TANYA LEE

Tanya Lee Kenneth LockeTanya Lee has been immersed in the movement arts for 25 years as a facilitator, performer, author, choreographer, and producer.  As an interdisciplinary professional Tanya has devoted thousands of hours to the study of body, mind and spirit. Through the weaving of movement modalities with ancient mystery traditions, she creates a container for embodied expression and storytelling that embraces the body, awakens the spirit, and moves from the soul.

Tanya’s Body Art Motion School of Transformation is inspired by a desire to enhance self knowledge and actualize potential through embracing each person’s unique composition and path of individuation within a broader connection to nature, each other, and the unknown of the cosmos. This passion has led Tanya to invest in countless hours studying, performing, and teaching movement-based fusion practices in:  transcultural dance, mixed martial arts, and various lineages of yoga – each of which are connected to cultural and spiritual history. This has guided Tanya towards deeper explorations in meditation, healing arts, natural cycles, esoteric anatomy, and ancient astrology.

It is Tanya’s mission to weave together key principles from complementary disciplines providing her students, colleagues, and audiences with powerful, body-based spiritual practices and a shared movement language for community connection and collaboration.

Throughout her career, four mentors largely influenced Tanya’s perspective in the conscious weaving of movement arts, providing her with invaluable insights for innovating tradition and creating fusion systems: Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga system which modifies and blends traditional lineages of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. Lee Mein’s role in the grassroots development of Mixed Martial Arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai) in Canada. Gert Van Leeuwen’s Critical Alignment Therapy system developed from the Iyengar lineage, and Danielle Pechie’s fusion applications of Gert’s work with Rolfing and Ashtanga Yoga.  And SamiTe’s introduction to Amy Sigil’s ITS system – a transcultural dance vocabulary fusing Raqs Sharqi with Hula and Hip Hop, as well as Amy’s new Improv Team Synch group improvisational system.  Tanya has completed multiple professional certifications in Power Yoga, Sigil ITS, Improv Team Sync, and Critical Alignment Therapy; as well as partnering with Mein in the development of Alberta’s first MMA fight cards through the Canadian Mixed Martial Arts Centre. She is currently studying Amazigh dances and culture with master source instructor Amel Tafsout, as well as continuing her studies in western mysticism and ancient astrology.

As a movement professional, Tanya has published two books, created and facilitated multiple teacher training and self-development programs, and has worked with hundreds of clients from beginners to professional athletes – focusing on education, personal practice development, chronic pain, and artistic pursuits. Today she is immersed in the development and teaching of Conjure Motion – a transcultural, non-binary, spiritually focused mixed movement arts format that provides movers with organizational structure, embodied language and community.

"Any magical or spiritual system is the product of a lively dance in which tradition and innovation take the lead by turns. "

Occult Scholar, John Michael Greer

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Our community is based in the city of Calgary known as Moh’kinsstis. We honour and acknowledge the traditional Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Our community is based in the city of Calgary known as Moh’kinsstis. We honour and acknowledge the traditional Treaty 7 territory of Southern Alberta and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations, Indigenous and non, who live, work and play, as well as help steward this land, honour and celebrate this territory.