KENNA CROUCH

KENNA CROUCH

About

Kenna is an independent contemporary dance/yoga/barre teacher, trainer and performing artist based in the USA and Europe.  ~  She grew up dancing ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), jazz, tap and lyrical in the San Francisco Bay Area of California at the San Juan School of Dance and with Keith Banks. Having attended UC San Diego from 2004-2008, Kenna holds Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in both Dance & Sociology. This is where her interest for contemporary dance sparked, which she further progressed with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, dancing for six full seasons in San Diego from 2008-2014 and assisting the summer teaching tour to Germany from 2010-2014. She has also performed with the collective in Argentina and Switzerland. Kenna directed, choreographed and performed in I Only Know (What I Don’t Know), a 40-min. dance concert, as part of The Salon Dance Series, at the Encinitas Library in May of 2014. While living abroad in Europe in 2016, Kenna had the privilege to teach weekend Spring + Fall workshops (barre, contemporary dance & yoga) at Ballettwerkstatt in Heidelberg, Germany.

Kenna’s interest in yoga developed around age 20. As a dancer, yoga seemed to come naturally as well as cultivate a much needed strength and awareness; but it was the full feeling of integrity of Being that she experienced on the mat, present with her breath, that made Kenna’s love for Yoga profound and consistent over time. Kenna completed 200-hr. yoga teacher training in 2010 with Sherry Shreck, in the Anusara style, in Encinitas, CA. Through out the years, Kenna’s teaching career has flourished around her heart-felt yoga classes, skilled workshops, inspiring retreats, corporate and private practice. In 2015, she traveled to Kerala in southern India for a month to further her yoga studies in Rajanaka Tantra and Vinyasa with Danny Arguetty and Lora Heiner. Yin yoga has been the subject of recent inquiry and interest after Kenna studied with Joe Barnett in May of 2016 in Zurich. Officially a 500-hr. trained yoga teacher with nearly a decade of teaching experience in California, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Switzerland, Kenna’s education has expanded into Yoga Therapy, as she most recently studied with Dr. Alison McLean and Elia Nikolaev in 2018 and is close to finishing case studies for this first round of certification (~100 hours). Kenna had the honor of leading the 200-hr. Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Six Solana Beach last Fall, a longtime aspiration and stepping stone to the next phase in Kenna’s rich career in Yoga.

During the above periods, Kenna began to refine her own style of the barre fitness work out. She brought her in-depth knowledge of ballet, contemporary dance and yoga into her classes to strike the perfect balance of a technical and effective, dance-inspired exercise regimen: Ballet Sculpt—a natural bridge between dance, yoga and fitness. It takes some of the best aspects of each and brings them together into a fresh discipline that produces results. Having taught Barre for the last decade and developed a beginning level teacher training program (20 hours), Kenna channels her pure love and passion for dance, music and wellness into Ballet Sculpt.  She strives to strengthen the connection between barre practices and the original classical dance forms from which they evolved, adapting them to safely fit the diverse needs of every body. Kenna has trained teachers in her unique method of barre fitness in Dubai, UAE and San Diego, CA.

Kenna is an Ambassador with ToeSox since 2014, spreading toes and love through yoga, dance and barre, all across the globe. She is also an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, an amazing product that she continues to explore and find valuable. Beyond yoga, dance and working with people in the realms of movement and holistic health, Kenna loves to surf, behold Mother Nature and travel. Food, art, literature, film, language, history, culture, animals, family, friends and her loving husband are prime components of Kenna’s happiness & daily fulfillment in life.

