You’ve Got to Move it, Move it! – Mariah-Jane Thies


In this fun workshop we will be exploring the 6 Developmental Movement Patterns, including tactile and vestibular. The “Brain Dance” is a great way of having fun “dancing” through the developmental stages in as little as 5 minutes, preparing the brain-body to relax and focus and/or to assist in filling in any gaps in the initial brain wiring laid down as we all did our own “Brain Dance” as a baby. We will also experience the Laban system (Weight, Space, Time & Flow) for observing and experiencing movement, discovering our affinities and dis-affinities and the benefits of moving through both. To end the workshop we will tie Laban and Brain Dance together, giving tools for yourself and clients to address areas of self expression as reflected and experienced by our movement signatures.


Mariah-Jane Thies:

Mariah-Jane has a long and varied background in music and dance spanning over 35 years, with additional specialization in Brain Dance, Laban, Brain Gym and Rhythmic Exercise Training. She draws threads from all areas of her training to create the Grow Up SmART Material for Kids and the Teenage Program and incorporates these into her unique teaching methods in Ballet and Modern. Mariah-Jane is an off-cast ballet teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance. She has a degree as a dance teacher with Grant MacEwan and is a certified Evans Laban teacher. She is also a licensed Brain Gym Consultant and a Certified Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (BRMT) Consultant. She also moderates events such as The International Somatics-Based Dance Training Conference in New York and the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference.