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You Can Dance Again: Ignite Your Spark (Intro Workshop)

  • 890 Broadway New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

"you can dance again" workshops are a gateway to your creative power through your body.

It’s about reclaiming the freedom to dance in your own way, in your own body exactly as it is right now…

...because you KNOW deep down that once you dance, you’ll feel freer, more like yourself, and more empowered to move confidently through your life.

Each month, Jess hosts a workshop on a different theme, which is designed to connect and empower your movement in the studio with your creative process in your everyday life. 

This month, our theme is UP&UP, with a focus on growth, expansion, and lifting yourself up naturally, even in the midst of challenging life stuff. 

Cate Prefontaine Hausmann, a founding YCDA member, will be co-leading, sharing her originally choreography to the uplifting song Up&Up. 

You’ll leave with more confidence in yourself and more clarity on exactly how you want to continue dancing through your life.

You’ll be reminded that movement in your body will catalyze movement in your life.

Join us for this 2-hour experience to free-up what’s blocking you and restore your dancing spirit and self-expression through a combination of facilitated dancing, writing, sharing, and collaborative creation with the group.

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whether it's been forever (or never) since you've taken a dance class, you will:

  • collaborate with a diverse community of dancers who see you, encourage you, and accept you exactly as you are

  • awaken latent creative energy within you

  • eliminate feelings of competitiveness, inadequacy, or negative body image

  • use dance as a vehicle for igniting more confidence, power, and freedom in your life


From all types of dance backgrounds. From all levels of dance experience (including – none). This is not about learning one particular dance style. It’s about connecting to your own authentic movement (which may or may not be influenced by previous training) and gaining inspiration from the other diverse dancers who take part.


about the facilitators:

Jess Grippo is an award-winning dancer, writer, creativity coach, TEDx speaker, and the creator of You Can Dance Again. Although she went through 10 years of classical ballet training and received a B.A. from NYU in psychology, she left the more traditional dance and academic worlds to create her own career path. Her work is about guiding people back into dance: for self-reinvention, for reinvention of our world, and for reconnection to the power in our bodies. She enjoys making dance videos in the most random places, often with random strangers, as well as making shows on actual stages. She is currently writing her first book, Dance With This Book: A Guide to Start Dancing (And Living) On Your Terms. Join her Creative Fridays community for a weeklyish nudge (via email) for your creative soul: 


Cate Prefontaine Hausmann is a proud founding member of You Can Dance Again. Over the past few years in partnership with Jess, Cate has reconnected with her creativity and passion for writing, art, dancing and choreography. When Cate is not dancing, she serves as English Language Arts Director for a network of elementary and middle schools in Manhattan and the Bronx and has previously worked as a teacher, coach, administrator and consultant in schools around the United States. She loves to dance with her husband Kevin and to bring the gift of dance into the lives of family, friends, and even perfect strangers through teaching and taking classes, making dance videos and performing whenever possible. Cate is dancing again because it brings her joy.  She gives herself permission to do what she loves.

 the post-workshop glow from last month's session!

the post-workshop glow from last month's session!

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