Movement in Practice Facilitators
Shirley is a Registered Nurse that teaches Line Dance for exercise. She had many health benefits personally and has a lot of fun dancing. She wanted to share this with friends, however many said they could not learn to dance. Shirley had never been able to dance until she finally learned to Line Dance. After she learned she tried to determine how she had learned and developed a method for teaching. She calls her method the DWIC (Do What I Can) Method. Shirley works with seniors and encourages exercise (Line Dancing) for short consistent periods.
Shirley is based in the USA.
With over fifteen years experience, her main focus is private practice at Orquidia Therapy . Previous clinical employment includes The Priory Hospital, the University of East London and West London Centre for Counselling. She offer individual therapy for adults, psychological evaluations for adoption and PsyFlow Movement interventions for improved emotional and physical health.
PsyFlow Movement & Rhythms classes designed to promote emotional and mental wellbeing as well as physical health. At PsyFlow you get a workout of both body and mind informed by the Movement In Practice Approach, STEP. Mindfulness is interspersed through the movement intervention as yet another evidence-based practice to improve wellbeing. Weekly classes are dedicated to boosting resilience, improving mood, self acceptance and body confidence while working out and dancing to some of your favourite tunes. Structured choreographies and improvisational movement are practiced and developed at PsyFlow. Therapeutic groups can be especially designed to facilitate weight management and improve body confidence, address menopausal changes, along with psychological issues around confidence and general mood management. They can serve as a holding space for NHS waiting lists while waiting for therapeutic interventions.
Sandra is based in the UK.
Michelle was Assistant Director of Dance at The BRIT School and a former Director of Dance at one of the UK’s top co-ed boarding schools according to The Sunday Times‘ Parent Power 2019/2020. She founded the Dancecentre Brighton, which from 2002-2010, was the first commercial studios for dance in Brighton.
Happy Me Dance (HMD) programmes and Health and Wellbeing packages open up the discussion about mental health and wellbeing with children and young people through the primary years aged 5-11, to create an open culture towards the subject. HMD have combined their dance and movement based skill sessions with elements of the MIND course designed by West Kent Mind in collaboration with Kent County Council and Kent Association of Head Teachers.
Michelle is based in the UK.
Clare Dudeney is an experienced Therapeutic Counsellor working in private practice with expertise and lived experience in the area of neurodiversity, offering therapy online and in person from her practice in Bedford. Clare was diagnosed dyspraxic in childhood, and autistic and ADHD in adulthood. She offers a therapeutic package specifically aimed at introducing and exploring the benefits of movement to her neurodivergent counselling clients, tailored to their individual needs.
Talking about mental health and wellbeing on a broader scale through a neurodivergent lens is an important part of Clare’s evolving work as ‘The Humanistic Autistic’. She brings knowledge and conversation starters from both a professional and personal perspective across social media to spread awareness and understanding around neurodivergent wellbeing, with a particular focus on the wide-ranging benefits of movement.
Clare is based in the UK.
Marijke uses Movement in Practice to stimulate the elderly and people with Alzheimer and Parkinsons to get them out of their comfort zone. She loves to create an inspiring mood and a safe environment to challenge people to show the best of themselves.
Marijke is based in the Netherlands
Negar has been dancing all her life and has a passion for dancing. Now as a facilitator for Movement in Practice would like to use her passion for teaching others at the workplace and for people to feel good and positive through Persian dance. She believes dancing is not only joyful but also therapeutic.
Negar is based in the UK.
As an experienced University dance lecturer, Jane is using her ‘Greenhouse’ concept to create safe movement spaces for students and community participants across all ages and settings, enabling everyone to gain the maximum from the physical connections and social benefits of each session.
Sorcha Monk works in community development in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, aiming at enhancing community cohesion and reducing social isolation by using dance.
Lisa Lister is an author, psychotherapeutic coach + a somatic movement practitioner who offers support, space and counsel to women who are exploring, navigating and wanting to heal their relationship with their body, power, sex, creativity, pleasure + passion in these ‘interesting’ times.
Her movement practices – SHE Flow + In.Your.Body.Ment – are unique blends of nourishing movement, breath work, sound + somatic practices created + curated to support, resource + work in tune with the cyclical nature + rhythmic intelligence of your body. www.thesassyshe.com
Gemma Foley is an Occupational Therapist and works for a Specialist Eating Disorder Residential Care Home. “I dance for me and not the ED” is a project she is currently introducing into the unit.
Ethan, diagnosed with bipolar, discovered dance as a way to heal and grow in his personal journey. Amazed by the transformative power of dance, Ethan started Dork Dancing, a free dance movement and mental health campaign. As a dork dancer, Ethan works to build community and spread positivity.