Alexander Technique • Dance
Owner of FloorSpace
Independent Artist, Movement Educator, Choreographer, Director, Alexander Technique Teacher. Dance is a determined and consistent thread in my life. There were tutus and sequins early on in California. Then a new found love of launching into the air in Cindy Carmazzi's ballet classes in Urbana, Ohio. A well-timed intersection during the teen years between athletics and Modern Dance in Hudson, Ohio with Emilie Bromley. Improvisation and Composition at Colorado College with Peggy Berg. Returning to my high school to make a wild and slightly messy dance about the desert. An attempt at getting an MFA at Ohio State. A move to Lawrence, KS where the astounding Candi Baker not only hired me but gave me so much room to experiment with making, performing, collaborating and teaching. Onto Charlottesville, VA, where I met a crew of soulmates in the Zen Monkey Project, Live Arts and Miki Liszt. One son was born, then another. A year at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange where I met and worked with incredible artists, in particular - Celeste Miller. In Athens/Atlanta, GA there was so much creative energy - Warehouse Collective, UGA, Emory, FloorspaceAthens, Canopy Studio, and The Handful Series. During that chapter, I travelled back and forth to Greensboro, NC to train as an Alexander Technique Teacher at CBAS. The myriad of mentors I had, with Robin Gilmore and Marsha Paludan at the helm, shared their breadth of knowledge with such creativity and generosity. Recently, I took some time to further my Somatics Education, studying with Carol Swann, Diane Elliot, and Peggy Hackney at Moving on Center in San Francisco, CA. And now Boulder, where I stomp in FloorSpaceStudio, My creative collaborators are: Chicken Bank Collective, the beautiful artists I meet at every Performática, and a thru line of dancers and artists I continue to collide with. Current project, co-curating a new performance series, CLOSE LOOK, with Meg Madorin.
As a teacher, musician, and artist, Molly’s mission is to empower her students and clients with tools to find ease, depth, and freedom in any activity. During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies where she majored in Vocal Performance, Molly encountered the Alexander work. Not only was she inspired by the vocal and expressive freedom she found as a result of studying the technique, she also discovered her passion for both working with musicians specifically, as well as serving people from any walk of life who crave a deepened sense of self-embodiment and coordination.
A certified Alexander Technique Teacher, Molly teaches private lessons and classes in Boulder, CO. She is also on the faculty team for Total Vocal Freedom Academy, bringing the Alexander work to singers, teachers, and coaches around the globe. Incredibly passionate about movement education and consciousness, Molly strives to connect people to their own greater potential and unique expression.
Nancy Rao • ND, LAc
Turtle Qi Gong
Nancy first came to yoga in the 1970’s in high school. She continued her own yoga practice and in Naturopathic school also studied with a Tai Chi master. While in Acupuncture school she took her first Qi Gong classes. Nancy has completed Ashtanga yoga teacher training with Richard Freeman in Boulder, CO in 2001. Since 2002 she has been studying with the Liu family through Ling Gui International Healing Qi Gong School, and is a certified Ling Gui instructor.
Nancy brings her extensive background of these disciplines, as well as her experience as a practicing Naturopathic doctor and Acupuncturist to her teaching of Qi Gong. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and feels it is through group teaching and practice that her own life is healed and enriched.
De West • C-IAYT, RYT, RPYT
Therapeutic Yoga Practice
De West is a leader in the Boulder, Colorado yoga community and her over 25 years of teaching combines yoga therapy with alignment principles. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Yoga Therapists Association since 2007 and a member of the Yoga Alliance since 2005. De is the founder of Be Center and she teaches Therapeutic Yoga Practice classes and privates at Floorspace Studio in Boulder, CO.
The unique therapeutic yoga practice that De has developed is a movement practice that allows people of all ages and abilities to experience a positive, relaxed and transforming experience in both body and mind. Precision, creative sequencing and deep understanding of anatomy contribute to De’s passion for helping students create more peace and freedom in their bodies and minds. Students leave De’s classes rejuvenated, grounded and infused with a sense of personal and physical empowerment.
