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.
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.
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.