Awakening your inner goddess- new classes in May

Halyma - hammin' it upI have been connected with spirituality all of my life, though always interpreting it from my own perspective.
I was raised RC, but really only connected with a beautiful image of Mary, standing on a crescent moon, gently overseeing us all- pretty goddess like in her mother of god aspect.
See what I mean?

The only relic from my RC childhood.

When I was a teen, I was exposed to glimmers of the occult, tea leaf readers, mediums, tarot card readers, etc. and I found it both amazing in its “accuracy”, and mostly comforting in its practice.
I do have some skepticism in that I am not convinced everyone practicing divination has good intentions, and one must take the information with a pound of salt, I have had enough moments of being ” plugged in” that I know there is something to it.
The comfort I find in its practice relates more to my own experiences where much of what I have been told has been a re utterance of thoughts and beliefs I have already had and was unsure if I should follow through. The readings would help me sort through my own thoughts and process my decisions. Or just reassure me I was on the right track!
And that can be simply the gift of speaking with a stranger or friend who has a different perspective and can offer new insights. Or it could be divinity manifesting through another, as the embodiment of something bigger and more powerful when combined than it is when separated.
So, getting back to awakening your inner goddess as a new dance course I’ll be presenting.
Over the 16 years that I have been teaching belly dance, for a few summers, I was blessed. Co-facilitating a workshop called Dancing With The Elements, Michelle Hrynyk and I would spend a day in the company of amazing women, with me teaching ( suggesting) ways for them to interpret the 5 elements { Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Spirit} into dance, and Michelle would guide them through a series of movement mediations. It was powerful, amazing, opening and I was always touched by the participants as much as I hope we touched them.
Then life took Michelle to another path, and I felt it was not a workshop I could do alone, nor could I replace her with someone else.
So I continued to teach dance courses, enjoying the technical and beautiful aspects of learning and growing as I taught others, but I have missed sharing the focus on the spiritual aspect of Bellydance.
I still feel it myself, but sharing it, connecting with others and seeing their moments of connecting with something deep inside, that’s important.
The moves matter, the physical form is important, and finding those perfect combinations of dance elements to make a beautiful dance performance are always extremely relevant to the growth of any dancer.
But what fuels that fire?
What drives us as dancers to perfect those movements?
What do we need to connect to so that our dance touches others from more than a technical perspective?
I want to explore that with dancers of all levels – beginners through pros.
I want to help others bring their joy, their power, fear, anger, sensuality, creativity, all of it into their dance.
One way to do that is to play with the concepts of goddesses, looking at the many archetypes of female aspects personified in various goddesses worshipped around the world. And that’s what I’ll be doing in the 6 week course this spring.
Do you have to believe in goddesses to come dance?
You do need to believe in you.
(Or be willing to start believing in you.)
Photo from Aziz and Company – 365 Bank street.

Photo from Aziz and Company – 365 Bank street.