When we are expressing our full selves, these two aspects intertwine in a devotional erotic dance – each honouring the other, and each enhanced by the other’s presence.
Most of us spend our whole lives only cultivating one aspect — the masculine — and severely undervaluing our feminine nature.
Thousands of years of cultural programming have taught us that our feminine qualities are less valuable. In a million different ways, since the day we were born, we have been told that the traits that come so naturally to us as women (like sensitivity, intuition, nurturance, sensuality, wildness, and emotional expressiveness) are not as ‘valuable’ or ‘desirable’ as masculine traits like ambition, efficiency and assertiveness.
This has left many women feeling numb to their feminine nature – unsure of what it is or how to express it, uncomfortable with their sexuality, and with an ever-growing feeling that something is out of balance and unfulfilled in their heart, their body and their life.
Who is this
type of dance for?
Shiva Shakti Dance is for ALL women, of ALL shapes, sizes, ages, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations.
No dance experience is needed (in fact, many women have never danced before they arrive at the studio).
You can wear whatever you’d normally wear to a dance or yoga class. (Some women eventually prefer to dance in sensual clothing, but tights and a T-shirt are totally fine too!)
And rest assured: though we will be awakening our sexual energy and dancing it through our bodies, you do not have to get naked, or do anything you don’t want to.
Also, you don’t need to be in an intimate relationship to benefit immensely from the practice. (Though many women have been known to magnetise their life partners shortly after connecting with this practice... I met my own husband two weeks after I first started teaching!)
All that is required is the courage to show up and the willingness to transform your life –
even if there’s a butterfly or ten squirming in your belly. (Nervous jitters are practically a prerequisite!)
Women come to
Shiva Shakti Dance
for many reasons:
To reinvigorate their relationship, and reawaken sexual attraction with their partner.
To relieve stress, get out of their heads and finally relax into themselves.
To reconnect with their body (after illness, an eating disorder, a breakup, or perhaps just years of estrangement from their physical self).
To rediscover their desires, sensuality and sexual self after becoming a mum.
To feel juiced up, vital and feminine as they cross the threshold into menopause.
To become deeply intimate with themselves while they’re single, so they can feel full and whole (and attract an equally open partner).
To experience a radically embodied approach to spirituality and tantric philosophy in a non-dogmatic, clean and safe environment.
To discover how devotional dance can transform spirituality, sexuality and relationships.
And, of course, some women come to simply learn how to feel epic love and pleasure moving through their body – whether for themselves, their partners, or just the sheer joy of it.
Shiva Shakti Dance like?
The short answer:
The long answer?
This unique style of dance is a synthesis of more than ten years of study and practice in traditional yoga, meditation, left and right hand tantra, frontier science, as well as elements from a diverse range of dance traditions – from belly dance to Sufi whirling, Indian temple dance to Eastern trance dances, Japanese Butoh to ecstatic dance and many (many!) in between.
By fusing ancient spiritual philosophy with modern science and a keen awareness of the everyday stresses on the modern woman, Shiva Shakti Dance can transform many different parts of your life, including:
Your relationship with your intimate partner.
It can be very confusing when the passion you used to feel for your partner seems to fizzle out — or worse when you start feeling energetically repulsed by the person you know you love. Shiva Shakti Dance can help you understand and restore the sexual polarity, freshness, and curiosity that allows you to rekindle that attraction, reignite the torch of sexual passion, and evolve your relationship to a new level.
Your relationship with your body.
Hunched shoulders, stiff neck, tight hips... So many women feel a sense of separation between themselves and their body. Devotional dance teaches you how to be completely anchored in the present moment – connected to your physical being from head to toe, relaxed in your body, and free from the shackles of your mind’s endless chatter.
Your relationship with sexuality and pleasure.
Many women believe that their lack of fulfilment in the bedroom is something that they just have to accept; that they’re simply not wired for pleasure. That’s a straight out lie — pleasure is the birthright of every woman. By learning how to sensitise, cultivate and circulate sexual energy through your body, every woman can awaken to the natural waves of pleasure and love pulsing through her.
