Elan McAllister

Global - upcoming retreat in Zimbabwe!

elanvmc@gmail.com

Elan has been dancing through the world since she was big enough to stand. Dance brought her leaping and spinning to NYC at age 18 to train as a professional dancer at the Alvin Ailey School. By 26, body and spirit broken by the professional dance world, Elan shifted gears and embarked on a 15 year career as a Broadway producer. She supported and held space for the creation of numerous musicals and plays including RENT, Hairspray and Spamalot. Her passion for the creative process proved to extend beyond dance and theater, inspiring her to become a birth doula and advocate for babies and birthing women.

In 2004, she founded Choices in Childbirth, a leading consumer advocacy organisation that, through her leadership and vision, has helped thousands of families experience childbirth that is respectful, safe, healthy and deeply satisfying. Elan is thrilled to return to her first love of dance through Qoya and is currently traveling the world on her "Leap of Faith Tour" teaching Qoya, writing and leading retreats.

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When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class from Rochelle in 2011 but wasn't ready to fully embrace it as a daily practice and way of life until early 2016.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? For me, teaching Qoya is about offering women an opportunity to take a journey that will reveal to them something new, precious and fascinating about themselves. There is nothing more fulfilling than witnessing a woman light up and fall in love with herself!

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? Right now I'm having so much fun dancing to covers of great songs from the past - current favorite, Patti Smith's cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? I first read "The Mists of Avalon" when I was 14 and was activated on so many levels by this book. "Spiritual Midwifery" was another pivotal book for me, one that helped shape my calling in life to bring the Divine Feminine into the birth experience. More recently, "Anna: Grandmother of Jesus" has been rocking my world.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Welcome! I'm so happy that your body has called you to Qoya! Qoya is so much more than a movement class, it's a way of navigating the world with love, intention and compassion, for yourself and for others.