Dancing Through Life on a Cloud of New Energy
Georgia Ambarian opened Light Energy Dancing a year ago in Fort Walton Beach. Currently, a staff of three teachers offers a wide variety of fitness and alternative healthcare options such as yoga, meditation, ballroom dancing, personal training, energy healing and Pranic Healing. Ambarian says, “Being creative and expressing myself through the use of dance has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Along the way, I was introduced to yoga and meditation and felt strongly compelled to add these practices to my life. As my training morphed into treating dance as a spiritual exploration, rather than just a physical exercise, I also became aware of the energy body and the need to keep it just as healthy and balanced as the physical body.”
Light Energy Dancing strives to be a place of inspiration and support and offers a Dance for Parkinson's class for people with Parkinson's or other movement mobility issues and their caregivers, and also and yoga for people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ambarian states, “Yoga and dance have the power to heal and to improve lives, and we are all over that! I adore seeing people grow and improve their lives. While I gain great happiness from continuing to improve myself and deepen my own practice, helping others find the beauty in their life is extremely fulfilling.”
Ambarian has already enjoyed one creative and fulfilling career. “Together with my partner Eric Luna, I am a five-time world and five-time U.S. national exhibition showdance champion. We been guest performers on Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, traveled the world performing and still continue to do shows and coach the next generation of dancers,” she reflects. “The most recent turning point of retiring from ballroom competition brought me to the decision to open Light Energy Dancing. I really wanted to combine all the areas of my life into one livelihood, and our multifaceted curriculum represents that fusion of spiritual and physical training.”
Ambarian is proud of the accomplishments of her studio, and says, “Between me and my enthusiastic staff, we bring a lot of tools to the table to be of service to our clients.” The center has Yoga, Yoga for PTSD, Parent and Child Yoga, Dance for Parkinson's, Ballroom Dancing, Meditation, Energy Healing, Pranic Healing and just added a personal trainer to help people one-on-one.
As for the role models she respects, the dancer explains, “Anyone who is brave influences me. There are many types of bravery, from those who stand up to social injustice to those who dare to pursue their dreams or defend our country. I gain strength and inspiration from every act of bravery I read or hear about. It takes great courage to change yourself into the person you really want to be, and that's the bravery we try to instill in our clients with the classes and services we offer.”
For beginners, “The initial dance experience is usually exciting and fun, and then after the first several classes people begin to see what they really need to fix or work on in order improve, and it's important that they don't let themselves get bogged down in the details. Being a good dancer takes time and lots of practice—be kind to yourself along the way,” says Ambarian.
Ambarian realizes that everyone thinks they will start a yoga or meditation practice and feel instant inner peace, or start dance classes and instantly feel an emotional connection with movement. “Unfortunately, that's not how it works,” she says. “A lot of times you start yoga or meditation and the ‘stuff’ in your life seems to be getting worse. Usually there are lessons to be learned or healing that needs to take place in order to move forward, and yoga and meditation are the catalysts to get you past your stuff.”
She notes that, “The best advice is to stick with your practice and don't let anything get in your way of attending. By persevering, one finds peace on the other side of turmoil. This of course doesn't mean everyone will experience an initial readjustment when they start, but one must always keep in mind that in order to get a different result, you have to plant a different seed, and that means change must occur.”
As for the future, “At Light Energy Dancing, we hope to continue to grow and expand our group class offering and also get people the one-on-one coaching they need, says Ambarian, who has an invitation for newcomers: “There are so many people who are interested in the tools we offer, but walking in the door the first time can be intimidating. We want everyone to know our center is built on love and a sincere desire to be of service. We welcome you with open arms.”
Light Energy Dancing is located at 348 Miracle Strip Pkwy, Ste. 27, Fort Walton Beach. For more information, call 850-543-1970 or visit LightEnergyDancing.com.