World Dance is joyful, natural, free movement to world
beat rhythms. It benefits body, mind and soul and is an effective tool
for personal growth. As easy as rhythmic walking or as complex as ecstatic
dancing, it is adaptable to any age or
ability. World Dance provides: alignment, flexibility, balance, strength,
control, therapeutic release, self-esteem, body awareness, grounding,
healing, fitness and FUN!
Roberta Meilleur founded World Dance in 1987 from her
background in African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Latin movements.
Born as a way of inspiring people to access the joy in rhythmic dance,
World Dance is also the dream of people of the world dancing in joy, unity
World Dance is available through workshops, a book and
“Through World Dance I know my bones are
healthier, my toes are tappier, my torso is looser, my hair is bouncier,
my mind is saner and my life is happier. I want to be doing it when
Elinore Harwood, Clinical Psychologist
“World Dance goes beyond just simple exercise
and dance. It is a life-affirming form of therapy. Frequent doses of
World Dance contribute to balance, well-being, healing and growth.”
Heather McNeil, M.S.W. Counselor
“The movement, the rhythm, the people with
their smiles and energy can only rub off in a good way on everyone who
Elaine Kerr, O.D.
“Inspires not only freedom of the body to
move but also freedom of the spirit to move.”
Maxine Zalkow, Participant
Dance workshops loosen, uplift, energize, inform and celebrate. They incorporate
the whole body and include stretching, body awareness, plenty of dance
and play. They are adaptable to any time frame from 30 minutes to 3 days
and can include, or focus on, African, Bellydance or Latin movements.
“I had a chance to review the evaluations and they were MARVELOUS!
I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as the participants did.”
Julie McNeney, The Fitness Group
“World Dance was the perfect ending to a
day that involved a lot of sitting! Your enthusiasm and energy are absolutely
contagious… exactly the kind of ‘fun finale’ we were
Judy Atkinson, Anne Taylor, Georges O. Vanier
“You were energizing and inspirational and
‘just right’ for the finishing touch...”
Elaine Harvey, Comox Valley Community Health
Dance: A Joyful Path to Free Movement and Personal Growth
by Roberta Meilleur
© 2001, Free & Footloose Publications
Awaken your bones and being with this one-of-a-kind,
transform-your-life book. It’s a free-movement manual, a rhythmical-play
workbook, a natural dance recipe book and a body awareness guidebook.
Over 200 pages and illustrations guide participants
towards movement joy. Chapters on body safety, stretching, loosening and
control set the stage for basic as well as advanced dance information.
Music lists, comments from participants, a chapter on problem-solving
and a summary dance chart add everything else but the sound system.
“Roberta Meilleur’s expertise
from years of teaching natural movement and dance is evident in her
easily accessible and highly readable book. A must for anyone interested
in learning to know their body and celebrate it joyfully.”
Tanis Helliwell, Founder, International
Institute of Transformation, Author of “Take Your Soul to Work”
World Dance DVDs safely and thoroughly guide participants
through the key ingredients for natural, joyful movement and dance. They
are beneficial as individual programs as well as a series, and are designed
as companions to the World Dance book. Each DVD is approximately 40 minutes.
World Dance Stretches open the body fully in preparation for free, joyous
movement. They are also excellent for maintaining flexibility, healing
back pain, establishing body awareness, correcting alignment, unblocking
energy and contributing to an overall sense of well-being.
2: Isolation Movements
World Dance Isolation Movements establish the necessary muscle control
to enhance natural movement and to inspire joyful dance. From head to
toe, each body part learns to move independently and rhythmically, increasing
range of motion, body vocabulary, creative choices and dancing pleasure.
3: Dance Basics
World Dance Basics are the building blocks of natural dance. When learned
and combined, these simple movements and rhythms lead to greater dancing
joy and feelings of upliftment. Includes tips for undoing foot tangles
(a.k.a. the ‘two-left-feet’ syndrome).
DVDs are $25 individually or $72 for the set
To order the World Dance Book or DVDs contact:
Phone: (250) 334-0963