Hi! I'm Raven.
I'm the Founder of Mindfulness Movement NC
I am passionate about my work in both dance and mental health. As one that has been impacted by a mental health diagnosis of my own, my goal is to shift the narrative and break the stigma through the arts.
Prior to my work in the mental health profession, I spent over a decade dancing professionally for several international recording artists. Through my work, I learned firsthand the powerful impact that the arts can have on bettering overall health, especially the mental health of those that use this tool. From this, Mindfulness Movement was born with the intent to connect the mind, body, and emotions, and create a space for holistic healing.
Explore Mindfulness With Me
Mindfulness Movement partners with licensed therapists to provide a unique movement experience that promotes emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration for the purpose of improving health and fitness while tackling the issue of self-care and mental health.
Classes, Workshops & Retreats
Starting dance when I was only four, I have gone on to dance and/or choreograph for several artists and companies including Steve Harvey, Tyler Perry, Ginuwine, Calvin Richardson, the Sacramento Kings, AyHollywood, GiGi Torres, Tank, and Snoop Dogg. I have also had the opportunity to act as Director for UNC's first coed dance team, UNC Kamikazi and lead instructor at both Bravo Academy of Dance and Faulkners Dance and Gymnastics, but can currently be found at home teaching adults and youth through my own nonprofit organization and studio, Motiv8 Incorporated!
I am excited to be able to offer my services to individuals and groups in the form of private lessons, classes, workshops and retreats. These lessons can be held in person or virtually.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." -Martha Graham
Telling my story verbally, for years, has proven to be difficult. However, through my body, I have been able to communicate every thought, feeling, and emotion perfectly. Dancing and communicating through movement has been my therapy and for many, my story has resonated. I am a daughter, a sister, a student, an artist, and I am a person living with mental illness. Mental illness looks like you and me. It doesn't discriminate. And for that reason, I am happy to meet you wherever you are in your understanding and physical location to bring you an unconventional method of healing and further teach, motivate, and assist you and your team in understanding the self, mental health, and mindfulness practice.
Dance/Movement Therapy has proven to be beneficial to the physical, emotional, and mental health of many. This method of therapy may be used to reduce stress in the workplace and beyond, increase productivity through a refocused mind, prevent diseases, and help to effectively manage moods. Physically, Movement Therapy improves, strength, coordination, mobility, and flexibility.
Let's improve working conditions together!