Hester Phillips
Phone Number
Open Floor Teacher Level
Qualified Teacher
Sunday Morning Open Floor
SUNDAYS 10:45am–12:45pm (2nd & 4th Sunday every month)
Hampden St School Hall
Ngatiawa St, Nelson South
Public Class
$15.00 Unwaged / $20.00 Waged.
Occasional Friday nights throughout the year (contact Hester for dates)
$20 (unwaged) / $25 (waged) .

JOINING ONLINE: If you which to join classes via Zoom please contact me personally for a link.
Hester holds a Masters in Arts Therapy and is a professional Arts Therapist, educator and facilitator of conscious dance practices. Hester co-directs and produces Conscious Dance Aotearoa/NZ, an annual Conscious Dance Festival.

Formerly the operator of one of Nelson's biggest dance and drama schools, Pulse Dance and Drama, Hester now exclusively focuses on her art therapy practice and teaching weekly conscious dance including the newly-evolving Open Floor Movement Practice.

Hester has facilitated regular conscious dance classes and workshops in the Nelson/Tasman region and beyond for the past ten years. Hester is known for creating welcoming, inclusive and safe spaces open to every 'body'.
BA, MA - Arts Therapy, ANZACATA
Professional Memberships
Australia, New Zealand and Asia Creative Arts Therapies Association, Full Professional Member
What I love about Open Floor
When I dance I remember to move with ALL of it and to let ALL of it move me. I can let it all be there, nothing is left out. And when I let it all move me and move with all of it, I find I become both the center of it ALL and also a step back from it. In this place I remember who I am and who I am not and I feel all those who love me draw close. They are there cheering me on saying 'Yes, yes, yes - there you are... And so I dance for them to. For me Open Floor is about learning how to dance my own dance. The one only I can do, the one others need me to do, yeah that DANCE.
Hester is dedicated to liberating the creative spirit in people and communities. She works sensitively and with skill to bring forth the innate capacity of creative expression to support people to gently explore their inner and outer worlds. Hester's intent is to support others to experience joy, deepen their relationship with self and soul and nurture positive change. Hester's classes support participants to realise their unique potentials and live healthy fulfilling lives.
I recently attended two of Hester's Open Floor events in Nelson whilst i was staying there. These dances were some of the most powerful of my life. Hester is a masterful facilitator. She creates a solid, safe and loving space for you dive deeply into your being. Her playlists are seemless and powerful. Thank you so much Hester, can't wait to dance with you again somewhere on this planet! - Elena

What a treat. After years of wanting to be in the right place at the right time for an open floor (or 5 rhythms) dance opportunity, I found myself in Hester's delicious Sunday morning world in Nelson. I'm a visitor to Nelson from the deep south, and sadly, here for only one Sunday open floor encounter with Hester and the generous, safe, courageous, loving community she leads. Sweetness abound, I fought my fear and feelings to run, and leant into the invitations Hester's guidance offered. There are no rules, no demands on for ability, style or pace. I bravely trusted in Hester's knowing and allowed the collective love to hold me. Thank you all for the opportunity to connect. My favourite thing in Nelson! - Lisa B.

For more Testimonials please see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/openfloornelsontasman/reviews/

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