Founder and Facilitator
Wren is an acclaimed master in his craft of Fusion Partner Dance and has been named “the next voice in conscious dance” by Soul Motion core faculty member, Aletia Alvarez.
A dancer in the Fusion social partner dance movement since it began, Wren’s dancing largely defines fusion as an emergent folk dance form based in the spontaneous co-creation of new aesthetics.
Fueled by his curiosity in spirituality, sexuality, global community, the natural world and relationships, and guided by his devotion to love and the idea of the Beloved, partner dance has served as the vehicle for his inquiry and understanding. He has inspired the formation of multiple fusion dance communities on the west coast of North America, and teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living. His facilitation encourages individuals to create themselves as safer spaces for the embodiment of the full range of human expression. Promoting dance as medicine, spirituality and salve for our modern ailments of disconnection and alienation, his practice insists we trust our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating our whole being into higher vibrational states.
Working with the holographic overview of humanity provided by the Gene Keys and combining its contemplative practice with his own somatic exploration and intuitive listening through the body, as well as his study of human conflict through theater, Wren empowers individuals and communities to dance with joy, helps free insights locked in the body, coaches people to more easily access their sensuality and pleasure and even on privileged occasion, supports the healing of chronic disease. Wren’s goal is to support people into right relationship with the moment; to listen and respond appropriately to what is being called for in service to the highest possible good. He holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Washington, is an author in the published work, “Reinhabiting the Village,” a TEDx speaker and your muse for all things somatic.
Listen to a conversation between Wren and Cynthia Winton-Henry, creator of Interplay on The Body Intelligence Summit hosted by the Shift Network.
Enjoy a more in-depth conversation about Wren’s journey to Cocréa on the Conscious Dancer Magazine podcast series.
ANTJE MARTINA SCHAEFER
Coming to the US from Germany at the age of twelve, I grew up with my feet constantly in more than one culture. My passion for movement to music has been a prime connector to spirit and source of joy, as well as a gateway to finding connection to others in community. As my bi-cultural upbringing ignited the desire to strive for deeper understanding and communion with all humans, dance has revealed itself as a perfect parallel to life in this diverse world.
Accessing the rich creative community of San Francisco, I discovered a gift for bridging and cross-pollinating ideas between communities, a passion that still drives my work today. I tested my own creative powers through the world of art and music event production and tapped into new, vibrant outlets for my dancing and personal discovery through transformational festivals of the West Coast beginning in 2009.
Through discovering blues and fusion partner dance in 2012, I became exposed to a whole new level of connection made possible through movement. Awe-inspired, I envisioned the first Connexus, a day-long conscious partner dance event, which Wren and I co-produced six months later.
My focus is on how the dance can enhance and expand relationships into a deeply connected, honest and powerful tool for personal, interpersonal and transpersonal co-creation, discovery, and appreciation. I have spent the last year weaving my life experiences with the dance as an active co-creator of the Cocréa teachings of ‘dance as life’, while simultaneously being schooled again and again, by our students and of course, life itself.
Production Manager and Facilitation Assistant
Usha has been dancing her whole life and fell in love with Blues and Fusion partner dancing seven years ago. As a passionate community organizer, she co-founded Foothills Fusion Dance in 2014, a thriving, weekly social dance event in Nevada City, CA. She has also produced several conscious partner dance retreats and workshops in Northern California and travels the country to study, dance and play with the larger Blues and Fusion dance community.
As a conscious dancer, mover and teacher, she brings over 15 years of experience and training as a body-worker and yoga teacher, thus infusing her teachings with a rich and embodied knowledge of anatomy, body mechanics and healthy alignment. She is currently deeply immersed in the study and exploration of sexuality and works as a sex and intimacy coach, guiding people to have healthier relationships with self and others.
All of her teachings are deeply informed and inspired by nature, divinity, love, sensuality, and constant striving towards being a better human.
Media Director and Facilitation Assistant
Joe has been a professional dance performer and teacher for nearly two decades. In his studies and world travels he has developed a unique style with influences including hip hop, breaking, contact improvisation, and fusion partner dance. Joe fuses these forms together in a dynamic and distinctive style. His love and passion for dance has enabled him to perform at major events for Sony, Pixar, Oracle, and more. He has presented several workshops at universities including University of San Francisco, Stanford, and Sonoma State University.
Joe has began cultivating a new aesthetic for partner dancing called Hip Hop Fusion and has led workshops at Symbiosis Global Eclipse Gathering 2017 and will be presenting at Sonic Bloom and SoulPlay in 2018.
He is excited to collaborate with like minded artists and to help the community embrace the power of performing arts.
Joe believes that dance is in our DNA. At the core of our being, everyone is a dancer. We are dance, and dance is life.
Business Director and Facilitation Assistant
Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening.
She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with the other.
The Gene Keys
The Gene Keys are about living a life of genius. Genius is an often-misunderstood word. Every one of us is born a genius. It’s not about having a huge intellectual capacity – it’s about finding your higher purpose in life – that thing that sets you apart from all others. It’s about finding that thing of greatest beauty inside you and releasing that into the world. We have all seen, heard of and perhaps even met human beings with extraordinary qualities – people who radiate a presence or a sense of the beyond – and who seem beyond the suffering of the rest of humanity. And yet these kinds of states are the natural flowering of our human evolution, and they actually exist inside us as a dormant potential in our DNA. The Sole purpose of the Gene Keys is to unlock that vast potential inside yourself.
Cocréa uses inspiration from the Gene Keys to augment the teaching and find ways of guiding participants towards the embodiment of the best version of themselves. By learning a simple structure to support our expression, experiencing trust with others and practicing releasing our minds into the magic of the moment with others we begin unlocking the genius of our body.
For more information, visit www.genekeys.com
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