THURSDAY NIGHT DANCE LAB - 7 PM.
A unique formula for fun, creativity and movement. Each Thursday offers a distinctive view.
If you're looking for a safe space to move, with a laid-back and welcoming vibe, Dance Lab is the place! Whether you've been dancing your whole life or are in the studio for the first time, you will feel embraced and right at home here. Thursday Night Dance Lab offers of a variety of styles and focuses. Every Thursday Madrona will have a different teacher and a different class style. This round robin of teachers will repeat every week.
Every Thursday night 7-8:30pm. $12 Drop in Class
- 1st: Dancing Freedom ~ Sarah Peller
- 2nd: Alchemy Dance ~ Chris Nock & Ward Serrill
- 3rd: BodyPrayer ~ Aletia A. Alvarez & Anneli Molin-Skelton
- 4th: Ecstatic Flow ~ Amy Priest
- 5th: Alchemy Dance ~ Chris Nock & Ward Serrill (May, August, November 2018)
First Thursdays: Dancing Freedom with Sarah Peller
Dancing Freedom is a form of conscious dance that uses movement, the elements, the music and the other movers around us to make personal enquiries and tune into our deeper selves. It is a dance of community. We create a sacred space to support ourselves and each other to be who we truly are. Each dance will cover a theme that the group can set a collective intention towards exploring individually and together. The music follows the elemental wave of earth, water, fire, air and ether. This wave creates a progressive energy that holds us in a beginning, middle and ending. We take time to also share our experience with our community, be witnessed, and share our breakthroughs with another. This dance form can be a profound and glorious journey into self awareness and discovery and create beautiful bonds of community with other movers.
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.
2nd Thursdays (and 5th Thursdays) : Alchemy Dance ~ Chris Nock & Ward Serrill
A once-a-month community dance jam and revival, 7-8:30pm followed by a talking circle
All welcome! Movers, Shakers, Contact Improvers, Partner dancers, and Contemplatives. Drop in to great music, dance, ritual, an offering and a soul circle. A dance event for the senses. Connection. Fun. A healing circle to those who need it.
About Ward & Chris:
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.
Christine Nock is a Certified Soul Motion Teacher, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is passionate about supporting individuals and groups to live more authentic, connected, compassionate and sensual lives, through the practice of embodied presence.
Third Thursdays: BODY PRAYER ~ Anneli Molin-Skelton & Aletia Alvarez
Join us every 3rd Thursday. Body Prayer is a conscious dance community offering authentic spaces to endear oneself to ground, move, and create. Music is used as medicine to invite and awaken what is already present and presenting. Exploring, expanding and bridging many traditions. This class is lightly-infused with Open Floor and Soul Motion practices, facilitated by Anneli Molin-Skelton and Aletia A. Alvarez.
Aletia is a cultivator of connection and brings a diverse and varied background to her Soul Motion® practice. She is the co-creator of Madrona MindBody; has danced her way through the years as an organizational consultant and non-profit leader, and her spark for creative movement has catalyzed dynamic personal and professional changes. She is faculty to the Soul Motion School Embodied Leadership Program. Aletia works with groups and individuals that understand themselves as cultural creatives...those individuals, innovative businesses, artists, activists, healers, and seekers that sense it is time to forge new collective pathways, find the inner courage to align, and listen to "the call" or "knowing."
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.
Fourth Thursdays: ecstatic flow with Amy Priest
Nourish your soul with movement as medicine. Immerse yourself in radiant rhythms and surrender to the flow of bliss. Let your body speak in its native tongue. Expanding on a foundation of Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms, we’ll set a safe container for deep dives, allowing for expressions both subtle and intense. Arrive to gentle tones for stretching and warm-up, then a brief opening circle sets the intention for a smooth, full wave of evocative music—Emerging, Flowing, Pulsing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Heartfelt, and Stillness— and ending with a simple closing to honor your journey.
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.