Flora finds improvising a great way of doing something with her sense of self and facilitates in the hope of creating psychic space for others to experience this too. When it comes to improv she holds sensation, observation and self-compassion dear, appreciative of the humour that often arises in their company.
Join her for an introduction to somatic laughter yoga and ‘moving to amuse ourselves’ as a strategy for creative self-care. You will be guided through a journey of practical explorations to discover how laughter can be brought into our lives, and improv practices, by choice. Together we will centre levity and playfulness, gently disarming the seriousness that can creep into (professional) dance. How laughter can be a joyful interruption of, and catalyst for, dancing and improvising?
No need to be ‘funny’, feel happy or have laughter yoga experience on arrival. This class can be done seated or standing.
Cancellations & refunds
Prices for classes are kept very low and are subsidized by ID in order to support artists to attend. To keep admin manageable for our small team, we don’t offer refunds if you cancel or can’t attend a class, and we can’t transfer your booking to a different class/event. We hope this is understandable. If a class is cancelled or changed by ID however, we do offer refunds/transfers to everyone who has booked.
Flora Wellesley Wesley is a dancer who has been on a deep embodied dive into ways of self-inducing natural highs since 2016 when she was diagnosed with bipolar type 2. Over the last six years her creative practice has expanded to include clowning, laughter yoga & biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Flora has become passionate about supporting people, not least dancers, into more compassionate, sensuous and playful relationships with themselves & others. She finds choreographer Robert Wood’s vision of being/seeing ‘a person dancing, not someone in the role of “dancer” – a person with all their spiritual, dispositional and dynamic presence’ particularly inspiring.
Her latest projects include: collaborating with improv coach Andrew Morrish, mentor Sara Wookey and filmmaker Hugo Glendinning to develop and document her evolving practice (2022/3); co-authoring the novella and film Nora the Many (2022) with Nora & Eleanor Bauer; and curating Nora Reels, a series chronicling dancers in conversation about their working lives (2018-2023).