expanding our hearts

an online 8 week committed series with michael
wednesdays april 5 – may 24, 2023 at 9:00am-11:00am (pacific time)

12:00pm new york | central european time 18:00 | london 17:00
PLEASE CHECK HERE FOR YOU LOCAL TIME: (the class is seattle time PDT): https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

…and my dear heart, I am terrified, but I see no other way.  
I have tried to keep you safe and locked away for too long.  
you have the floor now… I am listening.
gina m. puorro

if our bodies are the vessels we use to move through the currents of our lives, then the heart is the rudder, our moral compass, for navigating the cruelties and the crises in the world with compassion and grace. like the sun, the heart gives its greatest light and warmth when it burns through the clouds of dread and despair to radiate its rays of hope and encouragement. to reveal rather than conceal our hearts is to risk our vulnerability and invites a flowering of the human condition.

In this 8 week series you are being called to crack the chrysalis in the center of your chest and cradle the critic that cripples your creativity. let’s create a sanctuary where your longings and desires may root, roam, reach, and rise. using the lens of curiosity, wonder and awe, we surrender ourselves through movement, poetry, art, witnessing and ritual to dare our dreams and sing our souls. if you feel pulled, please join our circle to be held in this sacred gathering of the potent exposing and expanding of our hearts.

price for the series: $ 160

other price options: sponsor price: $220; scholarship: $100; hardship: $50

sponsor – helps someone else attend

scholarship – if you are financially challenged

hardship – if you have no income or lost your job. limited to 6 spaces.

no one will be turned away for lack of funds. if you need additional financial assistance, please contact us.

for more info or questions contact anneli & michael at us@movements-matter.com or 310-839-3187.

the music we are playing is covered under music licenses through madrona mindbody.

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expanding our hearts series regular price $160.00
expanding our hearts series sponsorship price $220.00
expanding our hearts series scholarship price $100.00
expanding our hearts series hardship price $50.00

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cancellation before april 1, 2023 will be refunded minus a small admin fee. all payments become non-refundable on april 2, 2023 unless your space can be filled by someone else.

you will receive the zoom link twice. once in the registration confirmation that is sent to the email address you are registering with immediately after you have registered, as well as in the class reminder email that we send out closer to class. these emails are sent from us(at)movements-matter.com. please add this email address to your contacts to ensure that the email does not end up in your spam folder.

how this works

what do I need to take an online class?

we will use a platform called zoom. you’ll need a computer, ipad or iphone, and a good internet connection.

  • download the zoom app here. It is painless, fast, and free.
  • if you have a computer, choose that over the iPad or iPhone. not only will the sound be better but also you can interact more and see more of others.
  • if you can, connect your computer/phone to an external speaker for better sound quality.
  • make some space to dance. if you are in a shared space, find a room to yourself so you can dance un-self consciously. or invite your housemates and/or family to join you. minimize distractions (doorbell/ email/ phone/household appliances/TV) so that you can be as present as possible.
  • wear comfortable clothes to move in and have your water bottle nearby.

how do I join online?

you will receive an email with the zoom room information when you pay for the class. the zoom information is included in the receipt that is emailed to you once you have paid for the series. please do not share this link and zoom information with anyone else since we want to ensure that the people who are registering for the class will be able to attend.

how much does it cost?

we are offering this series with 4 pay options. $160, $220, $100, $50.

to select your price and pay, please click on one of the images above.

will it be recorded?

no, the class will not be recorded.


what time does the dance start?

dance starts at 9:00am (pt). please be there no later than 9:15 (10 minutes early is preferred), and stay to the end of the session.  your presence really makes a difference.

some helpful features of Zoom

  • speaker view and grid/gallery view – you can toggle between the two to see the difference. grid view is recommended when we’re dancing, so we see and get inspired by each other.
  • the ability to MUTE AND UNMUTE – when you are on ‘mute’ it reduces feedback that can occur. it also means you can make as much noise as you want. the host and co- hosts can mute and unmute everyone.
  • the ability to have your CAMERA OFF AND ON. keep it on as it helps build connection. your presence matters!
  • the CHAT feature – via the ‘speech bubble’ icon in the bottom bar. if you are having technical problems, this is the place to go.
  • the ability to NAME YOURSELF if you haven’t already – click the three dots in your own window.

thank you lori saltzman and kathy altman, sarah davis and zuza engler as well as all OFI working members for the guidelines of how this works.