Move with Melissa - theHumm September 2019
Move with Melissa - theHumm September 2019
As a classically trained dancer in jazz, tap, ballet and musical theatre, Melissa Cornacchia of Melissa Moves (recently rebranded from Lanark In Motion) has always felt there was much more to dance than performance. “Not only is dance and movement a great way to build community, encourage creativity and connection,” she says, “it also enhances health and wellbeing, no matter your age or abilities.”
For the past couple of years, the McDonalds Corners resident has been creating a buzz and a name for herself in Lanark County by offering movement and dance classes to everyone from children to seniors, and, more recently, those with Parkinson’s or dementia. She explains: “If you’re alive and in a body, you are a dancer and mover, no matter how big or small the movements and whether you are standing, sitting or lying on the floor. Once our busy minds get over what we think we should look like when we move, then our bodies can really enjoy themselves!”
Thanks to Melissa, the Lanark County dance community is growing, and followers want more! Besides having led classes in Almonte and Perth over the past two years, Melissa is part of the drop-in MERA Dance Collective that meets every other Thursday, September through June. She also has organized 5Rhythms (a global conscious movement practice) workshops in Carleton Place and Ottawa with facilitators from Montreal, Toronto and the UK. This August Melissa and Rosemary Kotze co-facilitated the second successful Expressive Dance and Arts Camp at MERA for 6- to 10-year-olds. Coral Sproule, whose stepson attended, said: “He thrived in this camp… it is a great creative incubator for young artists and dancers and just a lot of fun for all.”
The next 5Rhythms workshop in Ottawa produced by Melissa will be Live Wire, from October 4–6, led by Lorca Simons (UK) and Lynne Adams from Montreal. You can try a free demo class by joining Melissa at the North Lanark Seniors’ Expo on September 5 from 10am to 3pm at the Almonte Community Centre (2pm demo), and by visiting her at the Parkinson’s SuperWalk at Conlon Farm in Perth on September 7.
This eclectic mover welcomes invitations and queries from groups and individuals of all sorts. To check out what classes and programs are coming up, or to send a query, contact 416–559–2676 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit melissamoves.net . Her schedule is ever-evolving.
By Sally Hansen
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