"Ballet and dance professional and movement therapist, Suzanne Astley, has recently brought her unique skillset to the Ribble Valley after working at the highest level in the UK at the Royal Academy of Dance in London" Live Ribble Valley Magazine, 2019
Suzanne recently worked at the Royal Academy of Dance as a lecturer of Dance for Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs as well as being a Student Support Officer where she helped students and colleagues both physically and mentally.
Suzanne's classes each have an essence of Contemporary, Somatic and Meditative dance. Every class being suitable and tailor-made for all abilities including group and one-on-one work, and are of a therapeutic nature. The aim of Mindful Movement is to create an environment where you can solely concentrate your mind and body on rest and relaxation. Reconnect and come home to your body.
Mindful Movement enables you to gain a better understanding of posture, alignment and breath. Specifically through contemporary dance techniques and integrating the mind and body, similar to yogic flow practises. It will help improve flexibility, flow of movement, build strength and core stability.
We are extremely passionate about promoting health and wellbeing and it is through these practises that we want to help you find a healthier, happier and more empowered way of living.
One-to-one Somatic Movement Therapy and Wellbeing Coaching classes are available to book on Mondays and Tuesdays, in the day and evening for up to an hour
Ring or text 07738405277 to book
@ Fuelmizas, Bee Mill Garage
Preston Road, Ribchester
Francis is an associate lecturer of dance at the university of Surrey, performing artist, choreographer and a Somatics Movement Educator. A former fellowship artist of the Arts Council of England, and graduate of the University of Central Lancashire, with an MA in Dance, Somatics Health and Wellbeing. Over the years, Francis has developed work that has contributed to the enrichment of British dance culture on several levels, having held positions on the board of trustees at Dance UK, Jacksons Lane Theatre, ADAD and the former London Arts Board, ‘LAB’.
Suzanne is currently a Somatics Movement Educator, and Dance Artist. She initially achieved a scholarship for the Royal Ballet, studied at Laine Theatre Arts, took a Drama and Dance degree at the university of Winchester and then went on to work for a prestigious arts organisation, Swindon Dance. In addition to this she gained an MA in Dance Somatics and Wellbeing. Suzanne also boasts qualified teacher status from the University of Cumbria and was recently the course leader of Dance Performance and Teaching at the University of Central Lancashire. As well as working as a Dance Lecturer and Student Support for the Royal Academy of Dance. Her expertise within teaching has been acquired from her work within community settings and primary, secondary, FE and HE education, spanning over 30 years.
Melanie is a lecturer of dance at the university of Edge Hill, dance artist, Somatics Movement Educator and an intricate member of the Parkinson's Network. A lead artist on 'Own Now' Dance and Dementia project, and also works within care homes situated in Cumbria. Melanie is currently studying a PhD in Dance and Parkinson's at the University of Roehampton. She is a practitioner, in dance, health and wellbeing with the focus on person centered movement and somatic practices.