Sylvie Minot is the executive director and founder of Syzygy Dance Project
. She embodies the transformative power of dance as a teacher, choreographer, and is the creator of Medicine Circle.
Sylvie is certified to teach Heartbeat, and was trained by Gabrielle Roth. She co-founded the Saturday Sweat Your Prayers in Marin in 2002, and is on the teaching staff of Open Floor in Marin County. Her weekly 5Rhythms Waves Journey class in Sausalito began in 2004. Sylvie has taught movement classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and throughout the United States. Through her outreach work, Sylvie also brings dance to veterans with PTSD, inmates, recovering addicts, people with chronic illness, the elderly, and at-risk youth.
The elements, natural world, energy, spirit and sound healing are a few of her influences, especially in the Medicine Circle, which she created in 2008. Sylvie’s work is inspired by the teachings of Angeles Arrien in indigenous healing rituals and Carolyn Myss’ energy medicine. She also draws elements from studying sound healing with Tito La Rosa in Peru. Sylvie offers Medicine Circles in the United States, Australia, and Mexico.
Sylvie’s passion for dance also includes choreography. Recent pieces she’s created were inspired by the outreach projects with women in the jail and in recovery, as well as veterans returning from war. Outside of the dance world, Sylvie has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor within the jail system, and an activity director at an in-patient lockdown facility for geriatric patients.
Sylvie is often described as a catalytic shape-shifter because of her ability to meet people right where they are and move with them into new possibilities. She takes you to the edge, and helps you fly. She has lived in Asia and Europe, and now re