There is no greater joy than that of dance. To express oneself through the body, preferably with music has to be one of the most liberating, joyful experiences in the whole of our existence. Dancing helps us express that which is truly beyond words, helping us to literally break the patterns of our past, and explore the truth of who we are. Dance brings us home to our true essence: love.
“Oceanheart Dance” is my own unique expression of Conscious Dance. Quite simply, we hand the power back to the body, allowing it to move and express. No steps, no format, just a space for you to find your own unique expression and be your authentic, expansive self! No previous experience is required, it really doesn’t need to look pretty and hey you can be as silly as you want! Everything is welcome here.
The work has evolved from my absolute passion for dance, a background in bodywork and energy medicine, a training in Dance of Awareness *, and perhaps most importantly my own journey of deep, body diving. Time and time again I am witness to the body’s innate intelligence, it’s ability to self-heal and bring us into deeper connection with ourselves, each other and the universe – da dah! The dance of divinity!
The energies of my oceanic family, the dolphins and whales, are ever present in our classes amplifying the frequencies of lightness, joy and fluidity! Where possible we dance next to the ocean or in nature – what could be better!?
My Journey with Dance
Whether it’s in the aisles of the supermarket, in the privacy of my home or the vast hall of a conscious dance class, I quite simply love to dance. I knew I was well on the way to recovery when, in the hospital ward, after my near-death experience, I was able to stand and wiggle my whithered butt, albeit not the most beautiful or elegant of dances.
My earliest and most joyful experiences on this planet were those of dance. As a shutdown timid child verbal communication wasn’t always easy but dance allowed me to find joyful and effortless expression. One of my most treasured possessions is a pink sequined dress that I wore for my staring role at Molly Vickers School of Dance as a “pink toothbrush”. Sadly a fear of our rather ferocious gym teacher halted my dance classes, they clashed with Netball which I was rather good at, but also hated. However, dance has remained as a Golden thread magically weaving through my life constantly bringing me home.
In later life I came to spend time on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. Every Sunday our community would gather on the beach in holy communion with each other, the ocean and her beloved whales and dolphins. These experiences ignited a passion in me for connection and movement in nature together with community. As I have travelled, I have facilitated intimate dance gatherings, “Dance for Joy”.
* Dance of Awareness is a joyful and exciting exploration of what it is to be in a body, moving in response to inner awareness and outer connectedness. It is a group movement practice, based on developmental psychology and psychoanalytic theory. It draws on character styles, Authentic Movement, 5 Rhythms and mindfulness practice. Created by Tim Brown and Claire Osbond