Alona Rosenberg is a passionate movement teacher, performer and Choreographer. She was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and is currently based in Mullumbimby, Northern Rivers region of NSW where she Co – Founded WeMove Studio, a community hub for dance and Movement. Alona has worked as an independent artist, dancer and choreographer in Australia as well as over seas, She graduated from the Thelma Yellin performance and arts school and has a BA in design and psychology from the Open University, Israel. She danced with the Dirty Feet collective in Sydney, and participated in different site-specific dance works. Alona has worked with Yasmin Goder Company in Israel, has participated in Ohad Naharin’s Gaga technique intensives and has worked as a dance teacher for kids at ‘Big Steps little Feet’ in Sydney. Since moving to Mullumbimby 3 years ago Alona worked with Kimberley Mclntyre in her choreography projects, and some other independent Improvisation ensembles, and collaborated with a number of local artists and creators.
Barbi Sama is a lover of dance, somatic movement, yoga and music. She is a downtempo & World Music DJ, Yoga teacher & Devotional singer.
She believes dance, movement & music as a regular practice has incredible therapeutic value to keep us grounded, in flow and in connection to our inner landscape.
Jim has been involved with dance & movement studies for 15 years. He is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, having trained in Switzerland and Australia. He also works as a biologist, in which he has a PhD. He has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation dance over the same period – loving the spontaneity, authenticity and clarity that this form of dance fosters. He loves to move, to find new ways of moving and to help others discover their own potency in movement.
Kimberley McIntyre has been on a journey with Contact Improvisation since 1995. She has studied in Australia and OS with inspiring teachers including pioneers Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood and Helen Clarke Lapin. Kimberley commenced her own teaching practice in 1999. She has taught at Australian CI Convergence over several years and has a practice of release based technique and performance Improvisation that feed and enhance her CI practice & teaching.
With a passion for intelligent movement Tora has trained and worked across several forms of dance and theatre in both artistic and therapeutic contexts. She holds a degree in Dance, Diploma of Yoga and is a Lvl 1 Ziran Qigong instructor. A spirited teacher, her creativity and adaptability is anchored by an appreciation of form and structure. Her natural warmth and ease invokes beautiful and dynamic movement. In her classes she teaches foundational techniques in a creative context and encourages her students’ to explore of their own unique potential for movement. Tora continues to train under Master Liu Deming, lineage holder of the Zi Ran Men martial tradition and founder of Ziran Qigong.
Kim is a professional dancer & choreographer from the land of love in its name – Slovenia.
She started her dancing path at the age of 6 and after high school attended university where she graduated from P.E & Sport Science. She also competed around Europe for the International Dance Organisation, where her troop won several World & European championships between 2004-2013.
She often spent her holidays in New York & Los Angeles training with renowned choreographers & dancers. Since Kim’s graduation, the main focus has been to educate all dancers in all styles she has learnt & introduce Hip Hop to children & adults of all ages and have a lot of FUN with it.
Nothing makes Kim happier than finding studends who are committed and want to learn, grow & ref top performance level.
Glenda invites students to slow down, feel more and enjoy a sense of being at ease in their body and mind. She brings a rich range of practices to her therapeutic movement classes. Students are guided to enquire into their body’s innate somatic wisdom to release tension, build stability and bring postural and movement patterns into balance. Glenda’s teaching style is nurturing and informative, weaving the principles of alignment and functional anatomy with subtle healing philosophies. Glenda is grateful to have been inspired by many wonderful teachers during her years of exploring the healing arts. Certifications include: Hannah Somatics, Adv.Dip of Health (Yoga Therapy), iRest® Yoga Nidra, Dip of Sport Therapy and Kinesiology. She is a registered level 3, senior yoga teacher with Yoga Australia. During a 25 year career in Sydney, Glenda founded the Mosman Yoga Co-op where she taught, mentored teachers, ran retreats and was renowned for her restorative/yin yoga workshops. She has also facilitated corporate and school yoga programmes, worked in gyms and run a private healing clinic.
Chad Beckett works with Actors, Singers , athletes, teachers, drug & alcohol rehab , anxiety & depression and neurological conditions using movement, voice and rhythm exercises. He began yoga and qigong while studying at Wellpark Ayurvedic College in the late 90’s & has been teaching movement since 2001 and gyrotonic since 2004. Coming from a background in drama he was taken by the similarities between traditional Japanese performing arts training and modern day movement modalities. The aspect he loved most was expression through movement and voice & now enjoys creating & discovering ways to fully embody our voice and body through increased energetic awareness. He loves working with people to find their deep presence as a springboard to creativity in each moment. He is a physical /vocal therapist who lives and works in Mullumbimby.
Anna has been dancing the hula for over 26 years all over the U.S.A. including Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. Although not a native of Hawaii, she respects and represents the culture with the heart and soul of a true Hawaiian local. Anna has formed a hula “hui” (dance group) along with her hula sisters, Mikky, Gisela, Kate and Rebeka, in Mullumbimby that perpetuates the traditions of hula not only as a form of dance and cultural education but most importantly as a way of life.
Ritika has been a seeker for most of her life. The question of “who am I”and “what am I doing here floating on this little blue dot in space” have haunted her all her life. She has spent the last 10 years in India exploring different schools of thought that address these questions. Ritika uses pranayama(breath work) and Kriya (energy work) to create a dance of energy that awakens your chakras and allows you to drop into the silence of your heart. If you have ever wanted to meditate and didn’t know where to start or find it difficult to quieten your mind, come experience a class with Ritika.
