We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Karczewski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Well….this has many layers to it that cosmically started as a simple observation then over time it led me down a broader deep universal path. Premise As a trained dancer,(choreographer and teacher of movement) who’s life has been connecting physically, emotionally and mindfully regarding movement: the, discipline of, physically and artistically intentional, and how we exist in space, time, energy- observing others moving has become innate, habitual, and really very intriguing. Reality #1 I watched my mother aging. She had quit her physical therapy after a fall and over the past 6 years a rapid decline in how she moved. She had lost touch with how she perceived her body, the “stories” she convinced her self about how her body moved, and she insisted that moving (or there lack of) and staying connected to movement to improve or at least maintain her ability to be physically active, was not the solution. Reality #2 A few years ago I had a very very difficult situation in which my whole world was turn upside down. I was questioning who I was, what I had accomplished, how I was perceiving myself in my career as a master instructor, choreographer, and life coach through movement…what is going on! The rug had been pulled out from under me, then I was kicked while I was down. During this time…I knew I had to keep moving, intuitively I knew I had to keep moving or else I would spiral down. I rode my bike, cleaned the house, took walks, took yoga, started dancing for myself, read books, dug in the dirt…anything to keep movement in my life..that was the key to healthy mind, body, spirit, soul connection and intuition. Reality #3 I had been working training dancers for many many years. Judged dance competitions, run a highly competitive dance department preparing students for continuing education going into very competitive college and university institutions, adjudicate for non-profit organization dance/choreographic submissions, and collaborated on several community dance organizations as board member. It was time to make movement accessible for ages and experiences and all movement forms (yoga ballet, tap dance, pilates, improvisation) without the competitive strict training, but an artistic intuitive approach to movement. MOVE!
What should our readers know about your business?
The business focuses on all movement forms. Focusing on a place where adults can dance again, find ritual being in their body, enjoying moving as a community, pursuing a form of movement they’ve always wanted to do but never had a place to feel themselves or having that love of movement and in common with others. Focusing on a place where children can be creative beings, learning and sensing movement through natural instincts as well as physical emotional intellectual skill building. Connecting dance, yoga, pilates, tai chi, NIA – all under one roof. I love movement. I am perplexed that our culture still separates movement from fitness and spirit from fitness. I don’t believe in going to “workout” to be fit. We disengage and just go through the motions of working out to get it over with instead of spending time in our body, getting to know on both a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Movement transcends us. Supporting artists of all genre’s. We hold Process-in-Motion presentations where an artist can present work, in all stages of that work. and then allow audience discussion/feedback following. This is VERY VERY important part of MOVE! Dance Space & Arts Center and VERY VERY important to me philosophically. Our culture generally does not get the opportunity to discuss perceptions or their lack of understanding/or ability to verbalize how they feel about what they see. Artists want to discuss their work! Dancers want to be understood and/or to help illicit a feeling memory emotion thought etc… These presentations allow both to come together. MOE! does not charge a presentation fee to therapist or the audience (although donations are accepted and given to the artists or cost’s of presenting. I would very much like to help narrow the separation of artist and audience. I passionately want to provide a platform to demonstrate the importance of art/artists, and the value in our culture. And as dance is perceived in a valued education format. My goal is to present art and dance as a valved part of culture that has a monetary value as well. Dancers find “God” when we move, choreograph, dance etc. We transcend: our body is our church and within those walls we find true selves and we are whole. Lastly, this place (Move Dance Space & Arts Center) has become a CO-OP for several organizations wanting a community, and a space they can afford, to continue to hold their group classes.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To my building where my business is first of all! Its a funky groovy magical place that has a lot of personality. Red Rocks- the view, the history the tradition. Downtown walk around. I think Denver has a lovely downtown. Denver Art Museum. Very impressed with our visiting special showings and in general all of the art. Echo Lake walk around and Echo Lake Lodge for homemade pie. Any craft brewery tour. Fat Tire for eg. Budweiser brewery tour. Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Take a tour!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh boy…so many people have helped shape my life. Jan Justis/Artistic Director of the Jan Justis Dance Company… she open doors to my artistic sensibilities and point of view…she made everything seems possible. Maureen Breeze/Artistic Director of JUMPSTART/Dance Works…. provided me with choreography that I could sink my teeth into – that helped me know myself – as a movement artist. She helped me learn how to take risks. I still bounce off my thoughts to this longtime collaborator and friend and co-hort philosopher of life paralleling art and vice versa. All of my students… have helped me be a better person, choreographer, instructor, risk taker and listener.
Facebook: MOVE A Place with Space to Thrive
Other: MOVE! Dance Space & Arts Center 1980 Youngfield St. Lakewood 80215 303-238-0848