This week’s Dance First Member Insight  is brought to you by Brietta Leader, founder of WildCore Movement. We’re asking our members to share their insights and inspirations during this troubled time, as well as how they are coping. Many are now offering online classes and resources as well, so please tune in and connect with our family of leaders as they offer support and guidance.

Hello Conscious Dance Community-

If you are like me, you have experienced many waves of emotion, concern, action, non-action, responsibility, art and play in response to the ongoing pandemic. On Tuesday, I taught my last WildCore class for a few weeks. It felt right to take the necessary steps to cancel and to begin the process of letting our teachers know that the studio would be closed for at least two weeks, starting last Saturday. Though I miss being connected through dance at the studio, my intuitive heart realized that this was a time to take any necessary action to help ‘flatten the curve.’ I also wanted to help our community set a standard for others to do the same, despite the lack of confirmed COVID 19 cases in our area.

This pandemic has gifts within it. I have loved reading the supportive and encouraging comments on Facebook. One particular favourite: “Mother Earth is unhappy with humanity and has sent us all to our rooms.” The tremendous amount of chaos, shifting, unknowing and questions that cannot be answered about any of our futures has presented us with quite an opportunity. As I have created some new live zoom classes like many movement teachers and offered my online Signature Program with new dynamics, I want to remind both myself and others to take a global pause. Now is the time to listen to a more profound wisdom that may be coming only as a quiet whisper at this point. I have found that a vast majority of conscious thinkers are open to a consciously undertaken “waking up” and are ready to begin a path toward equilibrium within our community and our environment.

So, here it is and here we are, ready to put our practice to the test. To sink our feet deeper into the sands of trust. To activate that inner tracker and discover any imbalances in our contributions to humanity and to the earth. We have so much power in our thoughts, dreams, actions, dances and offerings. It is such a great time to be mixed up, to allow our events to be cancelled, to truly step out of our normal rhythms and, as one of my teachers says, to “Live the Questions.”

The main message I want to send my students is to stay connected to their intuitive voice and to the wisdom of their bodies. I want to remind them to listen to the voice underneath the energy of emotions and to trust it. When you hear from the news that “we are all in this together,” take it to mean that our aliveness has ignited. We are all connecting to our collective root system — or at least beginning to understand that it is there. I am sending you all good wishes and loving support to the strengthening of not only our own immune system but the immune system of our global family.

If you would like to continue your journey in openness and movement, I do have a variety of online classes (both live and recorded options are available). Here is the link: