Kelly Garone

Brooklyn, New York

Qoya Class Info:
Thursdays from 7-8pm
Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10001

phone: (516) 906-7897

Kelly Garone has been moving passionately since age three.  Her love of dance started with her first recital, grew into more serious and disciplined study of classical ballet, modern, and jazz, and has blossomed into a lifestyle of exploring movement as a path to intuition, alignment, and full self-expression.  She resides in New York City, teaching sensation-based movement, studying sexuality and orgasm, performing professionally as a dancer, and creating her own dance theatre work.  For the past few years, she has been researching the interface between movement and sex, harnessing both as doorways to open the body and spirit to channel creativity and electricity.  Her somatic practices of Alexander technique, Orgasmic Meditation, and trance have deeply informed her lens.  She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Barnard College, where she studied gender and race.

When did you take your first Qoya class? I took my first Qoya class in the summer of 2012. Kitty Cavalier taught. I laid down on the mat at the end of class and cried. In all my dancing days, I had never before been invited to listen inward and move according to what felt good for me. Moving solely for my own pleasure?! It was a novel concept.

What does it mean for you to teach Qoya? Teaching Qoya feels like being a modern-day high priestess. I am not a teacher, but a guide, ushering a woman into a safe, surrendered state where she can hear her own inner teacher. Dancing Qoya puts a woman in touch with the physical, visceral experience of her own inner knowing. When a woman can drop in and feel how she wants to move, where she wants to move, and when she wants to move, everything else falls away. It’s a gentle “bye-bye” to all of the conditioning in our culture that teaches her to look outside of herself for answers. Qoya re-aligns her with herself. It is a profound honor to create space for another woman to reclaim her own unique, individual, and ever-changing inner knowing.

What is your favorite song to dance to right now? The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez. Seriously.

What book has inspired you on the path to embodying the feminine? Right now I am reading "Wild Feminine" by Tami Lynn Kent. The author is a spiritual physical therapist who works specifically with the female root and pelvic bowl, in both the physical and energetic realms. The body’s magic is truly infinite, and I am always hungry to keep exploring it.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of taking a Qoya class for the first time? Your feminine soul cannot wait a minute longer. Come and dance.