About Dance Connection
Dance Connection is a movement form that gives pathways to the expression of our human life. The way we embody life helps us to feel more comfortable in our own skin and realise our full potential. Dance and music, married together can transport us in ways that are transformative , even miraculous. The language of dance existed before the written language, as seen on cave paintings - it is a universal language for all, with many gifts to offer.
Authenticity results from a congruence between your body, mind and spirit. Dance Connection supports us in connecting: to ourselves, others, the world at large. The intention of Dance Connection is to open and stimulate pathways to a life well lived, employing the principles of interdependence and interconnection.
Dance Connection supports the development and integration of the whole person. Physiological benefits of dance are well known - improving fitness, flexibility, physical resilience and stamina - improving overall health. What isn't very well known about dance is how it also can regulate, restore, balance and support the nervous system, through dances that are geared to decelerate, calm and relax. The sense of community that builds during a course of classes or a year dance journey is incomparable - imagine the understanding we have from the silent language of dance shared.
People often say - "I am not a dancer", "I have 2 left feet", "my body isn't a dancer's body" - yet everyone can dance whatever the movement level there is in the body if you consider dance to be moving and connecting to music and occasionally just yourself without music. There are no set steps, just indicators and instructions to help get the most out of certain dances, but ultimately the partnership with your body and its response to the music is central.
Dance Connection develops well-being, emotional resilience and empathic connections between people - it is a universal language and we often express so much more without words - this is why some psychologists say body language contributes about 55% toward communication and the tone of the voice about 38%. Movement brings us into greater awareness of the way the body moves, expresses and connects us to our emotions, personality and life experience.
Dance Connection is geared to create balance - life exists in contrasting opposites: e.g. work and play; activity and rest; inner and outer; masculine and feminine. The dance sessions are developed to offer pathways to develop balance, deep listening to the body and expression. The sessions move through a dance pathway of activation; loosening/ freeing up; expression; deceleration; inner connection and re-activation to connect with the environment again. In life socially we need to traverse different experiences , so the sessions include individual dances, pair dances, small group dances and whole group dances to allow us to experience all that it is to be human.
In this was the Elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Air are also key to the work: fire represents our passion, strong emotions such as anger, vital life energy, the sun, the masculine principle of creation; water represents our emotions, the moon, our capacity to be flexible, receive and develop our feminine aspects; earth is where we find our ground, our stability, the rhythm of life and is the more fixed aspect of the feminine, helping us connect to nature too; and air is the very oxygen of our life, giving us a capacity to be free, spacious, light and romantic, a masculine aspect of outward expression.
These explorations and pathways on the dance-floor will help you In everyday life, you may find yourself moving with more ease and flow, feeling energised, confident and creative. By being in the here and now in the dance session, you may find yourself responding to what is presenting itself in the present time, instead of reacting based on past conditioning.
About Julia Hope Brightwell, aka Jewell
Julia's dancing background:
Julia Hope Brightwell has always loved dancing, from the days
as a teenager at discos through to the present day as a Didactic
teacher. Her background spans exploration through Ceroc
(Modern Jive), expressive dance, 5 Rhythms, Movement
Medicine, Biodanza and now Dance Connection.
"I love the way I can bring all of me to the dance", explains Julia.
"I adore music and am amazed at how it can transport me into
so many different places. I believe a great amount of my
emotional resilience is down to the effects of regular dance
"For me Dance has transformed my life, it has freed me
from self-limiting conditioning and made me more confident
to just be myself - vulnerable, sensitive, expressive and with
a rediscovered humour and lighness of being".
What brought Julia Hope Brightwell to create Dance Connection with Tracy Seed, the Co-Founders?
Julia says "It was in the lockdown of 2020, that I had time and space to really focus on what I wanted. I realised that though I had got a lot out of the Biodanza I had been doing, that I felt limited by not having the freedom to create new dances, follow my intuition, meld my long experience of dance and include music that I loved in my sessions and workshops. I gave myself the possibility of not doing the Biodanza after the lockdown and the following morning I woke up streaming ideas - including receiving the name 'Dance Connection' - it took me hours to write everything down. There and then, I knew I had to follow this path.
It wasn't a quick thing, we wanted this dance pathway and training to be well constructed and backed up by up to date theory. It was a labour of love, spending hours listening to music, trying things out, reading, discussing with my co-founder and the group of contributors who were integral in setting this up - you will meet them very soon on the Dance Connection website."
Julia's motivation was to create something that was accessible to all, through a robust simple structure and an adaptability. This desire arose from a knowing of the benefits of dance: health and wellness, emotional resilience, the development of social intelligence, a place to celebrate in community and a pathway that opened people up to a life well lived.
Dance is a universal language, that has been participated
in for centuries - why? It has a deep connection to our
mind, body, heart and soul. It is a way of connecting :
connecting with our body, our emotions, our spirit,
Dance has abundant opportunities to express yourself -
you don't need to be fit, there are no set steps in Dance
Connection. Dance is a wonderful way to feel alive,
celebrate your uniqueness whilst connecting with
others in a dance community.
Julia has a psychology degree and was a Montessori
teacher for 10 years and knows that we all have an
innate potential, that if listened to, is a compass for unfoldment into living the life you were born to live.
Tracy and Julia both have extensive personal and professional experience in the areas of education,
movement, communication, dance and life. They also working with colleagues they deeply admire to create and evolve this system.