Healing is defined as the process of becoming whole or healthy again. Many New Yorkers who suffer from terrible anxiety, depression, and PTSD — especially after the pandemic — are looking for ways to heal so they can live fuller, happier lives.
Local creatives and dance enthusiasts enjoyed Long Island City Green Space, located at 37-24 24th St., for years. His Founder and Executive Director, Valerie Green – a choreographer, performer and teacher for over 20 years – shakes things up with unique movement workshops for non-dancers and provides greener pastures for those struggling emotionally.
Participants can benefit from the healing powers of movement through a variety of ongoing therapeutic sessions that can help release their stored negative energy – caused by stress, trauma, depression, addiction and others. IQuestions.
“These offerings are designed to incorporate movement, feelings, emotions and images,” Green said. “Classes feature both somatic (i.e. body-based) and expressive movement exercises, guiding participants through their own personal movement journey in a stimulating and safe individual or group environment.”
You can take these classes at Green Space’s home studio in LIC, as well as on Zoom.
Indeed, there is a strong connection between movement and emotion, and these workshops are rooted in Green’s philosophy that all bodies can benefit from dance.
Book your place and take part in the new series of treatments. Artist Process Groups https://www.danceentropy.org/artist-process-group offer continuous movement sessions that address everything from PTSD to anger, body image, depression, shame, self-esteem and addiction. Participants engage in expressive work, as well as group dynamics that promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth.
Classes take place every other Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. until January 31, 2023. (Next dates: November 22, December 6 and 20, and January 3, 17 and 31).
In a previous statement, Elizabeth Lusskin, President of the Long Island City Partnership, said, “Valerie Green and her creative projects, Dance Entropy/Green Space, have a tremendous impact on the cultural landscape of Long Island City.
It’s a known fact that moving your body through exercise, walking, running, and dancing creates higher levels of dopamine in the brain. Staying active and trying to stay positive while dealing with life’s challenges is key to achieving a healthier and more balanced lifestyle while practicing meditation and mindfulness.
“When you use the language of movement rather than words, a different type of image or emotion can arise that bypasses the mind of control and censorship,” Green explained. “Words designate what we know. Expressive movement reveals the unknown. For example, long buried sensations, feelings, emotions and images can be revealed. Additionally, when emotions are repressed, they can affect the immune system and cause pain and illness. This movement work seeks to find physical expression of buried emotional hurts/pains to offer treatment, release and healing. Participants ground themselves in the power of their own presence, integrating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth.
Another innovative workshop, called “Skimming the Surface” https://www.danceentropy.org/skimming-the-surface, has been around since 2013 and partners with other nonprofits to work with trauma survivors. Participants experience a 1.5-hour movement healing journey, aimed at release, expression, embodiment, self-awareness and awareness, while individual sessions in ” Core Energetics” https://www.danceentropy.org/core-energetics work on movement, touch, breathing and vocal expression through physical and emotional exercises. “These workshops target various forms of trauma and how they fit into every aspect of life, while also being embodied in every muscle and organ of the body,” Green said, noting that the new series is a ” Process Group”, which culminates all of the above offerings in an interactive and dynamic group format “that supports individual wound care”.
You can also experience inner healing through a special choreography class. “Enter the Body” offers tools to stimulate mind and body to improvise and generate new ideas, while guiding participants to break old habits, find new paths and discover their own conceptions of movement.
Green, a longtime resident of Sunnyside, has been giving master classes and workshops to dancers here in New York, nationally and in several countries, for years.
“I spent the beginning of my career traveling frequently in the Balkans, teaching, choreographing and performing in war-torn countries. This pursuit was a response to understanding my own identity in relation to this part of the world, to my Serbian origin, as well as that of others,” said Green. “In the workshops and performances there, I aimed for the intention of creating movement in response to the reality of the participants The dancers were processing, or rather not processing, intense emotions.I brought those feelings to the surface through movement, invention, creation and performance.
This experience was followed by Green’s outreach work in local communities with at-risk youth, people with chronic illnesses, immigrants, seniors and trauma survivors, in addition to her projects with dancers in grass/professionals.
“In my own choreographed solo dances and my work on my professional company Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, I have found a safe space to express myself fully,” she continued. “I realized that over time I had created my own unique way of working with movement and the release of emotions while cultivating an ‘expressive movement’ program. Personally, I expressed through dance and movement concepts for which I had no words, or even access to know what was buried deep within me.
This exploration led Green on her healing journey, along with certifications in mind/body fitness and Core Energetics, a form of somatic psychotherapy. As well as teaching modern dance techniques for dancers, called ‘Dance Your Frame’, she told QNS that her interest in this stage of her career is “gravitating to uncover the unknown that resides within all of us”. .
All workshops offer a holistic mind/body experience and are suitable for a diverse population. Depending on the offer, class sizes are individual or up to fifteen people. Currently, Dance Entropy, Green’s nonprofit, partners with other nonprofits serving vulnerable populations in New York City, with a focus on Queens.
“The participants I work with are people of all ages, all ages and all nationalities. Many experience deep trauma. And some may want to get in touch with difficult feelings, fear, grief, anger, shame or even joy, which may be held below the surface and struggling to break free,” Green said. This work helps address family or origin issues leading to addiction, depression, PTSD, anxiety and more. Sessions can also include life-impacting cultural, historical and intergenerational trauma.
“Doing deep inner work is helpful for everyone, always, even if, post-pandemic, pre-existing struggles, hurts, or issues have been exacerbated and brought to the forefront of people’s realities,” Green continued. “Everyone has something to work on, whether they realize it or not. Deep down we all want to be fully ourselves [sic] and seen for who we really are. Doing deep inner work is difficult and one of the hardest things you can do. But also, one of the most beautiful things you can do for yourself.
Prices vary by course. Some programs are funded and offered free of charge through partnerships. There is also a sliding scale for those who need financial support. To learn more, please visit DanceEntropy.orgcall 718-956-3037 or email info@DanceEntropy.org.