Q: I've never danced, can't dance......can I do this class? Will I feel silly?
A: This is a common comment. There is a zimbabwa saying , "If you can walk, you can dance, if you can breathe, you can sing." THIS IS TRUE. Some of Kai's movements are completely natural, everyday movements. Others are designed to "trip you up" just a little. Challenging your body mind connection. The practice of listening and moving to different sounds takes time, natural time....you get there when you get there and no one is judging you for it. All of it is dance, the stumbles, the walking , breathing, skipping, oozing, rolling, cha-chaing .....No one is judging, leave yours at the door and explore moving out of self consciousness and into your body sensation.
Q.: Do I have to reserve space in a class or call ahead? How do I sign up?
A: All the classes listed are available for purchase online or you can just show up for the time you 'd like to take. The facilitator ( Kelly Atkins in Sarasota Soul Studios) arrives 30 minutes prior to help set up the space and greet you. You are encouraged to show up early, relax, take your shoes off......and prepare for a great experience. If your attending another teachers class, contact that teacher directly for registration instructions.
Q: What do I wear to a Kai class?
A: Participants dress for comfort first. Yoga type pants are popular, and having the legs covered helps with movements done on the floor. Some students have fun with wearing skirts and wraps around the waist etc. It's truly a safe space to wear anything you'd like to move in.
Q: What do I wear on my feet?
A: Kai is designed to do barefoot, allowing you to articulate the bones and joints fully, and activate sensory awareness. There are lots of healing stories from using this awareness to heal plantar fasciitis, bunions, strengthening arches etc. However, sometimes shoes/sneakers are necessary for support and comfort. You are welcome to wear shoes if you prefer.