Offerings

flow (Vinyasa + Anusara)

flow (Vinyasa + Anusara)

all levels

The rhythm of a flow yoga class has its roots in Vinyasa; as the breath guides and supports the body's natural motion in time and space, it serves as a continuous thread, linking each asana (posture) of the practice into a fluid dance. Flow moves energy in dynamic ways, igniting inner fire with Surya Namaskar (salute to the sun) and strong movements such as chaturanga dandasana (high to low push-up) and variations. Pulsation, as well as active stillness, supported by pranayama (breathing technique), continue to build heat. Typically, a flow class will work up to a more challenging peak pose, such as an inversion or balancing posture, incorporating twists, backbends, forward folds, side stretches and hip openers to prepare the body for this particular apex. Spiritual themes may be incorporated through out the class as opportunities for inspiration, meditation, self-reflection, celebration, and love. Creatively opening and aligning the body and its energy centers (chakras) in an organic and seamless sequence of poses, no one flow class is exactly the same, and this is part of its complex beauty. The vast depth of possible exploration into the laboratory of the human body, mind and spirit, equipped with the tools of Yoga, is infinite!

Hatha: balancing Sun + Moon

all levels

A lighter, slower-paced yoga class, incorporating props (blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, the wall) to support well-structured alignment and enhance the pose's healing qualities. Initially, the body builds heat via a gentle, rhythmic pulsation linked to the breath (pratipana), so that blood and prana (life force energy) circulate naturally and prepare the body for deep release. This gentler class contains fewer postures than a typical flow class, and they are explored for longer periods of time. The class aims to balance deep stretching with light strength-building and intelligent therapeutics for the body, promoting safe and sustainable flexibility and joint mobility, as well as a deep release of tension and stress, body and mind.

Hatha: balancing Sun + Moon
heal

heal

all levels

When the body is completely supported, it can truly surrender and let go, even into the connective tissue and the emotional-energetic body. Deep relaxation promotes healing and it is especially helpful for relieving chronic stress and slowing down. Consistent engagement with the physically more subtle yoga practices can positively address less than ideal, long-term postural habits, physical asymmetries, old injuries, and trauma of all forms held in the body.

customizable

all levels

As each person has a unique body, background and experience, there are no one-size-fits-all yogic remedies. A private yoga session, however, can address specific, unique needs and tailor the practice around them, refining alignment and breath, strengthening particular muscles and/or relieving others, like a form of bodywork. A deeper examination of the client through visual assessment of muscultoskeltal structure, dialogue on injuries and/or habitual movements/posture, prop use as well as manual assistment and adjustment bring a very detailed and personalized element to this practice and altogether realize the wonderfully rehabilitative & therapeutic aspects of Yoga on the individual level. Mental yoga, meditation, breath work, lifestyle and philosophy discussion may be included here.

customizable
Barre Fitness

Barre Fitness

all levels

Ballet Sculpt~Barre Fitness is inspired by dance, yoga, fitness, and music! The class begins with variations of Salute to the Sun, followed by an intense series of ballet-based warm-up/training exercises at the barre, strengthening and lengthening the muscles while getting the heart rate going. Light weights may be used through out the class in order to enhance the burn and promote toning. The tempo is upbeat and the movements rhythmic; strong, yet smooth. It is a full blast workout for the legs, gluteus and core, with deep stretches interspersed through out for recovery and conditioning. Discover new muscles while moving through the building blocks of classical dance technique, develop musicality and coordination, lift and shapen, balance strength with flexibility, own it... and work it!

BARRE TEACHER TRAINING THIS FALL! @barre59 La Jolla. Sept. 14-23, 2018—Fri. night, Sat. + Sun. afternoon. 

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some dance background recommended

With a strong Ballet foundation, for overall quality and balance of strength and lightness, Kenna's style of contemporary dance is innate and influenced by various elements of her life experience in movement: Yoga, classic Modern, Jazz, West African, Latin, Hip-Hop and Funk/Street. She explores the fusion of dance genres, gesture, structured improvisation and real life inspiration to create movement that is physically cutting edge, dynamic, and authentic. Music remains an integral and influential aspect. Kenna believes that a trained & passionate contemporary dancer ideally embodies the blend of an all-around athlete, intellectual, investigator and artist. Her work reflects this and is her medium with which she engages the world.

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