MADRONA DANCE TEACHERS
Madrona MindBody has a staff of well-trained and gifted teachers and practitioners who are dedicated to helping you create health and well-being for today as well as for the future.
Aletia A. Alvarez - Co-Founder of Madrona MindBody Institute
Teaching: Soul Motion: SoulFul Sundays and Mindful Movement
Aletia is a cultivator of connection and brings a diverse and varied background to her Soul Motion™ practice. As a Certified Soul Motion Teacher, years as an organizational consultant and non-profit leader, her spark for creative movement has catalyzed dynamic personal and professional changes—allowing for the emergence of SoulFul Dance. SoulFul Dance provides a transformative "foot" bridge between interior life and the conscious understanding of self and relationship to community. Aletia works with groups and individuals that see themselves as cultural creatives... those individuals, innovative businesses, artists, activists, healers, and seekers that understand that it is time to forge new pathways, find the courage to align, and listen to "the call" or "knowing." EmBODYment of this unique landscape and vital information sustains those in transforming their daily and community lives. Thanking Vinn Arjuna Martí, Zuza Engler, Selah Martha, Judith Alexander, Michael Molin-Skelton, Winky Wheeler, Allison Dey, and the Madrona Dancing Community as her most recent mentors and teachers.
MIchael MOLIN-SKELTON - soul motion
Michael reaches through dance rather than teaches to dance. He has been dancing since being pushed through the birth canal. After receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree from UCLA he performed and choreographed in companies both nationally and internationally for 15 years. He met Gabrielle Roth early in 1994. Later that year, at the request of Gabrielle, he began teaching the 5rhythms. Michael got his 5rhythms certification in 1998 and teacher certification in Soul Motion in 2001. He has been a 16 year student of continuum montage with Susan Harper and his teaching of the 5rhythms and Soul Motion has been greatly influenced by her mentoring. He is a certified Esalen massage practitioner since 1995 and is passionate about the art of touch.
ANNELI MOLIN-SKELTON - OPEN FLOOR CONSCIOUS DANCE
Anneli is living her dream inspiring people to re-discover and settle into their entire self through conscious movement. She meets life and people with a passion and vulnerability that offers permission to embrace our nature and personal truths. She loves life - her beloved Michael and their son Jaylan. Anneli is an Open Floor teacher in training. She is a certified 5Rhythms teacher of Waves and Heartbeat.
Learn more about Anneli Molin-Skelton on her website SpiritWeaves
Allison Dey - Co-Founder of Madrona MindBody
Allison Dey loves to explore life in a body; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. She holds a BA in Social Sciences, after 20 years experience in teaching, training and social work, she is currently doing her life's work teaching Nia and founded Nia Port Townsend in January 2005. Allison is a Nia Black Belt Instructor. Allison has studied Nia, Gabrielle Roth's 5 Rhythms, Soul Motion dance and other movement, meditation, healing arts, and body work modalities over the last 15 years. Allison has 2 boys age 11 and 13. She loves to facilitate transformation in student's bodies using awareness, play, love and joy! She believes, "you were given this body, PLAY IT!"
CHRISTINE NOCK - SOUL MOTION
Christine Nock is a Certified Soul Motion™ Teacher and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has a passion for supporting individuals and groups to cultivate new ways of being in the world, through the practice of conscious living. Chris has a deep curiosity about what practices truly work to support this path of awake and intentional living. She has studied mindfulness meditation practices, body centered techniques, trauma treatments, behavioral interventions, and an eclectic variety of methods to inform her work.
Chris invites people to live more authentic, compassionate, and peaceful lives, and ‘be the change’ they wish to see in the world.
ward serrill - SOul motion
Ward Serrill has been dancing for twenty years: tango, swing, Lindy hop, salsa and open floor. He was a music DJ in Alaska for ten years. He is also a Certified Soul Motion teacher. He believes all healing must pass through the body; dance is the doorway.
sarah peller - dancing freedom
Sarah Peller trained with the founder for Dancing Freedom 3 years ago. She was moved by the depth of this work and has brought the practice back to Port Townsend. She is a graphic designer, a lover of (almost) all dance styles, an avid cyclist, DJ and artist. Her love for dance started at Madrona MindBody 6 years ago when she first stepped foot into a Nia class. She deeply believes that thriving community can be created through sharing the joy of dance with others.
amy priest - Ecstatic dance
Amy has been dancing for self expression and personal healing as long as she can remember, beginning as child when she danced to TV show theme music in her living room, to her teens when she staked out a corner of the gym at the high school dances. In 1996 she finally found a room full of other people dancing like her—Austin Body Choir—where she learned about ecstatic dance, community, and Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms for over 16 years. In 2007 she began facilitating her own ecstatic dance groups and continued this inquiry in her Master of Fine Arts practicum work in Port Townsend in 2012. As a soul purpose coach, she supports people to break out of life ruts, move past creative blocks, pursue their passions, and live in ecstatic alignment with their authentic selves.
Vinn Arjuna Marti - Soul Motion Founder
Whether running in circles in the schoolyard or circling partners at Catholic youth dances in the Bronx; these were a few of the places I experienced freedom and aliveness. Years performing provided a deep understanding of how to clearly occupy space. Time spent as a storyteller informed me how to speak with presence. Years spent working with young children informed me about patience. Later in my dance career I met Gabrielle Roth and I knew then that I no longer wanted to dance for people, but rather with them.
This is what I offer. Freedom. Aliveness. Presence.
Zuza Engler - Soul Motion
ZUZA ENGLER, an authorized teacher of Soul Motion™, has been on the spiral path of kinesthetic investigation into consciousness for over two decades, in motion, stillness and process inquiry. She is a long-term student and practitioner of Buddhism, Soul Motion™, and Gestalt Awareness Practice. She teaches regularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California and is on the faculty of the Soul Motion Teacher Training Program. Her web site is http://www.transformativedance.co
Kristina Mayer - Soul Motion
Kristina completed the year-long teacher training apprenticeship at the International Soul Motion School™ with designer Vinn Arjuna Martí in 2011. Soul Motion™ inspires awareness and presence in self and with others; elements that lead to enhanced quality in our personal and professional life. Kristina believes that healthy, embodied leaders are more effective leaders. Leadership has several dimensions—the "what", the "how" and the "source". Through movement and stillness practice, she seeks to cultivate this third source dimension. The "source" is the inner place from which we operate; it is quality of intention and an awareness of work, play, and life. The source, this inner condition of self, has everything to do with our success. Soul Motion™ helps us achieve greater clarity, energy, and emotional stamina... on and off the floor.