My journey started in 1998, after I had graduated from 2 years of post-secondary training in “Dance as a Performance Art”. I had always loved to dance, but at that time I realized that dance was more of a personal practice than about performance for me.
I became ill with severe digestive disorders near the end of my training and it was soon after that I discovered the path of the performance artist was not for me. It was then, when I was at the depth of my illness, that one of my roommates handed me the book Dance Your Prayers by Gabrielle Roth.
As I read Dance Your Prayers, I was shocked (and ecstatic at the same time) that someone had created a life path out of facilitating dance as a healing and spiritual practice. I felt deep inside that this was something I was supposed to share with the world. My healing journey, as well as my spiritual awakening, expanded from there. Over the following months I attended as many Ecstatic Dance and 5 Rhythms™ workshops as I could.
I recall one moment, before I had read the book, when I was dancing at a large outdoor festival. I felt the earth beneath my feet, saw the stars above my head, and I felt oneness both deep within my being and with the entire universe. Internally I spoke to a higher power and shared that I felt strongly that dancing like this was my “job,” my “work.” At the time I did not understand what that meant or how it would unfold, but to this day I am very grateful I have followed my life’s calling and been supported to share my passion for dance with others.
My initial practice was the 5 Rhythms™, and I took workshops with Jonathan Horan and Lucia Horan. I travelled to the Bay Area, California and took classes there.
I originally started sharing what I had been learning with a small group of friends in a warehouse space in Vancouver, BC. This slowly led to offering workshops at music festivals in both Canada and the US.
In 2004 I felt the call to deepen my knowledge and travelled to Australia to study Kundalini Dance with Leyolah Antara. I attended her first ever Facilitator Training and went on to support her in bringing Kundalini Dance to North America. I assisted her trainings from 2005 - 2011. I taught weekly classes of Kundalini Dance during this time in Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and then in Edmonton when I moved there in 2008.
In 2012, I took a sabattical from teaching weekly classes and created my own Facilitator Training which is now called Dance as Medicine.
It is now 2020, and in light of the current pandemic which is spreading the globe I am offering weekly online Ecstatic Dance classes to support dancers around the world to release stress and connect with their deepest truth.