Sian Palmer – Johannesburg
Sian Palmer is the Founder of Expressive Movement South Africa, an HPCSA registered Drama and Movement Therapist (MA University of London). Inspired by her life-long love of dance, her experience of the power of movement as a healing modality in her MA and her personal journey of transformation on many 5 Rhythms and Movement Medicine dancefloors, Sian began her journey with developing the Expressive Movement form in 2009. Through teaching and training facilitators Sian continues learning the value of embodied presence, authentic communication and creative expression through dancing in community. She is a firm believer in the power of dance as a medium for individual and collective healing and growth. Sian currently travels nationally and internationally offering Expressive Movement as medium of communication, integration and co-creation.
Alison Moultrie is a clinical psychologist, life coach and facilitator.
Since 1995 she has danced prolifically in many conscious dance modalities. She has extensive training in Biodanza facilitation. She co-facilitated a weekly Free Flow dance class (based on 5Rhythms) for three years. She has been facilitating Expressive Movement classes since 2016 and has assisted Sian Palmer in training other EM facilitators. Alison has a long-standing commitment to an embodied therapeutic and facilitation practice and has extensive experience with process work, deep democracy, postural integration, gestalt work, meditation, breath work, qigong, yoga and a number of other therapeutic and coaching modalities that inform her work. Alison is a committed activist for social, environmental and food justice. She has used her therapeutic, coaching, supervision and facilitation skills to support other activists, psychotherapists, facilitators and leaders in their work.
With a background in theatre, Louise has always been drawn to embodied practices. She brings 10 years of dancing with Expressive Movement, trainings in embodied group facilitation (Deep Democracy and World Work), as well as experience in Theatre of the Oppressed and storytelling to hold space for participants to follow their own body’s wisdom.
This earth journey has always been about movement for me. Since a very young age I have always loved moving in all sorts of wonderful ways. In my teenage years and even earlier I did some choreographed dance classes. My spirit is too free to follow someone else’s dance. My body has its own relationship to the beat and wants to express itself uniquely. When my path led me to expressive movement a couple of years ago I experienced an incredible sense of belonging and returning to myself in many different ways. This journey has deeply enriched my life and feeling at home in my skin is the very best gift I could ever have blessed myself with.. I dance daily and I always will. It’s part of my being and no longer something I do but part of who I am.. A dancing being.
Thandi O’Hagan (@egoligal)
If I had to whittle down to a single word, what dance is for me, that word is: freedom.
I have a vivid memory of me at a party, at the tender age of 19, awkward, shy, uncertain and afraid of what other people might think of me. And then, in a moment of frustration and defiance, with a “fff that, I’m dancing”, I closed my eyes and danced the way my body yearned to, and tasted for the first time the freedom my soul longed for. Over time and on numerous dance floors, I’ve learnt to open my eyes and gradually I’ve learnt to connect with others. The Expressive Movement form, practice and community has been integral in my healing journey, key to my learning to trust and follow my body’s wisdom, pivotal in learning to express and magnify my wild, generous, joyous and deeply mischievous spirit. Facilitating the Saturday Shakeups for the past two years, I’ve been guided by this ever-growing spirit, and informed by my humble respect for the natural rhythms of our planet. I know that my freedom is dependent on the freedom of all, and I hold my classes with a deep compassion and respect for each person’s unique journey of liberation.