Ali Astrid Moto

Owner-Founder/ Instructor/ Therapist/ Choreographer/Screendance Filmmaker LMSW/DMT

Idaho Dance Theatre - President

​Movement has always been a part of who I am. It is in my heart and bones. I've experienced life-altering connections and transformations through moving and its holistic ability to bring out our emotional healing, self expression, and neurological regulation, for overall better health and mental well being.

My intention as an inclusive dance & yoga educator, instructor and choreographer is to facilitate & nurture a person's personal freedom of artistic, physical and emotional expression of movement that is unique and beautiful to them. I also intend to transform each student into a more empathetic person towards others and themselves through co-regulation and somatic connections, that translates to compassionate connections as human beings. Which in turn changes our world into a more compassionate place.

​I've been instructing and choreographing inclusive dance for over 15 years. Including hundreds of students and groups of all ages and ways of moving from all parts of the country.

I've created over 30 accessible pieces of choreography. And have built a curriculum and instruction for dance and yoga, that is built on the foundations of inclusion and adaptability that allow for accessibility. Classes and choreography are structured to support unique movements and modes of expression. I've spent years building community programs for adaptive classes and performing for community events. I currently regularly choreograph with Idaho Dance Theatre and my company Pivot Movement giving the art community a glimpse into new ways of seeing dance.

My therapeutic work includes a practice supporting individual and group work  utilizing the neural transforming methods of EMDR and somatic/polyvagal techniques and movement that is trauma-informed, to regulate neurological patterns for prefrontal lobe access. This allows for equilibrium in our beautiful "Brodies."

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I've been inclusive my entire life.

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Certifications

  • Somatic Movement Education & Therapy - ISMET

  • Methods and Strategies for Sustaining and Maintaining Inclusive Dance & The Language of Dance - American Dance Education

  • Somatic Integrated/Creative Movement - Naropa University

  • DanceAbility Inclusive Choreography - DanceAbility International

  • Neurological/Emotional Therapeutic Connections Through Movement - ADTA

  • College Educator: BYU Dance Education Program & College Of Southern Idaho Dance Program, Boise State Dance Minor Education Inclusive workshop

 

It has been my privilege to participate in the International 9-day Summer Dance Intensive for Integrated Dance with

Axis Dance Company in Oakland, CA.

 

I've currently finished an inclusive, fundamental, and simple teaching curriculum for educating based on a neutral, adaptive teaching model. I'm working on a book based on the model and hope to publish it soon.

This experience is so multifaceted and is changing how educators and dancers perceive what dance ultimately is and it's full potential when inclusive. They are understanding it is a rethinking about movement and abilities and self-expression. My educators are seeing the connection between compassion and self-expression and it is a Beautiful Thing!

 

I can think of nothing more joy-filled and rewarding than sharing my experience with others who want to participate in the inclusive movement in their communities.

I'm passionate about making our world a more excepting one by teaching the beauty and compassion of inclusive expression and education.

By letting our light shine, we subconsciously give others permission to do the same.

Nelson Mandela

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