OPEN Movement is:
a judgement-free dance class that is not about dancing
a radically soft and individually-centered therapeutic modality
a dedicated hour to listen to your body
a place to stretch, strengthen, and center your mind, body, and creativity
In any given class, we pull from a range of somatic techniques such as: guided imagery for relaxation, authentic movement, somatic experiencing (trauma-informed body therapy), Body Mind Centering (BMC), Bartenieff Fundamentals, physical therapy practices, Pilates, and Yoga.
Often, there is laughter and joy. Sometimes, there is silence. We are always moving, but at our own pace, and in our own ways.
We encourage risk-taking in a safe environment.
We encourage focusing and exploring our individual experiences, while acknowledging the group and contributing to its safe and open community.
OPEN Movement holds space and celebrates all bodies, all levels, all identities, always!
What people are saying about OPEN Movement
“Marcia sets great examples of movements, clear instructions that let me move my body the way it needs to be moved. I really appreciate a space where I can move and dance without feeling weird or feeling judged.”
“Before [OPEN Movement] I usually feel a little nervous and a little anxious from driving up during rush hour and all my usual anxiousness. After, I feel almost totally relieved of all of this, totally rejuvenated, and feel like I'm bouncing out the door.”
“I have a lot of built up tension in my body, especially neck and shoulders, before class. Society teaches us to not express ourselves physically in healthy ways, so I tend to 'keep things in'! After class, I feel both liberated and relaxed, in tune with my surroundings and my body feels at peace. I feel connected to and accepted by the other folks in the space.”