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Peta Melanie O'Doherty

Artistic Director & Visionary of the recently opened Blue Lotus Dance Studio in Byron Bay, a large 200sq/m studio with sprung floors providing a diversity of Dance Classes, Workshops with local, national & international guests & an amazing new event space dedicated to Dance & Movement. This project is a culmination of Peta Melanie’s passion & life studies to activate more Dance opportunities for recreational fun, fitness & wellbeing & for professional creative development & connection in Byron Bay.Peta Melanie has a Bachelor of Contemporary Art majoring in Dance and studied Art as Social Practice, Community Art, & Media Studies including Photography & Dance Video. Between Studies and after the birth of her first Daughter in 2001, Peta Melanie travelled around the world for 3 years performing with internationally acclaimed Physical Theatre Company ‘Strange Fruit’. In 2006 she completed the NEIS business course at RMIT & Geometric Dance Lynx commenced in August 2006 along with The Lady Lynx Performance Project. Since then this small business venture continued to develop and produce beautiful performance works & exciting dance movement workshops and Now with Blue Lotus Dance Studio, Peta Melanie is excited to see what will be created from this next Evolution with an amazing Studio Space & Global Artists to generate new work.Peta Melanie has been living in Byron Bay NSW since 2012 with her family including partner & 4 children. Since the move North from Melbourne, The Lady Lynx has performed at Splendour in the grass, UPLIFT Festival, Byron Spirit Festival, Rainbow Serpent & Earth Frequency Festival, creating majestically beautiful shows and ceremonial performances with a collective of amazing creative women from around the world. Peta Melanie has also facilitated Dance movement workshops for Dancing Ground & Byron Spirit Festival 2010, as well as ran series of dance sessions in the Byron Shire. Now at Blue Lotus Dance Studio Peta Melanie is a movement facilitator for a Weekly Ecstatic Dance Event and is teaching Adult classes in Ballet Barre Basics, Tap, StepUp Fitness & TOUCH DANCE (Creative Contact & Connection through Dance).The workshop Peta Melanie will be presenting at Byron Spirit Festival this year focuses on SOUL DANCE MOVEMENT (SDM) which includes body alignment principles, connection to self & others through dance and involves integrating physical expression and release to support people to more deeply explore with their own unique movement. Soul Dance Movement can assist with improving posture & general well being.“It is Vital that we discover ways to Align, Connect, Express, Release & Experience the power of Dance Movement that can transform our Bodies, Minds & Souls.” Peta Melaniehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUH5gptYyvU