Instructor: PCCA Teaching Artist Lara Vracarich (read bio here)
Cost: Free and open to the public
This Creative Spirit Residency offers classes for ALL AGES, in Expressive & Therapeutic Dance, Drumming, Mindfulness, Embodiment Practices, the Creative Arts (writing, visual arts & vocalization) & Circle Work. It aims to provide an opportunity for participants to:
- Find a deeper connection within themselves, increasing sense of self.
- Learn self-care techniques.
- Expand range of motion, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- Learn expressive and therapeutic outlets for emotion and stress, through the creative arts.
- Increase self-acceptance & acceptance of others.
- Deepen sense of connection in community, tolerance of others & appreciation for diversity.
- Develop communication, listening, & self-regulation skills.
- Develop emotional resilience.
- Experience healthy & fun physical exercise.
Join from the comfort of your home (or yard) via zoom!
Mature Learners (Seniors) | Wednesdays, 10-11:15 a.m., September 1, 8, 15, & 22
Take part in self-care movement practices, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and rhythm, to support the body, mind and soul. Classes include: Therapeutic Self-Care: Movement, Embodiment, Vocalization, & Mindfulness; Connection Sessions: Sacred Circle Work, Expressive Dance; and Creative Rhythms: Hand drumming technique/Improv and body percussion (clapping/snapping). Participants are encouraged to explore new expressive and therapeutic outlets, join in a community sharing circle (focused on speaking and listening from the heart), and increase a sense of connection with others.
Women’s Sessions | Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 9, 16, & 23
Join these expressive body, mind and spirit workshops for women, including: Free Your Spirit© Expressive Arts; Therapeutic Self-Care: Movement, Embodiment, Vocalization & Mindfulness; Connection Sessions: Sacred Circle Work; and Wise WoMoon Spiritual Dancing. Through these sessions, women are invited to journey deep into the core of the self through meditative relaxation and reawaken into warm-ups of guided, and individually inspired, gentle stretching and movement. The journey continues with freeform movement, exploring the elements within, connecting to the energies of the earth, expanding range of motion, and learning new ways of releasing tension through embodied expression. Students will discover the joy and the unending potentials of self-expression, in creative dance, voice, and rhythm, finding unique movement styles and rhythms.
Creative Spark Kids & Family Classes | Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2
Gather the whole family (all ages welcome!) and discover new ways to connect, communicate, play, and have fun as a family. Have fun, healthy, physical exercise expanding physical range of motion, balancing hemispheres of the brain, gaining coordination and increasing body awareness. Students will participate in: Creative Spark© Expressive Dance & Rhythm; World Dance or Flamenco Dance; Creative Rhythms; and Expressive Arts, Embodiment & Mindfulness.
Teens Only | Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sept. 4, 11, 18 & 25
Discover and explore new avenues of expression through the creative arts, including drumming/creative rhythm, movement/dance, writing, and the visual arts. These practices provide outlets for emotion, increase inner awareness, and deepen sense of self and community connection. Sessions will also explore mindfulness, communication, and self-care. Students will participate in: The Emerging Self© Expressive Arts; Creative Rhythms: Hand Drumming technique & improv, found object rhythms & body percussion; Connection Sessions: Sharing circle; and Mindfulness, Self-Care & the Expressive Arts.
Community Sessions/Celebrations | Saturdays, Sept. 4 and Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Transformational Dance, Rhythm, Vocalization & Visual Arts
Creative Rhythms | Wednesdays, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.
Find your groove with hand-drumming technique/improv, found-object rhythms and body percussion! Followed by a Connection Session (a community sharing circle), focused on speaking and listening from the heart.
Intro to Flamenco | Tuesdays, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 7-8:15 p.m.
Learn about the basic origins and evolution of Flamenco Dance, the basic footwork techniques (zapatéado), clapping (palmas), hand movements (floréos), snapping (pitos), and the base rhythms (compás) for a few of the Flamenco families of songs (palos), including 4-count and 12-count rhythms.
Transformational Dance | Saturday, Sept. 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Combine rhythm, vocalization and and visual art for a transformative movement session.