Aloha, Libby Miga!
An Oakland, Calif.-based performer and choreographer, Libby Miga will be joining us on our EmBODYment Maui Retreat as a dance instructor. Taking dance classes can feel goofy and intimidating to adult beginners, but Libby will bring out the playful expressiveness in anyone. Here’s why we’re so excited to welcome her to our party, and can’t wait to try her classes:
She teaches dancehall inspired classes!
Libby started with more common Western dance forms — ballet, modern, and hip hop — and later expanded her interests into more international forms. “In college I fell absolutely in love with West African dance and traveled to Ghana to study it. After college I got into hula hooping and discovered dancehall,” she says. “I love exploring a wide range of styles, but my spirit responds the most strongly to dancehall right now.”
She says it’s not only her favorite style to perform, but also to teach:
“It’s hard to put into words but it feels like magic. There is a technique and there is a vibe. A swag but also an organic essence to it that makes it challenging and enjoyable.”
Libby started her dance career later than most professional dancers and encourages anyone who feels inspired or excited by dance to explore their natural desire for movement and joy. She says it’s never too late to start dancing:
“My advice is to stay loose, get what you can and let the rest go. You have to start somewhere! The key is to get out of your head and into your body. If it feels hard, know that you’re building neural pathways and expanding physically and mentally.”
She believes in dance as a language of love.
Libby says her favorite thing about teaching is making people feel joy, and sharing it feels like a blessing.
“If I can inspire people to move their bodies and feel empowered, I feel successful,” she says. “Dance is the language I use to spread love and empowerment. I teach to make people feel more connected to their higher selves and to feel, simply put, badass.“
“My movement classes at the retreat will be fun, energetic and soul centered. I want the dancers to learn movement, get a sweat on and have a blast doing so.”
If you found yourself saying “Yes! This is awesome!” We highly recommend considering a week in paradise with this badass chick and the entire crew on the EmBODYment Maui Retreat. There are still a few spots left, what are you waiting for?!