Movement of Stillness: Meditation and Healing Arts
Joy Angela (Alegria)
Sunday, Apr 4 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$5-$20, pay what you can via venmo or paypal. no one turned away for lack of funds Register

Bookings are closed for this event.

Movement of Stillness is a class series curated by Joy Angela (aka Alegria), co-facilitated by practitioners and artists offering a diversity of healing modalities.


April 4th: GENTLE with paru frances


In this movement workshop, Paru (she/they) will offer tension-shedding exercises rooted in breaking (dance) and qi gong to open energetic centers. Moving with a focus on inner-sensation. 


Perfect for post-work week decompression or pre-art session ritual. Recommended for working dancers and artists who seek a guided and gradual return to the euphoric state of creative solitude. 


ALL experience levels welcome. 


what to expect: 


~ acknowledgement of identities and lineages present. 

~ your full-body potential,  invited to play. 

~ multilingual R&B/ Trap/ Hiphop playlists will be shared. 

~ conceptual prompts for explorative and experimental movement.

~ resource-share for those interested in assorted dance philosophy sources. (videos / reading links / accounts) 


paru frances leanne cariño herrera-lim (she/they) is a cross-cultural butterfly migrating from Virginia, Manila, London, and Chicago. Sculpted by the nomadic nature of their formative years, she thanks DePaul university’s breaking (dance) club, The LAB (Chicago) and social justice theater, Free Street for catalyzing her creative energy. She relocated to LA in 2017 to expand in guided movement + zine publication.


They are currently writing an autobiographical zine called, Dear Astral Paru. She is of fifth-generation Ibaloi descent. Follow her vegan filipinx mealprep service @bayosa_mealprep and movement + food account @paru_frances for updates <3



Throughout time, non-western indigenous healing practices maintain that Balance and Harmony are key to health and wellness. When we are in alignment with our mind, body, soul and the land that sustains us, we’re able to maintain a more balanced and healthy life. Movement of Stillness is about balance. We need movement to find stillness and we need stillness to sustain our movements. 


The movement and meditation of dance and performance taught me to embrace the present as a space where infinite possibilities exist. Movement and breath guides the way to stillness; it helps to shift, transform, heal, and to create. In this series, we create choreographies of stillness with practices of presence.


My intention is to offer movement and meditation practices to support and sustain our spirits and mental health, individually and collectively. The Movements of breath, body and stillness will help bring balance and alignment with the divine. The practices offered will assist to uplift, be a supportive space for expansion, community, mental health, magic and joy.  


In times when it may seem like the future is uncertain, the present is infinite!  We’ll breathe life into the present and give shape to our intentions as we amplify infinite potentials through meditation and somatic healing practices. All are always welcome.


*Movement of Stillness is devoted to offering meditation and Healing arts practices from a position of de-colonization. We honor the lineage of healing modalities rooted in African and/indigenous cultures by acknowledgement of the ancestral roots of the practices offered. 

In gratitude, Joy Angela



Joy Angela Anderson (Alegria) is a curator, movement/yoga/meditation facilitator and artist/educator from East L.A. She integrates dance, yoga, somatics and plant medicines as a healing, creative, meditative and regenerative practice for mental health and wellness.


As a Chicana, native of East L.A., Chicanx art and culture informed her social and political consciousness. Her background in arts, culture, performance and activism lead her to receive a BA in “World Arts and Cultures” from UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and a Master’s degree in “Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere” from USC Roski School of Fine Arts in 2011.


After a career as a museum-gallery educator and public programs coordinator, working at several Los Angeles Contemporary art museums and artist/activist-run spaces, Joy’s devotion to healing arts and dance for mental health, lead her to work independently as a curator, dance/movement facilitator, yoga teacher, raw vegan artisan-chef and entrepreneur.


It was especially through dance performances with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT and HomeLA, that Joy tuned in to remembering the transformative value of movement and meditation practices. Along this journey, Joy has offered classes at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Human Resources Gallery, People’s Yoga, The Boyle Heights Conservatory, The Healing Center of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Plummer Park Senior programs, Indigo Yoga, Self Help Graphics and Pieter Performance Space. She is currently working on her DIYPhd through the School for the Ecocene.


Joy is grateful for the opportunity to offer healing arts practices in collaboration to co-create sacred and supportive space and as a practice towards de-colonization in mental health through connections to the divine wisdom of ancestral, indigenous and nature based healing.

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Photo by Alea Olivas
Photo by Alea Olivas
Photo by Alea Olivas