A little bit about me...
I grew up training and performing from a very young age as a ballet dancer at a small, highly creative and rigorous dance studio, the Evergreen City Ballet, near Seattle, WA, under close personal tutelage from master ballet teachers. I also attended summer intensives at the School of American Ballet in NYC and at the Kennedy Center in D.C., where I was exposed to a wide range of training from world-class instructors. I went on to study at the San Francisco Ballet School for a year, and then joined the San Francisco Ballet Company at age 16, where I performed for 4 years in the “Corps de Ballet” dancing in numerous productions.
Upon the completion of my career as a ballerina, I left the cities for the next 5 years and dove into a whole new chapter of learning and expansion, working as a writer/researcher and event producer for several years with the world-renowned health and nutrition expert, David Wolfe. Drawn into the healing vitality that comes from direct connection with the Earth, I found home in deeper closeness with nature, living up and down the West Coast, Canada, Arizona, and Kauai.
These re-formative years began a deep journey into the somatic & healing arts as I started to unravel the multitude of injuries and intense physical patternings present from my ballet career. I discovered Continuum Movement in 2008, shortly after leaving the ballet, and studied with it’s founder, Emilie Conrad, which completely changed my perspective on movement and the body. Her transmission was a profoundly somatic fluid-body imprint which ignited a wave of exploration, healing, and self-discovery that has shaped itself into a unique personal practice which continues to unfold and significantly guide my work. I have also studied with the somatic & biological breath pioneer, Cass Phelps, since 2009, who continues to be a deeply impactful and inspiring mentor.
I became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2012, and have my own thriving private practice of bodywork, "Andrea's Hands". I am also a certified personal trainer in both the GYROKENESIS® Method and the GYROTONIC® Expansion System, in which I teach both regular group classes as well as privately train clients. Through this extensive focus of studying the unwinding of both my own, and others' bodies, I have formed a deep and intrinsic understanding of the physical, and am thrilled to be sharing my passion for movement and the body with the world. I have lived in Los Angeles for the past 3 years, where I also train as a modern/contemporary dancer.
A lifetime mover and lover of all things somatic, I am deeply connected to how the power of sound shapes and inspires movement within the body. I bring this wholehearted kinesthetic awareness and sensitivity into each new "mix", dropping in through my entire body-system to the inspiration of the present moment.
I look forward to breathing with you in class soon!