Thank you for finding us! We are excited to move with you! This practice is open to everyone. We are committed to creating a welcome space for LGBTQIA, POC, people living with disability and the elderly. Whether you’re dealing with an injury, chronic physical challenges, or are just curious about trying a new approach to movement, ShaGa is an excellent choice.
ShaLeigh’s donation-only classes were first offered to the community in 2014 and took form as ShaGa: a constantly evolving movement practice of self-discovery, healing, and awakening to our deeper resources. By offering a pay-what-you-can-if-you-can model in accessible spaces, she has enjoyed over 6 years of increasing access, building community, and providing opportunities for healing.
Community classes are for movers of all abilities. Class begins slowly and builds in intensity to continuous motion, providing enjoyable exercise for both body and soul. ShaGa allows us to consciously explore our habits, expand our range, and discover the endless possibilities of healing ways of moving in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Classes are open to ALL people and are designed for individuals who wish to open themselves to movement in new ways. Dancers, yogis, movers, and nonmovers of all kinds and abilities are welcome to join us. No prior experience is necessary and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to move barefoot or in socks.
For more information or to register for classes, please visit: www.shagamovement.org
What people are saying
“I feel so grateful to have discovered your important work. I’ve tried traditional psychotherapy and yoga to work through c-PTSD but nothing has really felt like healing until I tried ShaGa. Thank you so much for making this accessible. You are a true gift to the community and the world. I left dancing for so many years as I struggled with substance abuse, and I will never again underestimate how important it is to me.” – anonymous
“Thank all of you for this amazing experience. In just a couple of classes, I feel like I’ve been able to reconnect with my inner child and creativity, with things that I did not remember I had in me. It’s been a discovery and I feel very grateful for the chance to learn about myself and to share my energy and my passions with you. It’s been amazing getting to know Steven, Izzy, Bart and ShaLeigh through movement and to learn to access my imagination and to feel and move freely, unjudged. I hope many more people understand how powerful and strong we are when we are moving consciously and cultivating our imagination.” -anonymous
“ShaLeigh’s ShaGa class was extremely helpful to my healing process from a stress fracture injury in my foot. I was in a boot for months and became extremely frustrated that I was unable to dance. My doctors informed me that I only had a slight chance of healing in time to perform a lead role on pointe in an upcoming performance, but working with ShaLeigh made that goal happen. ShaGa not only gave me the opportunity to move without adding stress to my injury, but I found a relaxation in my body that I had never felt before. I did the entire class on the floor and still felt included within the atmosphere of the class. ShaGa gave me the opportunity to heal and perform sooner than anyone thought was possible.” – Tameika Ramseur
“Movement became a chore for me during my lengthy commitment to intensive ballet training. Over time, dancing became painful, difficult, and rigid. At a young age I found myself struggling with physical injuries and three orthopedic surgeries by the time I was 19 years old. I feel lucky that I was able to study under ShaLeigh Comerford shortly after my last knee surgery. The beginning of my work with ShaGa brought with it a freedom of movement that I had never experienced in dance. After working with ShaGa for a year I can attest to healing.” – Paloma Zabala
“ShaGa has helped me target areas I have never targeted before. This dance form has let me explore my vulnerabilities in my artistry and in my daily life. Since I have been introduced to ShaGa, I feel more grounded to my energy, which has increased my kinesthetic awareness to my body and to my surroundings.” – Sara Adams
“ShaGa has changed my life and I am forever grateful to ShaLeigh for sharing this amazing practice with me and the world. Not only has my dancing improved, but I’ve healed injuries, released tension from stress and emotions held in my body, found new ways of moving, and grown in confidence, as a dancer and a human. ShaGa has given me permission to be fearless and find growth, while listening to and welcoming my weakness, insecurities, and pain. It has given me freedom mentally, emotionally, and physically. No matter how I’m feeling that day, I know I will come out of class with more energy and connection to my body, myself, and the world around me. It truly is a practice for the soul.” – Abby Bradetich