CONVERGENCE
 

2019 TEACHERS

 
 
JUSTIN RILEY (BLUES & FUSION PARTNER DANCE)

JUSTIN RILEY (BLUES & FUSION PARTNER DANCE)

Since 2001, Justin has studied, danced, and taught over a dozen forms of dances in more than 30 countries. He brings an international and nuanced style to every class, DJ set, and dance he does. In 2005 Justin fell in love with the Blues and Fusion communities and has never looked back. Since that time, he has become recognized as a world renowned instructor and community organizer.

Justin’s classes utilizes coursework that refines the diverse fundamentals of blues idiom dances and partnership as well as inspire our personal and collective creativity. Justin offers a complex understanding of body mechanics that open new avenues of expression and movement.  He uses techniques and pedagogy adapted from the Somatic arts of Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and the Franklin Method to develop a dynamic understanding of how we move and learn. 

Justin is also the founder of Recess Productions, has placed in and won numerous prestigious dance competitions around the world, and commits himself to the progress of partnered dancing as a living, growing, and ever-evolving cultural art form.

https://www.justindance.com/

WREN LAFEET (FUSION PARTNER DANCE)

WREN LAFEET (FUSION PARTNER DANCE)

A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing has largely informed fusion as an emergent aesthetic dance form. Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, the body, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living through his signature modality, Cocréa.

His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.

Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, coaches people to more easily access their sensuality and even on privileged occasion supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s deepest desire is to guide people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.

https://dancecocrea.com

CHRISSY MEHNERT (FUSION PARTNER DANCE)

CHRISSY MEHNERT (FUSION PARTNER DANCE)

The ease and delight of dance began earlier than Chrissy can pinpoint from memory. Dance has been as natural in her body as breathing. From a very young age she studied dance in the form of solo movement for performance and competition with In The Spotlight Dance Company, which led her to several early professional opportunities. After graduating high school, her blossoming love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. 

By early adulthood she found that her professional dance training was limiting her personal growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening. She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. 


At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. She has since studied fusion, blues, tango, and west coast swing. Bringing her solo dance knowledge to the partner dance community, along with her deep-rooted yoga practice, she now teaches mindful partner dance as a modality for powerful personal growth. As a member of the Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance facilitation team, Chrissy is passionate about transforming how we relate to and love our bodies and each other.

https://dancecocrea.com

ODESSA AVIANNA PEREZ (CONTACT IMPROV)

ODESSA AVIANNA PEREZ (CONTACT IMPROV)

Odessa helps you access your full potency and deeper connection through embodiment & the expansion of consciousness. A trained modern dancer, she has been practicing & teaching Contact Improv for 9 years. She’s a ThetaHealing Instructor, bodyworker & somatic therapist trainee at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. Odessa leads clients & groups to shift subconscious patterns & engage the physical, relational, emotional, & energetic aspects of being human through movement, inquiry, & play.

REBECCA BONE (CONTACT IMPROV)

REBECCA BONE (CONTACT IMPROV)

Since childhood, movement is the way Rebecca best expresses herself. Her early years were spent moving freely, creating spontaneously, leading to a formal training in modern and contemporary dance. During her years in NYC as a freelance performer a yearning for something deeper lead her to the studio, asking, “Body, what wants to be expressed through you today?“ In this, her yearning was met, an authentic journey embarked. This inquiry continually informs her teaching, as does her 15 years of experience practicing Contact Improvisation.

JOE GRAY (HIP-HOP & PARTNER FUSION)

JOE GRAY (HIP-HOP & PARTNER FUSION)

Joe has been a professional dance performer and teacher for nearly two decades. In his studies and world travels he has developed a unique style with influences including hip hop, breaking, contact improvisation, and fusion partner dance. Joe fuses these forms together in a dynamic and distinctive style. His love and passion for dance has enabled him to perform at major events for Sony, Pixar, Oracle, and more. He has presented several workshops at universities including University of San Francisco, Stanford, and Sonoma State University.

Joe has began cultivating a new aesthetic for partner dancing called Hip Hop Fusion and has led workshops at Symbiosis Global Eclipse Gathering 2017 and Sonic Bloom 2018, and will be presenting at Lucidity Festival 2019.

He is excited to collaborate with like minded artists and to help the community embrace the power of performing arts.

Joe believes that dance is in our DNA. At the core of our being, everyone is a dancer. We are dance, and dance is life.

https://dancecocrea.com

SITA DEVI (YOGA)

SITA DEVI (YOGA)

Sita Devi is a yogini, kirtan artist, and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, completed her 500 hours of training in Kona, Hawaii in 2007, and has been teaching yoga for 10 years most exclusively at Namaste Yoga + Wellness in Oakland, Yoga Tree in Berkeley, Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica, and at festivals and conferences worldwide. She teaches various modalities of Yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative Yin. In 2015, Sita filmed a complete Bhakti Yin series for Udaya Yoga Online in Sofia, Bulgaria.

https://www.sitadevilove.com/

ARJUNA ARDAGH (CHI KONG)

ARJUNA ARDAGH (CHI KONG)

Arjuna Ardagh is the author of "Radical Brilliance" and 8 other books, and the co-founder of the Radical Brilliance Project, which supports young-at-heart entrepreneurs to have original evolutionary new ideas that can change the world for the better.  He is the founder of Awakening Coaching and has trained more than 2000 coaches over the last 25 years.  Arjuna is a certified instructor in Mantak Chia's Healing Tao and Chunyi Lin's Spring Forest Chi Kung.  Arjuna has been practicing Chi Kung for 21 years.  

