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Dazaun Soleyn: On His Journey through Dance, Teaching the GYROTONIC® Method, & Architecture

February 13, 2021
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I had to dance first. It made me so aware of my body; in relationship to the earth; in relationship to curvature and spirals; in relationship to flow […] this pulled me away from the mechanics of ‘what architecture is’ to what does architecture mean for me?


Dazaun Soleyn is a Dancer, Choreographer and GYROTONIC® Trainer based in San Francisco. We speak about his experience at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program and the vision that led him to becoming a GYROTONIC® Trainer amongst other things, like getting back into Architecture.

There are so many things about humans, life and movement that he eloquently describes, I won’t even dare try to simplify it for the rest of this paragraph. Just hit play.

This is his story.

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Trina Marie Bordere: On Breath Work, Sensation, & Yawning

February 6, 2021
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“The breath is one of the first things impacted by stress of any kind and it impacts every part of your body. There is no part of your human that isn’t touched by breathing!”


Trina Bordere‘s a Dancer, Movement Artist, GYROTONIC® Trainer and GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer based in New Orleans. She’s known for marrying breath work and vocalization to the aforementioned methods for over a decade now.

Trina and I met virtually for the first time, like most of my interviewees over lockdown, so we began by simply introducing each other. We quickly get into the meaning of what breathing means and what it really does to our body, brain, and spirit.

Listen to her story about how she got into Dance, the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods alongside Juliu Horvath, and why it has sparked her curiosity in the wonderful world of breath work and yawning.


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Lisa Roche: On Self-Care & Reevaluating Our Priorities

January 30, 2021
Lisa Roche: on self care and reevaluating our priorities

“Deal with what’s happening. Move that out of your body, and as that moves, you’ll start feeling – ‘Wow, I was hanging on to a lot of stuff’.”


Lisa Roche is the founder and owner of a 1 to 1 GYROTONIC® studio, called Nagare, based in New Jersey. Her studio also shares the space with other holistic therapies, such as Reiki and Massage.

We speak about the importance of acknowledging wellbeing, looking at the body as a whole, as well as how self-care is changing with this universal shift of the pandemic. Lisa also provides some great tips on how to deal with this.

She takes us through her life before discovering the GYROTONIC® method – from political science, to being a mother, to studying music – then flash forward to when she began Adult Ballet classes and her long history of back pain started to flared up.

Listen to her enthusiastic and generous story.


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Maurya Kerr: On Diversifying GYROTONIC® Studios & Amplifying Black Voices

September 27, 2020
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I first met Maurya during my training days at LINES Ballet summer intensives back in 2001. She then became one of the main teachers at the LINES BFA program for Ballet and the GYROTONIC® Method, where I was also a student.

During the pandemic, lockdown, and the Black Lives Matter’s uprising (all of which is still going on), I was able to take some time to reflect on my own background, dance training, and what it means to be Black in the Dance and GYROTONIC® Community and if it did, in fact, mean anything…but of course it does.

This led me to the question: Where are all the Black Gyrotonic Trainers? and How can I highlight them more? I immediately turned to Maurya and a few other trainers I knew personally for support on the matter.

Maurya lets us in to what she’s been working on artistically and politically, the change and lack of change she’s seen within the Dance and Gyrotonic communities, and how we all need to help amplify Black voices.

This is her (and our) story.


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Kayla Harley: On Health, Identity, & Making Things Work

July 24, 2020
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I met Kayla way back in the day during our time at the LINES Ballet BFA program in San Francisco. I had also picked her to perform in my Senior choreography piece, so from working with her in this way, I always knew she had something special to offer.

Flash forward 10 years, I was right. She has become the embodiment of her ideas and experiences, from Dance to GYROKINESIS® and now healing. She also provides and offers tremendous support for the movement and wellbeing community with retreats, podcasts, and more.

Naturally, I wanted to know more about the work she’s doing now and catch up a bit from the last decade. I was also particularly curious about her experience as a mover and trainer of color. Here, we speak about the last few months in the U.S., what we’d like to see in the future, and what we can do about it now.

