Holistic dance and movement for Health

Joy of Movement combines simple, flowing and easy to follow dance and mindful movement for women of all ages, fitness levels and experience. We encourage a sensory-based holistic approach with a focus on body sensation and feeling good rather than cardio fitness, though we do get fit in the process. Enjoy an hour and a quarter of breathing, stretching and non-impact joyful movement to a variety of uplifting and inspiring music. Participants are guided to follow their own energy levels and all classes end with mindful breathing and a meditative reflection / relaxation time.

We especially welcome women who haven't moved in a long time, or 'ever' in a class situation as we are a friendly, non judgemental group of a broad range of ages who just love to dance with no worries of 'getting it right’. 

All classes end with mindful breathing, stretching and a meditative reflection time.

Absolute beginners welcome and your first class is free.


September Courses in Lewes - 2018

Thursday week Course
12 p.m - 1.15pm

September 13th to October 18th, 2018. Payable half termly, £48. Or part month if joined later.

Drop-in by request, space depending - £10.

Christ Church Hall Lewes, BN7 2AH.

*Doors open 10 mins prior to class.

*Free Parking in Car Park up the ramp.


Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water along. We encourage dancing barefoot but soft clean indoor shoes are also fine. Feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions about Joy of Movement classes and I will be happy to discuss them with you. I look forward to meeting you.

To book your first free class anytime during our courses or for any other information please contact me via the Contact form...

     Benefits of Joy of Movement:

  • increases flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability

  • improves mood and leads to greater feelings of well being and self esteem

  • keeps both the body and the brain active which is vital for people of every age

  • keeps muscles and joints healthy and supple

  • helps to improve posture and balance

  • offers a creative, non judgemental outlet for people to express themselves in a safe environment

  • reduces stress levels

  • releases endorphins and feel good hormones

  • promotes a healthy lifestyle and is lots of fun!



  • Just to say I love your class. It's exactly what I need at the moment. I left last Thursday's on such a high, feeling gently energised and stretched and in tune with my body. I don't think I have ever felt so unselfconscious in a movement session. It's so lovely to be in a group where gentleness and listening to the body are the most important. So, thank you. I'm very very glad to have found you."
    — Jane, Lewes
  • I totally love these classes...Stella is a very talented teacher and I always feel energised, relaxed and uplifted when I leave. The best thing is that there is no wrong way of doing it in the Joy of Movement class!
    — Ruth, Lewes
  • Stella immediately puts you at ease, through gentle guidance, a familiar rhythm to the class and great music, she allows us to both follow and freely move to express ourselves. I feel very blessed to have found a local class that I look forward to and enjoy so much
    — Francesca, Ringmer
  • Thank you for such a wonderful movement class, I felt so peaceful and calm. What a great way to start the day, feeling more connected to myself and to what matters in life. Thank you!
    — Lou, Lewes

Dance background and experience


I have always had a deep love of dance and began lessons at an early age. Taking part in many stage shows, professional performances and dance exam grades, I gained a rich tapestry of experience which led me to pursue my passion of professionally training at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts in 1991 and also at The Royal Northern Ballet School in Manchester.

In 2008 I qualified to teach in The Nia Technique, a sensory based mind body spirit approach to dance and movement. After many years of studying different movement forms and various fields of body work including Tai Chi, Qi Gong and yoga and having a passion for dance that I wanted to share with others, I created Joy of Movement -  a holistic dance and movement class for adults of all ages and abilities. 

I feel I have developed a class where people are totally welcome and comfortable to be themselves, a place where people who have never danced before can feel confidant to experience movement in a new and safe way and to also offer a space for more experienced movers to discover new and deeper ways of being in their bodies.



Health, Wellbeing and Mind Body Spirit resources which maybe of interest:

Eckhart Tolle - Spirituality & Mindfulness teacher (https://www.eckharttolle.com)

Marianne Williamson -  Teacher and speaker (http://marianne.com)

Dr. Wayne Dyer - http://www.drwaynedyer.com

Michael Singer - Teacher and Author (http://untetheredsoul.com)

Thich Naht Hanh - Zen Master, poet and peace activist  (http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/)

Byron Katie - Teacher of ‘The Work’ (http://thework.com/en)

Mark Nepo - Writer, Poet and Philosopher (http://www.marknepo.com)

A Course in Miracles - Foundation of Inner Peace  (https://www.acim.org)

SGI UK- Value Creating Society for Peace (http://www.sgi-uk.org)

Doreen Virtue - Author of Angel books and Cards (http://www.angeltherapy.com)

Anita Moorjani - Speaker and New York best selling author (http://anitamoorjani.com)

Hay House - Inspirational and transformational books and products (http://www.hayhouse.co.uk)

Local- East Sussex

Colin Willcox - Zen Meditation Teacher, Poet and Writing group facilitator (http://www.meetup.com/Lewes-Meditation-Meetup/members/8541095/
Louise Fordham - Happiness & Empowerment Coach, Writer, Artist, Photographer (www.louisefordham.com)

Ruth Wharton - Biodynamic Cranial Osteopath (http://www.intrinsichealthlewes.co.uk)

Sally Galloway - Nutritional Therapist/Naturopathic Chef (http://www.intrinsichealthlewes.co.uk)

Jana Krychtalkova - Law of Attraction Coach, Healer and Meditation Teacher (http://janalovinglife.com)

Katie Harris - Massage, Reflexology and Facials with organic products (http://katieholistics.co.uk)

Jeremy Marshall - Accupuncture , Tai Chi & Chi Gong teacher (http://acupunctureandtaichibrighton.com)

Audra Marshall, Accupuncture, Tai Chi & Chi Gong (http://www.being-in-unity.com/holistic-treatments)

Lynne Russell - Homeopath, Life Coach and NLP practitioner (http://www.chantryhealth.com)

Gabrielle Anya Rafello - Director of the Koorana Centre (http://www.thekooranacentre.com)

Anna Grace Taylor - Angel Therapist, Singer songwriter, Theta Healing (http://www.anna-taylor.co.uk)