Mary Beth Parker, dance minister for Tri-Cities Flow University, will be presenting the concept of dance as movement meditation. Mary Beth has taught hoop dance for almost two years now in Johnson City, has had formal dance training for over ten years, is an interfaith minister, and is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association. She is also a junior at ETSU, studying Religion/Philosophy, Psychology, and Dance.
Most cultures have some form of sacred dance, and many people enjoy the escape of day-to-day reality in the form of freestyle dance. “HoopPath”, taught by Jonathan Livingston Baxter, is a practice done with weekly regularity. Finding one’s “individual flow” is connecting with yourself on a spiritual level by leaving the outside world for a while. Embracing your authentic self and allowing some wiggle room in your life for mistakes; learning how to not necessarily force the hoop to move, but to respond gracefully to “breaks” within the infinite circle.
This class will be addressing the history and technical fundamentals of modern hoop dance. (On and off body techniques, vertical and horizontal planes, breaks and paddles). This will be a beginner’s level class (no experience required!!!), but everyone is welcome to attend. If anyone is interested in an intermediate/advanced class, please contact Stephanie Lovell of TCFU. Proceeds support Tri-Cities Flow University to provide more flow toys for community events and workshops.
$10 to $15 sliding scale. Everyone welcome.