Read about Lisa's teaching in the Marin Independent Journal feature,
Dancer, Heal Thyself
Lisa Alpine has been teaching dance as a healing art form for over 25 years at retreat centers around the world. She has worked with thousands of students in group and private workshop settings and is known for her intuitive ability in assisting people in opening up their bodies in order to free their expressive nature. She has studied directly with Gabrielle Roth, Emilie Conrad and other master teachers and shamans.
The weekend workshops and retreats have been amazing. The depth that they do probe and then the things that transpire after wards....... you are a master. - C.B.
She has also been a professional writer and writing coach for over 25 years. Many of her dance workshops combine both art forms. Lisa is currently working on several new titles to be published by her imprint, Dancing Words Press. Journey Into Movement: Dancing Lessons From God, will be a book about the body-wisdom she has gleaned from twenty years of teaching dance as an ecstatic and healing art form.
See yourself as sculpture...Lisa is currently very excited about the Sculptural Dance movement she is exploring in the studio and outdoors in nature. Lisa encourages dancers to see themselves as art --as the sculpture -- not separate from it. In order to do this she has them feel from the inside-out the shapes they are creating as they dance. This develops a refined aesthetic sense of beauty in the dancer's awareness, not only of their own artfullness -- but also the constantly changing shapes around them.
Moving comfortably...Lisa teaches her students how to be comfortable with their own movement and how to move comfortably, respecting their body’s innate intelligence. They develop the ability to experience ecstasy while dancing, and learn how to pace themselves so they can reach the zone where stamina and the joy of dance blend.
Breathing deeply... Another element Lisa focuses on is breath. We tend to hold our breath when we concentrate. She coaches dancers to inhale and exhale deeply in order to expand all of the tissues. This stimulates the internal organs by moving the body from the inside. Bringing the breath into the lower lobes of the lungs and exhaling fully can help expel air pollutants that tend to build up.
Free-form dance... The benefits of free-form dance are amazing. Over the years Lisa has seen her and her students' physical limitations diminish. Our spines are snaking, our necks moving freely, energy is flowing dynamically through the chakra system.
Wake up to dance...Lisa celebrates you waking up to dance, not only for exercise and social interaction, but as a way to delve into the unspoken creative caves of yourself where dwells a richly expressive soul housed in a beautiful body. Add dance to your repertoire and give form to the mystery of life that dances within you.
Celebrate your dance...Lisa celebrates all of us waking up to dance. Dancing gives expression to the abundance of who we are and who we aspire to become. May the Gods of Dance be called into your body.