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Therapeutic and healing dance in Rhode Island as well as movement training systems that improve dance technique.
Last update January 8, 2008

Rhode Island
Healing Dance

Both East and West have discovered the healing properties in dance. Many groups have studied this part of dance and gone on to create therapeutic programs for mind, body or both. This page includes movement systems that improves ease of dancing and technique as well as dance systems that seek to correct psychological or physical problems. Almost all dance has healthful properties both emotionally and physically, but only the programs that focus on dance's therapeutic aspects are included here.

Workshops

May 2 to 4 - The First Step in Manifesting Your Dreams

Authentic Movement with Stacy Cristo

Creative Dance

The One Woman Show

Yoga Dance & Dance Therapy

Ongoing Classes

Tuesdays - NIA with Sandra Penta

Wednesdays - Free The Inner You

Thursdays - NIA with Sandra Penta

Thursdays - NIA with Jenny Kneeland


News

Who's Who






NEWS


AUGUST 3
NIA CAMP AT LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE


This year's NiaCamp will focus on music in relation to movement. will be held September 14 to 16 in Tuftonboro, NH , Lake Winnipesaukee. [NIA Camp 2007]

JANUARY 30
HOW SANDRA FOUND NIA AND WHAT SHE DID WITH IT


"Following a diagnosis of lymphoma in April of 2004, and the ensuing chemotherapy treatment, Sandra Penta of North Providence was looking for a low impact form of exercise she could engage in during her recovery. The form she chose, at the suggestion of a friend, was NIA..." [Read the whole story in The Valley Breeze]

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WORKSHOPS


CREATE YOUR LIFE
With Tara Gross certified JourneyDance (tm) instructor


Women's Retreat Weekend
Joy & Laughter: The First Step in Manifesting Your Dreams
Date: May 2 to 4, 2008

Phone: 401-569-7017
Email: Tara@createyourlifeinc.com
Website: http://createyourlifeinc.com/workshops_retreats.htm

Join us for an exhilarating women's retreat weekend devoted to exploring and experiencing joy. Celebrate life, ignite your truest passions, transform your fears, and laugh so hard your side aches! Along with special guest workshop leaders - Kik Williams: Laughter Yoga teacher & Toni Bergins: founder of JourneyDance - Tara leads a passionate weekend, inter-woven with empowering exercises, joyful flavor, and tools to manifest your deepest desires and truest calling. Space is limited! Contact Tara (Tara@createyourlifeinc.com) to request a Registration Form.

Create Your Life offers workshops for groups and businesses. Here are two examples:

Women's Retreat Weekend
Wiggle & Stomp! Move in your Body, Move in your Life
Phone: 401-569-7017
Email: Tara@createyourlifeinc.com
Website: http://createyourlifeinc.com/workshops_retreats.htm

This all-inclusive weekend retreat is an opportunity to: * Activate your power, creativity, and innate wisdom! * Experience joyful transformation through breath, music, movement, drumming, dance, and community! * Deepen your connection to yourself! * Ignite and discover your own energy! * Beat the winter blues! * Explore what moves you! * Dance your dreams! * Shake off your struggle! * Drum your soul's rhythms! * Move and live with power, passion, & play! * Leave your inhibitions behind and join us for a transformational weekend of fun!

Facilitator, Tara Steeves, is a Life Coach and Certified JourneyDance(TM) Instructor who specializes in helping people live their dreams through the process of finding their authentic passion and realizing their vision for the future. She is passionate about assisting others to set their ambitions high and live a life of integrity, demonstrated through dream realization and the alignment of work and play.

No prior dance or drumming experience necessary. All fitness levels welcome.



Awaken The Dream
Phone: 401-569-7017
Email: Tara@createyourlifeinc.com
Website: http://createyourlifeinc.com/workshops_retreats.htm

This one day workshop with co-faciliators, Tara Steeves and Suzy Spivy, will incorporate the principles of Life Coaching with expressive movement for total mind/body/soul integration. Using creative movement to journey through the chakra system, you will open your body's energy centers, awaken your senses, and identify what you are creating in your life. With time for dancing, journaling, and sharing, you will awaken the dream for your life that you hold in your heart.

