Dancing is her thing. Or is it "moving is her thing"? Cause all she needs and does is movement - moved by an inner voice to dance. The Soul Motion Dance. Its impact became a life changing affair. Since then, Katrin Ackfeld is dancing along the path of her life. As a Soul Motion Teacher she shares her wisdom and guides a lot of other feet & hearts to a new horizon. And now, there is only one thing left to say: Guys, move it!
Hi Katrin, you are offering "special" dance classes in Mallorca. Tell us more about you and your Dance Space Mallorca!
Dance Space Mallorca was born out of my wish to offer a space where people can meet to dance, to feel free and to have a good time. In my dance classes I offer this space now and it´s growing and growing. I am a Soul Motion teacher and a Nia Blue Belt teacher and within one of these two dance forms you can find your own space to move with yourself and others and experience something beneficial for yourself.
I remember a Nia class I did years ago. It was kinda "crazy", very experimental and improvisational. It was fun, but you have to open up for it. What is the deeper purpose of Nia?
Nia is created as a holistic program for body, mind and spirit. It is based on choreographies, the students follow the teacher´s movements but in their own way and so you can re-connect perfectly to your body. Nia is a wonderful way to start again to move yourself as it guides you straight into the movement and you cannot get lost. In Nia we have freedance and floorplay parts and its first principle is "The Joy of Movement". So it is really fun to dance it, but it includes as well the emotional and spiritual part of yourself which makes it very different to Zumba i.e.
The other dance you offer is Soul Motion. You recently graduated as a Soul Motion teacher and now you guide people into this dance. What is Soul Motion designed for?
Soul Motion is a conscious dance practice and it is mainly based on the belief that mindful movements can lead us back to our real self. We move to very varied music and to the subtle verbal guidance of the teacher and are completely free in our movements. No steps to follow, no limits, nothing is wrong, nothing is right. all is possible. It is about BEING, not DOING.
Soul Motion is a dance meditation and gives us the possiblity to explore and experiment our expression and reconnect to our body and through it to our soul. Working with different tools we can go further as in Nia and work on our habits and believes and finally can change them through our insights we experienced in the dance. I love this quote from my teacher Vinn Arjuna Martí, the creator of Soul Motion "It's about our mystery, not about our history." For me in this quote every thing Soul Motion offers is included.
The Soul Motion training which you recently finished is called the "Leadership Program". You mentioned, this was life changing for you… Why, how can Soul Motion be a life changing dance?
It is not easy to find words for what happens in a Soul Motion session, it is somehow beyond explanations and logic. In my experience Soul Motion is a very intense and powerful practice and I feel like coming home every time I am in a Soul Motion session. I feel supported in a loving way, I don´t have to hide, I resonate with the space and the other dancers and I just can be ME. And so I can open myself to something new...
In the Leadership Program I discovered and developed a new meaning of self responsibility, I could strengthen my abilities and first of all refound the trust in myself. It was life changing as I´m coming back to my body more and more, I can leave much easier thoughts and worries behind and go quickly into relaxation and trust. Fears are getting smaller and my authenticity can grow. This is a wonderful evolution in my life.
As Soul Motion is designed not only as a practice on the dance floor but as well off the dance floor, I can really sense a transformation in my awareness in my everyday life. Life is a lot easier since I dance Soul Motion. Ah, and pleasure and life joy came back as well!
Dancing might be older than Yoga and both can be a deep spiritual experience. I imagine that the step is bigger for somebody to go to your dance class than to a Yoga class. And you know why? In my eyes it is very intimate… am I right?
Yes, dance is a very intimate process and we are especially working with that. One of the four landscapes in Soul Motion is the Dance Intimate, the dance with yourself, the dance behind your eyes. This is the dance you move only with yourself, your necessities, your exploration. Nothing else counts. I love this dance as it allows me to deeply connect with myself regardless of what is going on around me. It´s an invitation and sooooo relaxing.
In the Mindful Movement classes which I'm offering right now at Yerbabuena we are only moving in this Dance Intimate, one hour long and it is the perfect beginning for those who want to dance but maybe don't dare to show up or were told that they cannot dance. Every body is good enough and every body is necessary!
In another class format, the Odyssey, we can open up to one other and then to the group, all in a safe space and in a loving way and - first of all - without any "must".
Do you remember? All is possible. You decide.
Oh day, arise!
The longer I am diving into this topic, the more I want to participate in your next classes! Where can we dance with you?
In September we will begin again with our weekly Mindful Movement classes at Yerbabuena. Every Monday at 19 h till 20.30 h. The music starts at 18.45 h and I recommend to come with time in order to start with in a relaxed and mindful way.
And the monthly Sunday Morning Dance Labs at Lucky Bodies & Happy Souls will start again the first Sunday in October. For more informations please check out www.dance-space-mallorca.com or call me at 616.571481.
And: there is something in preparation I cannot talk about yet but it will be wonderful, I promise!
And out of interest: What was your profession before becoming a Nia & Soul Motion Dance Teacher? Was there an initial point in your life that brought you there?
I am an interior designer and I help to create homes for people’s bodies . And in my dance I help to create homes in people’s bodies. It is funny as during a long time I sensed a big contrast between my interior design and my dance but now diving deeper into my life purpose there is no contradiction anymore. I’m doing both and I’m very happy with it.
Ah... the initial point to start dancing: at a certain - not very happy - point in my life I imagined that i can only move something when I am moving my body. So i was open to be guided and all started....
You are thankful for…
the flow I’m moving in more and more...
the teachers in my daily life and in my dance...
the fulfilling connection to inspiring people around the world...
being brave enough to show up...
Katrin Ackfeld/ Germany
- Vinn Arjuna Martí, the creator and designer of Soul Motion, such an important teacher for me....
- Nia trainer Ann Christiansen in Hamburg
- all the beautiful dancers I met on the global dance floor
- myself, every single day
- Soul Motion™ - a conscious dance practice
- Nia Technique
All kind of music which I can connect to and which reflect my different emotions and facets. All is good which moves me! On my website you can find some examples...
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