Our mission is to create an opportunity for those on a moving path, or those interested in learning more about Conscious Dance to gather together to share knowledge and live and move in community for a time. In an age of high tech saturation where speed and end goals are the currency, we’re inspired to gather, earth ourselves and connect. We hope deep nurture and inspiration will result and who knows what wonderful things may unfold from here!

HESTER PHILLIPS

Hester is dedicated to liberating the creative spirit in others and is passionate about how creativity and most especially dance can support and empower people and communities. Since dancing on the dining room table when she was a child, Hester has always loved to move to a good rhythm but it was not until her mid-twenties when Hester suffered a long term health condition did Hester truly appreciate the transformational power of dance. Hester says, “My deepest self speaks through movement, dance is my native tongue. I no longer suffer physical symptoms to hear the wisdom my body holds, instead I dance.”

 

Hester holds healing spaces for people from many backgrounds including the growing and vibrant conscious dance community in Nelson, children, people with chronic and medically un-diagnosed illness, people with special needs and people living with a variety of mental health challenges. 

 

Hester holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and is a professional Arts Therapist, educator and an accredited Open Floor movement meditation/dance teacher. Since 2005, Hester has facilitated regular conscious dance classes and workshops in her home community, the Nelson/Tasman region as well as further afield.

CHLOE LOFTUS

Dancing has always been a part of Chloe’s life and she has been creating new and exciting choreographic work that engages the public eye for over a decade.

Contact dance features heavily in Chloe’s repertoire and she is a great believer in improvisation as a tool for releasing creativity and nourishing souls, teaching extensively throughout the UK and NZ. “There is something innate about the connection humans have to movement and music.  Its potential to inspire, ground and create moments of connection and pure joy is both powerful and exciting.”

Italian born and New Zealand bred, Chloe Loftus emigrated to the UK in 1997. Alongside working internationally as a freelance dancer, Chloe choreographs and performs for her own company, Chloe Loftus Dance, formed in 2005. Her work is routed in contemporary dance-theatre and she’s passionate about creating work outdoors, ventures into harness aerial dance and Mass Movement Direction for large-scale events. Chloe has received many distinctions for her contributions to the dance world including nomination for a Theatre Critics of Wales Award for Best Small Scale Dance Production. She has been fortunate enough to create work for Cultural Olympiad events, numerous music and arts festivals and has collaborated with National Theatre Wales and the Welsh School of Architecture. Chloe returned to live in New Zealand in 2016 and is excited to be continuing her movement explorations here.

This event is generously supported by Ben Bushell (Contact Improvisation), Markham Ryle Phillips (Contact Improvisation), Laya Schaetzel-Hawthorne (Therapeutic Dance), Gareth Edwards and many other members of the Conscious Dance community. We extend our heartfelt thanks for their contributions and encouragement.

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Chloe Loftus

Auckland Parks Artist in Residence 2017