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moving out loud!

Moving Out Loud is a movement curriculum inspiring Bold Living and Bold Leading in girls and women through applied somatic principles.  

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Somatics - It's about... you!

Somatics is an approach to movement that attunes the mover to the felt physical sensations in her body; sensations such as: binding and free of muscles, extension and flexion of limbs, breath phrasing, or joint articulation.   Moving Out Loud!, rooted deeply in principles of somatic movement education,  equips girls and women with somatic tools and communication skills to perceive, describe and make meaning of their individual movement patterns.  By attuning to patterns of moving in their bodies, participants discover their patterns of relating and engaging in their world.  They discern interpersonal and cultural power dynamics inherent in movement.  With this awareness, girls can make more conscientious, authentic movement choices, and harness the expressivity and emancipation inherent within their own moving body.  


How do YOU use your body to communicate the beliefs and ideas that are most important to YOU?  How do you use your eyes?  Your hands?  Your posture?  How do you fill Space?  How do you assert Energy?

Moving Out Loud! is a series of ten workshops for movers of all levels.  Each class explores a specific movement principle and its application to Bold Living and Bold Leading, in and through the body.  It does this by:

  1. deepening awareness of physical sensation in the body

  2. providing language for observing and describing movement in specific ways

  3. identifying personal and cultural factors shaping individual movement habits


Moving Out Loud! provides each participant with tools needed to make more intentional choices about how she will BE in her body, and how she will BE in her world.

Learning activities include:


guided movement

Touch for Repatterning

group discussion


journal writing



Participants experience:

physical benefits - a more functional body, including increased 

  energy, strength, flexibility, alignment

emotional benefits - overall wellness and freedom to express

social benefits - moving, creating, and sharing with others

psychological benefits - increased body image and capacity for


professional benefits - leadership training through body

   language coaching, oral/written communication and assuming

   leadership roles within the group

Workshop topics include:

BREATH IS LIFE- We tap into the most basic function of the body, Breath, and its power to connect us in an open, empathetic way to ourselves, to others, and to our environment.

CLAIM YOUR SPACE - Kinesphere the space we flll without taking a step.  In this class, we ask, "How do I relate to the Space around me, and how do I fill INTO it, or retreat FROM it, in different situations, and why does that matter?

PEACEFUL WARRIOR - Participants explore the full spectrum of Weight Efforts, from Light Weight to Strong Weight.  Discussions help identify cultural values and individual assumptions about movement to help participants make more conscientious choices about how to relate to, and assert, their physical mass. 


I learned a ton about communciation, and my students came away excited and empowered after the hour with Marin. 


-Dianna E., educator

Your enthusiasm and presence made me want to come to class every day knowing I would discover new things about myself. 


-Hannah A. , participant



Marin Leggat Roper, MFA, CLMA, RSME, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator certified in Bartenieff/Laban Movement Studies. In her work as dance artist and somatic movement educator, Marin champions the role of the moving body as a source of knowledge, empathy, and social change. 

In New York City, Marin founded and directed M.E.L.D. Danceworks, a dance company committed to “dissolving religious and cultural barriers through the art of dance.”  The U.S. State Department named her a Cultural Envoy to India.  Her writings about dance and empathy are included in various books, journals and blogs.  


Marin is Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University (Utah, USA). She teaches studio and lecture courses including Contemporary Technique, Composition, American 20th/21st Century Dance History, Pedagogy, Principles of Somatics, and Dance & Identity. 

"A critical element in our conversations about girls' empowerment is recognizing the BODY as a source of intelligence, empathy, and power. Full physical expression, in the through the body, is the right of every woman and man, adult and child. Through somatic based movement education, girls can embrace the gift of a fully expressive body, understand their embodied experience in context of their culture, and create individual and systematic change through their their moving body"  - Marin Roper

MOving Out Loud

Bold Living.  Bold Leading.


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