2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
TownLake YMCA
1100 W Cesar Chavez St

Austin, TX 78703 United States
$5 – $20
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Elements will be Saturday, October 27th from 2:30-4:30pm at the TownLake YMCA.

Class will be taught by Emily Thompson Gardner.

//Dance for Stress Management//

Join us for two hours of movement and stress reduction in the midst of our hectic world. Dance for Stress Management is a dance course designed to provide participants an opportunity to relax and refresh from daily stressors. This class uses stress alleviating movement techniques and provides education on stress management and coping skills, such as breathing exercises and meditation.

Emily will guide participants using a mixture of DanceAbility methodology and Recreation Therapy programming to promote an inclusive environment where all people can come together for a stress relieving movement experience. Movement for the class will consist of individual and group improvisation and guided movement.

No previous dance experience is needed. Please wear comfortable clothes with layers for warmth while in stillness. If you are interested in attending but have questions, feel free to contact Emily at rectherapyaustin@gmail.com.

Emily Thompson Gardner is a Recreation Therapist working in mental health with adults and kids in the Austin area. Emily has a passion for bringing important mental health needs to the general public through expressive movement classes: Dance for Stress Management and Dance for Confidence. As a Recreation Therapist, Emily uses recreation and leisure interests to improve the health and well-being of people with psychiatric impairments. Emily graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a MS in Recreation and Leisure Services- Therapeutic Recreation. Emily is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and is a Certified DanceAbility Instructor.

Elements is an on-going class in which we study dance and movement improvisation as well as somatics. DanceAbility is our foundational method with which we work to ensure inclusion. It is an equal collaboration and learning environment for every ‘body’ regardless of unique physical or mental characteristics. No gym membership is required to attend. Open to adults age 18 and up; all abilities and experience levels. No registration necessary and fee for class is on a sliding scale from $5-$20, cash or check accepted. See you at the Y!


October 27, 2018
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
$5 – $20
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