Teaching my first dance class in college while earning my BS in Exercise Science/Dance Minor, was the beginning of understanding the Muse and how I hold space. The steps from graduation in 2000 on continue to choreograph richly layered ways of space holding… Teaching Pilates privately and in group classes, moonlighting as a Health Screener/Coach/Health Ed Speaker, studying the ways of the Neurofascial and Nervous System, learning sound as art and meditation, journeying to India for a month to deepen my yoga/meditation/mantra studies, twice to Egypt to dive deeper into ancient ways of being, learning the ways of the Moon, Venus, Sun, Seasonal Dance and High Holy Days, and the Rose, and going into my second year as an Oracle Arts apprentice, lands us here. This dance has awakened the importance of being present and humbled when holding space. To embrace our individual journeys. To cultivate our unique balance of Sun and Moon, Rose and thorn. To honour and respect my teachers and cultures of these ways I tend. I can’t wait to get to know you better. Read on for more of my story … My prayer is to be a clear vessel in service to the Rose song, Oracle and the Web of Life!
When I look back on my life, I see the steps and choreography. Each new beginning and ending birthed a new phrase in my dance. I’ve always had a strong curiosity for the deeper meaning behind life, our thoughts, and actions, how our body functions, how we heal, why we do what we do. I wouldn’t say I grew up feeling like I fit in; I was self-conscious, awkward, hard on myself, and didn’t always make the best decisions in my early years. But, being surround my music was a deep Muse that would guide my trauma healing. Through the years many teachers, books, friendships, and relationships would begin to guide my choreography. Steps were slowly building into phrases to make up the dance of my life, which to this day, is being created with humility, curiosity, love, and courage.
I left home at a young age, found my way to college to study Exercise Science/Dance, at nineteen experienced deep loss when my boyfriend passed away. I threw myself into work and studies, moved across country for an internship and work, and moved back across the country for a better job and roots. As life would unfold, I navigated through more heartbreak, challenging times, learning experiences, dance performances and ballroom dance competitions, and amazing teachers. From the encouragement of a friend, I started a blog, and The Dancing Soul website was birthed in 2011, I experienced new depths of my heart in the grief of losing my mother in 2014, I met new layers of myself in India for a month immersing in YTT. I experienced more heartbreak and ending of karmic relations upon returning. I found my way into a Priestess of the Rose year spiral learning the ways of Venus/Rose. A Priestesses of The Moon Program called me in, which led to Egypt Pilgrimages, which led to A Moon Guide Facilitator training. I’m leading Moon Rhythms Retreats, Moon circles, Sound Temples, have a Sound School, and entering my second year of learning the ways of tending the Oracle Altar/Fire in the Oracle Arts Apprenticeship. I offer a Moon Rhythms Rose Altar of videos/tools to cultivate and awaken rhythms of inner bliss, all while continuing my passion and love of dance. Standing here now, I’ve discovered a renewed sense of passion in sharing ways to cultivate the art of our life and the art of our heart’s abode.
My path hasn’t always been an easy one, but it continues to be a nurturing ground for cultivating a deep sense of comfort in my own body, who I am as a woman, as a teacher, and as a friend. I’m grateful to my teachers, in all areas of life, and for the lifelong music of my voice, my heart, and my soul! And so the dance continues.
“You’ve truly inspired me, Tanya! I’ve learned to take care of myself because of you. Dancing and performing as often as I am, I don’t hurt the way I used to, and if I do I just reset and start over. My body has more stamina because of Melt!”
From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by books and how they open new worlds. I could learn anything I wanted, meet people in the pages who were like me, and most fascinating, those unlike me. Books were my ultimate escape from a world I felt misunderstood. It was in school I began to find a sense of stability. I was intrigued by the language of anything new, new perspectives, new words, new worlds, glimpses of others thoughts, feelings, and findings. It invigorated my entire being to be seen in these ways. From this, a deep sense of inspiration was planted. Being a student is one of my favorite parts of being a teacher. I’m inspired by the amazing teachers who have graced my path and all those yet to show up. I’m not sure what I did in other lifetimes to have the pleasure and deep honor to be a teacher in this one, but I hold it sacred every day and every time I step up to share.
The spiritual seeker in me has been present since I can remember. I seek depth and meaning to life, especially in areas it appears void. Even in my darkest moments; there was a presence of deepest medicine underneath in the dark womb. Sun and Moon would illuminate a path to my most profound classrooms here in earth school, where I would learn some of my greatest lessons. The seeds of this depth and meaning were watered by my education, my Yogic, Sound, Occult Science studies, and my love and passion for this body and Somatic Movement. They allowed me to witness others and Self in vulnerability, face fears, step out of comfort zones, and ultimately, were places I felt a sense of belonging. To this day, the dance of Yin/Yang continues to nurture the importance of holding space for others, to be kind, and to honor each other’s journeys. I continue to find inspiration from my students, friends, family, and humanity at large, and these roots continue to cultivate a deep sense of compassion for our unique medicine.
My fascination with how the body works began early. I remember growing up with the exercise shows on PBS, and begging my father to sign me up for a subscription to monthly exercise/nutrition cards. I loved them; I would study them with such curiosity. Ultimately, they gave me a glimpse of these beautiful vessels we’re gifted. At eleven years old, I did yoga for the first time. It was a Redbook VHS tape from the library and my life would never be the same. The Muse I’ve always sensed, even in younger years, was fleeting. I couldn’t hold on to it, but in yoga, I felt it again, and this time, I was aware of its relation to my body. This connection would teach me how to hold the inspirations for longer periods. The dormant seed was deeply nurtured and laid the groundwork for a life of exploration into how my mind, my soul, and my body relate to one another and the whole. I spent time at two Ashrams for a month each, one in the states and one in India in 2015 to go deeper into these ancient ways with deep honor for the culture who birthed them. For the rest of my life, I will continue to dance in the sweet rhythms yoga awakens in me. I’m honored to share these ancient teachings with all of you through mantra and body explorations.