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Dance the (in)visible
with Ana Leonor Ladas
January 13, 14 & 15  2023, Sintra


Weekend workshop 

Dance Improvisation & Body ∞ Mind Awareness.

Where does Dance come from? How do visible and invisible intertwine? 

Is Space merely something to be filled in or an infinite field of information?

How can we tap into the deep source of our being and move, dance, create from there?


This workshop retreat is an invitation:

- to dive within and discover oneself through movement and the creation of dance
- to observe and contemplate the inner landscapes of our being
- to expand awareness and sensitivity
- to integrate, align & (re)connect body ∞ mind ∞ spirit
- to invite the mind to rest and ‘fall in its place’, giving space to the body intelligence
- to explore and meet the unknown
- to dance the 'invisible'
- to swim in our individual and collective imagination
- to serve as mirror and be mirrored by other bodies ∞ existences
- to navigate in the space that we are…
- to surrender to the magic of Dance... 

In essence, it is an invitation to get closer to our authentic and original being, simply ‘be’ and dance from this state.


My main role as a guide is to create meaningful situations for deep exploration, setting a fertile ground for creativity to unfold and for Dance to emerge… 

… and we contemplate and celebrate the emergency of Dance! 
The work is based on improvisation, sensible touch, somatic and energetic practices, visualisation, instant composition, performative awareness and contact with nature. The sessions are formed organically in the actual moment unfolding in direct relation with the present individual and group dynamics and what the situation is ‘asking for’. There is an invitation into deep listening and courage to go with ‘what is’.  
Together we will tap into the essence of our being, into the intelligence of Body. Body is here seen as the microcosms of the universe and gate to spirit and other dimensions. Tuning into this deep source we activate an inner energetic field that has the power to regenerate and transform ourselves. These inner movements have a direct influence in the various fields of our existence and our activities in daily life. 
How much we engage in the integrity and responsibility of this journey of self-discovery is up to each one of us. Each person is invited and supported to follow their own path and rhythm. 
Dance is available to all that are willing to meet it. You are invited to come as you are. The workshop is open to all, from teenagers, to adults to seniors. There is no age limit and no previous dance background is required. Nevertheless, what is required is a genuine willingness and interest to dive within and discover oneself 
through the moving body in a context of a group.


About Ana Leonor Ladas


Since early age I have been driven by a constant curiosity in understanding the nature of life and the human condition. This basic drive led me to dedicate my life for over then 25 years to practices where Body ∞ Mind Awareness are central. Despite all the profound trainings and experience I embody, I consider myself an auto-didactic (life) researcher, having my own body, soul, physical, emotional and psychological dimensions as a direct and primary field of investigation. This is complemented by the sharing and learnings with all other beings that cross my path. 

Initially I studied at the University of Psychology at I.S.P.A in Lisbon (1992-1997). While still studying I discover Dance as my deep passion and consequently I moved to Holland where I studied at the Dance Academy in Arnhem. For many years I worked as a professional dancer in dance companies, did collaborations with independent choreographers and created in parallel my own artistic work. In my continued search for the Sacredness of life through Dance I stopped working in the professional dance field as such and decided to ‘discover’ and develop Dance in a way that made profound sense to me. This unfolded into a personalised artistic, pedagogic and transformational approach of Dance ∞ Life. 


A profound contribution to the unfolding of this approach was the ground break through, radical transformation and re-orientation of my whole existence that was triggered when I met, lived and worked for long periods (2006-2010) with the master Min Tanaka at the Body Weather farm in Japan. Here many seeds were planted in my heart and since then my work both as a dancer, teacher and coach has evolved and matured finding its own ground, its own body. I am also a shiatsu practitioner ( and have a strong influence of more than 10 years of practice in Aikido and Katsugen Undo (regenerating movement) from the Ecole of Itsuo Tsuda where ‘breathing' is central. Presently my work is shared through regular classes, workshops, retreats, shiatsu practice, individual movement sessions, as well through simple daily living.  (

Video from the previous 2 days workshop 'States of Presence' with Ana Leonor Ladas



Friday, 13 January from 4 pm - 9.30 pm

Saturday, 14 January from 8 am to 9.30 pm

Sunday, 15 January from 8 am to 9.30 pm


Quinta Ten Chi,



EARLY BIRD INSCRIPTION (1st slot) - 100 € (Deadline 15 Dec)
EARLY BIRD INSCRIPTION (2nd slot) - 120 € (Deadline 25 Dec) 

Full amount 150 € (after 25 Dec)

5% discount through Release - Embodied Arts


To register to the workshop or to the open class, send us an email to

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