Unmata ITS Level 1

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Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15

Heron Alicia Dance and Fitness 

 heronaliciadance@gmail.com 

(360) 318-6468 

$80 for 8-week session $15 for drop-in class: Drop-in’s are welcome on the first day of the session or with prior instructor approval. The 8-week session covers the Level 1 Improvisational Tribal Style syllabus and each week we work on new vocabulary, as well as review all learned vocabulary.   


This class provides comprehensive instruction in Level 1 of Amy Sigil’s Improvisational Tribal Style! This brilliant dance format was adapted from the American Tribal Style dance system by Amy, with influence from street style dance, hula dance and other various dance styles. It uses movement cues on specific counts to communicate between the leader and the tribe (all positions rotate), utilizing stall movements, formations, concepts and combinations to create unique, powerful and expressive dance pieces. This dance style is very much a language and a team sport. We are all in it together and we support each other no matter what; the success of the group is paramount. Come join in the contagious dance energy that is Unmata ITS!    


You will certainly have success in this class with persistence, determination and consistency. And a positive attitude, of course! This is a beautiful, detailed and highly accessible dance form. No dance experience necessary, all dance and fitness backgrounds welcome. If you do need to miss a class, it is recommended to schedule a private lesson or small group lesson to make up what you missed. We have a lot to get through in the syllabus and we will not have time to repeat entire lessons. Luckily, it is common for all students to take Level 1 several times before “Leveling up” to Level 2. Even for upper level students, it is very useful to continue taking Level 1!    Amy Sigil is based at Hot Pot Studios in Sacramento, California and leads the troupe Unmata. As a Certified Unmata ITS teacher, Heron Alicia is ecstatic to bring you her first Level 1 class this winter, as well as to continue sharing this dance form with many!   


This class environment welcomes all intersecting identities including all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, spoken languages, countries of origin, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, disabilities and abilities.    


Please wear yoga pants or comfy, stretchy clothing, and bring a water bottle. Note taking after each class session is highly recommended to help you keep up on the material and help you build a strong base in the vocabulary! 


About Instructor: 

Heron Alicia is a fusion dancer and a certified Unmata ITS teacher. She has been studying dance for over 8 years, has over 6 years of strength training experience and has dedicated her time to improving the world through dance, movement, and fitness for health and happiness, one interaction at a time. She sees dance as a language. When words fall short...dance can intentionally fill the gap and evoke healthy change, if we put the energy into it.   


Heron Alicia began her dance journey in her hometown: Bellingham, WA.  After studying with Maggie Rose for several years, Heron moved to Seattle to study Spanish at the University of Washington and began taking dance classes with Dahlia Moon. She also explored dance through several study abroad programs. In Spain, she studied with a local Flamenco teacher, while working toward becoming fluent in Spanish. In Mexico, she participated in a program called Dance as a Social Technology. While learning about the political and economical dynamics in the city of Oaxaca, she continued to develop her perspectives on the power of dance. She has traveled and continued her dance education by seeking out workshop and intensive opportunities from many professional dance instructors, including Amy Sigil, the creator of Improvisational Tribal Style (Unmata ITS). Currently, she dances in Dahlia’s ITS troupe, On Deck, and teaches several dance classes at La Vida Dance Studio, including Funky Fusion and Shimmy To It. Unmata ITS classes coming soon!  


Additionally, she is studying to become a Personal Fitness Trainer through the American Council on Exercise and is passionate about helping individuals feel comfortable and strong in their bodies, develop a healthy relationship with exercise, and learn sustainable exercise habits and good form to increase happiness and avoid injury. The most important part of this is working toward loving and accepting the body you are in! She is most passionate about bodyweight strength training, weight training, and HIIT. On top of utilizing exercise as cross-training for dance, she loves to feel strong and use exercise as a tool to reduce anxiety and depression.  


Feel free to contact her with questions or comments. She is available for private lessons and her class schedule can be found at  https://heronaliciadance.wordpress.com.  Instagram: @heronaliciadance Website: http://heronaliciadance.wordpress.com  Email: heronaliciadance@gmail.com