Who is Dana LaSota?
Dana LaSota earned her Bachelors of Arts and Science from University of Dayton, and her Masters of Science in Developmental Movement from University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Motor Learning and Control. She spent the early years of her career as a professional dancer in New York City and Pittsburgh where she learned and practiced variations of Somatic Bodywork from a wide range of teachers and disciplines. Later her research and teachings as a Faculty Member at the University of Pittsburgh included proprioception, the body’s degrees of freedom, motor learning & control, motor development and movement education. Dana coupled her studies with rhythm, motor imagery and somatic movement to define her unique application of teaching movement. Dana is a Certified Franklin Method® Fascia Trainer for the Lower Back: Fascia Fitness for Healthy Spine. Dana’s 20 plus years of experiences as a dancer, choreographer, instructor, therapist, speaker and educator includes work with Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh’s Kinder Kinetics program, New York City Public Schools, Co-Founder LABCO Dance Company, Point Park University, The Pressley Ridge School for Autism, Kiddie Academy, Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind, Movement Research (NYC), Slippery Rock University and numerous other organizations.
In her own words:
"My personal life experiences have meaningfully contributed to the development of both my process and my approach to movement. I have spent my entire adulthood studying how the human body moves and how it can be more efficient. As a young mover from professional dancing to college athletics, I powered through my movement experiences trying to force the movement, however I did not understand the mechanics of the movement. This approach developed physical inadequacy, incorrect movement and eventually mental and emotional floundering. As I matured, I became fascinated and educated with how the human body moves and how it affects us mentally and physically. Life's unexpected physical and emotional challenges forced me to approach movement on a deeper level . In my forties, as a mother of four young children, a tear in my carotid artery resulted in a stroke. While recovering from this unexpected event, I had to listen carefully to become reacquainted with and understand my changing body. It was during this critical period in my life that all of my knowledge and experiences came together with clarity to inform and create Power Thru Movement."
My Mission is to help people of all ages and abilities connect with their body, to find healing, learning, power and freedom in their movement and mind.
My Vision is that all individuals will seek to find and share peaceful yet powerful movement & attunement, in turn find kindness and acceptance for themselves and others.