Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm
By the time you leave this class, you should feel energized yet relaxed, with the kinks worked out of the body. Through dance movement, you learn how to massage your connective tissue and mobilize your joints by moving efficiently on the floor and later upright through space. Using the floor – whether on our feet or body weight on the ground – we get to feel a gentle resistance that naturally massages our connective tissue. We open joints through specific release techniques that work with gravity and wise movement. We draw from elements of Contemporary Dance and various mindful movement practices, such as Feldenkrais and Body-Mind Centering. Sometimes we pair up to help each other, for example, find and organize our hip joints. We get to lengthen (aka stretch) our muscles as well as strengthen them. We find ways to be clearer on our legs while learning to move through space. We get to play and dance to music in easy patterns as well as in free movement. Body, Mind and Spirit engage and spark.
Mary’s students appreciate that she knowledgeable and very observant, giving them lots of personalized suggestions for alignment and more effective movement.
Mary (“Minnie”) is certified as a group fitness instructor and a nutrition specialist through the American Council on Exercise. Her early training included gymnastics, figure skating, ballroom dance, aerial silks and lyra. Outside of the studio you can find Mary enjoying a nice hike, reading on the beach or playing the piano.
Dancing at the age of two, Mary has never lost her love for movement. She has a passion for helping people to live active lifestyles and loves to encourage others to get moving. She has a special interest in stretching and range of motion training. Mary obtained her Bachelor of Arts in theatre and dance through James Madison University with her concentration in modern dance and butoh.
Eva has lead guided dance classes and events for 30 years now. She is a dancer at heart, as well as a professional contemporary dancer, who has always been interested in meaningful, authentic and transformative dance without being heady. Dance for her is a universal language that opens the heart, frees the spirit and brings peace, joy, health, creativity and positive transformation.
Eva loves to learn choreographed dances but feels that structure needs to be balanced with the expression of our own personal dance language that comes out of ourselves, a movement language that does not need to be analyzed, criticized or even remembered. This dancing lives beyond right and wrong, beautiful and ugly in the glorious moment of our authentic truth.
Sridevi LOVES to dance, and holds a BFA in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She trained in India as an Odissi dancer. The breadth of Sridevi Fournier’s expertise may surprise you, as you find her teaching everything from fitness to aerial, yoga to dance. She guides you in classes both on the ground and in the air! She inspires in her students a love for moving the body, and she teaches how to move in healthy, anatomically beneficial ways in each discipline.
“No man, no machine, can correct or create vitality, power, or health for you. Everything comes from within, you have to unfold it.” – Joseph Pilates