Private Lessons


Embody the rhythm that pulses within your chest, the beat of life beginning.
Embody the rhythm of your breath,

of the moon waxing and waning,
of the ocean tides flowing in and out,

in and out, in and out.
Embody the rhythm of the seasons changing, the cycles of life repeating,
the rising and the setting of the sun.
Embody the rhythm
beyond the beat of the drum.


Discover the movement that frees your heart.
Private & Individualized
Embodied-Movement Lessons, In-Person or Online


Free *Your* Movement
By cultivating practices of listening inward we can access deeper understanding of our experiential body, release self-expectations, liberate our emotions and find new movement freedom. When I refer to “dancing” here, I’m not referencing something learned by rote, but the dance of learning to allow the body’s natural sways and slows, spins, bounces and shifts, in response to being attuned to.

Marita has created a space for me to learn and experience the natural movement in me that I have doubted my whole life. She is welcoming to my needs and patient with my inexperience. She is creative in her approach to figuring out what works by incorporating a wealth of knowledge of the mind and body. Recommended for any age, body type, skill level and apprehension; she’s the dance teacher you never knew you wanted.
~ James Kelley

Increase your embodied movement awareness, somatic play and authentic expression through private individualized lessons. Whether you’ve never danced before or you’re a lifelong mover, I look forward to meeting you where you are.

I’ve been teaching movement classes for over 20 years and dancing all my life. I’ve experienced inhibitions, injuries and limitations that prevented me from enjoying and expressing in my body. Sharing from years of embodied movement practices and dance training, I offer explorations to support you in accessing or deepening your somatic awareness and movement freedom.

I’ve written literally pages about how these lessons have changed my life. I love your ritual of setting aside “one song” per day to listen to my body, and I love that listening to my body doesn’t mean I necessarily have to move or dance. I used to think I needed to work out to feel strong. I’ve learned so much from being still and listening. I’m sharing these practices with my clients too, so you are reaching even more people than you know. These sessions are my monthly gift to myself. On days I’m feeling tired and unmotivated I’m so glad I’ve already planned ahead and booked the session in advance...”
– Molly Hunt (she/they) LCPC-C

~ If you enjoy moving/dancing and want to access more movement freedom, new avenues for moving through grief, joy, or other emotion, this offering is for you.
~ If your movement freedom is inhibited by physical limitations; self-conscious thoughts; fear of judgement; you feel “stuck” in repetitive movement patterns; or you’re just starting out in dance, this offering is for you.

Learn more about me
If you have questions or would like to schedule an individualized movement lesson, send me a message.
I look forward to hearing from you!

“I feel more ALIVE! Your reminders to engage with my core changed everything. I am walking, dancing and rolling every day. My back is no longer in pain. It’s AMAZING! Thank you!
~ Phil James

What to Expect in Private
Free *Your* Movement Lessons:

Whether your lesson happens online or in person, each session begins with a discussion so I can design the time together in response to your personal needs and intentions. With a musical playlist for inspiration I will guide you through embodied awareness and movement explorations, and sometimes activities/stretches to increase range of motion and/or strength, as desired. You can follow along with me or rift off on your own. We’ll check in between tracks and continue orienting the lesson according to your needs and discoveries.

Sometimes energy gets stuck in the body, causing discomfort physically, emotionally and/or mentally. Free form movement and tuning in to our body can help to move things through, move them out, and create space for healing and greater wellbeing.

Giving ourselves time to move in an attentive way might elicit a big cry, a laughing fit or a knowing of something that needs to be written or spoken. It might simply bring along some relief from having listened to yourself and given your body time to “speak”. Whichever way it flows, I look forward to moving together.


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