“My deepest self speaks through movement, dance is my native tongue. I no longer suffer physical symptoms to hear the wisdom my body holds, instead I dance.”
Hester is dedicated to liberating the creative spirit in others and is passionate about how creativity and most especially dance can support and empower people and communities.
Since dancing on the dining room table when she was a child, Hester has always loved to move to a good rhythm but it was not until her mid-twenties when Hester suffered a long term health condition did she truly appreciate the transformational power of dance.
Hester holds healing spaces for people from many backgrounds including the growing and vibrant conscious dance community in Nelson, people with chronic and medically un-diagnosed illness and people living with a variety of personaL challenges.
Hester holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and is a professional Arts Therapist, an accredited Open Floor movement meditation teacher and co-founder and director of Conscious Dance Aotearoa, NZ's annual festival of Conscious Dance. Since 2005, she has facilitated regular conscious dance classes and workshops in her home community, the Nelson/Tasman region as well as further afield.