My Life Journey looks like a tangled slinky. As most lives do.
With regular practice of VitalDanza, although my life is in constant fluctuation between success and failure or high to low points, my reactivity and ability to cope has become more stable.
With more stability I have also gained a greater ability to control my emotions.
Vital Development has completely changed my life. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My childhood was completely shrouded in fear. In fact I spent many years in complete silence. My home was a single parent home for as long as I can remember.
My mother raised me, alongside my older brother and younger sister. She tried really hard but struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction.
The formative years of my childhood left me damaged, silent and unable to find peace.
When my mother went on one of her drinking and using sprees often times she would windup in jail.
Unable to post bail we would be without a parent for 1 to 2 weeks on end. During this
time we went about business as usual, we would walk or bus to school all the while making sure to keep quiet so as not to be noticed.
As you can imagine my sister and I became inseparable, we clung to each other for dear life, as we watched our brother follow in my mother’s foot steps.
When I was 18 years old I left Louisiana to find peace and myself. I attended art school and graduated top of my class.
In February 2014 received a phone call from my brother, my mother was ill. All of the years of substance abuse had finally taken their toll. She would pass away at the age of 44 for unknown complications.
My younger sister who had been diagnosed schizophrenic a couple of years earlier would live in Los Angeles with me.
I would fall in love and find out that soon I would become a mother for the first time. My sister attempted to end her life numerous times during my pregnancy and after. She would succeed when my first born was less that one year old.
Life has a funny way of bringing us from Point A to point B. It will absolutely never be in a linear fashion.
Over the years I had stored so much trauma in my body. I had not been given the tools to cope with any of the events that had occured. No therapy. No time. No understanding.
I honestly believed that i was just unlucky. That I was destined to suffer until death. That I would just have to surrender to my destiny of despair.
And then …. Vital Development found me. It was definitely not an overnight transformation, in fact I have been practicing this work as often as I can for 6 years. I have had the privilege of studying under
Jaquelin Levin-Zabare for 5 years, until she passed in 2017. I was then taken under the wing of Patricia Martello the director of Vital Development.
My beloved teacher Jaquelin was like a mother to me. It was from her that I learned what it meant to be a mother, a human. I have been able to look forward to life and know in every cell in my body that I am not destined for despair but greatness!
I am exactly as I should be in this moment. Life is chaotic and because I have the background that I do, I have great strength and ability.
I know that without those events, people and chaos I would not have arrived here today. I have the deep desire to share this work with as many people as I possibly can.
I say to you …. “Say yes to Yourself!”
Say yes to the happiness, the sadness and everything in between.
Offerings By This Teacher
EXPRESSIVE MOVEMENT – VITAL DANZA Class
4th Saturday of Every Month
$25 or Any Single Class Pricing Option
Vital Development is a life affirming movement practice. A true celebration of life, an exciting pathway of human potential and heart-opening, peace activism through movement.
A fusion of DANCE, MUSIC, EXPRESSION, CEREMONY AND COMMUNITY.
There are no steps to learn. We use metaphors to guide the group toward a higher consciousness and a feeling of deep connection to all beings.
This work was created by a psychologist, Rolando Toro. He was a teacher of anthropological medicine at the School of Medicine of Chile, where he did research in and experimented with the expansion
of consciousness. His theory was that human consciousness could be positively influenced by music and dance.
This work is about becoming present in the here and now.
When we are present all of life becomes enchanting.
This work has the potential to speak to all people, no matter race, religion, political view,
sexual orientation or belief.
During a workshop we come together in unity. We work on ourselves and return to life feeling lighter, more connected and able to share the gift of the present with others.
With regular practice your desire and courage to live will increase.