Mission of Embodied Dance
Our mission is to support and empower one another in cultivating joy, presence, and connectedness through dance, movement, and mindfulness practices. We offer weekly classes, tailored workshops, dance socials, individualized sessions, weekend events, festivals, and retreats. It is our goal to help build and strengthen communities and relationships, foster improved body and emotional awareness, nurture healthy communication, multi-cultural awareness and empathy, and encourage self-expression, happiness, and compassion.
What We Offer
*Individual, partner, and group instruction for all ages in Brazilian Zouk, Kizomba, Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, Argentine Tango and Contact Improvisation
*Group movement and mindfulness classes for kids, teens, and adults in Rhythm & Relaxation, Movement & Stillness, Deepening Mindfulness & Compassion, and Meditation
*Individualized dance and movement sessions for couples
*Corporate partner dance instruction, movement, mindfulness and relaxation classes
*Mindfulness training for athletes
*Embodied Youth movement, dance, multi-cultural instruction, and mindfulness practices empowering
children and teenagers through school curricula and community classes & events
*Embodied Youth teacher and staff training and workshops in mindfulness practices and curricula and support in school-wide implementation
*Wellness, dance, and mindfulness festival and retreat experiences
Founder & Director, Rachel Meth
Rachel is a dedicated and passionate educator and dancer as well as the founder and director of Embodied Dance and Embodied Life LLC in Durham, NC. Her deep passion is to empower others and build community, as well as to inspire an embodied and compassionate life through dance, movement, and mindfulness practices. Her enthusiasm for teaching has inspired both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education, and she has been working with school-age children for over 18 years and teaching in the public school system around the country for over 14 years. She holds professional teaching certificates in five different states in addition to certificates and training in Spirituality, Health, and Healing; Mindfulness Fundamentals; The Power of Awareness Mindfulness Training; Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents, and Multi-Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness.
Rachel began her journey with movement in her early youth and through her collegiate years as an avid athlete. Although she also danced as a child, she rediscovered her love for dance in 2003 while living in Hawaii and happening upon the Latin dances of Salsa and Bachata. She fell in love with the music, movements, and cultural essence of these dances. In 2006, she became a Zumba fitness instructor, and traveled to Peru in 2007 where she delved more deeply into studying Latin dances, and later to Buenos Aires in 2009 where she discovered and fell head over heels in love with Brazilian Zouk. She had never before experienced a partner dance that embodied such flow, connection, and dynamic yet natural movements. A few years later, she was introduced to Kizomba through one of her Zouk teachers and found this dance to be the essence of meditative movement with a partner.
During her dance, movement, and mindfulness journey, Rachel also discovered 5-Rhythms, Ecstatic Dance, Reiki, and Meditation. She adopted her own meditation practice and began integrating these different forms of movement and mindfulness into schools and dance teaching experiences. Over the years, she has been dedicated to traveling, training, teaching, and organizing local and destination events to bring people together through these beautiful forms of dance, mindful movement, and meditative practices. Some of these events include the Dances of Love Festival Hawaii ,The Grand Canyon Salsa Festival, AZoukFest and Hawaii Zouk Retreats. She has also been a featured artist at the Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival, Charlotte Bachata & Salsa Festival, Charlotte Salsa Invitation, and Queen City Kizomba Festival. Additionally, she greatly enjoys collaborating with budding Zouk communities to assist them in cultivating vibrant Zouk scenes.
In her local community in the Triangle area of North Carolina, Rachel teaches dance, movement, and mindfulness classes to children, teens, and adults of all ages to support them in creating a more joyful, empowered, compassionate, and embodied life experience. Rachel's philosophy and methodology of teaching allows for a clear understanding of essential fundamentals and concepts, mindful presence, creative expression, cultural exploration, and a deep, authentic, and compassionate connection with oneself and others.