About Lila

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Hi!  I’m Lila Danielle, founder and facilitator of Beach Dance.

I believe creative self-expression, imagination and improvisation are key ways to tap into and let loose one’s true nature and spirit.  Eighteen years ago when I was first introduced to ecstatic dance, I had no idea then how it would change my life and impact the lives of others.  I’d always loved to dance, but had never taken formal lessons nor made it a habitual practice. The more I danced, the better I felt and it soon became something I wholeheartedly embraced.  Dance is no longer something I do. Dance has become a part of who I am.

I am… a passionate advocate for speaking one’s truth, being kind and playing a lot.

I think… there are four things most people want out of life; to feel valued, to feel loved, to feel free and to be remembered.

I envision… a world where love of self and others, honesty and integrity, and peace and joy are common daily experiences not once-in-awhile events.

I know… life is short and more often than not, is exactly what we choose it to be.

I have danced and/or studied with Gabrielle Roth, Vinn Arjuna Marti, Anna Halprin, Ann Randolph and many other incredible teachers of conscious movement, theater arts and creative expression over almost two decades. I owned a free-form dance studio for a year along the north Oregon coast. I’ve facilitated movement-based retreats for the last ten years and currently host the Uninhibited Retreat twice a year on Maui. I serve as one of several facilitators who d.j. for the Maui Conscious Dance Collective every month.

I love to inspire people to move.  I especially love seeing and hearing about what happens when people are moved by the experience of their own dance.  As a facilitator, I provide the kind of guidance and support that’s encouraging, enthusiastic and entertaining.  As a movement artist, I participate as deep and as wide as I facilitate.  I am both teacher and student and we have much to learn from each other and our interactions.  As a writer, I use words to ponder and provoke, compliment and criticize, and to understand myself a bit more while trying to make meaning out of pretty much everything.

I live on the beautiful island of Maui where my body and soul were meant to be. I share my daily life with my husband, a wonderful mix of people from all around the world and myriad of orchids in a house overlooking the ocean that we’ve turned into a lovely bed and breakfast.  I write frequently. I dance more often than I write. And I love creating extraordinary experiences for others in my home and on the beach. I hope our dancing paths cross each others’ sometime in the near future.


“Dance isn’t something I do. Dance is a part of who I am. ” 

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Carolena Kamele August 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Beautiful Lisa

I so appreciate your offering to Maui. I can feel your strength of leadership and your bravery. Your Beach Dance is what I need in my life.
Mahalo nui loa,

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