ShaGa Community Classes Online

Our latest Update (below) has all class links!

Our hearts are with all those suffering during these challenging, unprecedented times. We know that many people are in need of self-care right now (including us!). Because of this, we are expanding our ShaGa classes online to help movement and healing reach bodies and souls around the world. As a way to provide connection and community through movement, we are offering 8 ShaGa classes per week! Classes are open to everyone, no matter your age, experience, or location in the world. Groove with us from the comfort and safety of your own home!

We are teaching these classes on Zoom, a free application accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. Zoom does not require participants to have individual accounts in order to join a meeting. Just simply register at the link for each class below, and you will get access! Register ahead of time for multiple classes, or sign up a few minutes before class and jump right in! Zoom meeting links are emailed to you after you register.

Classes are entirely donation-based and we encourage those who are able to give what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

All donations received will go directly to support our ShaGa Teachers and ShaLeigh Dance Works company members who are without financial security in these challenging times.

We are truly grateful for any support you can give. We know that many of us are experiencing financial challenges right now, so we also appreciate your help in simply sharing our fundraiser, inviting your friends and family, or leaving comments to share your experience with others. 


More About ShaGa

In ShaGa, we move from our body, the ultimate refuge. We allow our bodies to become our teacher and our healer.

ShaGa is a movement practice of self-discovery, healing, and awakening to our deeper resources. It opens us up to the capacity to experience movement as a source of healing and vitality. We discover that by inhabiting our bodies more fully, we are able to more fully inhabit our lives.

ShaGa is about Healing. We give ourselves permission to find deeper resources that expand our movement potential, reduce tension and atrophy in the body, and illuminate paths towards personal transformation. We take time to listen to our pain on a molecular level and discover layers of guidance. We discover the healing power of working at a very low volume of effort, so we can go places where pleasure in the movement is awakened. 

ShaGa is about Permission. We take time to be curious and to listen to the body. We practice giving ourselves permission to follow our own, unique guidance rather than telling it what to do. As we encourage our innate, inner rhythms, we experience freedom inside our movement and inside our minds while connecting our bodies to our imaginations. We give ourselves a physical pathway to experience and re-experience ourselves. We welcome whatever arises as a guide. We refuse nothing and discover we can enjoy everything. 

Learn more about ShaGa on our website by clicking here 


Who is this fundraiser for?


This fund has been created to support our teachers and dancers who have been financially impacted by widespread gig cancellations due to this global pandemic. 100% of funds will go to them. Our artists rely on performances, classes, and events in order to pay the bills directly aligned with their costs of living. Our ShaGa Teachers and SDW company members are independent freelancers without the ability to work during these hard times. Our goal is to provide emergency funding to help them with financial support for rent, food, utilities, and medical needs.


Please give as generously as you can, if you are able. 

Artists are some of the hardest hit among the millions of Americans currently facing unemployment and financial hardships. The pandemic could knock out the performing arts as we know them if there isn’t a renewed sense of how essential they are to our lives and our communities. Artists around the world are adapting to shutdowns by swapping physical performance spaces for virtual ones. Social distancing has come at a great price for our artists and our community. We are looking for creative ways to stay connected during a crisis that is keeping us apart. Of all the necessities we now feel so keenly aware of, our well-being is central to the crisis we are experiencing now. In the spirit of connecting and healing with each other, we are offering these ShaGa classes online. We hope to provide opportunities for everyone to come together to heal our bodies, change our stories, and break the walls that surround us. 


We can get through this TOGETHER!

Our bodies are essential to everything we do, yet they are one of the most neglected aspects of our daily lives. Now more than ever we are in need of opportunities for mental, physical, and emotional hope and wellbeing. Movement is one of the most basic and honest forms of communication between our minds and bodies as well as the world. It is a documented path toward physical and mental health, and can enhance our self-confidence, reduce stress and depression, promote relaxation, provide an outlet for self-expression and creativity; and it’s FUN!! ShaGa can bring healing vitality to our daily routines from the safety and comfort of our own homes. Together, we can allow the subtleties of our unique experiences and beliefs to be transformed into a new kind of physical courage and a dynamic healing force that can change our stories. 

We are excited to celebrate the power of our interconnectedness to welcome you to join us in sharing, healing, and enjoying the pleasure of moving together. 

We hope you will join us! Invite your friends and family to join, and help us share it with the world.


More About Our Classes

We are offering 7 ShaGa: Community Classes and 1 ShaGa: Movement into Creation class, live-streamed each week. Classes are entirely donation based and open to anyone. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Community classes are for movers of all abilities. Class begins slowly and builds in intensity to continuous motion, providing enjoyable exercise for both body and soul. ShaGa allows us to actively explore our habits, expand our range, and discover the endless possibilities of healing ways of moving in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Class is open to ALL and is designed for individuals who wish to open themselves to movement in new ways. Dancers, yogis, movers, and nonmovers of all kinds and abilities are welcome to join us. No prior experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and to move barefoot or in socks.


May Class Times
*All times are Eastern Standard*

Sunday 6pm with ShaLeigh
Monday 8pm with Steven
Tuesday 3pm with Bart
Wednesday 3pm & 6pm with Isabelle
Thursday 8pm with Steven
Friday 3pm with Isabelle
Saturday 1pm with Izzy *ShaGa: Movement into Creation* (A contemporary composition class for movers with some experience)

All class links are in the “Updates” section below - Register ahead of time for multiple classes, or sign up a few minutes before class and jump right in! Zoom meeting links are emailed to you after you register.


About ShaLeigh Dance Works

ShaLeigh Dance Works is an award winning dance-theatre company based in Durham, NC. Under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director, ShaLeigh Comerford, SDW is recognized for its powerful, socially conscious works, healing movement language, and commitment to community action. With an uncompromising focus on artistic excellence, nurturing artists, and designing programs to empower at-risk communities, SDW aims to provide a concrete example of how dance can transform people’s lives and enrich society. SDW is honored to be celebrating their fifth season in North Carolina. For more information about the company, click here  .


Thank you for your support!

We know there are many artists, organizations, and individuals facing tremendous challenges right now, and we want to thank you for taking the time to read our story. The scope and meaning for what we do as teachers and artists feels more powerful now than ever. Our promise is to continue finding strength in community. We need eachother now more than ever to stay connected, inspired, and hopeful during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with our entire global community and dance families. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. We look forward to when we all can be together again. Until then, we look so forward to sharing, healing, and moving with you. Together, we are building our future.


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*Ownership of all ShaGa methods presented during the session will remain with ShaGa Movement (all rights reserved.) The recording and distributing of classes is forbidden.

By joining our ShaGa classes you take full responsibility for your own wellbeing. You acknowledge that you are your own teacher, and understand that the teachers of ShaGa are your gentle guides. You fully accept and assume all responsibility for injury or damage that may result from your participation in the ShaGa class. You release and hold harmless ShaGa, its teachers, and other participants with respect to any or all injury or damages arising from the activity to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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  • Velaire Elliott 
    • $5 
    • 2 d
  • Kristine Mueller 
    • $10 
    • 4 d
  • Brian Keenum 
    • $30 
    • 4 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 4 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
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Fundraising team: ShaGa Teachers (7)

ShaGa Teachers 
Organizer
Raised $641 from 21 donations
Rougemont, NC
Steven Rodriguez 
Team member
Raised $263 from 12 donations
Bart Westdorp 
Team member
Raised $60 from 7 donations
Abby Bradetich 
Team member
Raised $10 from 1 donation
Isabelle Frame 
Team member
Raised $10 from 1 donation
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