Human beings are born to move. With movement, we thrive - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Open Floor is a lively meditation practice that builds muscular and emotional intelligence. It is a dance floor discovery zone where we move and include: good days and tough ones, passion, hesitance, joy, sorrow, births, deaths and everything in between. There are no steps to learn and no way to do it wrong. Our teachers mix stirring music with clear guidance to inspire wild dances and tender ones, connections between dancers and solo time.
Research shows that people who dance grow more flexible, confident, capable of intimacy and nimble in the face of change. When we move together, we grow communities that care for each other on and off the dance floor.
The invitation is to come just as you are and join others doing the same right alongside you.
For details of upcoming Open Floor Movement Classes with Liz Gleeson, Open Floor Teacher and Therapist, please see 'Classes'. Liz runs her classes in the South Beach Pavilion Greystones and is available to travel to schools, groups and organisations nationwide. Among the workshop themes she offers are 'Self Compassion', 'Soul Embodied' and 'Good Grief'. All her workshops and classes are based on universal core movement principals as well as our basic human need for solitude, connection, belonging and spirit.
Testimonials from Open Floor Movement Practice Participants
"Having just completed a Trilogy of Open Floor Workshops with Liz in Galway – I feel a great sense of achievement and liberation (work in progress!). I found the workshops a safe place to dance and express emotion – any emotions – all were made welcome. Learned some life skills and strategies which I am putting into everyday practice. Learned how to appreciate: body, movement and dance and how they are connected…….but most of all, I learned through dance to like myself.......Thank you Liz, for being true to who you are – a truly inspirational teacher."
Irene Hynes (IAHIP & IACP)
"For me Open floor dance is an opportunity to step away from the social mask that I present at work, in the street & in the community. I began to move again in a genuine, unscripted, creative way, without the constraints of social norms impinging on my movement. The activation of this spontaneous 'body' centred movement brings a hum, a vibration into my body cells that resonates and remained with me. I was more present, spontaneous and grounded as I walked back into my life. The grip of the social conditioning a little less in my cells, a bit more air in the lungs, a quiet hum in the bones, another lighter step to living."
Ashla Ward, Galway
"I went to Liz's first Open Floor workshop at EarthSong 2015. What a delight! Had Liz not announced this was her first Open Floor workshop, I'd have easily thought she had lots of experience. I have been to many workshops in my 65 years and can gladly recommend the Open Floor workshop as one of the very best. Liz took us on a wonderful journey of exploration with confidence, sensitivity, a twinkle in her eyes and a radiant smile upon her face. Yes I fell in love with her and every one else in the class, the Open Floor had opened my heart".
John Fisher, Corofin, Co. Clare
"I felt all parts of myself were welcomed and Liz held a deeply enriching, nurturing space. I have already used some of the tools I learned in Liz's class to bridge the link from the dance floor into my everyday life....thank you Liz!"
Nadia Conroy, Wicklow
"Thanks again for the Open Floor dance experience and your fantastic non-directive guidance. That's what Earthsong is about for me. Challenging the boundaries we set with the aim to become more in touch with ourselves and aware of that which holds us back."
"Having been dancing movement medicine and meditative dance for about 4 years I recently found myself landing in my first ever Open Floor class with Liz holding the space... I felt immediately at ease in her full, warm, wholehearted presence...I felt very comfortable letting go into my dance, into her guidance and solid gentle support throughout ...She held the space with such effortless ease...facilitated, invited and welcomed the creation of a wonderful open, accepting, encouraging, alive and nourishing environment to be curious about and to discover my own dance with myself, in connection with others and with Spirit...I felt fully safe and delighted to accept this invitation! I recommend Liz and her rich, nourishing, heartfelt offering in her Open Floor classes to everybody!!"
Rachel Donohue, Dublin
"I felt after a few classes that there was a trust with the others in the group, that everyone was just doing their own thing, letting go. The permission that you gave allowed me to release very deep emotions and I could see a big difference. The dance has energised me. I walk and I swim, but this has given me a different sort of an energy – I’m holding my head up high, it has given me a different sort of confidence. I love just sayingthat I’m going to a dance class. I’ve done things like yoga and I’ve enjoyed it, but not at this kind of level. I really, really find Open Floor very helpful. It’s been lovely, I actually feel very deep gratitude for being here on the course. It’s very powerful, what you’re doing and I really appreciate it, thank you."
Barbara O'Meara, Wicklow
"I had been striving for a feeling of self-acceptance and I think the dance has helped me with that. It had been so long since I danced and I came to accept how I dance now as being okay and I’ve increased my self-acceptance, yeah, that’s really changed. One of the things I’d have noticed, that you talked about, is the connection that we build up as a group that isn’t based on any verbal information or anything like that. And it’s made me realise that you can have a connection with someone without having to work hard to impress them, so that’s also been really nice! I feel freer in myself, I feel freer in my movement, I know now that I can dance for an hour without needing to sit down! There’s a sense of freedom but there’s also a sense of freedom about being able to be myself, however I need to be. And just, simply the flow of my body, it definitely feels like a window has opened and I can breathe through that window. I used to think that dance was part of my past, but it’s nice to know that it’s still right with me here and it’s not gone. Dancing when I was a young woman was my thing, dancing to Status Quo while everyone else was drinking, it’s who I was and I guess it’s still who I am! I think I’ve really got a lot out of Open Floor. I’ve been able to stop myself reacting to difficult situations that would have activated me before and I’ve been okay with doing nothing instead of reacting. So freedom, yes!"
Eileen O'Malley, Wicklow
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