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Testimonials

"Erika has a unique ability to create a safe and sacred space in her Nia classes, within which her students can play and grow. She is nurturing and grounded and committed to helping her students move toward wellness. You can feel the love and passion in her teaching."

-FT

 

"Erika has tremendous energy and enthusiasm which makes dancing with her pure joy. And, her compassion and nurturing spirit encourage and inspire students to explore, open, and grow in their Nia practice."

-EM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerge Movement

I'll never forget the thrill of my first Tap performance at age 5. From that moment on, my passion for the art of dance became an integral part of who I am. I went on to study Ballet, Modern, African Dance, and Jazz. Each form of movement tapped new wells of creativity and expression that profoundly shaped my outlook on the world. At the age of 25, I found Nia, which is a beautiful integration of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts. I taught Nia classes and workshops for 17 years. As a psychotherapist, I have also trained in Mindfulness practices, emotional regulation and expression that very much informs my movement practice.

In 2018 I am stepping into my own creation - Emerge Movement. Emerge Movement is a totally unique experience because each class is based fully in the present moment. I create all my choreography in the moment based on the intersection of the energy that the group brings and flow of the music, allowing the movements to emerge.. Music playlists are fresh creations for each class that help students access movement variety through my playful and joyous approach.

Each Emerge class begins with the group conducting a Body Inquiry, a contemplative practice of tuning into our bodies. The goal is to discover what our bodies desire in this moment, and to honor that desire throughout the class. In this way, Emerge Movement offers a collaborative approach by integrating the intentions of students at each class and allowing these intentions to emerge through the dance.

My current class offering is called Emerge Creative Lab and it is just that, a creative inquiry to continue to build my new practice. If you have danced with me for years or are a new student with curiosity about what might emerge through your dance, come join me this winter!

My vision for the Emerge Creative Laboratory is to explore and play and dance and learn about what emerges next!

Emerge Empower

As a Mental Health Therapist, I feel honored to hold space for people to examine the most intimate and profound parts of themselves. I think movement and dance offers another pathway for people to access their best and most full selves. Integrating the two, dialogue and mindful reflection with movement is the most embodied way to heal.

I created Emerge Empower as a format to offer these two modalities. This group structure combines dialogue and group process with movement and body connection. The focus of this model rotates - currently, I am offering a series for Sexual Abuse Survivors. The group is 10 weeks in duration and open to 8 women. We begin group with a group check-in that threads each week together. Next, I introduce the theme for the current group and I guide an Emerge Movement experience that allows us an opportunity to connect with this theme. Finally we have a group process/dialogue to share our experiences.

This group is currently only offered to women who I also work with on an individual basis in my private practice.

Emerge Movement at Studio Sol:

Emerge Creative Lab: Starting in Jan., 2018 Thursdays at 9 - 10 am

Emerge Empower at Studio Sol:

Emerge Empower: Starting Jan., 2018 - Day/Time TBD

Studio Sol address:
3500 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Suite 200 (entrance on Fremont - walk upstairs)
Portland, OR 97212

To view and register for available classes, please see the Events/Register page.