BELLINGHAM'S HOME FOR CONSCIOUS DANCE
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ABOUT US

 

 

 

about us

 

The Studio

Presence Studio is dedicated to the practice of conscious embodiment and personal expression. Located in the heart of Bellingham, Washington, the studio opened its doors in 2008. Beautiful windows face east letting in lots of light, and the sprung maple dance floor is over 100 years old. There is lots of art throughout the space. The studio is run by Jenny Macke and a group of space tenders. Classes, workshops, and events are offered to facilitate the cultivation greater connection to body, mind, heart and soul.

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Space tenders

Community and collaboration are at the heart of Presence Studio. We are grateful for the many people who help keep the studio open and vibrant.

Fresh flowers - bringing the beauty of the natural world into our dance space.

Fresh flowers - bringing the beauty of the natural world into our dance space.

KelseyMaloney, Open Floor teacher, plays music for a warm-up.

KelseyMaloney, Open Floor teacher, plays music for a warm-up.

Crew members routinely clean the studio and cultivate space for fresh flowers and art.

Crew members routinely clean the studio and cultivate space for fresh flowers and art.

 

jenny macke, studio owner & open floor teacher

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Jenny Macke founded Presence Studio in 2008 as a home for conscious and embodied dance in Bellingham, WA. She is a certified Open Floor teacher, and also serves on OF's Curriculum Circle. Prior teaching experiences and trainings include nine years as a 5Rhythms® teacher, many years as a Nia instructor, a Masters in Leadership Education, and more. 

Also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Bodyworker, Jenny believes that the work she does with her hands is meant to help people remember their inherent wholeness, and the deep wholeness of the collective. (See www.jennymacke.com for more information.) Jenny is a wild and wily dancer, inspired by the landscapes of her home in the Pacific Northwest. She is a mother, artist, dreamer, lover, and she honors all peoples' worthy pathways to coming home through soul and body.

Jenny teaches the Sunday Morning - Open Floor Community Dance and the Thursday Night - Open Floor Deep Practice, plus a wide variety of workshops and ongoing groups in Bellingham and throughout the United States. 

Her Website is www.JennyMacke.com for further information about her teaching or to book a Bodywork or Private Movement Coaching Session

 

Other Teachers at the studio

 

kelsey maloney, open floor teacher 

Kelsey Maloney became a certified Open Floor Movement Teacher in 2016. She has over ten years of teaching experience, including volunteering with a bicycle touring theater (Otesha Project, Australia) and working at environmental education centers in Maine, North Carolina, and Australia. She currently works at an outdoor preschool. Along with her teaching comes a decade of integrating writing, art, and play into personal and professional life, and she recently self-published a book. Kelsey teaches Monday Night Open Floor classes and occasionally subs for Sunday and Thursday Open Floor classes.

 

David Imburgia- Tango Populare

 

Melissa - Las Piernas Tango

 

Stephen Harvey (Wonder), Contact Improv

Wonder started learning hip hop at the age of 9, and later sports (particularly wrestling) helped him to understand sharing weight, lifting, momentum, and flow. Between 2000-2011, he was a self-taught improvisational mover, and he continues to grow through Contact Improvisation (CI) and other forms of social dance and other movement modalities. Wonder has taught fusion partner dance and CI for years, and is moving toward understanding his craft as healing movement. Wonder believes that when we slow down and focus on breath, we can bring  ourselves into the present moment and allow ourselves to enter a state of rest and recovery. Through dance, Wonder focuses on sharing the qualities of love, healing, and connection.

Harper & I - An Satellite Site for Several of their Classes

 

community

Thich Nhat Hanh says that "Community is the next Buddha." We believe it takes showing up and being present to be part of a community. That's it. We all have gifts and ways to contribute, and we welcome each individual as they find their place and space in a moving community. We welcome people of all races, religions, orientations, and diverse backgrounds who are interested in being more embodied and present, and who are dedicated to learning how to create more space within themselves for the basic goodness for self and other. We love our home community of Bellingham dancers, and we also enjoy hosting workshops that draw people from all over the country and world.  

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