Being in the States for the Christmas and New Year holiday for the first time in a while meant being able to visit family, friends, teachers and studios I know and love … and checking out the Pacific Northwest.
After a very relaxing time in Los Angeles, it was time for an adventure to discover something new. This meant travelling (and dancing) for at least one week along the Pacific Northwest coastline from San Francisco all the way to Vancouver by train or bus. Consider this to be your Mini Dance and Fitness Guide to these prominent and inspiring cities. Enjoy!
The former Odd Fellows Building that houses Alonzo King LINES Dance Center and SF GYROTONIC®, 7th & Market. January 10th, 2017.
As my former stomping ground, this visit included a class at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center with Erik Wagner and a catch up with my former Gyrotonic Master Trainer, Debra Rose from SF GYROTONIC®.
Before leaving the Bay Area, I was able to squeeze in a Gyrotonic group class with Trainer Mike Luque from The Working Body in Oakland (I actually wrote an article for his blog but never met him before!) . Luque’s new space offers a lot of other types of classes too.
Other dance companies and studios to check out –
Gyrotonic /Gyrokinesis Studios
Looking onto the Willamette River en route to Burnside Bridge. SW Portland. January 16th, 2017.
Home to the infinitely cool: Northwest Dance Project and BodyVox. Unfortunately during my January visit, this city was literally iced over, which made it difficult to get around in a short amount of time. Although the beauty of the Coast Starlight sleeper train from Jack London Square satisfied my travel appetite with its stunning views and overall space.
I did, however, briefly speak to Emma Kingston, the Gyrotonic Master Trainer and owner of Center Gyrotonic, to discuss the happenings of a future interview with her about the Method, dance, fitness, and all of that good stuff. Stay tuned!
Other people and places to check out –
Teacher and Choreographer I Know
Gyrotonic / Gyrokinesis / Reformer Pilates
Velocity Dance Center on 12 Ave. Seattle, WA. January 18th, 2017.
This is the quaint (and very rainy) hometown of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Velocity Dance Center, and Cornish College of the Arts. Here, I took a Masterclass with Lavinia Vago from Montreal’s renowned RUBBERBANDance Group. We moved, danced, and increased our heartbeats continuously for nearly 1.5 hours (in the style of Gaga‘s movement language), then learned some the company’s repertoire. IT WAS AMAZING. Keep an eye on Velocity Dance Centre for future workshops and masterclasses.
Other classes to check out –
English Bay Beach. Beginning of the waterfront bicycle path around the Seawall at Stanley Park. January 20th, 2017.
Crossed the border for my last stop and lucked out with a sunny day. However, had an even shorter time to explore the city, so spend the only full day I had to explore Vancouver by biking the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path, the Seawall at Stanley Park.
28km later, this waterfront only pathway was very fulfilling. I also got to practice photographing this city’s stunning scenery with my new camera. For skiing enthusiasts this is your city as Vancouver is known for their local ski resorts, just 20 mins away (links below).
Other local culture to check out –
Favorite Dance Companies
Exercise and Nature
Larger Ski Resort with Hiking Trails
This jam packed trip opened my eyes to the Dance, Fitness and Gyrotonic world. Taking class and understanding the style and vibe of the city was definitely the highlight of the trip, and so was seeing old friends in new places. Looking forward to the next adventure.
Near Mendocino Bay, Northern California.