Dance Artist Craniosacral Therapist Teacher
I am a multi-disciplinary artist who is passionate about creating space for human-to-human connection.
I want to share what I know about physical bodies and the beauty, love, joy, trauma, history, lineage, and life within them through art, embodied therapy, classes, and writings
Watch the film HERE
Focusing on carbon emissions and governmental changes to stop global warming often feels out of our hands. Earth Day, 2021 invites us, individually and collectively, to become more mindful of our actions, as this mindfulness can ripple out into how we participate at systemic and organizational levels in the climate awareness fight. Often causes such as gender equality or climate awareness are used as moral licensing to dodge racism. Our ongoing work as people and artists is to incorporate the intersectionality of racism, environmentalism, sexism, and any other “-ism”.
“They have a gift of moving the crowds and shifting energy levels to help us reconnect with our bodies and selves.”- KODA
Our next show is September 11 as part of We Are Nature // stay tuned...
Sensorial Dancing and Creation
By settling and focusing, we can access more of our energy. By beginning with simple awareness of sensation, we can build towards greater range of movement. By noticing and riding the present movement in our bodies and in the space around us, we can let go of effort, stress, tension, and unhelpful thought. By noticing the space around our bodies, we realize we are connected to each other and every other living being; this connection is palpable and tangible. All of a sudden, we are not alone. By moving outdoors in a public park together, we engage in embodied creation that is communal and inspiring.
Classes are held weekly in Prospect Park, BK
You may leave class having shed a layer of protection or having found new meaning to a problem within. You may leave class feeling supported by your fellow community of participants. You will leave class feeling settled yet enlivened, more connected to your Self, empowered, juicy, and satisfied.
Then, with musicians present, we transition to a live creation of music and movement. All other disciplines are welcome. Create and participate as you wish.
If you are a beginner to movement, Welcome! Each participant moves at their own pace and volume. If you are an experienced mover, such as a professional dancer, you will be challenged in your movement capabilities and may open new connections to your physical body. If you are a therapist of mind, spirit or body, you will enjoy integrating these aspects in a new way.
When George Floyd was killed and protests began breaking out in nyc, I was asked to write for the blog of my Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training program, Stillpoint. Understanding Our Part and Our Place is written from my experience in the BCST community, and though some terminology may not be in your current vocabulary, I do believe the message is clear.
What people are saying:
"I...was impressed, intrigued and pulled to your work."
"So well written... truly a gift. I hope many read and are able to appreciate your words of compassion and truth."
a dance film
New music and dance celebrates collaboration within the pandemic.
Wandering is a four movement dance film set to a guitar suite composed by Dustin Carlson and performed by Andrea Gonzalez Caballero. The film and movement are the result of a collaboration between Angelo Vasta and dancers Yeman Brown, Isabel Umali, Ashley Menestrina, and Justin Daniels. The music was commissioned by The Gabriela Lena Franck Creative Academy of Music and because of the current challenges with live performance, Dustin and Andrea agreed that a dance film would make an excellent debut.
"Both jazz and flamenco are musical embodiments of struggle and transcendence of oppressive forces; both are instances where intuitive genius overrides formalism. Both are musics whose foundational practitioners had to endure racism and bigotry, a fact which for me, being a white, male US citizen, was an additional motivation to reflect on my feelings regarding privilege, disappointment, and shame. The final project is a true collaboration between commissioner, composer, performer, dancers, and filmmaker. The result is a celebration of artists and of creative resilience. "
-Dustin Carlson, composer & producer