Limit 20 participants'

What is JourneyDance?

Founder and President of Create Your Life, Tara Steeves is a certified JourneyDance (tm) instructor. JourneyDance is a playful and intuitive method of using movement to discover and celebrate our inner strengths. It is a uniquely powerful fusion of music, movement, ritual, and celebration.

Through an enriching, joyous, movement-based journey, we release fears and limiting beliefs in favor of sincere empowerment and a clear vision towards creating our best life. All that, AND it's great exercise requiring no fancy equipment or prior experience!

We are all dancers, emotion in motion. We cleanse our bodies and minds with sweat, breath, and laughter. We discover the anatomy of the soul. We feel our power and aliveness. We learn to love ourselves. We find balance and blessings. We become bright, shining, radiant.

Impulsed by music, using elements of theater, visualization, vocalization, guided sequences, and improvisational movement, we awaken our imaginations. We embark on a journey to fully express ourselves as soul. At the journey's end we return home, embodied and whole. This is the JourneyDance.

Find out more about JourneyDance at www.journeydance.com

posted 12Jan06.updated 7Jan08

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CREATIVE DANCE
Jacobs Barn Studio
130 Jacob Street
Seekonk, Massachusetts
Phone: 401-521-0546
Email: doug.dance@juno.com
Website: www.dancecreative.org
Instructor: Doug Victor

A weekend or full day, the Creative Dance Workshop is held twice a year in Seekonk usually in the spring and fall. The study of creative dance deepens our understanding of movement expression as a basic human need. It is open to anyone who wishes to further develop his/her capacity for movement expression and move creatively with others.

Doug Victor has taught creative dance for over 30 years. In addition to his private teaching, he directs Creative Dance Providence and teaches nationally for the Creative Arts in Learning Graduate Program at Lesley University in Cambridge. He is a founder of the International Association for Creative Dance.

posted 8Jan08

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INTUITIVE LIFE MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS
Providence Zen Center
Cumberland, RI
Information: 617-970-8576
Registration: required
Email: intuitivelifemovement@earthlink.net

Do you crave more aliveness and authenticity in your life and relationships?
Would you like to have greater access to body wisdom and intuitive knowing?
Intuitive Life Movement brings us into direct contact with our living embodied intelligence. We discover exquisite sensitivity to our own healing, sensuality, creative expression, and to our profound connection with others.
    You will learn to:
  • Deepen mindful awareness and embodied presence
  • Release chronic tension patterns
  • Discover innate ease and confidence in movement
  • Expand playfulness and authentic connection in relationships
  • Open new possibilities for intimacy

Discover Intuitive Life Movement: an Introduction
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2007
Time: 9am-1130am
Price: $35.00
Pre-registration required

Deepen Your Intuitive Life Movement Practice
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2007
Time: 1pm-630pm
Price: $100.00 ($120.00 for the whole day)
Prerequisite: Attendees must have taken an Introductory workshop
Pre-registration required

Workshop Presenter
Shelley Tanenbaum, Psy.D., created the method to teach Intuitive Life Movement. She has been exploring and teaching meditative body-based ways of knowing for over thirty years, and was co-founder and director of The Yoga Studio and Body-Mind Center (Worcester, MA and Providence, RI) from 1979-1999. Shelley is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Rhode Island and a senior Hakomi therapist.
posted 18Jan07.updated 17Jul07

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AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT
Santosha Yoga Studio & Holistic Center
14 Bartlett Street
Edgewood
Cranston, RI 02905
Information: 401-781-3068
Instructor: Stacy Cristo, LMHC

Authentic Movement is a profoundly simple form in which a mover moves with eyes closed in the presence of a witness. Movement may begin as an impulse, sensation, gesture, image or memory and develops following the inherent wisdom of the body. Like meditation, this form of movement is a contemplative practice that allows for quiet listening to the mind, body and spirit and provides a forum to express non-verbally, with sound and gesture. In the practice of Authentic Movement you will learn the power and the presence of the inner witness, our guide to finding peace and personal power.

