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Movement

The way you move and the environments you move through impact every part of you. When you are moving well, you are surrounded by opportuntes for delight. --Chandler Stevens

I am a “movement activist” as well as a movement artist and educator.

 

I draw from a wide variety of experience and weave together my formal training with years of movement exploration to design and teach community classes, small group classes, and one-on-one movement sessions.

Check out what others are saying, a few classes I've taught recently, and the organizations I've partnered with below.

If you're interested in partnering, send me an email at samuel.c.beecher@gmail.com

Haley

Samuel’s classes showcase his holistic integration of mind/body/soul by showing class members how to express emotions through movement practice. I always feel a sense of release after his classes; even on days when I’m holding onto a lot, I am able to find a sense of play that helps me let go. The classes Samuel offers are so unique and it’s such a treat to get to learn from him each time!

Community Classes

Mixed Methods Movement

This class is structured in a way that leads the students through a variety of movements from different disciplines. I teach them in a progression of isolation, integration, and then improvisation. We begin this class with joint exercises and explorations then follow this by isolating and drilling specific floorwork, ground-based movements, and hand-balancing skills. We then integrate these movements into a sequence that takes them to the floor, in the air, and around the room with opportunities to improvise and explore. I finish the class with body weight strength movements and somatic practices to help them connect with strength and ease.

Embodiment Exploration

This class integrates intuitive and improvisational movements with embodiment practices and structural exercises to support our body organization, spatial orientation, emotional awareness, and resilience as we find resources in deeper embodiment. I lead participants through a series of gentle and nourishing movement explorations that help them awaken, inhabit, and explore different regions of their body. Each class has a somatic theme which helps students integrate the physical and emotional body and I weave in anatomy, ecology, music, and poetry to connect the movement explorations with the somatic theme.

Dynamic Aging

Our bodies are ever changing and ever evolving. In our culture there is a trend toward a more sedentary lifestyle and exercise machine culture. When we orient toward safety and joy in movement, many of the inhibitions that keep people sedentary are removed. I believe that moving our bodies outdoors and in mindful ways have benefits that extend beyond the physical. This class is for elders in the community and will offer safe ways to regain mobility and balance. In this class I include discussion and practices to explore how to organize a life oriented toward movement rather than exercise and the role that mindfulness and nature can play in creating a more "dynamic" life.

Past Partnerships

  • Be Moved Studio

  • YellowBrick Yoga

  • Inspired Aerial Arts

  • UMKC Dance Conservatory

  • Climb Lawrence

  • VanGo

  • Indigenous Community Center

  • Delaware Street Commons

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