A new business open in Gunbarrel is helping the community do just that. ESC for the Arts wants to see the physical, emotional, mental and social benefits of movement and dance extended to as many people and children as possible by offering very reasonable rates.
The movement Arts and dance in particular, has a specific appeal to a number of groups. Some of which may not readily engage with traditional sports- like women, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and culturally diverse groups. Dance can also provide a good way of introducing people to other forms of physical activity as well as developing and maintaining vestibular and proprioceptive skills, grace, continued speed and accuracy of movement efficiency, in other activities.
Ms. Taya J. Matoy, owner of ESC for the Arts has been a life long dancer, Instructor, and choreographer performing regionally and internationally. Presenting her finding at the Brain Injury Association Conference in 2007, “Movement and Memory in People with Disabilities,” focuses primarily on Traumatic Brain Injury survivors. She indicates that movement is our first mode of expression. “Even in utero, movement is the first and most primal means of expression. When trauma to the brain, body or both occurs, movement can be beneficial in the healing process. Recovering what mobility you can enhances brain functioning. The body can experience moving again and moving in new ways which will create a new way of relating to and dealing with problems.”
Additionally, Ms. Matoy is a Dance and Movement Psychotherapist, using movement to help facilitate healing both in a physical rehabilitative capacity and psychologically helping to improve people’s quality of life through the use of dance and movement applied therapeutically. She teaches on the post-graduate level.
ESC for the Arts offers a fun family atmosphere, offering adult and children’s classes, family classes and Adventure Club workshops on days when school is not in session. Sign up for January 5 and 6. “We have parents who have to get last minute things done. This way, they can spend a few hours of uninterrupted time, while the kids get to engage in art projects and movement and make cards, decorate, play games, and have a snack. It’s a full day of Holiday fun and cheer, “ says Alhi Hedges, ESC’s Art Director.
Not only camps, but ESC is offering a first ever Owl Walk with a 15.00 donation per family. The donation goes to ESC’s dance scholarship. The event consists of story time at the studio for the kids, with a Wildlife Biologist, who can call the birds, taking the families on an owl walk close by the studio where Great Horned Owls have been spotted sitting atop the movement arts studio. Then back to the studio for hot coco and cookies. While older kids and adults can listen to Hedges, who is Eastern Cherokee, speak about owls in her own Indigenous culture and owl symbolism in other world cultures. Two dates to choose from are listed for the Walk: Saturday, January 3rd and 17th at 6-7:30.
What you can expect to find at ESC for the Arts is a real passion for movement. Yoga, pilates, ballet for all ages, hip hop for all ages, Cheer and Pom for youngsters, Senior Yoga and cardio classes, Capoeira, Middle Eastern Dance, Hawaiian Hula, Modern Dance for Teens, Contemplative Movement, Meditation Instruction, Latin Ballroom, Salsa and ab work outs. ESC also offers Art classes both for children and adults. Matoy, regularly solicits suggestions from her students and the public to learn what they would like and when. Drop by and take a free class. “We have an open door policy here, and allow anyone to take a class free the first time to see if they like it. After that, they can choose family membership, Individual membership or choose from three dance packages or a drop in for fitness classes only. Members get special rates. Come by for an Open House the Week of January 7-13.”