The effects don’t stop there, of course. Transformation in any one of these areas spills out into the rest of your life – to your work, your family, your friendships, your creativity, everything. This practice transforms the way you show up and feel in each moment, which means that your life, as a whole, becomes more vibrant, delightful and fulfilling.
"I’ll have what she’s having!"
Something that speaks volumes to the shift that our Shiva Shakti Dancers experience is this: we’ve had multiple women book into our courses and workshops because they SAW another woman moving so radiantly and sensually, that they simply had to ask her what on earth she’d been doing to be feeling so free.
Like a light that’s suddenly been flicked on high beam, the transformation in our women is remarkable, illuminating, and undeniable to all around them.
Founder, Teacher & Creative Director of Shiva Shakti Dance.
Holly Wodetzki thought she was destined for a life of science and academia… certainly not dance. As a passionate yogi, she enjoyed the rigours of disciplined training and esoteric philosophy for more than a decade. It wasn’t until 2011, in the privacy of her lounge room, that she discovered the wild-hearted transformative power of dance and the embrace of Shakti.
Sensing that she’d discovered the calling which would change her life, Holly threw herself into exploring as many forms of dance and eastern mysticism as possible. Her main teacher is Guruji Raj Kumar Baswar of the Bhairavanand Tantric lineage. She is endlessly grateful for initiation in Kashmir Shaivism through the Siddha Yoga lineage, teacher training and ongoing inspiration from Michaela Boehm, the wisdom and meditation practices imparted by Sahajananda of Hridaya Yoga, Monika Nataraj’s inspiring mystical approach to dance and teacher training, and the sweetness of devotion transmitted by Guruji Saroj Dehury through Odissi dance. The synthesis of all these disciplines is Shiva Shakti Dance, which Holly founded and began teaching in 2012.
Now a full-time dance facilitator, writer, and sought-after speaker, Holly’s mission is to light a path for women to awaken their feminine & masculine essence through connecting deeply with their sexuality. She loves painting, performance art, gardening, dogs, singing along to songs in foreign languages, playing with her daughter and dancing with and for her husband.
Meet the rest of the
Shiva Shakti Dance team…
You can expect the following from all the women in our team:
- The highest level of training and integrity. All Shiva Shakti Dance facilitators have undergone extensive training (minimum 12 months intensively, plus 500+ hours of personal practice) and personal transformation through embodiment practices, spiritual philosophy and facilitation. They walk their talk!
- Empathy and inspiration. We know it can be scary to step outside your comfort zone, but we’re here for you every step of the way.
- And – most importantly of all – a total commitment to creating a safe space for you to explore and express yourself. All facilitators are trauma informed and will 100% respect and support you in upholding your personal boundaries.
Meet Ellen Nicholas
Shiva Shakti Dance Facilitator & Community Care Extraordinaire
Ellen began her Devotional Erotic Dance journey when she was an abundant seven months pregnant...
“Back then, all of my time was spent chasing a two year old, growing a human, ignoring dirty dishes, and needing an excessive amount of hugs from my husband. My tank was pretty empty, and nothing about my life seemed devotional or erotic… in fact, my ‘dancing’ was more like a graceful waddle!
I remember showing up on that first day feeling like a bloated whale, after struggling all morning to find something sexy to wear over my huge pregnant belly. But as I danced and moved through the different energy states – curiosity, fear, excitement – the self-consciousness melted away, and I began feeling my body deeply again. I was hit by the realisation that what I wore or how I looked did not make me any more or less 'sexy'. The simple truth was (and still is) that when I slowed down, breathed, and touched my body, I came home to myself and to what was happening in the moment.
Slowly but surely, I felt my body filling up again, feeling more alive and full of the love and passion I had been longing for.
That first day sparked a love affair with dance… and myself.
For four years now, I have danced with these women – my sisters. I feel a deep devotion to my life – even the ordinary and ugly parts. I feel an ever-present awareness of my sexuality as a life force that nourishes me. I feel a deep, humbling reverence for my body. I feel all of this as the great dance of my life, permeating everything — my relationships, my spirituality, my teaching… all of it.”
