A lifelong dancer, Aliza (Ali) Schechter curates movement experiences that touch the holy in the here and now. Motivated by the knowledge that movement is medicine, she is dedicated to sharing the joy of dance with people of all ages and abilities. Aliza combines her training as a Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess) and creative arts therapist to explore the choreography of being human, embracing dance as a spiritual path and a tool for authentic expression.
She is the founder of Full Circle Dance, an emerging vision to infuse life cycle events with movement, ritual and celebration. She has worked extensively in geriatric care, providing dance/movement therapy to uplift eldercare settings. Aliza also creates body-based prayer experiences, movement workshops and rituals, women's circles, and ecstatic dance events.
Aliza's formal studies include an MS from Sarah Lawrence College in Dance/Movement Therapy, a BA from Columbia University in Dance & English, and several yoga teacher trainings. She is a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT) and licensed creative arts therapist (LCAT). Her Master’s thesis, titled Miriam’s Circle Dance: Movement as a Bridge Between Worlds, continues to repurpose itself and inform her work. She remains a devoted student of Continuum, Authentic Movement and the 5Rhythms, somatic practices that approach movement as a path of transformation.