She started practicing yoga after a biking accident that left her with multiple injuries. She found ways to touch the pain in her body and to heal misalignments. Many master teachers have informed her yoga therapy practice and her over 8 years of working with osteopathic doctors in pain clinics. After teaching many intensive athletic-style practices, she discovered that her students seemed to get even more benefits from a quieter, deeply internal and therapeutic yoga practice.
Susanna Thaler Drogsvold, RYT, KYT
Susanna learned early in life that there is no separation between the body, health, mind, and emotions. Emergency surgeries, hospitalization, a close call with death when she was a child, and a diagnosis of Crohn's disease were the catalyst for a lifelong journey into finding healing. With the medical community saying there was no cure, the management of this condition through alternative medicine, diet, body work, creative expression, meditation, and continuous self-monitoring, has become her path.
Susanna first discovered yoga as a college student in 1975 at the University of South Florida where she was a member of the yoga club. She immediate knew her pathway to wholeness and healing was through her relationship with her body. Susanna began to study movement through dance at USF and then on to Naropa University in Boulder, where she was certified in Movement Studies. Naropa was one of the few places at the time where dance was taught as a pathway to connect....as yoga. Susanna joined the Movement Studies faculty in 1982 where she incorporated yoga in every class she taught.
Since being a true teacher means being always a student, the next 12 years were filled with studies in alignment, meditation, embodiment, mindfulness, movement technique, somatic awareness, contact improvisation, Body-Mind Centering, developmental movement, contemplative dance, Balinese arts, and many other practices. Susanna worked closely with Nancy Stark Smith, one of the original practitioners of Contact Improvisation, a form of movement she continues to explore, as well as with Barbara Dilley, former president of Naropa University and post modern dance pioneer. She had the good fortune to take master classes with Moshe Feldenkrais, Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, Robert Ellis Dunn, and more.
The next stage of life took her from Naropa to focus on home life. A husband and two amazing children, Shining Mountain Waldorf School, a bout with breast cancer. Her healing explorations continued. From a strong personal practice she created Mindful Moving Healing Yoga, as well as participated in Pilates teacher training, Alexander Technique classes, body work, and many, many dance forms.
Susanna explored various styles of yoga over the years, but when she was introduced to Kaiut Yoga in 2017, she immediately saw the value in this style of yoga. She knew that the world was ripe for her to once again share her experience through teaching. In 2018 she received teaching certifications in Kaiut and Avita yoga and is thrilled to be sharing her discoveries.
In addition to yoga practice and dance, Susanna is exploring her musical side, singing, playing baritone ukulele and writing songs.
Andrew Marcus founded Disappearance in 2010 to explore boundary space between the ordinary, the beautiful, and the sublime. Disappearance develops practices to effectively transcend such boundaries; to encourage experience of the magical and the erotic; and to unequivocally engage the real. Marcus holds an MFA in Dance and Performance from Arizona State University. His experiments with improvisation and somatic practices date to 1980, and he is active internationally. The School Of Disappearance opened in 2013.
Previously, Marcus founded The Slow Training For Embodied Projects and Marcus Vesseur Moves with Wilma Vesseur (Netherlands) from 2007, toward alternatives to stage performance practice. Between 2001-2010 he developed Sensation And Form, a physical approach to dance composition and Technique For A Soft Body, a synthesis of his studies of release techniques and contact improvisation. From 1992-2001 he taught at the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tish School Of The Arts.
Influences include the post-modern choreographers Deborah Hay, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton among others and the experiments of the Judson Dance Theater and Grand Union inclusively; the somatic investigations of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; and current studies in continental philosophy and phenomenology, notably the work of Alain Badiou, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Edmund Husserl; and the Situationist experiments of Guy Debord.