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More About April

“I am seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body’s movement”

Isadora Duncan

   

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I believe so strongly in movement as a form of self-expression that I have made it my life’s work, creating opportunities for people of all ages to explore movement in a nurturing creative space. 

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During my early teaching years, I taught creative movement and pre-ballet to children ages 4 and up. Many of the children continued to study ballet and jazz with me for many years. I staged yearly recitals to offer them the opportunity to experience performance and show their family what they had learned. 

In addition to adult ballet and jazz dance classes, I created a class for seniors called Broadway Basics, in which I choreographed steps to classic show tunes. This was way before Zumba!

My yoga teaching goes back to the early 80’s when I initiated yoga classes in New York health clubs and dance centers long before yoga was popular. I also taught fitness classes and worked as a personal trainer. I incorporated yoga into my fitness training for the mind-body connection. 

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About the time my feet were begging me to stop teaching dance, I was walking my dog in the park and noticed an older man moving his body effortlessly, eyes closed with a peaceful smile on his face. His movement had a fluidity that my trained eye saw would be unusual for a person of his age. I knew there was something deeper going on beneath the surface. Upon meeting Yu Xiang Chun, I learned he was practicing Qigong. Hungry to learn more , I asked Master Yu if he would teach me. I learned by imitating his slow gentle movement and felt an instant connection to Qigong. I had always felt energy moving in my body, now I was experiencing energy both within and all around me.

When Master Yu returned to his home in China, my search for another teacher connected me with Lee Holden. I have studied and trained with Lee since 2010 and hosted his workshops in Chicago. I continue to practice and work with Lee and love his creative, fun and inspiring teaching style.

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My daily Qigong practice has been particularly helpful during the pandemic and enabled me to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Each time I practice Qigong, I feel grounded, at ease and better able to navigate these challenging times.

Before COVID, I was teaching Qigong classes at California State University Wellness Center and Recreational Center. I taught weekly drop in Qigong and Yoga classes at Rising Lotus Yoga and Bindupoint Meditation Center in Los Angeles. 

When lockdown occurred in March 2020, I took all my classes online and created a portal for all of my students in other areas of the country to attend classes on Zoom. 

I look forward to the return of in person classes, retreats and gatherings. I believe that we learn better together, and the energy becomes even more palpable when practiced in group settings. 
 

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