This week we have a very special treat for you! Did you know that we have a super fun dance class at The Yoga Centre? It is called BeMoved® and it is taught by the beloved MariJo Irbe. A retired professional dancer, MariJo shares the depth of her experience in a fun and inviting format that inspires you to move. MariJo teaches BeMoved® on Wednesdays at 8:00am. No previous experience is necessary – all levels are welcome!
YC: How would you describe BeMoved®?
MI: BeMoved is a 1 hour long dance fitness experience created for ALL individuals who love to dance and experience what dance has to offer. This 1 hour class offers up to 18 different dance genres from Bollywood, to disco to Theatrical jazz.
TYC: When did you first become a BeMoved® teacher and why?
MI: I became a BeMoved instructor almost 8 years ago when it was first conceived by the creator of BeMoved® and my mentor, Sherry Zunker. Today, I help to train and mentor new BeMoved® instructors.
TYC: Do you know what was the inspiration to create BeMoved®?
MI: I think Sherry realized there was a need for dance enthusiasts of all types that love dance but perhaps do not want/need/can take a technical dance class anymore. She wanted to provide a dance experience for all types, from someone who has never danced to retired professional dancers. A dance class, so to speak, that is much gentler on the body and yet is also fulfilling that could appeal to an older demographic (30’s and up).
TYC: In what capacity have you studied or worked with Sherry Zunker in the past?
MI: I danced for Sherry when she was artistic director of River North Dance Chicago. She has been my mentor for at least 25 years. I get a lot of my jazz dance style from her.
TYC: What are the top three things you’d like your students to get out of your classes?
MI: I would like those who take my BeMoved® class to leave feeling joy, lighter than when they first walked in and mostly, that they had fun.
TYC: What do you love about the community of students at The Yoga Centre?
MI: What I love about the community of clients at The Yoga Centre is that they come take my class because they LOVE to dance and are very generous with their experience.
TYC: What else would you like The Yoga Centre community to know about you?
MI: I Love teaching BeMoved®! I love to share my joy and passion of dance with anyone who wants to experience it. Dance is such a wonderful component of life.
TYC: What do you love about teaching BeMoved in contrast to technical dance instruction?
MI: I love teaching BeMoved® because everyone who attends a BeMoved® class wants to be there to dance, and to enjoy being in the moment. I love that they feel good after that 1 hour of dance.