Desert Coast Dance Performing Arts from San Luis Obispo, Ca offers a unique approach to expressive storytelling through dance. Director Genevieve Huston Odell’s background is in Dance Bunkai, an original dance form that combines classical dance styles with self-defense techniques.
Performing Arts Dance Fusion classes for children and adults are offered at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall. We have regular performance opportunities for all experience levels. Desert Coast Dance Performing Arts has been performing for community events in San Luis Obispo County since 2015. Original performances have included “The Abandoned Circus”, “Story Time-Feel the Music, Dance the Story” parts 1, 2 & 3, and “Where the Wild Things Are” choreographed & co-directed by then 13 year old Liora Odell.
An excerpt from a nice note by Debra Hesch:
“I wanted to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the play on June 15th! Genevieve, It’s obvious that you recognize and bring out the natural talent in every individual dancer/performer! It’s your gift and by using it you are bringing pleasure to others.
You might know that I lost my mother in February (I’ll never be the same), a close friend in March, and my husband had major surgery in April. I’m feeling better but my inner being is so full of sorrow and grief. There was something about watching your play, the graceful dance movements, the wonderful music that soothed my soul. It was evident that your students loved their teacher, dancing and performing. And I was struck by their confidence-everyone looked relaxed and comfortable on the stage.”
-Debra Hesch (Odell family friend since 1971!)
Dance and the performing arts boost self esteem, improve and reduce depression, help us feel more connected and social, and a 2017 study has shown that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect! You’re never too young or too old to start dancing!
“My daughter loves the dance fusion class! I can’t believe how much she has grown and how much confidence she has on stage and in life as a result of taking these classes. Genevieve is a wonderful teacher and we are grateful to have found Desert Coast Dance!”
“I love the adult’s Dance Fusion class with Genevieve! The dance feels both ancient and modern as an art form, exercise and meditation. Emphasizing both strength and femininity, Genevieve is consistent in her encouragement and ability to teach to all levels. I enjoy most the connection felt in dancing in synch with the other dancers as a divine feminine collective.”
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