Dottie Harness-Foster

Anchorage, AK

Dotti Harness-Foster studied tap, acrobatics, jazz, and ballet with Barbara Clausen of Barbara’s School of Dance in Anchorage, Alaska, and took modern and ballroom through the University of Alaska. She credits Barbara Clausen for her emphasis on solid fundamental techniques, which ripple through all dance styles. From 1996-2004 she taught dance at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. As a Feldenkrais Practitioner, she became interested in the neuroplasticy of the brain and how the Dance for Parkinson’s program taps into the creative and imaginative part within all of us.

Since 2013, she has been teaching an Insightful Body Moves class for those with mobility issues as in Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, the after effects of a stroke and tremors. The class is a blend of The Art of Moving by J. Argue, Awareness Through Movement lessons based on the Feldenkrais Method, and imaginative stylized dance moves that can be done in sit or stand, with live music.