Students' experiences:

 

I have been dancing on and off for most of my life and have never experienced the kind of freedom of expression I get in the exercises we do in class. I feel more in touch with my body and breath connection….Most importantly I’ve been able to let go of my mind and let my body move the way it needs to.

I can’t tell you how much this class means to me. The ecstatic dance we have been doing has been amazing. I called my mom after class crying happy tears. It felt like I released so much weight that wasn’t mine to carry. I have a really hard time letting go and that experience let me completely step out of my mind and body and just be my authentic self. It was more spiritual than any yoga or meditation I have ever experienced and more fulfilling than any type of counseling or advice. It was healing and beautiful and I think everyone should experience it. We take ourselves too seriously in our culture and I think by completely letting go of our control teaches us a lot about our true selves.

You’re such a special person and an incredible teacher

G.R.

 

I’d just like you to know you’re incredible Mandy…your versatility amazes me!

You’ve done a phenomenal job leading our class and creating an atmosphere that feels safe and comfortable while simultaneously exciting and new. I’ve had an amazing time

E.D.

 

Since taking this class, I feel a profound sense of intention in relation to my body; my body is more than a machine, it’s a work of art, of continuous creative expression. Being open and receptive to my body’s ability to express my heart’s desires has changed the relationship I have with my body.  When I walk or dance around, I feel the various points of contact my feet make on the earth.  Having an awareness of body –to- earth connection has promoted a sense of groundedness, intention and relaxation.

 

My absolute favorite thing we do in class is the Ecstatic dance practice because it makes me feel most in tune with my body; the joy, peace, community and wonder I experience at the end of our practice brings me to tears (literally!) I also enjoy the group work we do, I think it brings our class closer and promotes trust

C.B.

 

There has been an evocation of my body’s limits as I now dance more freely. I feel I have broadened my understanding of what I thought I was capable of and its perception of space around it. I am now more aware of how my body interacts with the ground and it’s surrounding especially when there are people in close proximity

S.B.

 

This class has provided me with a lot of new experiences and concepts that I was not used to before. I would like to thank you Mandy for teaching me new ways to listen to my body and explore life in a new way. I have become much more open to new experiences and opportunities that may have made me uncomfortable before. You have helped me become a much more content person through dance, and I appreciate that to no end.

A.H.

 

I’m always excited to begin class. Almost everything you teach us gets integrated into my life, which is really cool. Not many people, especially teachers, have been able to do that. I really do feel this class is helping me develop as a person. Because of that I am always very enthusiastic about this class and I always put a lot of effort into everything.

J.R.

 

So far my favorite day of class was the “sunflower” day. To be honest, when we were lying on the floor listening to Jesse’s music I felt like I was on some sort of psychedelic drug, yet I wasn’t. When the whole group comes together and gets sort of emotional; this is what makes this class different than any other class I have ever taken.

C.R.

 

I enjoy learning how to be goofy. This doesn’t mean I don’t take this class seriously. I simply have a hard time dancing or even being wild in front of peers in a classroom. This luckily is a judgment-free zone since we all look goofy. I apply that to my everyday life by being open with people and not expecting them to be harsh critics. I like everything we’re doing but learning to be more open to human connection with strangers is the most valuable and enjoyable. I think the class is taught beautifully.

This class lifts me up in some ways and gets me ready for the day and energized. A lot of that comes from the energy in the room and you Mandy!

A.H.

 

I’ve started to incorporate Qi-Gong into marital arts before and during my sessions. It has helped me tremendously to stay aware of my body and develop fluid and seamless progressions. I realized that I stopped thinking about what my body was doing, letting it run it’s own course, which allows me to really focus on what’s going on around me and my body seems to react on it’s own. I’ve noticed my body has been trained now to control itself and be led by emotion rather than logic. That gives me expression that is unique to my own experiences and feelings.

N.J.