Sep 15, 2020
This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra welcomes Alex Svoboda, Founder at freedomDANCE and all-around renaissance man. Alex, who currently hails from London, has lived in three different countries, studied at five different universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history and sociology. Over the course of his career, he has worked as an analyst and manager at some of the world’s leading consulting firms and is a former university instructor. He currently sits at the helm of freedomDANCE, where he teaches his conscious dance methods alongside over 30 other teachers and trainees.
Alex is a firm believer that every person on the planet has a right to dance — that dance is a part of who we are and is a way for humans to move, express, and connect with themselves and others. His end goal is to make dance accessible to everyone as a means to grow and develop and is working to make this a reality via his dance company. On the podcast, Alex discusses his company, his methods, and how dance is for more than the good of the stage; it’s for the good of our souls.
“Dance doesn’t need to be the exclusive privilege of those people who spend their lives starting at age five rehearsing and perfecting their technique. There’s a joy of dance that should be available for everyone."
“We have a fundamental human need to move, express, and connect."
“I think I’m addicted to this job because, every day, I see miracles happening."
“I define my mission as ‘mainstreaming conscience dance’ or ‘mainstreaming dance meditation’ … We are different because we use dance as a way to grow, to build awareness, to develop."
“When carrying out virtual dance classes, you have to take that extra step for the social aspect."
Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:
3:29: Alex discusses the evolution of his dance company, freedomDANCE, since its founding in August 2009.
7:10: Alex explains why his company’s mission — to make dance accessible for all — is important and how his company accomplishes this goal.
14:43: Svoboda discusses how making “dance meditation” more of a mainstream activity is beneficial for our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
16:54: Alex explains how virtual dance classes, which were initially started out of necessity, have grown into something extremely beneficial for dancers around the world.
21:27: Svoboda walks through his unique career and how each of his seemingly disconnected vocations have equipped him for his current role in dance.
26:10: Svoboda shares some practical advice for how to make the most out of a virtual dance class — as both the teacher and as the student.
32:00: Alex rounds out the podcast by sharing his optimal future plans for both himself and for freedomDANCE.
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