Local Group to Host Transformational Movement Workshop with World Renowned Instructor Da
Edwin Olvera, Artistic Director/Choreographer and leader in the transformational movement arts, will be coming to Louisville at the end of April. Mindful Movement, a local group focused on transformational movement, will be hosting a Weekend Movement Intensive featuring Olvera on April 29 and 30.
Olvera is a former dance captain for World Famous Pilobolus Dance Theater, and is widely known for his innovation and creativity in both movement and group choreography. He travels the world offering transformational movement workshops with his small business, CON-NECT. Edwin has been featured on countless television shows and commercial advertisements including Sesame Street, Born to Dance, and the NFL Channel, and has been featured in articles by both Dance and Dancer Magazine. Cassie Boblitt, an Iraq war veteran who founded Mindful Movement, stresses the universal appeal of the event.
“This cutting edge movement intensive is a huge event for the movement community and I want to make sure that everyone is aware it is happening right here in Louisville! It is perfect for dancers, movers, acro-yogis, contact/ecstatic improv, and circus artists,” she says. “But it’s also for anyone who wants to learn to express themselves creatively through movement. It’s a way to communicate non-verbally, individuals will learn to locate and explore their natural creative talents via humor, productive play, and group collaboration.”
Boblitt was drawn to Movement several years ago while learning to deal with the residual effects of her war-time service in Iraq. She became a certified VEToga yoga instructor, focusing on sharing the healing power of yoga and meditation with veterans. She also performs with CirqueLouis a local cirque theater company, and participates in a Shakespeare support group at the Combat VET Center through Kentucky Shakespeare. In Movement she found a way to connect the mind and body in a strategic way that challenged her both mentally and physically. She founded her business to pass on the benefits to others, including children.
Olvera himself is no stranger to Louisville. He has guested at workshops here in the past. Anne Miller, co-owner of Suspend, attended an Olvera workshop sponsored by Kentucky Center for the Arts.
“Working with dancers from such influential groups as Pilobolus is always a remarkable experience,” she says. “It was truly accessible to all, but that did not mean it was suitable only for beginners or non-dancers. I have no doubt this up-coming workshop will provide creative challenges for all.”
Christine Moondancer, Artistic Director, CirqueLouis, also attended an Olvera workshop here.
“Providing an atmosphere filled with great group dynamics, Edwin Olvera brings something unique and inspiring to professionals and those new to movement,” she says. His workshop filled me with fresh ideas for harnessing my own creativity and turning that into creative collaboration. Edwin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the world of movement and group choreography and I highly recommend the experience.”
The Movement Intensive will be held April 29th and 30th, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Walden School, 4238 Westport Road in Louisville. For information contact Cassie Boblitt, www.mindful-movement.fit/workshops.