UPCOMING EVENTS

April 14th, May 5th, June 9th

Monthly Embodied Flow Spring Pop-up Series

Spring Pop-up Series

Over the next three months, Alyssa will be offering monthly ‘Embodied Flow’ pop-up sessions. Each session will be a prompted exploration of freestyle, creativity and collaboration. Each session will be different, but you can expect to:

* Find a flow that feels nourishing, freeing and expansive, in a safe and welcoming space, regardless of your ‘level’/dance experience.

* Discover the qualities and preferences of YOUR genuine movement (and yourself!).

*Experience movement that brings balance and awareness to the body and mind.

* Learn techniques for flowing and connecting with others through freestyle & improvisation (unplanned movement).

* Embrace play, creativity and dance outside of your ‘comfort zone’.

Dates: Sunday April 14th, May 5th and June 9th Time: 4:30-6/6:30 PM depending on the number of participants.

Cost: $95 for all three, or $35/session

February 7th- March 27th

Embodied Flow Intensive

Embodied Flow 2024 Winter/Spring 8-week session
8 Weeks, 90 minutes each
February 7th- March 27th 
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM
Cost: $280
 
A continuation of the Embodied Flow intensive in 2023, this will be an eight-week pole-based exploration of freestyle, collaboration and somatic practices that are built to help you feel more connected to yourself, your movement and your community. This session will be particularly focused on exploring a series of phrases (‘sentences’ of movements bound together through flow that are based on physical impulses to move rather than being set to a specific timing) designed to encourage self-regulation, curiosity and intuition within movement. In the first part of each session, we will drop into and explore these sequences, before flowing into improvisational, collaborative and choreographic practices. 
*You do not need to have taken the 2023 session to participate in the 2024 session.
 
What to expect: 
  • Find a flow that feels nourishing, freeing and expansive, in a safe and welcoming space, regardless of your ‘level’/dance experience.
  • Discover the qualities and preferences of YOUR genuine movement (and yourself!).
  • Experience movement that brings balance and awareness to the body and mind.
  • Learn techniques for flowing and connecting with others through freestyle & improvisation (unplanned movement).
  • Embrace play, creativity and dance outside of your ‘comfort zone’.
 
A note about ‘levels’:
This session is open to movers of all experience levels. It is generally recommended that you take a couple classes (pole or other dance forms) beforehand, so that you are coming in with a baseline comfort level for moving, but having previous experience is not necessary if you are willing to step outside your comfort zone and jump into the flow of the class. However, please note that these classes are not focused on teaching/breaking down the techniques of specific ‘moves’ or tricks on the pole, but are more geared towards helping you find ways to move and dance that feel genuine to your intuition as a dancer. One of the most nourishing parts of these sessions is that they are multi-level, and are set in a very supportive environment with opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst the group. If you have questions about whether this is a good fit for you, please contact Alyssa (alyssa.k.robin@gmail.com). 
 
About the instructor:

Alyssa is a dancer and facilitator passionate about finding movement that feels like home to the body. Her aerial dance journey began in 2014 while teaching circus arts to youth, and has since expanded to predominantly centre around pole. She has found dance to be an incredibly valuable tool in connecting both to herself and others, and in recent years has focused her movement practice on exploring pathways for mindfulness and self-expression. She created Embodied Flow with the intention of sharing the practices that she has accumulated through over eight years of teaching dance on aerial apparatuses, along with trainings in somatic movement that have helped her to utilize pole-based flow as a tool for ease and grounding.

 

 

Testimonies:

 

“I’m not sure if words can do justice to describe my experience with the Embodied Flow Intensive and Freestyle Workshops with Alyssa. These sessions leave me with feelings that penetrate and awaken a part of my body, soul and imagination that otherwise get lost in the noise of everyday life. In these sessions, we learn how to slow down and check in with ourselves through somatic practices, reconnecting our minds and bodies. We have complete freedom to explore our own style of movement and dance. Alyssa is there to guide us and provides us with prompts and visuals that we can use as a baseline to build from. We learn universal dance language and theory that we can use to help us identify our own familiar types of movement, as well as to help us explore and expand. The last part of every session invites collaboration with a partner or group. This may very well be the most beautiful, inspiring part of the sessions. It’s one thing to find freedom and joy in your own dance and it is also a whole other to connect and link that with another person. It is so important to note that this is also done in the most positive atmosphere of no judgment, fear or pressure. Before I began, I had the idea in my head that I would leave each session feeling very relaxed. While this is true, the more prominent feeling that surprised me was how refreshed and energized I felt. Without fail, I can now recognize that every time I leave, my body feels lighter, my mind seems clearer and my heart actually feels like it’s smiling. Alyssa is using her knowledge and so much experience to create and share such a unique and powerful series of workshops that you won’t find anywhere else. This is why I absolutely jump on any opportunity to participate in them.”

 

 

– Mary N

 

“I would describe these classes as ‘getting us out of our comfort zones as comfortably as possible’. They are very thoughtfully structured, with each session exploring a specific concept or theme of movement. Over the course of the class, we build on that theme in small, incremental steps, toward more comprehensive and challenging activities. This means we not only get warmed up physically but also mentally.

By the end of class, we are participating in partner work or adding elements of interaction to our movement. The partner work alone is incredibly rewarding, fascinating, and fun as we discover and tune into our flow, common ground, unique differences, and sense of community dancing with our classmates. These classes are like medicine for the soul, thanks to the atmosphere of non-judgment, trust, and openness that Alyssa has created. Even if I come in with the most anxious, closed-off energy, this class never fails to ground me. It feels like meditation through movement and I always leave feeling uplifted and peaceful, with my heart open and a greater sense of connection to others

Freestyle has helped me to trust myself and others, gain confidence in my ability to improvise, push past my fears and self-labeling, be more playful, and get out of my head so I can enjoy being right where I am. This class is a precious gem and has benefited me far beyond what I expected.”

 

-Bethany C