Open Floor Movement Practice is a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry dedicated to the art of becoming fully present in our body, rooted, sensitive, alive & at home in our own skins – physically, emotionally, mindfully & spiritually.
Open Floor is an embodied movement meditation practice, a fun, transformative dance inquiry into questions such as:
How can we move and include it all – feelings, other people, thoughts, wild passions, emotions, limitations, and the connection to the bigger field ?
Can we use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts and stretch our capacity for relationship?
What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography for creative Dances?
We start small, end quiet. We respond to obstacles & mind the gaps. Ask, how am I now? What’s possible? Find direction. Add fire. Push the limit. Embrace paradox.
Fully present means we're present for anything and everything: loving, losing, colliding, learning, creating, connecting, feeling. To be embodied is to come to our senses. To show up and learn to stay with our experience whether it's good or bad, feel our power and our vulnerability. When we live an embodied life we are fluid, flexible, and free to experience all of the wild and subtle moments that go by, the ones that are heavenly and the ones that drop us to our knees. To be embodied is to arrive at death in peace, free of regret for having missed our life because we weren't home.
There's an essential movement language we all speak when we take these questions to the dance floor.. We call on universal elements that are inherent in any moving body, such as breath, gravity, centering, expansion and contraction.
The common ground in the Open floor Movement practice synthesizes the universal wisdom that underlies all conscious dance practice. Breath, freedom, awareness, connection to others, self-expression, unbridled creativity, community, meditation – these and more can be found on the Open Floor.
Since the beginning of time human beings have gathered to dance. Mindful movement is surging all over the planet because it's good for us. People who dance regularly have keener minds, greater emotional intelligence, and a calmer presence. Connection, compassion, and communities grow. In this challenging world, common sense tells us to spend time dancing.
The ripple effect is inescapable. One dance can change someone’s day, one act of kindness can inspire a whole community. Students often leave a session able to bring a more generous presence out into the world. We dedicate our work to the common good, to the benefit of all beings.
Common ground. Common sense. Common good.
This is what we cultivate on the Open Floor.
« There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. »
Open Floor movement practice is for everyone. No matter your knowledge and experience of dance, nor your level of fitness, your age, nor if you are dancing for the first time or if you dance every day. Come and join us on the dance floor, we move and include, we dive deep into our bodies, into our ressources. No need to register, come as you are, when you want. Please do contact me if you need any further information or have any questions.
Open Floor International was developed and founded in 2014 by Andrea Juhan, Kathy Altman, Lori Saltzman, and Vic Cooper. With a group of 11 passionate founding members from all corners of the planet, they have formed a collaborative organization of seasoned movement teachers.