ShaGa is a somatic movement practice that has developed over the course of 15 years. It is a synthesis of ShaLeigh Comerford’s lifelong movement research that first began with the discovery of Peter Levine’s somatic experiencing and her passion to create healing movement programs for special populations. Her thesis entitled The Power of Identity through Movement created embodiment curricula for individuals with physical disabilities, mental illness, and survivors of trauma. In 2007, she expanded her work with survivors of domestic violence while assisting the development of Gina Gibney’s Community Action Programs in New York City. In 2011, ShaLeigh was personally invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel for their inaugural teacher training program. After returning to America, she continued to deepen her movement philosophy as an application for a larger field of movement practices including training professional actors and dancers in contemporary techniques, injury prevention, and recovery. The success rate of physical recovery, expanded range of motion, and technical agility quickly expanded into offering donation-only classes at the growing request of the community. These classes were first available to the community in 2013 and took form as ShaGa. Since launching her company full-time in 2015, ShaLeigh Comerford has continued to channel her lifelong research into a dynamic, continually evolving movement language that serves as the company’s weekly training laboratory.
ShaGa is a guided movement practice based on the philosophy that what we do in the studio can affect our lives outside of it and that inhabiting our bodies allows us to more fully inhabit the world we live in. It is designed for all people of all abilities who want to connect to their passion to move and discover in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Evocative ideas and imagery create an improvisational playground that enhances increased sensitivity to our bodies while going beyond familiar limits and expanding our movement potential. As we allow our innate, inner rhythms, we experience freedom inside our movement and inside our minds while connecting our bodies to our imaginations. Class begins slowly and builds to continuous motion. The practice opens us up to more pleasure and the capacity to experience movement as a dynamic, healing force of vitality.
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2019 Fall Schedule
Shaga Community Class at Reality Ministries Ballroom: First Saturday of each month from 5-6pm beginning August 3rd – Dec 7th, 2019. All classes are donation only. More information here.
Shaga at Global Breath Studios: One Friday a month from 6-7:15pm beginning August 23rd – Dec 13th, 2019. Register here.