my hamstrings hurt. too stretched out.
Ya know what that means? Too many downward dogs. Troppo yoga. (That means “too much yoga” in Italian.)
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against yoga. I love many forms of it. Years ago it was the physical practice that kept me connected with my body after I quit ballet. Lots of gratitude for it and for those who are called to practice and teach it.
I just have one issue. In general, there’s troppo yoga and poco danza. (That means “too much yoga and too little dance” in Italian.)
Yoga/fitness studios have popped up everywhere, and oftentimes a Zumba class will get thrown into the mix, but what about spaces for pure dance? Free, expressive dance? Dance of many forms and styles? Dance that creates a welcoming atmosphere accessible to everyone, no matter how much experience you have or what your body is like? Those are the spaces I dream about.
Those are the spaces I’ve been creating here in NYC with my You Can Dance Again programs, and those are the spaces I’ve been helping others to create in their local areas with the Dance Rebel Leadership Training.
(Because, while dancing alone, together from our solitary bedrooms is one amazing option, I also know the power of coming together in the same room, human bodies with permission to move.)
if you’ve ever thought about joining or creating this kind of space for dance, I want to talk to you.
Even if you have no formal dance training - especially if you have none! We need you. And when I say “we” I’m speaking for the people out there who are moving through their days thinking “someday I’ll dance” and meanwhile, their shoulders feel weighed down from troppo stress and their hamstrings are overstretched from troppo yoga and their soul is locked inside their body that keeps moving forward but forgets to move from within. They/we are craving these spaces for dance, and we can only create them together.
on April 15th, I’m kicking off both the next NYC cohort of You Can Dance Again (which will lead up to our theater showcase in June!) AND the next online cohort of the Dance Rebel Leadership Training.
With YCDA, you’ll be welcomed into a group of people with unique dance stories, who all share the same desire in their soul to express, collaborate, move their bodies, and create a dance piece that transforms them. Plus, you’ll get to perform in the Dance Rebels’ Revival Show, a memorable and powerful community experience.
With DRLT, I have space open for 4 more students who want to be led through a process of taking the natural dance inclinations you have, and shaping them into a format that’s deliverable, effective, and transformative. We’ll cover not only the creative side of how to structure and lead dance experiences, but we’ll also cover the business side of it. If I’ve been able to keep my dance class and company running in NYC for the last 5+ years, I KNOW that I can help you launch yours wherever you live.
Balliamo. (That means “let’s dance” in Italian.)
from hamstrings to heartstrings,
p.s. Just in case your style is more immersive, there is still one spot open in the Solo Dance Immersion day in NYC on April 13th. The benefits of this day last way beyond the time we’ll spend in the studio. Apply here and let’s talk!