The wisdom you seek? It's closer than that.
It's closer than your breath. It's there in your bones, your belly, the soles of your feet. We are meant to be in conversation with the knowing in our bodies, but the language between us is often lost. How do we learn to hear the opinions of our back, the desires of our hands? What is that melody your heart is playing? You used to know how to sing along.
We draw closer to our instinctive wisdom by building choice and trust in the body through the basics of mindful movement. We do what dancers do- develop our instrument, shift our weight, make friends with space and find the joy in being embodied. We awaken to ourselves where we are in ability and consciousness and learn to trust what our bodies know. We awaken through movement.
Awakened Movement is based on the principles of dance and is designed to cultivate a conscious, loving relationship with the body while developing physical strength, agility and deep presence. Classes begin on a yoga mat (or chair) and gradually evolve to standing movement throughout the room. Classes are open level. All are welcome.
This womxn is made of magick. Her movement fills anyone who gets to watch her from the inside out. I often say she is the first person who put me in my body, and she continues to do so over the years." - Kit C
I was lucky enough to begin my teaching odyssey when I was thirteen. In the almost three decades since then, I have been a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator working with movers of all ages and abilities locally, nationally and abroad.
A.M. offerings are the culmination of years of technical studies, personal healing and learning from my students. From these avenues of exploration and engagement I've found that when the architecture of the body aligns with our awareness- magic happens! Not only can you stay physically well from informed moving, but you can tune into your body's wisdom. My students and I have found this way of relating to our bodies to be a fun loving adventure that helps us navigate our inner and outer lives.
I hope you'll join us for an A.M. class or workshop to begin or enhance your movement journey.
You can currently find Awakened Movement offerings like Buddha Ballet, Mandala Dance or an A.M. series at one of our partner studios Liberation Yoga Nashville or Alley Studios.
IS IT A DANCE CLASS?
While most of our classes are rooted in the technical aspect of some dance forms, they are not traditional dance classes. Our focus is on movement, not performance. You will work both on and off of a yoga mat.
Will I GET A GOOD WORKOUT?
YES! We draw on some pretty athletic (but accessible) techniques and look forward to gently putting you through the paces. The technique is presented through a steady organic process, not a fast-paced "do all the things" class that can be overwhelming or present opportunities for injury.
WHAT IF I HAVEN'T MOved in awhile?
No worries! This technique is designed to meet you where you are today.
Gabrielle has given me the tools and the vocabulary to express myself through movement in a deeply satisfying capacity." -Patrick M
Gabrielle grew up in the Nashville area where she trained at the Nashville School of Ballet. After studying at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she lived and worked as a professional dancer in the city of Chicago where she trained in the Graham and Horton techniques of modern dance. In Nashville Gabrielle has worked with such organizations as Act Like A Grrrl, Actor's Bridge,Theater Bug, Global Education Center, Metro Nashville Schools, CMT, Third Man Records and Bonnaroo. One of her proudest accomplishments was co-founding Nashville's premier burlesque finishing school, Delinquent Debutante's. When Gabrielle is not on stage or in the studio, she likes to hang out at with her family and at her husband's place, Third Coast Comedy Club.
Gabrielle is an amazing body movement instructor. She brings out the dancer in you...she creates a comfortable environment for her students to learn how to find the rhythm inside themselves. Working with Gabrielle since 2013 has taught me so much about myself as a somatic creature. I highly recommend the opportunity to train with this beautiful creature." -Laura C
FRIENDS OF A.M.
Special thanks to our models Cynthia Harris, Kit Canlas and Patrick Martin. Photography by Dune Baydoun.