Co-founder of Open Floor International, Kathy has shared her knowledge and passion for dance with thousands of people all over the world. She is a beloved artist and teacher who facilitates personal expression using movement, art, imagery, and voice. Her inspirational teachings allow and encourage healing for the body, mind, heart and spirit.
Co-founder of Open Floor International, Lori is gifted at inspiring even the shyest students to find their personal movement style. Her warm, humorous, and welcoming nature bring both ease and fire to those who come to her dance floor. Her decades of study in embodied spirituality lend a unique depth to her work.
Infused with flavor, passion, practicality, and humor, Stacey is an inspirational facilitator skilled at holding space for transformation. Studies with teachers and healers worldwide have informed Stacey’s personal practice and sharpened her intuitive skills for creating a safe movement container in any environment.
Drawing from years of teaching meditation and years of choreographing improvisational theater, Davida brings committed passion and an evocative, devotional teaching style to the dance floor. She is known for her delightful sense of humor, spontaneity, humility, and genuine caring presence.
Joseph structures and facilitates their teachings through inquiry based movement. They are a “cultivator of curiosity”. Joseph’s calm presence and playful nature encourages their students to dive in to explore and discover, at one’s own pace, what’s true for them in the moment.
Zuza’s conscious movement classes and workshops highlight body-based awareness. She sprinkles her years of studies in somatics, Buddhist meditation, and psycho-spiritual inquiry throughout her teachings. Witty, clever, and observant, Zuza is exceptionally skilled at connecting each dancer deeper into themselves.
Jenny is a soft and wild teacher, a nurturer and edge walker in one. Tuning in with her heart, mind, and belly Jenny sees and supports the web of interconnection that is a necessary healing salve in our world today. Jenny’s deep connection to the natural world feeds her soul and inspires her teaching each time she steps on the floor.
Joining this team from ‘over the pond’, Brit Sarah brings her love of music to stir into the cauldron of the dancefloor. Her passion for play, connection and creativity orientates her facilitation. She is delighted to be a founding member of Open Floor International.
Cathy is a skilled facilitator of conscious dance and the creative muse in motion. She holds groups from all over the world and is a founding member of Open Floor International. Her unique facilitation is personal, authentic, deep-shit-spirit-full, heart-full, spacious and clear. Infused with the art of theatre, poetry, earth medicine, movies and the soul of a seeker.
A few things that Michael holds sacred; the love of his life Anneli, the miracle of that love, Jaylan, resilience, friends that cherish and challenge him, integrity, dancing alone, dancing with you, transparency, love. Michael is a senior faculty of the Soul Motion School and he resides in Port Townsend, Washington.
Jo Woods is a Catalytic ‘Open Floor’ Movement Teacher, DJ, Renegade Artist & Writer, Registered Nurse, and Activist with over 25 years of Mindfulness experience. Jo identifies as gender fluid and is a proud Open Floor working member on the Art in Motion Circle. Together, Jo Woods & Sarah Winter co-created Artful Awareness, they continue to offer a variety of inspiring classes & workshops in Melbourne, Australia. Jo both lives and works in the beautiful Yarra Ranges and acknowledges the traditional owners of that land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, whose sovereignty was never ceded.
Ko Ngāti Kahunugnu, Ko Ngā Ruahine ōku iwi. He mokopuna o Aotearoa New Zealand ahau. Ko Kaia Hawkins toku ingoa. Kia ora koutou, I share Open Floor with those who surround me here in Aotearoa, NZ. I love to rattle your bones, give space for your truth and find beauty. Ngā mihi nui e te whanau kanikani. (she/they/ia)
Shaken and stirred by years of falling down and getting back up, Michael Z has studied with Zuza Engler, Michael Molin-Skelton, Vincent Martínez-Grieco and Kathy Altman, among others, and has been leading Soul Motion™ classes and workshops since becoming certified to teach in 2009. What he aspires to teach is what he desires to learn: the art of being alive in a human body, in the company of others.
Becoming an attuned and skillful inhabitant of a human body has always fascinated me. Embodiment as a path of study and devotion holds the felt sense of life as we live it, the creative qualities of imagination, inspiration, and art and the transcendent qualities of presence, compassion, love and Union with Spirit.
I have approached embodiment through every doorway I could find: Bodywork, Yoga, dance of all kinds, hiking, living life, being a mother, a lover, Somatic psychotherapy, meditation, thru professional trainings, academic programs and constant dedicated practice.
I came to dance early in life. It was a way to re-center myself in the tumultuous years of my adolescence. As I grew up, I was taught that dance was superfluous to the more important things in life: mothering, career, being a mature adult. I let dance fall away as I pursued academic studies and life as a professor. It wasn’t until later, as I entered another tumultuous period, that I learned that dance is not superfluous to life. It is central. It is my soul speaking to me and I have learned to listen. Since then, my regular dance practice has been the most important way I know to stay centered and connected in the world.