Ingrid Eyen

Dancing around Starwood bonfires for over 20 years, Ingrid's primary form of prayer and self-expression is dance. Classically trained and performing since the age of 10, she has studied a multitude of dance traditions, including West African, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Middle-Eastern Belly Dancing, Ballet, and most recently, Burlesque. She studied Dance and Psychology at The Ohio State University until her migration to Seattle, WA in 2001, where she has resided and been performing ever since.


During her time in Seattle, Ingrid earned a living as a Sex Educator at the feminist, sex-positive sex shop, Babeland. There, she gave advice and expertise on human sexuality, talked about toys of the trade, and taught workshops for Babeland University (both in-store and outreach classes). Her life on the stage included founding of "The Amazing Grace Revival", a queer heathen variety show, where she was featured as Amazing Grace— dancer, musician, and Burlesque performer extraordinaire. Among her many talents, Ingrid also plays upright bass and sings; for the last three years, she has been performing with two bands; Captain Gravel, a 5-piece Seattle-based acoustic stringband, and Coyote Grace, alt-folk duo with her sweetheart, Joe Greenwood Stevens. Currently, she is touring the country for all of 2007 with Coyote Grace, and getting back to her nomadic bohemian roots—traveling and living off her art. She enjoys lilacs, pizza, glitter, knives, crocheting, soy chai lattes, shameless spoken word, dashboard ornaments, and being a pagan queer femme.


In the fire circles of Deadheads and Drummers, Gypsies and Ravers, Healers and Performance Artists--anything goes. Our dance is a true reflection of our inner light bouncing off our fellow firedancers. The primal call of the African and middle-eastern drum awakens in us the various dance traditions that have evolved from its rhythmic heartbeat.

Dancing in the studio, on the stage, and around the Starwood bonfires for almost 20 years, Ingrid has collected shards of earthy, funk-based movements and pieced them together to create a mosaic of dance she calls "AfroBellyHippieHop". In this workshop, we will try-on moves taken from West African dance, Middle-Eastern Bellydance, Urban Hip Hop, and improvisational movement to stitch together our own funky signature style of body and soul expression. Let's see what light we can shine on each other!

Dancing the Elements

Your body is an earthy vessel of life waiting to be filled with the wisdom, passion, inspiration, and intuition of elemental divinity. Fuse the visible and the invisible through elemental movement and breath. In this workshop, we will focus on creating the visible manifestation of earth, air, fire, and water, as well as animal totems and deities, to live instruments and drumming. Guided elemental breathing and inner-visualization are essential tools that will be used to embody each element's invisible essence and flow. Use your body to worship, to pray, to celebrate, and give life to the spirits that nourish and urge your growth and enlightenment.






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