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Dance Interviews the Gyrotonic Method

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

September 27, 2020
maurya kerr dancer gyrotonic trainer tiny pistol san francisco

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.


Follow Maurya’s Work

@tinypistol

BLACKSTAR – Dance Film

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San Francisco, CA

Open GYROTONIC®-Based Classes

Every Saturday, 11am-12pm (PST)
Classes are sliding scale, $7 – 20,
free for Black, Indigenous & People of Color
who need the financial assistance.

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Photos by Kimara Alan Dixon

Interviews the Gyrotonic Method Wellbeing

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

June 23, 2020
dr justine bernard physical therapist, gyrotonic trainer on her goals for change

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 –