Song and rhythm captured me at an early age and connected me to my own sense of freedom in expression.
As a teenager, the dance deepened into my ally and refuge. It was a place where I could allow my heart to express what I did not have words for, a place that connected me to the colors and shades of emotions that were moving through me: from a giddy social butterfly to a girl longing to belong.
Dance led me to my next passion: the theatre. I studied musical theatre at Florida School of the Arts and classical theatre at Florida State University, in between school I was performing at regional theatres, living life, learning who I was and who I was not.
While I was at Florida State I had a devastating injury to my ankle the night before we were to open a show. It was a very low moment and took me to some new depths. This injury became one of my biggest gifts. During my healing process one of my teachers handed me Gabrielle Roth's book: Sweat Your Prayers, and on page one, I knew Gabrielle would be my teacher.
Instinctually, I knew she would be the one to show me the gate to walk through that would reveal a world I had only had glimpses of. That intuition was correct. Not long after, I met Gabrielle in her month long workshop in California with 80 passionate courageous souls. It was a life changing experience. Our first real connection was about our mutual love for the theatre. She invited me to come to NYC to explore with her, I did not hesitate.
The rest is history... with deep roots, mad love, a lot of maps, and thousands of wild, healing, raw, spirit invoking dances.
I believe that we are all artists with an ability to create our reality and manifest our dreams, yet we need practices to keep us fluid, tools to help us express our boundaries and what we stand for, physical ways to help us to let go when the time is ripe, maps that lead us back to the simple pure joy we felt as children, and teachings that show us what true compassion is.
This is the dance I dance today.
I am passionate about collaboration. I love making bridges from the me, to the we, to the us and back again.
My way to deep connection is still through music and dance. The landscape keeps opening and evolving.
AMBER RYAN is a transformative movement facilitator who delivers us into the heart & soul of our own beat. With roots in theatre, dance, and the healing art of 5Rhythms®, she skillfully holds space for the spectrum of the human spirit to be experienced and expressed. Her leadership invites uniqueness in community and her guidance leads us on the path to greater freedom. Amber has guided ecstatic spaces at Burning Man, Envision Festival, Wanderlust, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and a zillion 5Rhythms® dance floors across the globe. She is on Omega Institute’s annual staff in Costa Rica, and is founder of Kids in Motion Nosara and The Sacred Arts Space, which creates events that elevate the human spirit. Amber leads workshops and retreats around the globe and calls Nosara, Costa Rica home.
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