Er is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a passion for dance. Er studied post-modern dance at The University of Vermont (UVM). They also attended a Masters of Social Work program at UVM, which just so happened to be based in post-modernism as well. While it could take many days to discuss what “post-modern” means, it may be best to say what Er has learned from this. What Er has learned from this study is that this world is socially constructed. Everything we do and why we do it can be questioned and deconstructed to better understand ourselves and/in the world around us. Er uses guided improvisational dance and movement to help individuals dive a bit deeper into who they are, what they think, how they feel and why. Er believes this can be an incredibly healing experience individually and collectively. To Er we can use movement to help question, deconstruct, feel and make meaning of our experiences in life to help live better lives and be able to give back to our communities in meaningful ways. The benefits can be that people are able to recognize potential barriers to what may be blocking them from living and moving more authentically in their bodies and in their lives. Er believes that if we can move and live more authentically and in a place of curiosity and gentleness, this will help us to make positive choices and change in our lives, communities, and systems. Everyone has different experiences with this type of practice. Different life experiences and intersections of identity make these experiences very unique. Therefore, at the end of these sessions time to write, reflect, and connect will be offered. Er also offers these sessions one-on-one if you would like a more private experience and support. Er will not be providing therapy in either group or one-on-one sessions, rather they will be holding space and lightly helping you to unpack your movement experience.
Class will start with Er describing what the class is about and offer an opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves. This will be followed by about 45min of free form dance that Er will be lightly guiding you through. There will be 5-10 min at the end to journal/reflect, and about 10 min offered to share and discuss experiences.