In every culture that still lives tribally or in community, dancing, singing and storytelling form part of everyday life. These art forms are included in rituals of worship and thanksgiving, rites of passage and prayer as well as a way or purging the troubles and celebrating the end of each and every day. To say ‘I dont dance or I don’t sing’ is reserved for the physically disabled. It is a known fact that in these communities modern problems such as depression and addiction are absent. While I am sure that there are many contributing factors to the psychological and emotional health of these communities, such as diet, faith, mutual respect, I have no doubt that singing and dancing play a vital role in the overall medicine.
For me dance is a place I can express my inner spirit buried beneath many hard layers of conditioning, all the “donts” and “shoulds” which tie me up in knots . By entering into my body through dance, I give my mind a much needed rest and am able to experience joy. Through the experience of joy, my body chemistry begins to change and healing on all levels can begin. It is then that I am at my most inspired and can allow creativity to flow. This process is inspired from my background in musical theatre and choreography as well as many dance forms. Soul Dance includes influences of jazz, contemporary, Latin American, Rock and Roll, Reggae, Nia, trance, Tribal Fusion, 5 Rhythms, physical theatre, authentic movement and free dance practices. It is a fun, sometimes sexy, sometimes soulful dance oriented workout for body and soul offering a safe space to new and self -proclaimed ‘non’ dancers as well as those who dance with ease.
The Vision is to bring into balance the polarities of:
- Discipline and Freedom of Expression,
- Soulful Meditative Introspection and out there Look-At-Me
- Mastery of the Body and Allowing the Body,
- Learning and Creativity
- Mind and Heart
- Body and Spirit
The Mission To bring dance to everyone from pre-schoolers to retirement villagers. To see corporations offer psychological health and flow of greater creativity to their teams through introducing dance at the office or as part of team-building practice. I spent three years as the Dance Therapist at Harmony House Addiction Clinic in Hout Bay. The Clinical Director commented that she felt that of all the healing modalities employed by the centre, including counselling, she felt that the most transformative time for each patient was their hour a week of movement.