posted 18Jan07

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MANISHA - THE WISDOM OF INDIA
Center for Yoga, Dance, Cooking, Sanskrit, Child Servitude Eradication
Providence RI 02903
Shanthi Muthu
Phone: 401-490-0200
Email: shanthi_yoga@yahoo.com

Invites you to Providence to partake of workshops rarely offered elsewhere.
Open to all age groups, all body kinds, kids, families, men, women
PRIVATE LESSONS to suit individual needs

Do you identify yourself with any one of these?
Low self-esteem? High Stress? Hectic Life?
Frustration? Low Focus? Unhappiness for any reason?
Tight in body or in mind? Trying to lose weight or other bad habits?
Enjoy dancing? Wish to take charge of your life?
Seeking recovery from illness? Ready for a Journey inward?

HEALING WORKSHOPS

Dance
The Dance of Prakruti (Nature) 10 hours
The Dance of Rasa (Emotions) 10 hours
Everyone dances for entertainment and fun. Can we dance our way to health? Move every part of the body including fingers, in yoga-like stretches, to a dynamic yet soothing instrumental music.

Yoga-Nritya - (Yoga-Dance Fusion) 12 hours
Yoga & Dance are NOT really different. Each leads us along the same journey in slightly different ways. Add a new Rhythm to your Yoga practice. Learn Yoga postures and use Dance to go deeper into postures. No need to choose between Yoga and Dance for, we all LOVE DANCE, but badly NEED YOGA...

Story Telling Through Creative Dance
Learn the basic Mudras (gestures), their application, the different
moods etc; Bring your own stories to dance them out.

Dance Therapy
For Weight Loss (movements of a snake & snake charmer)
For Stress Relief (Rowing boat in water, soothing music)
For Breathing Ailments (Scenes from Nature)
For Pregnant Women & Mother-Child Binding
Chores to strengthen back, breathing, etc. invoking motherly feelings - drawing water from well, churning butter, pounding rice etc.
For Martial Symphony (peacock, fish, bird movements)
Dance as an art form has been practiced for thousands of years in India. Its grace, rhythm and dynamism have always benefited the dancer. Can this power of movement be used to promote growth and well-being for all? Yes, the result is Dance Therapy - born from Indian dancing. All are welcome, there is no level, age or gender restriction.

Yogic Cooking & Eating
15 hours
We cook and eat to fill the stomach or to fulfill the craving of taste buds. Find out what it means to eat for health and inner peace. Understand how food affects the mind and contributes to stress. Gain confidence to make diet changes. Enjoy Yogic meal every class

Nutrition & Weight Management Program

Colors of India
Experience the vibrant colors of the Diverse Indian sub-continent through Talks / Workshops / Discussion on India, Indian tradition, culture, values, Arts etc. with Demonstration and Audience participation on All of the Above - Yoga, Dance, Music, Food, Costumes etc

Uplifting Chants & Songs- Yoga sutra, Gita

Counseling & Mentoring

Thought Power; Who Am I? - Karma theory Analysis

Dance Performance Workshops
For schools & events in traditional dance costume & jewelry, with explanation of songs

Cost: No Price can be set for sharing this Priceless wisdom.
The fee is based on your financial capacity & personal willingness.
Please offer your donation for the complete workshop at the end of 1st class.

About Shanthi
Born and brought up in Yogic culture
With Yogic lifestyle in diet and daily habits & Dancing for 30 years
Understands Yoga and has studied the original Sanskrit texts
Transitioned from Software to Sadhana(practice) of Yoga/Dance, to share with those who need it
Maybe you are one of them...
What are you waiting for? Give Shanthi a buzz - 401-490-0200

posted 17Jan07

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CLASSES


FREE THE INNER YOU
Focus Studio
2750 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI
Phone 401-294-9898
Website: http://www.SoulisticArts.com
Instructor: Lisa Medley
Dates: Wednesdays, Ongoing
Time: 9:30am 10:45am
Price: $60 5-Class Card, $12 Drop-in
Experience Free the Inner You (tm) - a movement-based approach for physical, personal, and global transformation. Each class blends gentle stretching, fluid and expressive movement to music, experiential anatomy, deep relaxation, and journal reflection. Designed for any shape, size, and fitness level. No experience necessary.
posted 19Jan07

