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. 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 thereafter her graduation, in particular with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective. Kenna danced with Patricia for six full seasons in the San Diego area from 2008-2014, and assisted her Europe summer teaching tour to Germany from 2010-2014. She has also toured with the collective in Argentina and Switzerland. The LA Times described Kenna as “powerfully balletic” (October, 2013); she directed, choreographed and performed in I Only Know (What I Don’t Know), a 40-min. dance concert as a part of PRDC's Salon Dance Series at the Encinitas Library in May, 2014. Since then, Kenna has branched off and continued to focus on her own style and voice in contemporary dance choreography, and she is grateful for all the opportunities she has to share her first true love and passion: dance.


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 and therapeutic 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 also been the subject of recent inquiry and interest after Kenna studied with Joe Barnett this past Spring in Zurich, CH; she is now officially a 500-hr. trained yoga teacher.


During the above periods, Kenna began to refine her own style of the barre 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. Having taught thousands of classes and developed a beginning level teacher training, Kenna strives to strengthen the connection between barre practices and the original classical dance forms from which they evolved, and help adapt them to safely fit the diverse, physical needs of every body. Ballet Sculpt is 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.


Kenna is an Ambassador with ToeSox since 2014, spreading toes and love through yoga, dance and barre, all across the globe. Apart from yoga and dance, Kenna also loves to surf, Mother Nature, in general, and travel. She could not live with out her healthy cooking, Spotify, reading, Netflix nor her loving husband! She is grateful to live a life she truly loves.

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!

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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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