Turquoise Grasshopper Productions: Performance
"The dancer will not belong to any nation but to all humanity." -Isadora Duncan
Performance is a vehicle for self-exploration, sharing a message, and inspiring others to open their hearts and consider new perspectives and realities. Art can be a catalyst for dialogue and positive change. It can serve as a doorway and a bridge to bring people together and contribute joy and the possibility for healing in these times.
This performance was a collaboration with percussionist, Grecia Garrett, at Las Rosas in the Wynwood Distrcit of Miami, FL. I learned so much from Grecia and her vast experience as a performer. I originally created this choreography for the statewide mental health HOPE Conference in Augusta, Maine. It explores the twists and turns I experienced in my own mental health recovery process.
"Dancer, you must dance; this is your medicine to share." This message I received from Spirit has given me a mission.
I’m a dancer because I love and need to dance. I also love to perform. But I believe that dance is for everyone who wants it. It is one of the oldest forms of creative healing, expression, celebration, and sharing among human beings throughout the world.
"Healer, heal thyself.” These words have saved my life. With past lived experience of mental illness and a survivor of sexual abuse (now thriver), I'm trained to address trauma and work as a dance therapist, breath work teacher, somatic fitness trainer, and massage therapist.
I spent many years struggling with devastating bouts of severe depression due to childhood trauma and weight gain due to medications. I credit my own recovery first and above all, to the Creator, then my commitment to healing in my daily life, the loving, skilled healers, teachers, and counselors that guided and encouraged me, and my family’s love and support.
This is the foundation for my commitment to support others to find their way back to themselves, their bodies, and their creative expression to live in joy and health.
HOW DID I GET THIS NAME?
MEANINGS OF GRASSHOPPER & TURQUOISE...
Grasshopper? I asked myself. "Why do I look and feel like a grasshopper when I'm dancing? What does it mean?? "Grasshopper medicine was speaking to my soul. Then I got the message: "Grasshopper Productions"
After asking Spirit with more prayer, meditation, visioning, and inquiry into finding a unique name, I knew the next step...
In 2018, I started Turquoise Grasshopper Productions as a vehicle for performance to teach about recovery and healing trauma through self-care, dance/creative expression, spiritual practice, and lifestyle.