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FREE THE INNER YOU
Ocean State Akeido
7537 Post Road
(opposite NK YMCA)
North Kingstown RI 02852
Phone 401-294-9898
Website: http://www.SoulisticArts.com
Instructor: Lisa Medley
Dates: Wednesdays, Ongoing
Time: 6pm 7:15pm
Price: $70 6-Class Card, $15 drop-in
Experience Free the Inner You (tm) - a movement-based approach for physical, personal, and global transformation. Each class blends gentle stretching, fluid and expressive movement to music, experiential anatomy, deep relaxation, and journal reflection. Designed for any shape, size, and fitness level. No experience necessary.
Free The Inner You has a second location in East Greenwich.
posted 19Jan07

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THE ONE WOMAN SHOW
Creating Your Own Story

Phone: 401-741-4368
Email: info@allthatmatters.com

Whether you want to come to grips with your mid-life crisis or get started on a one woman show or both, here's the perfect class for you.

In this engaging and exciting series for women, recollect your stories as you explore the many roles you have played. In the liberating context of theater, we will explore each woman's many roles played throughout the first half of life. Inspired by women's gatherings in the red tent, sweat lodge and quilting circle where women reveal their truths, The One Woman Show becomes a contemporary cultural experience to ritualize mid life. Using the expressive arts - movement, drawing, creative writing and improvisation, participants will artfully and playfully create their personal story and prepare to bring select roles onto their stage during these eight weeks of evening workshop rehearsals.

Anne Foley Alper , M.A., M.Ed., is a Holistic Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist returning home from CA, where she studied movement based expressive arts therapy with Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin at the Tamalpa Institute.

posted 20Jan07

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NIA with SANDRA PENTA
The Motion Center
Village Health Company
271 South Main Street
Providence, RI, 02903
Phone 401-351-1469
Email: s4fontana@cox.net
2007 Schedule
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00pm
Drop in rate $12.00, 6 classes for $60.00
Nia blends elements of martial arts and dance movement into a complete fitness program that works with the physical, mental and emotional realms to provide individuals of all ages with a greater connection to their inner selves through music and movement. The choreography is simple, allowing for interpretation and freedom of expression, and requires no experience whatsoever.

A Nia White Belt instructor who has personally trained with NIA creators Debbie & Carlos Rosas, Sandra Penta concentrates on increasing self-awareness and promoting healing by encouraging self expression through the integration of mind-body-spirit.

Find out more about NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action ) at http://www.nia-nia.com.
and
The Capital Club Fitness Center
6th floor
The Westin
1 West Exchange Street
Providence RI
2007 Schedule
Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm throught the summer
And will change to Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00noon in Spetember
Drop in rate $12.00, 6 classes for $60.00

posted 6Feb07.updated 29May07

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BASIC NIA with JENNY KNEELAND
Studio Exhale
1263 Oaklawn Ave
Lower Level
Cranston RI 02920
Email joyfulnia@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.studioexhale.com
August 2007
Thursdays at 7:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Jenny Kneeland
A class that focuses on movement, dance, yoga, and meditation.

posted 30Jan07.updated 20Jul07

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WHO'S WHO IN HEALING DANCE


Ann Alper
Anne Foley Alper , M.A., M.Ed., is a Holistic Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist has studied movement based expressive arts therapy with Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin at the Tamalpa Institute. She has worked as an Expressive Arts drama coach and maintains a private practice. Contact: 401-741-4368


Jenny Kneeland
Jenny Kneeland, MA, LMHC is a Licensed White Belt Nia Teacher who has a passion for inviting all people to the natural health and therapeutic benefits of movement. A Holistic and Rhode Island Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Jenny incorporates her knowledge of body/mind and movement therapies to create a joyous, inviting, and empowering class for all participants. A Certified Pastoral Counselor and a Career Counselor at the University of Rhode Island, Jenny is committed to assisting individuals toward feeling more fully alive on all levels. Contacts: 401-743-3212 or joyfulnia@yahoo.com