Philippa Williams has a Diploma from the London School of Speech and Drama and toured for fifteen years as an actress with Dionysia Theatre, The Rose Theatre Company, The Mask Studio, Portal Productions, Circle X Arts and TaurusVoice Theatre Company.
Philippa ran the Stroud performing Arts Courses in Gloucestershire, England and has taught theatre skills, directed plays and worked as a therapist in a variety of settings including schools, colleges, the Mental Health Sector, with teenagers with special needs and in Adult Education.
Philippa also has a Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy and an Advanced Diploma in Psychophonetics Counselling. Since coming to Australia seven years ago she has been teaching, facilitating theatre courses and directing community theatre productions.
Philippa has taught movement and improvisation at The Actors Workshop in Brisbane, Byron Bay Film and Television School, Cape Byron Steiner School, Shearwater School and The Warehouse Workshop. For the last fifteen years she has also been working with groups of women exploring Feminine Archetype themes and creating theatre productions as well as running children’s theatre classes. Philippa is a Director for Public Act Theatre Company based at the Byron Theatre.
Joe Jurd is a dance and movement artist trained in contemporary release technique and improvisation. Since 2005 he has worked with a variety of choreographers and directors including Hans van den Brook (Belgium) and David Zambrano (Venezuela) with whom he studied extensively in the techniques of Flying Low and Passing Through. He was a recipient of the DanceWEB scholarship in Vienna and most recently has been travelling throughout Europe and Asia exploring the intersection of contemporary technique with Brazilian Zouk and social partner dancing.
Talulah grew up doing ballet in country towns all around NSW, and went on to obtain her BA in Dance in Sydney. She pursued performance opportunities while teaching hundreds of kids and adults all over Sydney for twelve years. After the birth of her second son, Talulah developed severe arthritis and was unable to dance for several years. She healed herself, and slowly returned to dance through improvisation, finding a deeper joy in dance along the way. Now a mother of four, Talulah has refined and focuses on what she truly loves in dance.
She shares this love and joy in her daily improvisation posts, through collaborating with other dancers and teaching adult contemporary classes.
Tess Eckert is an expressive arts activist, facilitator and educator–using dance and other embodied art processes for community building, transformative programs for youth and social justice. She is inspired by the creative spirit fostered in the Northern Rivers and is excited to keep learning, growing and collaborating locally and beyond.
Adrianna started dancing at 4 years of age with the traditional jazz, tap and ballet combination. At 12 years old she started rhythmic gymnastics and competed at a state and national level where she developed a love of using apparatus while moving. She has since explored a number of movements and dance styles including yoga, martial arts, contemporary dance, salsa, and hip hop. She also has a passion for musical theatre and performed with Bangalow Theatre Company at their production of Chicago. Adrianna blends her knowledge of technique, body awareness, and creative expression into her teaching and loves to inspire her students to find their own unique flair and style.
Ohad Rein is a Yoga teacher, Meditation instructor, Kirtan artist, Producer, Writer, Composer and Performer. Ohad is a full Diploma graduate of the Academy of Yoga Science (formally Satyananda Yoga Academy Australia). AYS offer a teacher-training course, which is regarded as one of the longest, most comprehensive and respected in the Yoga world. Ohad has been teaching in this style for over six years and has more than 15 years of experience practicing different Yoga techniques, such as Vinyasa and Ashtanga, and also practicing Chi Gong, Transcendental meditation and Buddhist Vipassna meditation.
Meggie has loved moving since she was born Dance, athletics and performance have been an important part of her life since she was young. Meggie was born and raised in Wisconsin, USA, and now lives in Mullumbimby, NSW where she is a co-founder of WeMove Studio, a place where she thrives on creating connections with other movers and loves collaborating with a other teachers to offer holistic dance experiences to her community. Meggie is a certified Nia Technique practitioner and Rhythm Works Integrative Dance teacher. She practices improvisation and enjoys being a student as well as a teacher. As a body worker and athlete for may years, Meggie is dedicated to the study of movement and she uses her knowledge of the mechanical and energetic body to share her passion for dance, authentic expression and creativity. She invites others into a playful arena where all things are possible whether it is learning a new dance style, healing injuries, increasing fitness or shifting mindsets and emotions. Meggie has experience teaching students with a variety of different abilities and ages including adults, children and elderly.
Julie Bartley is an accredited Nia- Brown Belt and 5 Stages teacher. She comes from a dance and healing arts background. She has a Diploma in Shiatsu and Aromatherapy, a Dip Ed (Prim) and has completed the Journey Practitioner Program. She brings a freshness and enthusiasm to her classes. The emphasis is to have fun, creatively express and enjoy the process of moving your bodies in ways that feel good, no matter what age or experience, in a safe and supportive way.
Yael is a Professional Dancer, Percussionist, Singer and an Instructor for Pilates, Zumba, Movement, Belly Dance, Samba, Afro Brazilian, Hiphop, Body percussion and rhythm.
She has danced and toured with the internationally acclaimed dance company Mayumana for 13 years.
Yael has a wide dancing background in Belly dancing, Salsa, Samba, African, Modern Dance, Ballet, Hip hop and more. She has enjoyed performing as a dancer, back up singer and percussionist alongside many well known artists ; including Dindin Aviv, Moshe Ben Ari, Lea Shabbat, as well as the Turkish Gypsy project- Anistar.
Yael has many years of experience teaching others the gifts of music and movement and has a contagious smile to share with her students!