Drop in, shake off and get down to music that will move you.
Open Floor Friday nights are a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry set to potent soundscapes. This is sacred time to connect with yourself, others, community and spirit. Or you can just dance yourself to the bone. There’s minimal guidance; these classes are about giving you open practice space in a conscious dance community. Both beginners and experienced dancers welcome.
You’ll have the opportunity to:
- Expand your embodied awareness
- Participate in an inclusive community of OFM practitioners
- Sweat, shake and move energy
- Reconnect with the body as a source of wisdom and joy
- Soften, loosen and stretch your capacity for connection
- Welcome whatever comes up: feelings, thoughts, wild passions and limitations.
2nd Friday of each month
7:00 - 9:00p (doors close at 7:30)
$15 if you register online /
$20 if you drop in
105 Wisteria Way
Mill Valley, CA
Barefoot or dance shoes, comfortable clothing
Who are the classes for?
Anyone who wants to be more present for this beautiful ride of life, including loving, losing, learning, creating, colliding and connecting. If you’ve never been to a dance class before, you’re totally welcome. If you are a 5Rhythms or Ecstatic Dance diehard, that’s also great! We welcome a diversity of genders, sexualities, ethnicities, religion, physical abilities and beliefs!
What is Open Floor?
Open Floor is a mindful movement practice with the aim of helping people become more embodied and “at home.” Developed by senior students of Gabrielle Roth, it combines dance, music and mindful awareness to help us connect with ourselves, others, community and spirit. It uses universal movement principles such as breathwork, grounding and centering to help expand our ability to tolerate uncomfortable feelings. By learning to track thoughts, stories and patterns that hold us back, we are able to turn them into creative fuel.
Do I need to have previous experience?
You don't need a dance background only a desire to listen to and move your body as a mode of conscious inquiry, accessing your body as the source of wisdom!
Do we actually dance?
This is a free-form movement practice; there are no steps to learn or choreography in Open Floor Movement. You move your body in whatever way you feel inspired by the soundscapes we design to tap into your body’s wisdom. You may gyrate, undulate, bounce, shake, whatever.
How deep do I have to go?
The beauty of Open Floor work is is unique to the individual. The guidance is suggested but always encouraged to follow your own embodied intelligence.
Will I have to dance with other people?
It sometimes happens naturally, but it’s not required. It’s up to you!
Maryanne first discovered movement as a way to heal her debilitating anxiety. She created her own body-oriented self-inquiry method which she has taught people privately for 18 years. In 2017, she became certified to teach Open Floor Movement. What excites her most about this new modality developed by a small group of Gabrielle Roth’s proteges is that it offers an evidence-based map for using movement as a way to deepen connection with self, others, community and spirit.
Maryanne’s teaching style/philosophy is heart-centered, soulful and influenced by depth psychology. She sees her role as an embodied guide who invites students into a shared contemplation using movement.
Maryanne holds a Ph.D. in somatic depth psychology and works with clients in private practice in Marin County.
After years of a committed yoga practice, Melissa discovered 5Rhythms in 2008 and was hooked by the way that dance gave her insights and release, but was also fun and interactive. She’s been sweating and making up my own steps ever since.
After years as a student, Melissa was thrilled to be invited to join the inaugural Open Floor Movement teacher training led by Gabrielle Roth’s senior students: Andrea Juhan, Kathy Altman, Lori Salzman and Vic Cooper. These are Melissa’s teachers and she is continually blown away by the depth of their wisdom and generosity.
In addition to teaching Open Floor Movement classes, Melissa is also a mind/body coach. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Chad Herst and their dog Disco.