It’s 2013 and I’m in the middle of an Open Floor ongoing week. Andrea Juhan sits in front of us with two jars with our names in it. This week the topic is soulmates. We will be paired up with another person. The tension in the room is palpable. Before she pics names she says… “This will be fate or faith…”
Fast forward to januari 6, 2020. I’m in the middle of my first class of the year when things take an unexpected turn. Due to a misunderstanding I have to stop the class and leave the building. Being met with anger and a lack of flexibility is an unsettling experience that has a ripple effect throughout the days afterwards. A rollercoaster of sensations, thoughts and emotions. Lots of thinking, reorganising and talking to people I know and trust.
What to do next?
I immediately feel I want to keep offering the world this beautiful practice and share the music I, and lots of you, have experienced so far. I want to offer you a safe space both physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to enjoy embodied movement and dance. To dive deep into yourself, in connection with others. Exploring themes and topics that may be present so we do know how to be resilient when life throws us these unexpected curveballs. And also this…
I wouldn’t take you, myself and this beautiful practice seriously if I didn’t take drastic steps. I had to find a new location. In my search I noticed how the people in Rotterdam LOVE TO DANCE!!! Every day of the week you can choose between Open Floor, 5Rhythms, Biodanza, Massagedance, Tantric dance, Dia dance, chakra dance, Nia dance, Ecstatic dance, Moondance, Silent Disco, Flesjmops… not to mention all the dance offered by the different dance companies… There is soooo much out there it’s amazing. That same search also reveals choices and decisions I need to make that changes everything.
The new name will be ‘OPEN FLOOR DANS’ because I will teach on WEDNESDAY EVENING. (Simply can’t offer Monday Dance on Wednesdays).
I will start on wednesday evening 22 january. We dance from 19.30 – 21.15 o’clock. You will get 15 min more dance for the same price (€14,- per class).
You can still use the tickets you purchased or received before. Find a link with more details below this message.
Alternatively I will offer a monthly workshop series about the OPEN FLOOR FUNDAMENTALS starting wednesday morning 29 January. We dance from 9.30 – 12.30 o’clock. Every month we will look into a new theme.
I know this is a big change… I know that change can be a challenge and it may take time to settle. I know this change may be better for some, and not for everyone. For that I’m sorry. I’m taking a leap of faith… If this is meant to be there will be plenty of room for all of us.
I want you to know this… I will protect you, myself and this work. I will work hard to offer you the best I can. I will invest time and energy into the dance, the music, the workshops. I will continue to offer you my human being-ness.
You are welcome to offer your beautiful selves, your expanding minds, your layered emotions and your leaps into the unknown to the dance floor.
Thank you for all your dances, your courage, your support, your enthusiasm, your trust.
Let’s meet again and again and again on the dance floor…
with love, Hester Hudig