WELCOME TO DANCE FOR HUMANITY!
✦WHO WE ARE✦
Dance for Humanity is a Collective of dance and movement lovers, teachers, facilitators, artists, healers, and spiritually, socially and environmentally conscious people who seek to explore, empower and elevate every inch of our lives and the world through communal dance.💃🕺🏾🌍
✦HOW AND WHY WE GATHER TO DANCE✦
We gather for dance classes and life/career coaching programs, community events, and retreats that promote harmonious personal and collective healing and growth.🌳
✦REVERENCE & STEWARDSHIP✦
We aim to honor and preserve the cultural roots and sacred dance and music traditions of our ancestors, while forging a conscious, loving path forward as dancing stewards of a brighter future for all.🌞
✦OUR VALUES: B.E.L.O.N.G.✦
(We belong together, to each other, and to the Earth)
- Be willing and open
- Embody your body, emotions and consciousness to the best of your ability
- Love whatever arises
- Own your value – unique perspective, voice and gifts
- Name your needs and desires
- Grow together
💃🏻Jen Earls, Dance Artist, Facilitator, Holistic Life/Career Coach and Founder of Dance For Humanity.💚
I’m a life-long Dancer and Holistic Life/Career GuiDANCE Coach.
Who I am and what I was meant to do wasn’t always that clear though. As a young girl, I was a type A, perfectionist, who never thought I was good enough, and always felt I needed to do more to be worthy.
When I got cancer at the age of 14, I even remember writing a poem that started with the phrase, “Why me? Did I do something wrong?” I remember vowing during that crisis that I would work harder than ever to be successful, make others proud, and prove I was worthy of life.
I did go on to excel in school and was fortunate to be able to get a solid job after college. And yet, I felt like I was trapped and dying inside because I absolutely hated what I was doing. I felt totally drained, and wondered, “Is this it?” A deep despair came over me. I felt like even though I’d done everything I was told would lead to success in the world, I’d failed. And what’s worse, I had lost myself in the process.
But, the spark within me refused to go out. I’ve always been a seeker, mover, and dreamer, and these parts of me just wouldn’t give up. So despite the despair, I dove deeply into my passion for dancing, particularly Salsa, and on the journey was led to yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and other spiritual pursuits. Through all of these powerful practices, I reconnected with myself and a new way of being. I began to take responsibility for my inner life which led to great healing and transformation in my outer life.
Through a persistent process of deep mindful, embodied and creative inquiry into myself and the universe, along with support from coaches, mentors, family, and friends, I was able to discover my unique purpose and mission.
I engaged in holistic physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual practices to align my body, mind, heart, and soul, so I could see clearly and move past blocks. I was finally able to access my personal values, gifts, passions, and possibilities. And I upgraded my vision and intentions for the career and life I desire - that aligns with who I am and what I want to create.
I now know I’m here to contribute to a world in which we are all awake to our unique gifts and are inspired and empowered to bring them to life in ways that are deeply fulfilling. I believe that when we each awaken to the purpose, passion, power, and peace within and develop the skills to "partner dance" in harmony with each other, we will all be able to live, love, and create more freely and fully, and thereby co-create an amazing world together - one of greater love, freedom, fulfillment and abundance for all.
And even though there will naturally be ups and downs along the way, as this is the cycle of life, I’ve realized that when you fully commit to a life-long, humbling process of loving, embodying, knowing and growing yourself, you develop the skills and trust to be able to dance with all that life brings, fully enjoy being alive, and help the world thrive!
Education and Credentials
I am proud to hold a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University. I have also completed the Certificate in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, the Koru Mindfulness Teacher Certification program, and the Four Forces Interpersonal and Group Facilitator Training. I’ve enjoyed becoming a certified Yoga Instructor (200 hr.) through South Boston Yoga and Yoga Alliance, and am deeply passionate about being a professional Salsa Dancer and Instructor, having performed globally with professional company Masacote Entertainment on notable stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York. With a passion for understanding and facilitating movement, I’ve also completed the Contemplative Dance and Authentic Movement Week 1 training at Hampshire College and serve as a Professional Dance Instructor and Performer in Expressive Dance as well. Finally, I am a Certified Scrum Master and enjoy engaging agile approaches to growth.
Prior to becoming an dance-preneur, I worked at the MIT Global Education and Career Development center, providing career guidance to college students and alumni for five years, and also as a Private Career Coach with Aspire! Fulfilling Career Ambitions. I’m honored to have served as a Senior Advisory Board Member for the Career Counselors Consortium Northeast and to have presented globally on Contemplative Career Counseling, including at the National Career Development Association’s Global Conference. I continue to present on the intersection of contemplative practices (mindfulness, embodied dance/movement, and creativity) and career growth, life purpose, and well-being at various professional and educational institutions around the world, including Harvard University, The Boston Globe, MIT, Tufts University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, UMass Boston, University of Virginia, UNC Chapel Hill, Cambridge University (UK), and Imperial College London.