DANCE

About Bronwyn

I’m a passionate believer in the power of dance to bring joy, transformation, creativity & healing to our lives. I first fell in love with bellydance in California, where I studied both Egyptian Classical and American Tribal Style in the San Francisco Bay Area, and performed both as a soloist and as a member of the Pallas Athena Dance Company in Santa Cruz. My dance adventures in British Columbia, where I now live, have included founding & directing the Melissae Dance Company from 1996 – 2003, producing popular dance-theatre shows based on women’s history & goddess mythologies, and bringing the joy of bellydance to hundreds of women through classes, workshops, and retreats!

For me, the sacred is very tangible, in the beauty and fragility of the rich web of life in which we live, and in the tender soft spot in our hearts which connects us with others and constantly reminds us of our shared humanity. The sensual life isn’t just about the erotic, although it includes that, of course! Living a sensual life means cultivating awareness of and participation in our physical world; cultivating aliveness in all five senses; and cultivating love and appreciation for our own precious selves, bodies, and physical experiences. The joy of dance connects us directly with this pure, authentic sensuality, something we all deserve to experience often.

“Bronwyn Simons moves through life with ease and grace.  She is an inspiration for any person wishing to add beauty and creativity to their existence.  As a dance teacher she taught me to feel strength and power in my body.  As an artist she has shown me how one can craft objects with deep simplicity and complex beauty.  I am honored to have her in my life and always look forward to her next creation or word of advice.”

~Arielle Fraser

“Bronwyn is a wonderful, gentle, skilled teacher and leader.  Bronwyn guided me through her classes with ease, patience and understanding. Her praise at my attempts encouraged me to continue. Her peace, patience, talent and grace radiate from her wherever, whenever. I want to be just like her.”   

~Roxanna Mandryck

“What I loved about having Bronwyn as a dance teacher was that she taught us more than just dance steps. Dance was more about finding ourselves creatively and expressing that through our movement. Her classes were more about us as people in the dance, being the dance, rather than students just ‘doing’ the dance. I loved this because she encouraged and honoured our intuition.”   

~Lisa Hamilton

“Bronwyn Simons is an extraordinary teacher, mentor, and friend. We first met on Denman Island, where she had built a strong vibrant community of dancers, characterized by creativity, enthusiasm, and deep mutual respect. Bronwyn always brings out the best in dancers, working closely with individuals to create aesthetically stunning and powerfully expressive pieces. Many students have told me of profound moments in their dance development – epiphanies and turning-points –  arising during her one-to-one sessions. I have always been inspired by Bronwyn’s thoughtful and caring approach to creative work.” 

~Lynette Harper, PhD

“What I loved about having Bronwyn as a dance teacher was that she taught us more than just dance steps. Dance was more about finding ourselves creatively and expressing that through our movement. Her classes were more about us as people in the dance, being the dance, rather than students just ‘doing’ the dance. I loved this because she encouraged and honoured our intuition.”   

~Lisa Hamilton

“Bronwyn Simons is a great leader and compassionate champion of women’s empowerment.  With Bronwyn’s expert teaching, I was able to perform solo and in group choreographies, something I had never done before.  I have not found another bellydance teacher who could compare to her.  Bronwyn is also a creative talent in her varied other endeavors, and I am so happy to recommend Bronwyn, your involvement with her will be rewarding beyond your expectations.”

~Julia Gardner

What is  Bodywisdom Bellydance?

Based in the vibrant and varied dance and music traditions of the Arab world, bellydance is a sophisticated, gorgeous, storied, and rich dance art deserving respect as one of the great dance traditions of our world.  Bellydance, as I offer it, is an initiatory path to deep feminine wisdom. Bodywisdom Bellydance is for all bodies ~ all ages, all shapes and sizes, all abilities. Classes are all about the movement and the music, and they’re fun. If you embrace this practice, you will come home to the innate wisdom of your body. You will heal old trauma, and awaken new sensual awareness. Along the way you will build core strength, sensual flexibility, powerful muscular isolation and awareness, and vibrant pelvic health.

Through this dance we celebrate the sacred and sensual dance of life, our creativity and sensuality at every stage of the life cycle, and the tremendous power of dance and movement to bring us joy, empowerment, and healing.

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