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Modern Dance Technique -

Adult Beginner

Your favorite dance class is back for the fall season!


This is an ideal dance class for beginners or returning dancers, and will teach movements that are foundational for modern and contemporary dance styles. Students will focus on core connection, spirals, contractions, under-curve, basic floor progressions, and elemental concepts of space, time, weight, and flow in movement. This class will also introduce basic dance/movement vocabulary. Students will build core strength, flexibility, and confidence in a fun and encouraging environment.

If you currently dance, used to dance, or love watching dance, come join in! All movement levels welcome.

8 week series   ||   September 25 - November 13, 2019

Wednesdays 6-7pm


Pre-register:  $75.00

Drop-in rate: *only available with RSVP


Moving Through Chronic Pain

This therapeutic group will explore multiple mind-body approaches to coping with chronic pain, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dance/movement therapy, and mindfulness practices. Techniques are always evidence-based. This group will aim to create a community of support and understanding around the chronic pain experience, and nurture a positive relationship with one’s own body.


  • 8 weeks

  • 1 – 1.25 hours

  • $120 for full series

  • Wednesday evenings in Chestnut Hill

Exact dates and times are TBD, pending interest and member needs.


Minimum enrollment must be met in order to run, but there is some flexibility in making sure days and times work best for potential members! If you are interested, please respond by clicking below. 


 Members must register for the full series, unless arrangements are made ahead of time to accommodate planned absences. Please note this in your registration email. 

New Mothers Support Group

A monthly support group for new mothers and their little ones, offered completely free to the community in the Greater Philadelphia area.

A beautiful, calm, vibrant, open, honest, caring setting for mothers to come together. Whether you have just had your first child or your fifth, each new little one brings with them lots of learning. It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a community of women to raise up a mother.

Each meeting offers mothers a chance to ask for and offer support, or simply enjoy being in each other's company.

Third Tuesday of each month, 10:30-11:30am

Upcoming Dates:

Aug. 20

Sept. 17

Oct. 15

Nov. 19


Pain often makes us pull away - come together to heal your relationship with your body.

This group takes an evidence-informed approach to gentle and creative movement for reducing pain and pain-related anxiety. Combine elements of dance, yoga, and movement therapy into one class. All ages and movement levels welcome, chairs provided.

6 week series   ||   January 23- February 27, 2019

Hosted @ Healing Arts Studios, Chestnut Hill, PA


Embodied Parenting and Attunement Through Movement

Developmentally-focused movement, rhythm, and play for infants 0-6 months

Workshop dedicated to bonding with your infant through movement, music, and play! Parents/caregivers will learn developmentally appropriate interactions, stretches, and movement for infants and young babies, and ways to promote increasing body organization in their child as they begin to learn about the world around them. Parents/caregivers will also receive support in their own ability to attune to their child. For parents and caregivers with children 6 months or younger (or pre-crawling).

6 week series   ||   January 28-March 4, 2019

Hosted @ Healing Arts Studio, Chestnut Hill, PA


This no-stress improvisation class introduces movement exercises and open dance “structures” to help cultivate a unique voice as a moving body.

Movers of all levels will have the opportunity to challenge their expressive range, listen to their inner voice and develop trust in decision making. Skills such as spatial awareness, dance dynamics, silent communication, and resolution of movement will be addressed.

Class will offer opportunities to develop solo and group material. Class series will begin by creating 30 second dances, and work towards 5+ minutes. All classes end with an open movement “jam”.

Experienced improvisors welcome, but no improv or dance experience necessary.

6 week series   ||   May 1 - June 6, 2019

Hosted @ Healing Arts Studio, Chestnut Hill, PA

Past Workshops