Lisa Medley
Lisa Medley Lisa offers classes, workshops, and events based on Free the Inner You (tm) - a movement-based program for physical, personal, and global transformation that she created. Weekly classes are offered at The Arts of Wellness Studio in North Kingston and Focus Studio in East Greenwich. In addition, she is also a life and wellness coach specializing in guiding people to enhance their life energy, so that they can sustain and evolve their lives with ease. Contacts 401-826-2020 or lisa@soulisticarts.com. Website www.SoulisticArts.com

Shanthi Muthu
Born and raised in India, Shanthi Muthu teaches Indian dance and yoga in ongoing classes and workshops. Her school, Manisha Center for Yoga, Dance, Cooking, Sanskrit, Child Servitude Eradication etc, is an authentic Indian establishment and offers many classes that are available no where else in Rhode Island (if not New England). In addition, she and her daughter are also available for dance demonstrations and performances. Contacts 401-490-0200 or shanthi_yoga@yahoo.com

Sandra Penta
Certified Nia Instructor, Sandra Penta is a refugee from the retail world, who after a life-changing illness in April of 2004, was seeking to restore balance to an overly stressfull work-focused life. She tried Nia, discovered its therapeutic properties and went on to become an instructor. Contacts 401-351-1469 or s4fontana@cox.net

Caryl Sickul
Caryl Sickul, BA, MA, DMTR, Movement Specialist, Wellness Consultant, Professor, experienced yoga and dance teacher offers personalized Yoga, Expressive Dance Movement classes, and private sessions based on your interests and needs. Private appointments are held at Rivers of Light Studio, Tiverton 4 Corners, or your home or office. See her Yoga classes at riDance's Bodywork page. Contacts 401-816-0024 or csickul@cox.net. Website http://www.csickul.com

Tara Gross Steeves
Tara Steeves is a Life Coach, Certified JourneyDance (tm) Instructor who helps people find their authentic passion and realize their vision for the future. Founder of Create Your Life!, LLC, Tara is available runs workshops and retreats as well as works one on one. Contacts: 401-569-7017 or Tara@createyourlifeinc.com. Website: Create Your Life!.

Shelley Tanenbaum, Psy.D
Shelley Tanenbaum, Psy.D., created the method to teach Intuitive Life Movement. She has been exploring and teaching meditative body-based ways of knowing for over thirty years, and was co-founder and director of The Yoga Studio and Body-Mind Center (Worcester, MA and Providence, RI) from 1979-1999. Shelley is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Rhode Island and a senior Hakomi therapist. Contacts: 401-461-1616 and intuitivelifemovement@earthlink.net.

Doug Victor
Doug Victor has taught creative dance for over 30 years and is the founder of the International Association for Creative Dance. In addition to his private teaching, he directs Creative Dance Providence and teaches nationally for the Creative Arts in Learning Graduate Program at Lesley University in Cambridge. He teaches a workshop in the Rhode Island area at least twice a year. Contacts: 401-521-0546 or doug.dance@juno.com.

Toba Weintraub
Toba Weintraub is a white belt NIA practioner, who has worked in the non-profit sector often with disabled and elderly groups. Contacts: 401-475-4701 or toba48@gmail.com.

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LINKS

JOURNEY DANCE
http://www.journeydance.com
JourneyDance is a playful and intuitive method of using movement to discover and celebrate our inner strengths. It is a uniquely powerful fusion of music, movement, ritual, and celebration. Through an enriching, joyous, movement-based journey, we release fears and limiting beliefs in favor of sincere empowerment and a clear vision towards creating our best life. All that, AND it's great exercise requiring no fancy equipment or prior experience!

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NIA
http://www.nianow.com
Nia is a body-mind-spirit fitness and lifestyle practice. Through expressive movement, Nia empowers people to achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. The blueprint of Nia is practical, experiential, and focuses on internal guidance to change and develop awareness.

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GYROKINESIS
http://www.gyrotonic.com/gyrokinesis.htm
This methodology uses dance, yoga and tai-chi and breath training to systematically and gently work the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating exercises. Fluidity is the key. Postures are not held for long periods of time. Instead, postures are smoothly and harmoniously connected through the use of breath, making exercises appear and feel more like a dance than traditional yoga.

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