The political is personal. The personal is practical. The practical is related to embodied daily life. The practical is reflected in how you carry out your life and acts. Many of us go about our lives in a disembodied/dissociative way, feeling that our bodies are somehow split from our minds. We exist at different locations on a spectrum of dissociated/disembodied to embodied/integrated.
Our bodies are not abstract, they are not delusional, they are the home of reality. All of our lives happen right here, there is nowhere else to live from. Our bodies and minds have never been split, although we have felt them to be. We are not institutions, we are not museums, we are not abstractions, we are not sites of occupation or projects of improvement. Our mind/bodies are symphonies of polyglot, polyrhythmic conversations.
As a teacher, Dages is committed to sharing her wealth of knowledge. She is approachable and eager to explain her insights. Beginning in 2002, her studies have earned her accreditations in both the Bihar and Kundalini lineages. Her syncretic teaching style has been profoundly impacted by immersion in studies with her mentor Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga. Katonah Yoga synthesizes Taoist theory, hatha yoga, breathwork, and meditation to create strength, structure, and stability. Dages is on the staff at both Katonah Bowery and Sky Ting in Manhattan. Recent collaborations include a series of workshops with Elena Brower pairing pranayama and aromatherapy, and retreats and teacher trainings with veteran Katonah teacher Abbie Galvin, Sacred Fig founder Anton Brandt, and Sky Ting co-founder Chloe Kernaghan in Bali, Dominican Republic, Greece, and Morocco. Her accomplishments were recently acknowledged in a featured edition of Yoga Sleuth which can be seen here!
Since moving to NYC in 2002, Dages has danced for many choreographers including chameckilerner, David Gordon, Noemie Lafrance/Sens Productions, Susan Osberg, and Aileen Passloff, among many others. For the last five years, Dages has worked as a part of three collaborative teams: E/D, HAM, and Lydian Junction recently presented by venues including 3LD Art & Technology Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BRIC, Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance Center, Gowanus Art and Production, Fourth Arts Block, JCC, Merkin Hall, Northside Festival, NYU, Parsons/The New School, Temple University, Triskelion Arts, the [UN]Fair Art Show, and Women in Motion. Her projects have been reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Enthusiast, Culturebot, and CHANCE magazine, and she has been an artist-in-residence at chashama, 3LD, The Watermill Center, Marble House Project, and most recently, The Stable, in Montreal.
Dages received her BA in Dance from Bard College and was awarded the Carter Towbin Prize for her contributions to the dance department. Before graduate school, she spent five years immersed in Jewish studies in both NYC and Israel, subsidized by a Jeff Seidel Scholarship and two year long Drisha Arts Fellowships. She completed graduate work in gender and performance studies at NYU in 2014, where her work was supported by a SIFF Performance Thesis Grant, a Newington-Cropsey Foundation Fellowship, a Dean’s Scholarship, a Gallatin Scholarship, the Jewish Studies Fund, and an Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship. Her MA thesis, "Foundations of the Flesh: Primitivity Reconsidered," was recognized by a Leo Bronstein Homage award “for outstanding interdisciplinary achievement in the arts.” She has recently taught at and participated in panels for Colgate University, New York University, Parsons/The New School, the Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Temple University.