.

There was a flame that had lit itself inside of me, and that flame was Berlin. I'd never been there, though I'd been to Germany many times on tour as a dance teacher and choreographer. Several people I knew had been to Berlin, and of course the legends behind the city added their mystique. Artists have continually flocked here to enjoy the freedom and affordability of the life. Bertolt Brecht and Lotte Lenya. Bowie and Iggy Pop. Christopher Isherwood. The list of fascinating creatures is long. And of course, the continued allure of the eastern part of the city, unbridled, sexy, and still raw seemed rare in today's commercialized cities. There seemed to be no other choice. It was definitely time to leave Argentina and so it was Berlin... sight unseen.

The move came from my need to tap into new energy. As a dancer and teacher, I was ready for another artistic transformation. Alongside of my dynamic Contemporary Jazz classes, I had been working on a healing technique that came out of my warmup that could help create healing and a deeper connection with the body. This became “Body Activation,” which evolved in this city, where the incubation of ideas is as viable as the practice of putting them into reality.

Berlin is a lot like New York was in the 1980's. As a native New Yorker who was very much a part of the scene back then, choreographing, performing, teaching, and singing in a band, I was completely attracted to an open life where it's possible to do things without being hampered by high expenses and corporate minds. I thirsted for a scene like Berlin, where you can still live like a human being in honor of your spirit and your dreams.

I moved to Berlin in 2013, finding each moment bringing me deeper into the culture, the life. I found several studios to teach in, including the beautiful Osho Studio on Schlesische Strasse, as well as Studio Puls, K77, and Vuesch on Revaler Strasse, where I teach a more advanced level of the technique. With these classes, along with privates, workshops, and conventions in and out of the city, I am able to reach many people who are looking for alternatives to yoga and Pilates, as well as the thrill of trying something new and deeply effective.

My love of collaboration has brought me many great people to work with, including my manager Petra Guemmer; Tineola Silverwings who has helped me realize my Body Activation fitness line; Yingli Xu, Julia Borchardt, Francesca Mey, and Sebastian Elm who have contributed their photographic expertise; and models Malik Meuthen, Mia Ramer, Mira Hardt, Lee Tom, and Ty Gurfein, among others. And of course, the collaboration with all of my students that keeps me constantly excited and alert as I learn from them how to be a better teacher.

Berlin has a unique character that unites a gritty, funky, ‘anything goes’ sensation with an evolving newness that alchemizes into an exciting mystery that keeps the romance of the city fresh. I’m so grateful to be here, anchoring myself in and hopefully contributing to the culture through my classes and collaborations with others. 

photo: Julia Borchardt

photo: Julia Borchardt

For more information on Body Activation when visiting Berlin:

www.bodyactivation.net