1/2 of Dimond Saints, California bred, melody maker Releece, when not following the moon-cycles and touring with the ascending Oakland based duo, is deep in the studio constantly exploring sonic realms; a quest to create hypnotic soundscapes Releece refers to as “silky lullabies”. Dedicating the last decade plus to production, Releece pulls from elements of Hip Hop, electronic down tempo, R&B and world beat. A producer at heart and a dj by night Releece’s sound is sure to make your head nod and hips slide, transporting you to worlds far and wide. Music is Releece. Releece is music.
Amae Love is an eclectic singer / songwriter with a sultry, soulful voice that embodies a modern approach to soul, blues, R&B and jazz. Similar to artists like Amy Winehouse & Adele, Amae takes the best of that classic vintage sound and combines it with soulful, bluesy melodies paired with positive & empowering lyrics. She likes to call this style “Singin’ the Purples” as in: a higher consciousness version of the blues. Amae is a multi-faceted talent whose skills as performer include Improvisation, MC’ing, hoop dance, DJ’ing, Dance, and guitar.
Yohm began the journey as a DJ in the year 2000 playing vinyl reggae, funk and hip hop records.Over the years his sound has evolved into a blend of world influenced fusion beats with thick bass drops. Known for playing remixes of classic tunes and medicine bass, with an ability to adapt his sound to fit most dance floors. Yohm (pronounced like Yo and Ohm) is a combination of Yosef’s birthname and one of the most healing sounds on Earth.
Yohm has shared the stage with Desert Dwellers, Clozee, Kalya Scintilla, Bluetech, Phaeleh, Charles the First, Deya Dova and many others. He has also rocked sets at many festivals including Lightning in a Bottle, Enchanted Forest, Lucidity, Symbiosis, Worldfest, Cosmic Convergence and Stilldream.
With a sharp focus on clean mixing and composing a journey through different genres Yohm’s energetic sets keep the crowd engaged and satiated for hours.
Teachers and Facilitators
Instructional Offering: Cocréa CommuniYum
As a Somatic Permissionary, Wren teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. Dancing since 1999 around when the Fusion social partner dance movement began, Wren’s dancing helps define Fusion as an emergent folk dance form based in the spontaneous co-creation of new aesthetics. Graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in Drama and Dance Wren’s curiosity revolved around studying the expression and resolution of human conflict through theater and the ways emotion moves through the body. Wren’s mission is to vitalize and inspire the world using social partner dance as a vehicle for connection, personal growth and spiritual alignment with right livelihood that places us in right relationship with the Earth. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in “ReInhabiting the Village”, and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through co-created movement, authentic connection and consensual touch. He has been named “the next voice in conscious dance” by Soul Motion core faculty member, Aletia Alvarez.
Instructional Offering: Slow, Saucy and Sacred
Usha Rose is a Somatic Sex, Intimacy, andRelationship Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Dance and Yoga Teacher, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She is trained in the Somatica™ Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching and is a graduate of the International School of Temple Arts Practitioner Training. She also spent three years studying closely with Sonika Tinker and Christian Pederson in the LoveWorks Relationship Training Mastery Program, including two years in the Assistant and Leadership Program.
She is the co-founder of Foothills Fusion Dance, a weekly, social dance in Grass Valley, CA and co-founder of Convergence, an annual Ecstatic and Fusion dance mini-festival in Northern California. She is also the Production Manager and Facilitator for Cocréa, a mindful partner dance company that produces transformational dance retreats and workshops around the globe.
Usha discovered the conscious dance community in 2010 when she started attending Ecstatic Dance Oakland. Since then she has studied SoulMotion™ with Vinn Marti and Zuza Engler, completed the JourneyDance™ Teacher Training with Toni Bergins and continues to be inspired by the many teachings of Contact Improv and 5Rhythms™.
