shira yaziv

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I grew up in Israel and I am currently based in Oakland, California.

I enjoy encouraging people to move in new ways while learning skills and finding creativity. My background is in Capoeira, circus, strength & conditioning, Thai massage and dance. My current interests are dance improvisation, contact improvisation, axis syllabus, shadow yoga and anything related to body awareness. I am the owner and co-founder of Athletic Playground, a dynamic indoor play-space, inspiring physical play through a wide variety of movement classes.

My teaching mixes improvisation to encourage research and creativity as well as more technical skills where pathways are broken down and practised. I enjoy working with people who are at first intimidated by the material and helping make the impossible possible for them, and I also enjoy challenging people who pick things up quickly.

My personal goal is to be able to dance on the day I die.  In order to do that I focus on sustainability, longevity and surrounding myself with people who I would want to dance with.

Over the years I have had many movement teachers who have influenced me a lot. Here are only a few of them:

My first teacher was my mom, Michal Yaziv. I started attending her creative dance classes when I was 3 years old. I must also give credit to my dad for teaching me how to do a headstand as well! ;)

From 2000-2006 I learned Capoeira with Ido Portal, who introduced me also to the art of teaching.

In 2010 I started dancing and studying Axis Syllabus with my main teacher being Kira Kirsch.

In 2010 I also started working with Scott Wells, who has introduced me to the art of dance performance and partner/group improvisation.

Since 2015, Mira Barakat, for teaching me what is really important for me in life.

While running Athletic Playground for the past 9+ years, I have gotten to host and attend so many classes and workshops by many great teachers, and to train and collaborate with many inspiring movers. I must say I have learned something from everyone.



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