Four Reasons to Join an On-Going Group

Lucie Nerot, Founding Member of Open Floor who has been teaching internationally, leading youth projects and interpreting for fabulous teachers for over 2 decades, in both English and French, shares her experience of participating and leading on-going groups.

When I started dancing, I instantly joined an on-going group in Paris and that has been my favorite form of exploration ever since, as a student, assistant and teacher.

I realised recently at the end of the third module of Archetypes, an on-going group I am currently offering, that I had spent 48 hours in a bubble of bliss, facilitating and witnessing the best of humanity: aliveness, authenticity, depth, courage, playfulness, risk taking and sensitivity, beauty and sensuality.

So what is it that speaks so strongly to my heart and soul in the process of an ongoing group?

Relaxing into being together. Whenever a group meets for the first time, a part of ourselves is busy figuring out: Who could be my friend? Who could be my enemy? Whom could I seduce? How do I fit in? It takes a while for this part of ourselves to relax, for trust to build. Of course we won’t necessarily like everyone and there will be some rupture and repair, some misunderstanding and mistakes, as well as some deep connection, and beautiful moments. 

Creating a container for deep exploration. If the container is strong, if we can rely on it, then we will unconsciously allow ourselves to go deeper or try something more risky, allow ourselves to be more vulnerable. As a teacher, I have enough time to weave together all the things I love: dance, writing, collage, ritual, theatre, journeying with breath.… An on-going group opens up new possibilities.

Space for me to give students individual attention. When someone chooses to study in an on-going group, I get to know them. I see them evolve. There is space to give and receive individual feedback. This is especially fruitful for students who are interested in professional training.

Integration between the dance floor and the daily floor. When we weave a theme all year long, what we explore and experience on the dance floor tends to integrate more easily into our daily lives. I support that by offering suggestions for integration and on-going exploration between modules. Also some beautiful friendships are born, that can also thrive off the dance floor. In this sense, on-going groups also help develop a sense of community.

 Gratitude to my teachers in this ongoing process: Andrea Juhan, Richard Moss, Deborah Bacon Dilts, Dilys Morgan-Scott.

 In the words of students…

“Mon armure d’amazone a continué de fondre, couche après couche, depuis que je danse et participe à ces groupes continus, pour pouvoir revenir à mon essence profonde, mon moi profond et m’ouvrir avec confiance à la vie, à l’amour. Accepter de recevoir l’Amour, et être en confiance avec la vie, a été pour moi quelque chose de fort aussi dans nos week ends passés, m’apportant les libérations nécessaires, pour l’intégrer dans ma vie de tous les jours.Pour ça aussi je ressens beaucoup de gratitude.” Séverine

This on-going group has open a path towards loving myself and loving another. Several professional projects were supported by this journey. Potential obstacles are no longer “obstacles” and life becomes a partner. So I can surrender more and more, experience the pleasure of discovering rather than controlling.” Benjamen


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