"There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly.
We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are." -Tammy Baldwin
Sometimes I feel like I am not fully “me," that I haven't shown up as a queer person as much as I want.
Maybe this is because I have been lucky enough not to have experienced the violence that identifying as queer can bring. I haven’t had to fight for who I am.
I equate my gay identity to being Asian in a white society. I spend time being part of a Caucasian culture, and in one way, it makes me feel part of it, but in another way, I lose the Asian part of myself. It's important in this time of bigotry in the world to fully show up as queer.
I have offered movement classes in the San Francisco County Jail for the transgender population. The relationship with ones body is essential when transitioning, especially in a culture where people say it's not okay to be who one truly is.
I continue to offer my work to those who have been neglected, judged, or mistreated. One of the ways Syzygy Dance Project does this is by providing quality-trained facilitators who are also committed to the goal of supporting work with populations dealing with abuse, harassment, and isolation.
To this end, I will be conducting another 4-day Outreach Facilitator training in August.
This program encourages practitioners to incorporate mindful movement into their work, offering a creative way of engaging with those in need and bringing joy into each other's lives. We also encourage working with the younger population since they will help shape our world.
Sylvie and the SDP Team
If you are interested in participating in the August Outreach Facilitator training session,
please visit our Outreach Facilitator's training page here.
ABOUT SYLVIE MINOT
Sylvie Minot received her BA in Dance from San Jose State University and is a certified 5Rhythms® Teacher who was also trained in the Heartbeat (emotional) map by Gabrielle Roth.
Sylvie has studied psychology, indigenous healing rituals, energy medicine, and sound healing and is inspired by the teachings of cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien, author and lecturer Caroline Myss, and sound healer Tito La Rosa.
Since 2000, Sylvie has taught weekly dance classes and workshops for a variety of populations. Sylvie is often described as a catalytic shape-shifter because of her ability to meet people right where they are and move with them into new possibilities.
Syzygy Dance Project (SDP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that transforms lives through dance movement. We offer regular dance classes to the public and outreach dance classes for inmates, veterans, recovering addicts, chronically ill patients, and the elderly.
Syzygy Dance Project
P.O. Box 2532
Sausalito CA 94966