All classes and events are posted on Dance Refresh Repeat on Facebook.
Community Classes are Open to the Public
~ please arrive a few minutes early ~ dress comfortably ~
Imagine … a dance floor full of people. Folks of all shapes, sizes and physical abilities discovering their own sense of dance through simple rhythmic movements. A gathering of beings, getting down and grooving to every musical genre imaginable. A collection of souls, each with his or her own unique story to tell, having fun and being themselves in the moment, tapping in to the fullness of their human potential. This is dancing mindfulness.
Classes and events are tailored for the general public and special groups.
Classes can also be crafted for special events, retreats, etc.
Adult Ed Caregivers Churches Daycare Centers Fitness Centers Hospital Staff
Non-Profit Organizations Schools (factulty, staff and students)
Senior Centers Workplace Staff Meetings YMCA Yoga Studios
non-judging patience beginner’s mind trust non-striving acceptance letting go
breath sound body mind spirit story fusion
Dancing Mindfulness classes are open to everyone regardless of previous experience with dance, yoga, music, meditation, or spiritual practice, even though Dancing Mindfulness incorporates all of these elements. Since Dancing Mindfulness focuses on “coming as you are,” self-discovery, and noticing whatever may happen as part of the experience, it is imperative that classes are crafted to welcome everyone. Dancing Mindfulness classes range from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the venue of and purpose for the class, and various forms of music are incorporated to create a welcoming, integrated container. In a typical Dancing Mindfulness class, participants will be able to realize the rhythmic qualities of their breathing and heartbeats, to discover the healing, lyrical properties in even the most simple movements, and quite literally, to be able to express their own, personal story on the dance floor. If you are the kind of person who likes to dance like no one is watching, or at least would like to try, the Dancing Mindfulness experience is for you!
Developed by Dr. Jamie Marich, a clinical counselor and expert in traumatic stress studies and spiritual issues, Dancing Mindfulness strives to honor the safety and integrity of each participant. Marich trained in several dance forms in her youth (Slavic folk, ballet, jazz) and later competed as a figure skater; she is also an accomplished musician with three folk albums to her credit. Having explored the conscious dance scene throughout her career as a clinical counselor, which including taking training intensives at the Kripalu School for Yoga and Health, Marich ultimately created Dancing Mindfulness as her integrated interpretation (as a dancer, musician, counselor, and spiritual practitioner) of mindfulness in motion. Marich truly believes that we all have an inner dancer just waiting to come out, just as we are all capable of mindful awareness. Dancing Mindfulness is a community practice, not a clinical practice, although Marich draws on her expertise as a clinical counselor to help create the safest dance practice possible within community settings.
- Dancing Mindfulness Website
- Dancing Mindfulness In The Press
- Dancing Mindfulness YouTube Videos
- Dancing Mindfulness Store (Books, DVDs, etc.)
- Exploring Dancing Mindfulness for Healing Trauma Teleseminar
- Dancing Mindfulness Feature Story on WFMJ Youngstown – August 2012
- Book – Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation
- Dancing Mindfulness – Opening Doors of Wellness in the Counseling Professions
- Capella University Graduate Delivers TEDx Talk on the Power of Trauma-Informed Care
- An Open Letter from a Trauma Therapist to Yoga Teachers: 12 Simple Ways to Make Your Classes More Trauma Informed