This week’s Dance First Member Spotlight is on Melissa Micheals and the Golden Bridge team!

Today we are giving love to Melissa Micheals and the Golden Bridge Team! Melissa is a social artist dedicated to promoting collective renewal through the liberation of the creative spirit. She is the founder of Golden Bridge, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving and empowering people through body-centred initiatory processes, mentoring, and community action. A first-generation teacher of the 5Rhythms®️ and a Registered Somatic Educator and Therapist, Melissa holds a doctorate degree in Education, Leadership and Change.

Melissa’s work with Golden Bridge has focused on mapping the journey from trauma to dynamic well-being using the expressive and social arts to establish the body and heart as resources for authentic expression and diverse community connections. Rooted in rhythm and spirit, Melissa’s work inspires the sacred union between spirit, flesh, psych, and deed.

Golden Bridge works on an individual and community level, healing as they help to move into collaborative service and leadership. The foundation of each program is grounded in somatic, dance-based processes focused on educating people to renegotiate trauma within their bodies and express themselves in an authentic, life-serving way. Each Golden Bridge team member is dedicated to providing a meaningful and spiritually guided somatic experience.

Melissa is currently focused on the Golden Girls Global initiative. Golden Girls Global is a worldwide movement creating safer spaces for diverse girls to access and explore the nature of their creativity, fertility, and emerging selves in community. Focusing on the arts, especially as expressed through the body, Golden Girls Global supports the sustainability and celebration of the feminine as essential to the health of the planet. Together with the mighty young women from around the world who have come of age through this work, Melissa is collaboratively growing a movement of embodied global girls claiming their creative intelligence and fertility in safety, dignity, and alliance.

With regularly scheduled events both online and in-person, Melissa and the Golden Bridge team offer a variety of movement-based workshops and classes. The online Sunday Movement Mass joins each member together in a celebratory community, guiding participants to connect with their vulnerabilities and their vast creative intelligence. Melissa also hosts specialty events and workshops, including this November’s Golden Girls Global Reunion and the soon-to-be-launched Social Justice Education series.

More information on Golden Bridge, Golden Girls, and Melissa Micheals can be found here.

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