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Elder Honoring. Elder Offering

A moving journey for teachers of conscious dance!

OCTOBER 4-8, 2024

ICMTA Teachers’ Gathering in collaboration with Golden Bridge

At the Starhouse, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Join this once-in-a-lifetime gathering of seasoned and spirited teachers who have been guiding transformational dance experiences for many decades each. These early forerunners in the field of consciousness and dance have each developed seminal pathways for the exploration of the body in motion.

Together, they will share a collective story of leaders co-arising. They will offer teachings about the art, heart, and science of:

  • Moving and serving the bodies and souls of humanity
  • Bushwacking new terrain for these times
  • Building and tending to one’s body of work
  • Releasing the work into the good care of all generations

They will each offer a movement experience to support everyone’s evolutionary path as practitioners.

Welcome these wise, wonderous, and wild Elders! At this time, we are delighted to include: Valerie Chafograck, Barbara Dilley, Melinda Harrison, Vincent Martinez-Grieco, and Erik Iversen. A few more epic souls are still sorting their schedules. Melissa Michaels will serve as our weaver for this gathering.

Please join us.

This will be deep, tender, and fun. Space will be limited as we will be gathering daily at the beloved StarHouse just outside of Boulder. There will be an evening event open to all.

More details to come.

For more info:


Valerie Chafograck

I am an Afro Caribbean Black/mixed heritage, California-based embodiment, conscious dance facilitator, and politicized healer. I have been teaching since 1992 and am the founder of Movement Liberation. Blending Soul Motion™ practice, somatic and social justice perspectives, I offer classes and workshops in the USA and abroad to advance personal & collective transformation, healing, and liberation.

Movement Liberation is a project for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) curating embodied and somatic healing workshops and retreats for people of color. Movement Liberation has the power to bring about radical healing, and guide the way into a new global and racial paradigm, not just on the dance floor but in every aspect of its operations and partnerships, including fundraising.

I am 60 y.old and call myself a yelder. A visionary mind, the spirit of a Sage, a devotee to reclaiming the sacred. A work in progress committed to divesting from colonial tools. Integrity turns me on.I am a lover of justice with a fierce, powerful, and tender heart, who grieves for the suffering of the world and lost lives I have never known, and who feels much joy cursing through my veins when I dance to the sound of music and silence. I stand for the liberation of all oppressed people, and for creating a new path forward.

Barbara Dilley

Mt. Holyoke College ’60, trained in classical ballet then studied and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (1963-1968), Yvonne Rainer (1966-1970), and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of improvisation (1969-1976). During this time, she created solo and ensemble dance works and founded Natural History of the American Dancer. She moved to Boulder, CO (1974) designing the Dance/Movement Studies program at Naropa University, and then serving as President (1985-1993). She founded Crystal Dance Company in 1979 and co-founded Mariposa Collective in 1994. Her memoir and handbook, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing, was published in spring, 2015, by Naropa University Press. Available at

Melinda West Harrison

Melinda West Harrison is co-founder and executive director of NatureMoves, co-facilitator of the Embodied Arts Training (EAT), and principal creator and artistic director of WilderDance Retreats (WDR), now celebrating 27+ years of annual dance trips into wilderness.

Melinda is deeply engaged in the work of Anna Halprin. She began dancing with her at age 4, performed with her in Venice, Italy at age 15, and joined her San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop Company in 1969, where she performed in the multi-racial production of “Ceremony Of Us” with an all black group from Los Angeles at the time of Watts riots.

Trained extensively at Tamalpa Institute since 1984, she served on the Tamalpa board of directors during 1990s, and trained as facilitator of the “Planetary Dance,” “Movement Ritual” and “RSVP Cycles,” key resources of the Tamalpa work.

Passionate about movement-based art in wilderness environments, she loves mapping dances and making “scores,” such as the site-specific dance ritual called “Journey’s Score” we perform at all EAT and WDR Retreats.

Vincent Martínez-Grieco

I am Vincent Martínez-Grieco (formerly known as Vinn Arjuna Martí), dancer, teacher, and designer of Soul Motion Next Steps.

After teaching for 4 decades, I still get excited about the next class I’m teaching.

Over the years I’ve been Influenced by modern dancing and ballet, improvisational and performance scenarios, yogic spiritual practices, 5Rhythms® (ecstatic dance), and aerobics (thank you Jane Fonda for rescuing my dancing teaching life in the 90s). My background continues to rotate to the forefront of my present curriculum.

In the beginning of the 21st Century, I designed Soul Motion®, a conscious dance practice. Soul Motion is taught throughout the USA, Europe, Latin America, and Australia.

I’ve dedicated my life to dancing and wish to dance with you all ways, alone together.

soul motion:next steps website

Erik Iversen

Erik Iversen is a founding member of the 5Rhythms® worldwide community. He was in the first training with Gabrielle Roth in 1981 and became one of her first workshop producers out of Montreal in the 1980’s. Over the next 40 years, he practiced and taught the 5Rhythms® as well as maintaining a one-on-one bodywork practice; over time he integrated the wisdom he gained from hands-on work with the insight from guiding thousands of dancers on the dancefloor. In 2016, he graduated from the 2-year Leadership and Transformation training at the Hendricks Institute, and is now a certified coach. In 2017, Erik co-founded Kite Parade Co, and in 2020, he designed the Somatomy™ series, a 3-part training that guides participants through an in-depth, experiential understanding of their anatomy and offers powerful tools for creating deep presence and flow through movement and conscious embodiment.

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