She took her first partner dance class (Salsa) in 2005, although she was first introduced to partner dancing as a young child in her living room with her grandmother who was an avid Lindy Hop dancer. It was around 2010 when Usha discovered Blues dancing, and soon thereafter fell in love with Fusion dancing. She has studied several other partner dance forms including Salsa, Tango, Swing and Zouk, to name a few. In addition to teaching locally, she has taught dance at several events around the country including Enchanted Forest Gathering, Jumpsuit Family Gathering and Northern California Dance Camp.
Instructional Offering: Hip Hop Fusion
Joe has been a professional dance performer and teacher for nearly two decades. In his studies and world travels he has developed a unique style with influences including hip hop, breaking, contact improvisation, and fusion partner dance. Joe fuses these forms together in a dynamic and distinctive style. His love and passion for dance has enabled him to perform at major events for Sony, Pixar, Oracle, and more. He has presented several workshops at universities including University of San Francisco, Stanford, and Sonoma State University.
Joe has began cultivating a new aesthetic for partner dancing called Hip Hop Fusion and has led workshops at Symbiosis Global Eclipse Gathering 2017 and Sonic Bloom 2018, and will be presenting at Lucidity Festival 2019.
He is excited to collaborate with like minded artists and to help the community embrace the power of performing arts.
Joe believes that dance is in our DNA. At the core of our being, everyone is a dancer. We are dance, and dance is life.
Instructional Offering: Fusion Energetics of Groove
Chrissy can’t remember when it began, but dance came as naturally as breathing to her body. From a young age she studied dance primarily in the form of solo movement for performance and competition. Her first dance company saw her through many early professional opportunities, and her love of choreography took her to organize Pulse Dance Project, NYU’s first student-produced dance performance group. Eventually, she found that in many ways, her professional training was limiting her growth by under-valuing the uniqueness of all bodies. This awakening led her to the yoga studio. Her first and most honest class startled her with its resonance, springing her awakened life forward into opening after opening.
She trained in the summer of 2009 with Yoga to The People, dove right into teaching 10+ classes a week and gaining the YTTP studios in Berkeley and San Francisco a foothold. Until 2013, she was a prominent teacher for YTTP, when she moved out to the Northern California foothills. At the first night of Foothills Fusion Dance in 2015, Chrissy committed to a new dance form. Partner dance intimidated, allured and in time deeply transformed Chrissy’s being. No other practice has contributed so much to her unfolding as mindful partner dance. Now, her offerings are weaving through the overlapping layers of yoga and dance, inspiring each of her teachings with the other.
Instructional Offering: Cocréa - Somatic Communication
Antje Schaefer is master facilitator of connection, embodiment and inclusive communities and culture. As the co-creator of Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance, she shares deep wisdom and facilitates connection through partner dance and embodiment as a path to self-discovery and relational healing. Her appetite for lifelong learning has led her to seek certifications in mindfulness, Integral Circling and Authentic Relating practices, Realization Process embodiment meditation and Hakomi somatic therapy. Antje synthesizes these skills to deepen her clients understanding of the mind-body connection and helps them create a holistic, relational approach to their transformation, grounded in presence and truth-seeking. She coaches and consults with individuals, teams, organizations and communities. One of her greatest joys is to create inclusive spaces that foster growth, vibrant community and creative expression as a practice ground for learning about self and relationship. She currently produces Nectar Fusion, a community dance event in Portland Oregon which she founded in 2014.
Instructional Offering: Kinetic Intimacy
Shantala Davis is a Professional in Partner Dance, Feminine Empowerment and Kinetic Intimacy through the language of somatic and dance. She has been a part of the sex-positive community in the SF Bay Area for the past 5 years, has been pro-active participant of various social dance communities (including Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Zouk, Blues & Fusion) for over 20 years, and has become a spokesperson in building better systems and education around consent culture in our dance spaces.
Shantala is a part of a community of somanauts, priestesses, and pleasure-seekers in dance, conscious festival and sex-positive culture who seeks understanding of embodied relating, movement in connection and communication. From Ecstatic Dance to Social Partner Dance, her passion and curiosity lies within the layers of intimacy that can exist between people on both a somatic and energetic level through the language of dance and play.