Julia Vishnepolsky believes every move serves a purpose.
While she listens to music on headphones, Vishnepolsky dances out emotions to reduce stress and get rid of anxiety.
My father died unexpectedly nine years ago and I realized dancing helped me deal with my emotions with sadness.
I was able to understand myself better through dancing.
It started as a hobby turning into a profession.
Julia took a dance movement therapy, got a degree in clinical mental health counseling and dedicated herself to expressive arts therapy and dance movement.
She carefully picked the perfect classroom to write on Venice Beach in Los Angeles in the state of California.
We study the strong inter connection between body movement and emotions.
We learned to use music and dancing to help us get rid of depression, relieve stress and get over childhood traumas.
When we dance we tell a story that sometimes is very difficult to tell in words.
Every Monday, dozens sometimes hundreds of people come to the beach and with music playing on their headphones, they practice dance therapy.
The classes cost $20 but if someone is unable to pay, they’re still welcome.
Vishnepolsky believes that if someone feels they need to come they should.
A DJ plays music that the group can hear on their headphones.
The therapist shows the movements as people trying to express themselves through dance and leave their pain on the beach.
I feel free. I feel open.
I feel as though that the stress that I’m feeling from just being human is begins to wash away.
It feels ceremonial.
Sometimes you will do cry in emotional releases.
It’s a space that you can come and you feel everything.
Free I guess, like just like nobody’s around me, and I’m just dancing.
I’m just in the ocean. I’m splashing there. It’s awesome.
For passers-by it may seem like a musical dance club on the beach.
The crowds are used to it.
Electric violinist and DJ Dave Kim says he enjoys playing for the patients.
There was a time when music helped him recover.
Three years ago I had a scheming stroke, a blood clot in my brain and made my right side of my body paralyzed, and so I had to work really hard to reconnect my brain to my body.
And once I did that I was able to rehabilitate.
Vishnepolsky also does music therapy classes in assisted living facilities.
She says it helps the elderly deal with loneliness.
Dancing is not just for weddings.
Dancing works no matter what mood you’re in.
People may say oh I don’t feel like dancing but that’s exactly when you should dance.
For Franklin Sada, Venice Beach Los Angeles, Anna Rice VOA news
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