Dance as a Meditation
Community Engagement and Integrated Practice Research
Inspired by the philosophies of her yoga teaching training and experience, Nadia has been researching the correlation between dance and yoga, in particular the practice of dance as a form of meditation.
Nadia has facilitated sessions for Open Practice Brisbane as well as The IndepenDANCE Project to explore this research.
In collaboration with Brianna Law, Nadia completed a Ausdance NSW's DAIR Residency at Alstonville Dance Studio where they connected with local artists, indigenous groups, integrated groups, youth, elderly and professional dancers in the meditation practice.
Nadia held a workshop at Yonder Festival with musician Raani Jade using this practice to facilitate a shared embodied experience among participants.
Some feedback from participants includes:
"I loved that it was an open playground. I really noticed my body - some of the pains and tension and the process allowed me to let go of these things"
Pheonix Tanner – emerging artist UK/Northern NSW
"I was delighted by their openness of practice and their depth of knowledge both of which were complemented by their palpable sensitivity towards all things improvised"
Phil Blackman – professional dance artist and teacher Northern NSW.
“I liked that I was able to be creative. I hadn’t moved or considered my body in this way before.”
Ruth Povall – local mature dancer at Alstonville Dance Studio
“A really wonderful and timely reminder for me personally about self-compassion and creativity."
Sandi Woo – community dance practitioner/ co-founder of Open Practice
"The workshop was invigorating. I'd never considered myself a dancer but I was able to let go of that and really enjoy myself in the moment"
Juliana Fontana - Yonder Festival Participant