Meet Ashleigh Edmunds
Shiva Shakti Dance Facilitator
Like many women, Ashleigh came to Shiva Shakti Dance with the intention of meeting the edges and fears she had surrounding sexuality and sensuality…
“‘Sexy’, ‘embodied’, ‘powerful’, ‘magnetic’… they were words I used to describe other women, but I would never have used them to describe myself.
I was stuck in that twilight zone of ‘Not a girl, not yet a woman’.
I kept wondering when I’d suddenly turn into the body confident, magnetic woman I longed to be. But with self-talk that bordered on abuse, so much shame around my body and womanhood, and a shit-load of general insecurity, that kind of ‘magical’ transformation seemed like nothing but a pipe dream.
My shift from suffering to self-love, from resistance to radical self-forgiveness, began when I first discovered Shiva Shakti Dance.
In many ways it has felt (and still continues to feel) like in this practice, I am meeting parts of myself for the first time. Every dance is an invitation to dive deeper, meet myself on new intimate levels, and transform the limiting beliefs that have been hiding and repeating in me for too long. Also, the newfound connection I have to my body these days is so intimate, so pleasurable and SO valued. It has — quite literally — changed my life.
Now – as I embody the blissful and expansive teachings of Shiva Shakti Dance, and feel the effects it has on my own life, and the inspiration my body is filled with – it is my absolute privilege and PLEASURE to support women in their own journey to realising their inner wisdom, power and natural rhythm.
The depth of this work – and the powerful transformation it offers – continually blow me away. No matter how much you do it, how much you have felt, or how many thresholds you have met, a whole new level of inner revelation and bliss is waiting ready to present itself when you dare to open just a little bit more.
Shiva Shakti Dance will leave your heart open, blissed out and begging for more.”
Meet Jenny Byrne
Shiva Shakti Dance Facilitator
"I came to Shiva Shakti Dance on a whim.
In September 2015, a friend sent me a link to a course that was starting in a few weeks. He said ‘you might be interested in this.’ My first reaction: ‘you’ve got to be kidding!’
After reading the website, including watching a video of a woman dancing, I experienced a moment of regret that something like this wasn’t available when I was younger.
I have always loved dancing and losing myself in lyrics and music. I could dance for hours. It was my happy place. Perhaps this nostalgic moment was what prompted me to reach out and ask what age were the women who came to Shiva Shakti Dance courses. Assured that some women in their 50’s and 60's came, I signed up for my first course.
I didn’t know what to expect but remember feeling nervous, uncertain and very self-conscious. I was sure I didn’t have a sexy bone in my body. And yet I was also quite excited going to that first class to both explore devotional erotic dance and learn how to embody it.
In a way, embodiment was the opposite of what I had been practicing since I was 17. The message of most of the gurus that came out from India in the 60’s and 70’s was transcendence of body, mind and emotions. And here I was in a room full of mostly younger women being invited to drop into my body, feel into my innate erotic nature and let it move me and be expressed through my dance ....and I absolutely loved it.
So much so, that one night after class I woke at 3am, jumped out of bed to press play on my ipod and just dance - I felt so alive!
Each week of the first course felt like my body was waking from a sleep that I had somehow imposed on it since menopause. One of the most astounding things was discovering this experience of pleasure that is always there if I pay attention to and accept the invitation of my body.
Three and a half years later I’m still dancing and in that time I’ve undergone many transformations. I no longer dance to lose myself like I did all those years ago. I now dance to rediscover myself moment to moment.
One of the biggest transformations is becoming a facilitator where I have the honour of leading other everyday women, just like me, through the practice of devotional erotic embodiment. Something I would never have dreamed of when I signed up to that first course on the spur of moment."
Some might doubt that something as ‘simple’ as dance can change the world… But not us.
Every week, we witness the women in our classes returning to their natural state of being – overflowing with love, sensually awake, free to express themselves, and celebrating the immensity of life coursing through them…
There’s no question in our minds about the revolutionary power of Shiva Shakti Dance.