About Helene

 

Born in England but of pure Chinese descent, I grew up with real questions about identity. My feet would tread on British soil but my DNA told another truth and I have continually been a seeker.

 

In times of confusion and angst it is dance and music that has picked me up, and given me new perspective – time and time again. My movement journey began with ballet as a child where I trained religiously until I was fifteen. Then at university I embarked on a new discipline of Hung Gar Kung Fu which consumed me for 3 years. However, when I rediscovered dance in freeform with no rules, a shamanic tribal dance, I found a new release and freedom of mind. Later in 1995 when I first went to India I had intentions of documentary photography but instead “discovered” and finally understood yoga and meditation.

But dance is my first passion and love. While dancing in nature; on mountain tops, in jungles, by the edge of the sea in wild ecstatic abandon, I have discovered insight, joy and freedom. An inner place called home.

In order to learn more about this phenomenon I began to zealously embark upon study of therapeutic and shamanic dance forms. It has taken me to incredible places of beauty and to teachers from all over the world. But finally and most importantly, I have journeyed inward to tap into my inner resources and learn from our innate body wisdom.

I have been teaching and evolving my own creative, intuitive dance expression for over the last decade, teaching in the UK and Europe. Having also worked with children and young people using drama and the arts, I am inspired by spontaneity, improvisation and explorations into the unknown, which can reveal new dimensions in our creative psyche. I teach a range of classes and workshops, and in the past have given sessions in yoga dance, authentic movement, continuum, transcendental dance, elemental dance and more.

 

To help others to experience the full joy and bliss of freedom in the body and mind through movement and dance is both a blessing and a privilege, and my greatest teachers aside from breath and body have been my students. I look forward to sharing, connecting and seeing you on the dancefloor.

Some teachers I have studied with:

 

 

Anna Halprin - Life Art Therapy

 

Shiva Rea - Yoga Trance Dance

 

Linda Hartley - Body Mind Centering

 

Miranda Tuffnell - Somatic Dance

 

Mary Abrams -  Continuum

 

Patricia Martello - Biodanza

 

Suzanne and Ya’Acov Darling Khan - Movement Medicine

Ken Harukama - Ashtanga Yoga

 

BR Rudra Dev - Iyengar Yoga

Glenn Ceresoli - Iyengar Yoga

 

Dr Nagarathna - Yoga Therapy

 

Sivananda Yoga

 

Qualifications:          

 

Counselling Skills - CACHE Level 2

QTLS – Society of Education and Training

 

MA Dance and Somatics – University of Central Lancashire

 

Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy – Dance Voice, Bristol

 

Teacher Training – VYASA Yoga University, India

 

Post-Graduate Diploma in Periodical Journalism

– University of London

 

BA Combined Arts – University of Liverpool

 

IIHHT – Reflexology & Swedish Massage

 

Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage

 

Diploma in Ayurvedic Massage

TouchPro Acupressure

 

Reiki Master

Dance Yoga Mindfulness Meditation Bodywork in Stroud, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucestershire & beyond

© DEEP SOMATIC DANCE 2018. All rights reserved. Copyright Helene Su.Photography by Gato Suarez & Stephen Studd