As a teaching artist, I hold the intention of creating safe, nurturing space for my students to follow curiosity, to push their edges and connect with the body. The body pulses with the stories of our ancestors, the imprinting of culture and the instincts of our creaturely ways. I approach movement as a presence practice with the body, oriented towards ease, athleticism and wonder. Passing down the lineage of dance training that lives in my body with an eagerness for new discovery, insight and (un)knowing, I hold the dance studio as a movement research lab.
Accompanying the student in deepening their relationship, trust, and love of their bodies. Through guided imagery and movement practice we will repattern the body towards a radical self love and acceptance.
Encouraging the pressing of edges so that the student may enter the Unknowing, where growth lives. I teach a rigorous class designed to bring students to the edges of their physicality, in the heartbeat of sweat and blood, where Mystery sometimes lies. Becoming fully animal, fully human, fully alive, uniquely you.
Practicing the engagement with otherness in the dancing bodies of our class allows us to expand our horizons towards the cultivation of empathy. Students work together in problem solving, inquiry and mutual support.
KJ currently is teaching dance technique courses at St. Mary's College of CA and with Push Outreach in SF.