Shape and Space is the fourth Healing Dance level to come into existence after the Healing Dance I, II and Above and Below trainings. It is made up mostly of material Alexander had developed as early as 1993 and first taught in the US and in Europe as an advanced level of WaterDance. Shape and Space consists of a beautiful and exciting repertoire of moves and an exploration of underwater improvisation. It is a collection of dives that embody a language with its own grammar and syntax. The key idea in Shape and Space is learning how to create pure, generous movement shapes that convey the receiver across the length and breadth of the pool, speaking their embedded messages to the receiver. The movements of Shape and Space are rooted in human developmental movement; in the animal movement of dolphins, seals, and snakes; in elemental movement patterns seen in flowing water, and in archetypal positions that reflect our biological genesis and relation to spirit. In addition, Shape and Space explores the art of adapting to and facilitating the interactive receiver. Shape and Space is for those practitioners who believe in the healing power of movement and want to learn how to dance with their receivers in the water. A written and photo manual are provided and a DVD of the sequence is made available.

Inika Spence-Whaley

I have been an aquatic bodyworker since 1996, working at Harbin Hot Springs as a Watsu®, WaterDance® and Healing Dance® practitioner. My classes are informed by my extensive work with clients from all walks of life. I am passionate about Aquatic Bodywork and bring that passion to my teaching. My knowledge of movement comes from yoga, tai chi, and dance and my knowledge of the water comes from swimming and playing with dolphins. My teaching style is very much like an aquatic bodywork session, easy and graceful in a flowing environment. I teach Watsu® I & II, Healing Dance® I & II, and the underwater Healing Dance courses: Above & Below and Shape & Space. I also teach Healing Dance 100 (Aquatic Basics and Healing Dance Essentials) for spa and clinic environments.

I spent 2 years as director of Harbin School of Healing Arts before it burned. I have since moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, working and teaching at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center.

Kalani Retreat Center