Starting in fall 2017, for the first time, Dance Spree will begin offering workshops - some dance-related, some less so - to provide the community with a holistic set of opportunities to stay healthy and happy through movement and inter-relations. Like the dance itself, these workshops will be offered at the lowest possible cost to make this work broadly accessible.

          Workshops will be listed in the order in which they began. Dates, times, and locations may be available on this page, but will be more easily viewable on the schedule page, or on the calendars on the homepage.


Dance Spree Morning Yoga

begins October 12, 2017
            When: every Thursday, 9:15-10:30am
          Where: First Churches, 11 Center St Northampton
               Cost: $10 for a drop-in, $5 with Dance Spree season pass

Instructors: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Lynne Nicole Smith
                           2nd and 4th Thursdays, Chandra Cantor
                           5th Thursdays, special guest



Mindful Vinyasa Yoga - 2nd and 4th Thursdays

           This Mindfulness based yoga class will start gently and move us through a full range of motion.  Flowing from one pose to another, we get to practice being in the body we have today.  All levels are welcome, you are free to challenge yourself or modify and rest as needed.

          Dancing from the time she could walk, Chandra has devoted her life to the study of movement arts.  She was introduced to Yoga by her parents and began practicing as a teenager. Her teaching career began in 1996. She has traveled the world, studying various styles, from Astanga to Iyengar and everything in between. Chandra brings an ease and grace to the practice of Vinyasa Yoga, encouraging students of all levels to feel comfortable in their personal practice while gently playing with the edge of possibility and growth.  The physical practice is her vehicle for teaching mindfulness, and self-acceptance. Chandra lives in Northampton, MA, teaches locally and in the Boston area and leads retreats and workshops both in Massachusetts and internationally.



Chi-Infused Yoga - 1st and 3rd Thursdays
where yoga and qigong unite
          I love teaching Chi-Infused Yoga where we take a gentle journey into what feels like meditation in motion as we explore the powerful and complimentary practices of gentle yoga and qigong. Breath is chi (life energy) itself and it is free medicine that catalyzes the body's existing healing mechanisms. We will do active and fun breathing exercises to build, circulate, and store energy in the body while releasing stress and difficult emotions.  We will let go and learn from water, exploring the graceful flow of qigong. We will access our deepest selves with gentle yoga as the mind becomes calm and clear and the body lets go of what it is holding on to. We will be in a safe, healing space together, finding a slow rhythm during the practice where healing happens as we gain the benefits of both yoga and qigong.

          Lynne Nicole is a senior trainer with the Institute of Integral Qigong and T'ai Chi and a Certified Yoga Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance.  She has taught Qigong since 2002 and Pranayama Yoga since 2005. Lynne has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, The Omega Institute and The Esalen Institute with her primary teacher Dr. Roger Jahnke.
          Lynne Nicole has a home studio in Hadley, MA where she offers Qigong and Chi-Infused Yoga workshops and retreats.  She is launching a Chi-Infused Yoga Teacher Training Program in January of 2018.  Lynne is passionate and committed to both practices as being a powerful and profound personal transformational tool and preventative health method where students access The Healer Within.

          Elements of Chi-Infused Yoga include: *pranayama  *tapping  *slow moving sun salutations/gentle yoga  *stretching and lubricating the joints *qigong exercises *self-massage techniques  *shavasana  *meditation  *healing music to accompany the journey.