“I SLEPT AND DREAMT THAT LIFE WAS JOY.
I AWOKE AND SAW THAT LIFE WAS SERVICE.
I ACTED AND BEHOLD, SERVICE WAS JOY.”
I AWOKE AND SAW THAT LIFE WAS SERVICE.
I ACTED AND BEHOLD, SERVICE WAS JOY.”
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victoria, bc CAnada
Colette Smart, PhD, RPsych: Colette is located in Victoria, BC and is excited to bring conscious dance to people living with acquired brain injury, chronic medical illness, and/or trauma. While technically a registered psychologist, Colette is a clown at heart, who loves to make people laugh and see them come alive with the knowledge of their own inherent goodness. When not on the dance floor, Colette spends her free time making music, being with friends and family, spending time in nature, and having fun with her Shih Tzu mix, Frank.
Kimberly offers a uniquely creative and FUN FLAVOUR to our “Dance Your Ability” Instructor team. Fundamental to her DYA training, a Recreation degree, Meditation Teacher Certificate, Eldercare Massage and a Grief Counselling Diploma enhance her ability to create a sense of belonging ,while moving to a beat. Her mom of 80+ joins her in her own weekly dance practise, and she has worked with k-grade 12 in the community. Kimberly is excited to collaborate with you in your location to offer a fulfilling experience tailor made to fit your specific needs with all ages and stages (mental, physical, emotional) of life. Kimberly lives in the greater Victoria, BC area, and is willing to travel to other locations to create a nourishing program with you. Please discuss your ideas with her. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-818-5922
Jennifer Dorby is an experiencer, mover, homemaker, and belly shaker. She is a firm believer in the power of recreation as it helps us holistically connect with the vibrant sensations residing in both ourselves and the community. Her involvement with program coordination has led her to work with children, youth, families, and elders facilitating anything from cooking initiatives, board game tournaments, and beauty cart, to fitness classes, art club, and managing events. It would bring Jennifer great pleasure to guide you through a Dance Your Ability session – ‘Let's unleash that creative expression from within, together!’ email@example.com
vancouver island, BC CANADA
Lucia Capretti has felt the strength and healing power of movement in all its forms. Though dance only showed up later in her life, she immediately welcomed it and has since pursued various forms of movement exploration, from barre to aerial silks! Having graduated with a degree in Psychology, she quickly realized the importance of giving the body a chance to talk and express itself. As a Dance Your Ability instructor, she is keen to assist in opening this conversation to all bodies, experiences, and contexts. Lucia looks forward to dancing with you in the aim of finding sources of enjoyment from within, that we can express together.
nanaimo, bc canada
Debbie Flynn, Nanaimo Debbie is a passionate, caring photography teacher and editorial writer who just loves to dance and dance with children, seniors and adults with mobility challenges. She's been a dance performer and instructed ballroom dance and Core Connexion dance (which Debbie was led to because of her admiration of the 5 Rhythms dance practice and similarity found in Core Connexion). Debbie takes long walks on the beach with her husband and muses about ways to help people to move.
salt spring Island, BC Canada
Shauna brings a love for dance and deep knowledge of the healing aspects of music and movement. She works with a large variety of populations, experience with children & teens (at-risk, specially abled, public & private), elderly, mixed abilities, sexual assault survivors, parents & babes and women. Shauna spreads joy and warmth on many diverse dance floors. shaunadevlin.net
Viv Nielsen, M.A. A.B.S.: Viv believes in the healing power of dance and music, and is passionate about supporting others to a place of health and deep joy through movement. Viv brings to the floor personal and competitive dance experience, and wears a myriad of professional hats, including group and workshop facilitation. Her approach is warm, playful and compassionate, as she meets others where they are, and invites them gently to explore and discover who they really are. Viv wants to help heal shame, especially pertaining to body and aging. It is time to love ourselves, and she feels honoured to work with mid-lifers and elders, encouraging them, through movement, to believe they are vital, vibrant and valued. 2020 is a big year for Viv, as she launches her 18 year old son into the world. As he moves towards his dreams, Viv will be doing the same.
Vanessa Carson believes that movement and music are tools for healing emotional, physical and spiritual pain. Her life has been lived as an empath and mover, embarking on learning many dance styles such as modern/contemporary, wacking, acrobatics, dancehall and house. She is grateful for this opportunity to weave the worlds of dance and healing together, for she believes that dance should have no hierarchies and no borders. Vanessa achieved a Bachelors degree in Human Rights minoring in sexuality studies and has put her energy towards learning/working with the land in communities and volunteering with local first nations cultural projects. She is a grounding, warm and wild woman spending her time with friends and family and in nature.
Cowichan valley, bc
WHITEHORSE, YK CANADA
Jennifer Massie, BA: Jen has danced for as long as she’s walked with a lifelong passion for movement, music and rhythm. She's worked with people with physical & cognitive disabilities for over a decade in a number of capacities including support worker, program coordinator, and home caregiver. Jen has a passion for inclusion and is wholeheartedly committed to making movement & dance accessible to all bodies. When she isn’t out exploring the land, she spends her time singing, playing didgeridoo & guitar, throat singing, and dancing around her kitchen. “If you don’t dance your dance, who will?” Gabrielle Roth
Paige Penny walks through life with a powerful heart, a genuine spirit and a love for dance. She is dedicated to living an embodied life and believes that movement and dance are fundamental to the health and healing of all people. Paige is currently completing her fourth year of the Child and Youth Care degree at the University of Victoria and is passionate about working with young people, families and communities. It is with extreme gratitude and enthusiasm that she offers herself as a Dance Your Ability Outreach Instructor. Paige wishes to create a collaborative, fun and loving class environment that empowers people to experience the fullness of their expression. “The dance is not where we lose ourselves. But where we find ourselves.”- Gabrielle Roth
North york, ON
Victoria is a passionate dance and yoga teacher, holding a RYT®500, RYT®200 designation with Yoga Alliance. Her passion for dance has brought her to Brazil on numerous occasions, where she studied samba from talented masters in Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo. Victoria teaches samba and yoga online on weekends as well as in person as part of workplace wellness in healthcare organizations. Victoria loves her two teenage boys, traveling, and cooking following Ayurvedic principles.
Caley deeply believes in the healing abilities of dance. Through dance, she has learnt to express herself and feel more comfortable in her body. Caley has been dancing since she was young; she often participated in formal dance classes like ballet, Irish dance and hip hop. Through Dance Your Ability, Caley was able to explore dance on a deeper level, by understanding the importance of letting go and feeling free through simple and meaningful movements. Caley enjoys connecting with others and hopes to spread her joy of dance as a facilitator.