Moving With Gratitude


Join Yoga One in welcoming Dance barn! We are so excited to be working with them! 

The first half of this workshop movers will go through a series of guided improvisation exercises and explore movement themes such as flow, folds, and spirals. Movers will find an open and safe environment to experiment with how their bodies react to the space, their thoughts, and with others in the room. In the second half of the workshop, movers will have the opportunity to express gratitude through movement by exploring a choreographic process. Movers will use improvisational tools to express how we can offer gratitude and accept one another through movement and the joy of dance.  

No dance experience required.

$20 drop-in for the 2 hour workshop and early bird special pre-registration for $15

Pre register here

Molly Johnston is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, screendancer, and co-founder of DanceBARN. Her roots lie in Minnesota, but dance has taken her from the land of 10,000 lakes to Philadelphia, PA (BFA, University of the Arts), Eugene, OR (MFA, University of Oregon) and back to Minnesota where she worked as Zenon Dance Company and School's school coordinator. Molly's passion for bringing dance to rural communities planted the seed for the first ever DanceBARN Festival held in Battle Lake, Minnesota in July 2015. The festival brought 22 dancers from around the United States to the calm of the lake for a week of dance-making, classes, and relaxation. Molly now resides on Silver Lake in Battle Lake, MN with her husband and is excited about continuing this collective effort of bringing professionally charged dance makers to the community she loves.

Ayumi Hori-Shafer is an educator, choreographer, dancer, and co-founder of DanceBARN Artist Collective. New to the Twin Cities, Ayumi and her husband relocated from Oregon after she earned her MFA in Dance at the University of Oregon (2013). Passionate about dance and education, she completed her thesis research on the idea of play and creativity being effectively integrated into a curriculum in dance in higher education. Prior to her arrival at the UO, Ayumi extensively trained in modern dance in the city of San Francisco, and earned a BA in Dance from San Francisco State University (2009). 

Following her passion for teaching, Ayumi has over 10 years of experience teaching in studios and schools that offer classes for both recreational and professional dancers. In building DanceBARN, Ayumi dreams of supporting all artists and creating an environment that encourages collaborative projects. With community in mind, Ayumi is excited in continuing to host workshops, shows, and the annual DanceBARN festival.