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JourneyDance entered my life at a pivotal time in my life. I knew I wanted to encourage others to release themselves and connect with their bodies through dance, since I had been exploring different dance modalities that were influencing my life....dance was the closest thing I found to freedom and joy. I then met Toni through a noon JourneyDance at Kripalu, and immediately knew this was the dance to pursue and embrace in my life. I not only was incredibly inspired by Toni's energy and authenticity, but also how she had healed and learned so much about herself through the portals of dance, hence creating the flow of JourneyDance. JourneyDance is an ever evolving practice, prayer and experience, and it is never the same for me. I personally have moved through many deep layers of personal growth, released so many old stories that no longer serve me, and have accessed true areas of bliss and jewels in my spiritual life. It is the most fun I have ever had with myself and others, such a mix of heart and the physical connection to my body, which I've embraced in ways I never could have previously imagined. Through taking all of the teacher trainings and assisting with multiple teacher trainings and workshops, I have witnessed the beauty of humanity through this form of movement, time and time again. My life hasn't been the same since meeting Toni and the transformation of JourneyDance. The community we have created, every person I have danced with on the dance floor, and the sense of self love I have embraced have all influenced the opening of my heart and soul. It is my life's work to promote abundant self love with all ages through facilitating JourneyDance, in particular with teens as they venture into this emergent period of their lives.
Joni White-Hansen is a lover of dance, yoga, play, art, people, and an adventurer of the inner and outer landscapes of the body, mind and spirit. As a teacher of JourneyDance , an Art Educator, Enrichment Teacher and Circus Artist in Residence, Joni finds joy in awakening to their divine, beautiful and playful selves. Opening the gateways for others to discover and shine in their authentic magnificence is what inspires Joni in teaching JourneyDance, believing the gem that resides within ourselves calls to be ‘buffed’ and celebrated continually to live in our full, ecstatic selves. Joni aspires to inspire, inviting vitality and joy while creating sacred space in her dance classes and events.