“Chi Kung wakes up your core energy in a gentle way, circulates fresh yummy Chi through your whole body and tonifies all the organs for greatest health, emotional balance and readiness for spontaneous ecstatic orgasmic union with the great cosmic divine mojo.” 

http://awakeningcoaching.com/

KATIE SCOTT (TWERK)

KATIE SCOTT (TWERK)

Katie's strongest desire and life mission is for all humans to feel empowered and safe to fully experience our erotic innocence. She has a gift in guiding her students to unveil their innate, primal sexual nature through her experience with Tantra, Taoist Sexual Qi Gong, dance, yoga, and inner child playfulness. Katie is a certified Tao Tantra Arts facilitator and holds a 200-hour YTT and B.A. in Sociology. She has extensive experience and training in trauma-informed embodiment practices & meditation including Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, Eat Breath Thrive (Yoga for Disordered Eating and Negative Body Image), Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, Trauma-Sensitive training with Seane Corne and Hala Khouri, one year experience in social work, and a lifetime of dancing and booty-shaking.

 
 
 
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RHEA LIGHT (BREATHWORK & EFT)

Rhea is a certified Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique and Breathwave Facilitator with a focus on trauma release and pattern integration. She received certifications with Sonya Sophia’s School of Living Arts and has been working with Robin Clements’ Breathwave method since 2014. Since then, she has supported the facilitation of Breathwave Teacher trainings internationally and works with clients one on one and in group settings creating a container of emotional, physical and spiritual integration through tools that empower self-healing. For more info, visit www.blessedrebirth.com

Through a playful exploration using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) - we will tap into a deeper space of listening and connection out of the mind and into the body creating a pathway towards greater surrender in our dance.

 ‘Breathwave’ is a simple and gentle offering that provides a deep experiential dive into Conscious Connected Breathing. Discover the healing power of your breath to bring more clarity, vitality, grounding and peace on all levels of your being.

‘Tapping Into The Body’ Through a playful exploration using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) - we will tap into a deeper space of listening and connection out of the mind and into the body creating a pathway towards greater surrender in our dance.

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Maitreya Wolf: Embody your Voice

Maitreya Wolf is a independent musician and artist whose work is inspired by a natural spirituality and a deep relationship with the earth. In her varied works of music, art, word smithing, and movement she weaves together the threads of the human experience into a tapestry of beauty to share with others. As singing and music have always been central to her life and sacred to her heart, she values supporting others in experiencing their own voice and the healing empowerment that singing can be.

Join Maitreya at Convergence for an opportunity to dive into the realm of the voice with some support and tender guidance. The class will consist of some basic vocal technique that can help to ground and strengthen the physical mechanics of the voice, some simple songs that the group will learn together to explore melody and harmony, and a whole lot of exploration about what the mystery of the voice is and can be.

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Melissa mango: Animal-Body Playshop

Melissa "Mango" - Proprietor of BodyJoy Intimacy School based in Austin Tx and provocateur of Sensuous Society: offering up a variety of social dinner and play party experiences with a theatrical and luxurious twist. Formerly as LA live foods chef and restauranteur, Melissa now relishes in creating opportunities for people to learn new was to talk, touch and play that feel both safe and exciting. 

Certified Somatic Sex Educator & Bodyworker and Clinical Hypnotherapist, rooted in sensual liberation and conscious healing through play & the truth found in the body. Melissa is a Conjurer of Delight & Play of the Highest Order.

 
 
 
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Ginger Christina

Christina Reed is a Sacred Sexuality Coach, Advanced EFT Practitioner, and Anusara Yoga Teacher. Currently, she is a practicing dakini and transformational life coach. She is a Graduate of the International School of Temple Arts Practitioner Training. She is also trained in the Somatica method and has completed both the Somatica Core Training & the Somatica Couple's Training, a sex and relationship coaching program. Christina is a certified advanced EFT Practitioner and graduate of the Sophia School of Living Arts. She completed her Anusara Yoga Teacher Training at Om Shala Yoga and is currently studying shamanism with the Michael Harner Institute.

Christina was an interior designer for over 10 years and still channels this creativity to move energy and create sacred beautiful spaces wherever she goes. Her friends call her Ginger, aka Ginger Christina, partly because of her red hair and mostly because of her fiery, dynamic personality. Living in Northern California you can find this fun loving, feisty fairy frolicking in the redwoods, or dancing and chasing sunsets at the beach. Since childhood nature has always been an influential teacher, lover, and constant source of inspiration and rejuvenation for her.

As a Sex and Intimacy Coach Christina works with men, women, and couples from all walks of life. Her passion, humor, and relatability allow clients to feel safe and at ease as they dive deep into topics surrounding their sex, love and intimate relationships. She is known for her fearless approach and ability to build and create instant trust by meeting people exactly where they’re at and offering compassion in all situations. She uses EFT/Tapping, somatica techniques, emotional tools of release, and shamanic practices as tools to help clear trauma, PTSD, limiting beliefs, and societal and familial conditioning. As an intuitive bodyworker and energy healer she attunes and deeply listens to the body, creating safe and grounded space. She has supported clients on issues of anger, grief, addiction, communication, money, sex, empowerment, body shame, depression, family relations, and so much more.

Christina meets with clients locally, remotely, and globally. She does individual one on one work, group workshops, and teaches at retreats and festivals. She is an instigator of positive change. She is saucy, tender, direct and loving. Her mission is to help guide you into embodying your full power and ultimate truth.

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