Our bodies have stories to tell. Join us for a two-hour workshop exploring the stories of our somatic experience through movement. Movement specialist Ellen Bartel will guide us through a practice of meditation, movement, and sharing on the rooftop, followed by a performance by Ellen herself. All are welcome, especially those excited to roll around on the ground! Come dressed comfortably, ready to explore your inner soma, and willing to move your story.
Notes for participants:
Please bring a yoga mat or blanket.
Photography will take place during the workshop; however, out of respect for the sensitive and internal nature of the workshop, participants will not be photographed while meditating. Please alert a facilitator if you do not consent to being photographed.
Ellen Bartel, MFA, CMA, RSME, is a Moving For Life cancer exercise specialist, Reiki practitioner, and volunteer for Hospice Austin’s group grief counseling. She is also an award-winning independent choreographer and an established dancer and teacher in Austin, Texas. Ellen has been recognized as a creative force in central Texas, receiving accolades such as “Dance Mobilizer” from the Austin Chronicle, “Fortunate 500” from the Austin American-Statesman, a Critic’s Choice Award for “Dancing through the Pain,” and has been a candidate for multiple “Best Of” nominations through the Austin Chronicle
Ellen has been a dance educator for over three decades, teaching in Central Texas and New York and instructing locally at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Saint Edwards University, and Austin Community College. She integrates contemporary dance techniques such as Humphrey-Limón, Release Technique, and Bartenieff Fundamentals into her beginning and intermediate modern classes. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College and continues to choreograph original work and teach independently in Austin.