Who Should Attend? And Why Tuscany?
This retreat is for dance teachers, adult dancers and those who don’t consider themselves dancers anymore but really want to get back to living in a comfortable body. Aging bodies (meaning anything over the age of 20) often have habitual movement patterns that have been hardwired into the body, both efficiently and inefficiently.
Ask any dancer or athlete and they will tell you all about their asymmetries. More flexible on this side, better splits on this side, not great with balancing on this leg and so on and so forth. Dance, like other sports involve complicated skill sets. If those skills are learned on top of dysfunctional or less than optimal foundational movements it will impair performance and leave one vulnerable to injuries.
What if there was a way to decode what’s underneath those patterns by analyzing functional movements and exploring ways to come into balance without big alterations to your technique?
This is where looking at technique through the lens of stability and mobility comes in. We will be assessing our own foundational and functional patterns and then exploring the relationships between the mobility and stability of different body areas and joints.
The focus is on improving YOU. I’m a firm believer in putting your mask on first when it drops down in an airplane and then helping those around you. The fastest way to own, integrate and share information is to explore, personalize, and then tweak your processes based on feedback. Can you imagine how much a like-minded group of dancers and teachers could learn through a process like that? I can…
No previous anatomy training is necessary and it doesn’t matter what your current fitness level is – but passion and desire to improve your own physical health is essential.
At the 2018 Tuscany retreat I brought my adult (non-dancing) daughter with me and we had a blast! There were a few other teachers who shared that trip with a family member and with that in mind I am going to open up some spots to a non-dance partner or family member to attend with you at a decreased price. (-$200 off) They will be fully involved in all ways, except for the classes that you would be taking with me. If you want to take advantage of this simply pay the deposit for double occupancy for each of you and then let me know who is a non-dancing partner. I will revise the later invoices to reflect the decrease. Sharing adventures is always more fun!
Believe it or not, the body thrives on change. When you put yourself in a new environment your nervous system perks up! It’s one reason why people like to travel so much – they say they feel so alive and awake – and that makes sense from a physical and physiological perspective.
It’s not that you can’t make changes during your normal schedule and life – it’s just harder. Teachers have a bad habit of putting their students’ well-being before their own. They are caretakers and parents and compassionate men and women.
I’m calling this adventure a dance teacher retreat because I want you to retreat from your normal life and take time for yourself. Imagine having free time and making a choice about how you want to use it – visit a village? Be poolside to rest and swim? Decide to take a nap?
There are plenty of times we will be a community – during classes and meals and I suspect many of the excursions off of the hamlet. It is your choice. And it will feel good.
Why Tuscany? Well…. you won’t find a more beautiful area in the world that is relatively easy to get to, has an amazing culture, history, beauty, shopping, nature… and heart ❤️