This is her story.


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Dr. Justine Bernard: On Living in Washington D.C. & Her Goals for Change

June 23, 2020
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Justine is a Physical Therapist and GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Master trainer based in Washington D.C. I got in contact with her as soon as she revealed the changes she will begin making at her studio, Elements Center in response to ‘the last straw’ with inequality (see below).

Justine speaks openly about her upbringing, her appreciation for movement, the arts, bridging the gap between communities, and the excitement about giving others what she loves the most: the GYROTONIC® Method.


References

The Change in the Field of Dance by Using the GYROTONIC® Method
Presentation by Rita Renha, Marni Larkin, Jennifer S. Dalva

Reflections from a Token Black Friend
Written by Ramesh A Nagarajah

Justine’s poster for the current project at Elements Center –

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Colleen Snell: On Artistic Collaboration & the Importance of Embodiment

April 17, 2020
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“I believe in humans… their behaviour and their stories.”

Colleen is a performer, choreographer, educator and the Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Frog in Hand – a dynamic, site-specific driven performance group that she began with her sister, Noelle Hamlyn.

I first met Colleen in 2010 at London Contemporary Dance School where we received our Masters. I’ve been following her work over the years and now, given the climate, I finally made the time to arrange a chat with her.

Here we easily speak about her work, how she got there, her dance and non-dance related influences, and how she’s been transitioning during the lockdown.



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A Call for Movers & Makers

March 26, 2020
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What a crazy time this is for all of us around the world. How has this period challenged your work physically, creatively, mentally, financially? Let’s talk about it.

I’m looking for creatives, dancers, teachers, fitness instructors and any wellbeing practitioners to speak out on their current situation and promote any work they might be now doing online. Just simply send a message to set up a meeting and you will be a part of my ongoing interview series ‘The Movers & The Makers‘.
Looking forward to speaking with you.
Much Love,
Kindall xo

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From the Archives: Dancer & PhD Graduate, Teresa Fabião on Research, Movement & Travel

January 19, 2020
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During my time in Portugal, I taught GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® in Lisbon at Equilibrium and Little Yoga Space, while also covering classes in Porto at Instituto do Lago (where I would later visit with Teresa).

I met Teresa after of my classes at Little Yoga Space where she mentioned that she is also a dancer and has also studied the GYROTONIC® Method, and although she lived in Porto, she would like to collaborate in the future. I was so happy she introduced herself that day – we remained friends ever since.

Teresa has recently been in Northern California for 3 months and has just completed her Level 1 Tamalpa Institute-life / Art Process Immersion certification with Anna Halprin and her daughter Daria Halprin. She will continue until May for the next progression of the program.

This conversation was before this journey and was an evening we spent together in my kitchen in Lisbon when she was in town for a dance show, just chatting over tea. I then decided to begin recording.

Between being busy with teaching and then relocating to London, this has been on the back burner for way too long. Finally here’s our conversation – uncut.

Enjoy the inspiring Teresa Fabião on research, movement, and travelling.


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Domini Anne: On Merging the GYROTONIC®, Yoga & Fitness Communities

February 18, 2019
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Master Trainer Domini Anne from Carmel, California. She is an avid mover and maker within the movement community who is constantly delving deep into GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods as well as various styles of yoga, movement and fitness.

I first met Domini in San Francisco many moons ago at S.F. GYROTONIC® where she also sold her own clothing line. It was exciting to catch up to see what else she’s been doing within her movement explorations like: Galileo Training, Yoga Trapeze, and Aerial Yoga.

I was definitely able to understand why she wanted to talk about the usefulness of knowing how to connect yoga and fitness with the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods and why we should continue to showcase their importances both in person and online.

Yoga & the Gyrotonic Method are supportive, [therefore] they are two logical crossovers. So how can we integrate [the Gyrotonic] system to people who are curious about movement?


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