Dancing into Wellbeing: A Creative Toolkit for Stress

Photo of 9 people standing in a circle dancing with their elbows
“Two left feet”? No problem!

What happens when we respond to stress by dancing? Embodied movement can be an amazing source of nourishment, both in solitude and in community. It allows us to be present as a whole being; simultaneously active and creative.

Photo: 7 people each moving a different way.

Through a variety of movement, improvisation and expressive arts activities, you’ll focus on integrating physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social well-being. 

No prior dance experience is needed, and there is no “wrong” way to move. You are welcome to dance from standing or sitting positions – activities will be adapted for the people present.

Facilitated by Joanne Cuffe. For this workshop I have woven in the activities that participants have found the most powerful/fun/useful at Dancing for Wellbeing classes in recent years. The activities integrate concepts from the dozens of teachers with whom I have studied, as well as the movement practices that I rely on when I feel overwhelmed.

Upcoming workshops:

Dancing into Wellbeing: A Creative Toolkit for Stress – Saturday March 4, 2017 10:00am-4:30pm at Royal Roads University. To register see the course page.


Photo: a very large conference room or hall, with a shiny floor and 7 chairs in a circle

For reflections on a previous session, see this post: “dealing with life’s challenging moments with movement.”

The one-day workshop at Royal Roads University on Saturday November 22, 2014 was delightful. It was in the beautiful spacious Grant building quarterdeck from 10am – 4:30pm, with a field trip to the building next door with an incredible view over the forests, sea, lagoon and castle.