CV Resume for Stuart Phillips Dance
Location: 1511 Bank St, Victoria, BC, Canada
Freelance Dance Improvisation Teacher Worldwide, US, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, 1981 - Present
Dance Improvisation Performer / Producer Worldwide, 1981 - Present
Healer (Physical/Emotional) / Therapist / Counselor, 1987 - Present
Baker/Cook/Chef, 1984 - 2004
Client Advocate at Group Homes & programs for emotionally challenged youth & adults / Social Work for after school programs, 1984 - 1988
Therapist / Counselor Intervention Programs for youth & adults, 1983 - 1985
Dance Instructor Ballroom & Social to youth, 1978 - 1980
Bates College BA Psychology / Dance, '84
Downeast School of Massage, LMT, '87
Neuromuscular Massage Training, St. John Method, '89 - '91
Vywamus Foundation, Intuitional, Psychic & Emotional/Energetic Tuning & Release Training, '90 - '97
Stu, Thank you for the session yesterday. I don't think I have ever been able to expand into that particular territory before. Thank you for holding such strong and real space so it could happen. I loved when you said "don't heal yourself" and "don't be a goddess," I just exploded with the laughter of recognition inside me. I didn't get what I thought I wanted but I did get what I needed. I am learning it is ok to express me. I didn't really know that so much before. Thank you.
Inside me it is expanding and being allowed to be not awesome as well as being allowed to be awesome. It is expanding at all ranges and being very average. Thank you so very and deeply much. Last night was especially hard, and especially good. Filled with utter disgust at times, just wanted to almost throw up, happy to get to dance there and not just in the fetishized "joy" that I feel is such an ideology in many circles. Thank you for not only permitting "joy." It means the world.
"I was having conflict for years w/1 friend, during stu's class we were guided to dance w/each other for an extended period of time after which we've had no problems at all facing each other, the problems were completely gone" Julia Sewitt
"After his work I've gained the calmest confidence in intimate and social relationships, though we were simply moving. IMPORTANT WORK!" Margarita Kozhevnikova
“I found the Emotional Release and Therapeutic Movement Workshop facilitated by Stu Phillips to be deeply healing, in a way unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I feel like Stu is truly intuitive, a very gentle and genuine therapist. I feel like experiencing emotional nudity and raw expression in a safe container - the sort of dynamic which was fostered within the workshop - is hugely medicinal. I am eternally grateful for the connections I made with my fellow workshop-goers. I feel like this experience was so nourishing - a week abundant with many shades of radical beauty.”-Laura Alter
"It was fantastic. Stu is a one-of-a-kind teacher and very considerate human. His teaching helps create a foundation for my own satisfying exploration more than any other movement teachings i've encountered. I feel like it is super valuable for humans in today's world.
I highly HIGHLY recommend taking a class with Stu if you haven't before. His approach to improvisation has been deeply nourishing for me in a way no other teacher's approach has-- and it just keeps getting more satisfying the more I dance with him. Something about his gentle guidance makes room for me to Unravel-- in a deeply life-affirming, empowering, and liberating way."
Stu is the only teacher i want to study with.
Life changing learning to be more authentic
I cannot recommend any teacher more highly than Stu. He gently guides you into your own depths, your own truth, your most authentic self, easing out of you the realest of dances you will have ever danced, and the most satisfying of connections you will have ever experienced. Dance becomes a metaphor for the greater scope of your life; as you shift on the dance floor, notice the shift in the vastness of your life.
Class has so much inner essence
By far my best dance ever
His Contact Improv Class is like being in a dance class with a therapist.. And it's the most gentle, supportive and real therapy you can imagine! If ANYTHING is ailing you mentally or emotionally, take Stuart's class! (and/or go get an individual session)You will save A LOT of time and money on conventional therapy.
Your guidance/voice was extremely useful...it continuously brought me back from my own inner battle with feeling insecure and seeking authenticity.
He's such a masterful guide in cultivating mindfulness, balance & freedom IN MOTION & RELATIONSHIP. He welcomes & works skillfully with all edges & levels of contact & dance experience. If you want more ease with being authentic & IN TOUCH with self, other & community; Stu is a wonderful facilitator of that!
"Stu has the most unusual and beautiful solo paractice that makes his style unique from the rest. When I first saw him among the churning, orbiting dancers, I named him vertical man, because his dancing seemed relatively still and generally on his feet. I learned how to integrate with his style and loved how it made me move. I asked him if there was anything in particular he wanted to perform, and he said, Let's do what we do, but don't forget the emotional honesty. Performing with Stu was one of the highlights of the festival because I danced unlike I normally do, felt charged, responsive, available and heard by him. It was exhilarating. Particularly suspenseful for me, was one pause that seemed to last forever."
Best guided experience I've ever had.
thank you !
i keep a luminous memory of this day;. (even in the black box !)
this day was a present for me.
very bright, clear focus
"I felt the words inside my body, like a mantra"
thankou, Felt very safe to be myself and express myself in that class. That is why i like it actually, i feel 100% safe.. like even if i'm pissed off it could be expressed in a way that we could even sometimes end up laughing about. Rare find in a class.
"class is frequently hard for me but i always come out feeling reset, better, my favorite teacher"
I love what flows through you
Drawing from the Emotional Pool to Motivate Movement
Deep Experiental Metaphors for life transformation
Never guide your energy, let your energy guide you
Bypasses ego conflict
Creates mental space without disconnecting
Minimum facilitation with maximum effect, neutral, clean, phlegmatic delivery
Guided meditation through movement
Forging internal connections through dance
Rearrange Personality so Truth becomes more Dominant
Psychological Approach to CI
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