Dance is special in that it helps us to connect our hearts and bodies with the spirit and medicine of the music and rhythms. It's a natural self-expression that goes back to the beginning of human history and has always been a form of medicine and community celebration all over the world.
Video Description: I was honored and blessed to be interviewed by wonderful artist and art activist, Niki Lopez, about my personal recovery process from mental illness and sexual abuse/trauma, and professional work as a dance therapist specializing in healing trauma, mental health, and the divine feminine.
Niki Lopez, based at the 1310 Gallery in Ft. Lauderdale, is a prolific artist, art activist, mother, community organizer, and thriver, survivor, advocate for survivors of trauma, sexual, and cult abuse. Read more to learn about her incredible art and powerful story of healing. Trigger alert: this article deals with issues of sexual abuse and cult abuse.
We often feel disconnected from our bodies and each other in this modern culture, especially when we've experienced trauma, abuse, or going through difficult times. Dance can be both a personal and a partner or group experience.
My deep passion is to go outside in nature to dance and pray. Dancing or dance-walking are powerful expressions for reducing stress and increasing happiness, fitness, and overall well-being. This is the foundation for my own personal dance therapy practice.
Proper form, posture, and breath is always important for safety and effectiveness. In addition to building balance, strength, stamina, agility, and confidence, dance helps us develop grace, coordination, and rhythm. It allows us to express our own unique way of moving and experiencing our bodies and souls.