What is your movement history?
As a child, I was on the go, curious about everything and loved to explore. I had a propensity to wander off on my own and discover the world around me. I especially loved nature. I kept busy with non-stop climbing, swinging and mostly anything that allowed me to connect with and observe the way things move.
It wasn’t until I was 25, however, that I found dance. As a business major at the University of Montana I was required to take an art class to complete my degree. I took an introductory class to modern dance and within months my focus shifted 180 degrees. I changed my major from business to dance with a focus on choreography and performance. The rest is history.
What do you love most about teaching AntiGravity Fitness?
I love connecting with my students and positively affecting how they look and feel in their body. Many of the alignment cues I offer in class can cross over into daily life. Simple reminders like “relax the shoulders” or “look up” can really make a big difference in someone’s mindset.
As a teacher, I am a part of this giant tapestry, inspiring strength, flexibility and awareness by guiding movement through space. It’s an honor to see my students reconnect with themselves. And, their evolution is an impetus for my own growth too.
Which AntiGravity exercises are you playing with in your own practice?
The Pegasus Sequence!
What role does music play in your classes?
Music plays a major role in my classes. It takes me forever to choose music because I want my playlists to be perfect. A great playlist has a dynamic vibe and seamlessly flows with the phases of the class. I even use music in my Antigravity Restorative class because I want to keep my students relaxed yet still alert enough to activate the meditative state. Some of my favorite artists include Lauren Hill, Born, East Forest, Santigold and Antoni.
What’s influenced your movement style?
As a dancer, I study, practice and appreciate Butoh. Butoh is a Japanese modern dance style focused on nuances, metaphor and hyper controlled movement. It’s a image-based approach to movement celebrating the innumerable layers and meaning of how we move. As a student of Butoh, I appreciate repetition and the insights born of consistent practice. It continually teaches me to slow down and zoom in to the details while still enjoying the bigger picture. As an artist I’m drawn to the meaningful correlations between my mind and body, and interested in breaking down internal barriers while rebuilding pathways for deeper potential.
The ANYA method reminds me of what I love about Butoh in that it’s meditation through movement. I love ANYA’s focus on the counterbalance of push and pull, systematic cueing, symbolism and the focus on finding the biomechanical and metaphysical center as a journey of self discovery.