Spinal Waves. Primate Change. OMU.

Plate By William Hogarth - Metropolitan Museum of Art, online collection: entry 365314, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32833886

In the Analysis of Beauty 18th-century artist William Hogarth wrote a poem about a “waving and serpentine” S-shape as “the line of beauty” , which “leads the eye a wanton kind of chase”. At the core of this master’s inquiry lay simple principles of balance, symmetry, variety, simplicity, regularity and intricacy, which for him the S-shape perfectly embodied. The human spine possesses a similar line of beauty because it is also highly functional. From Primate Change by Vybarr Cregan-Reid (READ THIS BOOK) 

More and more we see the importance of moving the body in this modern age of increasing sedentary work/life. Show your spine some love with Spinal Waves on line programs by Jon Yuen and Samantha Emanuel. Spinal Waves 101 and 102 can be purchased alone or as a bundle HERE

30% Discount for Online Movement University members.

Don’t know who/what OMU is? It’s a FINE collection of movers across multi disciples at the cutting edge of movement research and development. Enrolment will open for a short time in April. Keep an eye out on IG and FB. If you work with bodies, dance, train, lift, climb, jump, roll around, have a body, have an interest in your health and longevity have a look. Meet the headmasters: Jon, Mirth and DJ

New for 2019: One to One Online Coaching

Beginning of this I began coaching online working with a select group of dancers from 5 different countries.

If you are looking to strengthen your practice (and an accountability buddy) let me know and I will add you to the waiting list for the next round of places as they become available. Open to movers from all modalities!

Here is a review from Liesbeth who just competed her first month. We are both so happy with how the training has progressed so far, for me as a guide and for her as a dancer reconnecting to movement after injury.

“The true power of Sam's coaching lies in connection. Connecting dance, life, expression with so much experience and insight in how the body works. Because of that connection she was able to connect me as a dancer with all the aspects that came across my path. She leaves room for the coachee to decide what road to take and especially to help build a brigde there where there is a gap. This is a vital, crucial element that kept my body and mind moving throughout the exercises and made me able to dance, train and perform. The road we built together now leads to better gentle dance life and with confidence and insight that we are all able to dance on a rocky road or even build a new one. I would highly recommend the coaching to any dancer, on any technical level, who is open to discover the possibility of a better dance life.”

Liesbeth Alen

Liesbeth Alen

Spinal Waves 102 release

It is done. I am over the moon my friends.

I'm going to let Jon introduce the course I have created for you as he explains the work so eloquently. I am honoured to share his platform and can't wait for you to see and use the material! 
"I got in touch with Sam last year, pretty much right after Spinal Waves 101 was launched.
The course was met with a response that I could not have anticipated. Now, after over a thousand people have jumped on the splooshtrain, I can happily say that my initial, suspicion has been confirmed - people like their spines moist.

The reason I reached out to Sam was because I needed someone to show people the ripple effect a mobile and fluid spine could have on the rest of the movement apparatus. If anyone could do that, Sam was without a question the person for the job.

I lucked out.

Sam said yes.

She researched, designed a course, recorded the material, had a beta testing group go through the course, refined the idea, rerecorded the material and the result is.. Spinal Waves 102.

If you want to experience the spinal flow you studied and practiced in Spinal Waves 101 throughout the rest of your body, then Sam's course is for you. It's suitable for people from all backgrounds - the beta test group included everything from professional dancers to fitness enthusiasts and they were all able to do and benefit from all the 4 weeks worth of course material.

Sam has done an amazing job. She's made sure that your investment won't be one of calorie expenditure and mindless repetition, but that you have to build an actual relationship with your body.
The exercises are brilliant. They easily flow from one to the other and are instructed in such a way that only one as experienced and mindful as Sam could do.

Even better seeing as you've already enrolled to Spinal Waves 101, you get a 30% discount by typing in SPLOOSHIER as a coupon code.

To read more about the course, check out the free preview and to apply your discount code to either the Spinal Waves 102 course or the Spinal Wave (101 + 102) bundle, click HERE to find out more!

Resilience London with Decrypt Bodywork

As you may have heard (!) I survived a serious accident in January of this year. I actually considered jacking it all in at first… but my passion for movement proved stronger. I put in the work, determined to come back a better mover and overcoming my injuries has been my greatest learning experience yet. My mission is to create and share specialised workshops with focus on the joy and empowerment of movement through dance and fitness methodologies. I am focused on building a strong inclusive movement community through accessible training, building resiliency and capacity, while creating beauty in any domain. In line with this mission I have invited Dominik of Decrypt Bodywork to share his knowledge with us as part of the Resilience London workshop! I believe his work compliments my mission perfectly and I cant wait to explore these new avenues with YOU. 

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For the first time, these two movers from very different backgrounds join forces to bring you this brand new workshop with a difference. Together we have designed this session with your resilience at its heart. Multi disciplines will be fused into a 5 hour exploration using games, tasks, challenges, drills, technique and movement sequences. Our goal is for you to have the tools necessary to build pain free bodies capable of moving with ease and grace in dance and in everyday life.  We aim for you to come away with a feeling of resilience, both physical and mental. Freedom through knowledge, exploration and sharing with others.

Dominik will kick off the day with a session of self-discovery to help restore balance from head to toe. He will guide us on a journey to re-educate the nervous system about the body’s position in space and its available movement.

A fusion of somatics, biomechanics and brain science will create conscious awareness of the body’s interconnectedness, extending the range of subconscious movement options that are available when performing.

After a short break, Samantha will guide an exploration of movement possibility using Functional Range Conditioning® techniques for mobility, breath work, Pilates exercises, strength building, movement drills, dance flows and creative work inspired by games and task based training. While Samatha’s dance is rooted in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, this workshop is OPEN TO ALL MOVERS who are interested in finding centre, increasing efficiency and maximising potential. 


Dominik Koch is a movement specialist who founded Decrypt Bodywork to help people solve seemingly unsolvable pain and to unlock hidden potential in performance. Making the unreadable readable forms the core of his work, allowing his clients to discover and respond to restrictions by giving the body what it wants.

His journey into the world of questioning the body began when he was unable to find help with chronic neck pain and a long list of recurring shoulder injuries. Along the way to restoring his own health and of those around him, he learned that where we feel and where we have to resolve a problem are rarely in the same spot.

In his approach to freeing up movement, and ultimately restoring balance, he takes a step back from the area of complaint and shines a light on the rest of the system, always asking WHY the body may want to put the brakes on.

He involves body and brain to the same extent, as he believes that the two are inseparable if we want lasting change.

His exploratory way of moving the body is educational, simple and effective and you’re sure to leave having discovered something new about yourself and the body that you live and perform in.



Samantha discovered movement in her early 20's, through Kung Fu and Belly Dance. She quickly discovered Tribal fusion thanks to Rachel Brice and fell for the style. She had found her passion, her niche and  has been studying, teaching and performing internationally since 2006. She toured with Miles Copeland's The Bellydance Superstars, collaborating with dancers at the top of the genre. 

She has performed and taught workshops in over 42 countries. Her dedication to movement and its power to connect people from all continents keep me on the move.

In 2018 a serious accident left her immobilised. She worked through ten months of rehabilitation.  Living through the experience has given her better understanding for those with injuries, at the physical and psychological level. It taught her the absolute value of movement for ALL. She is driven to learn and to share the limitless benefits of movement through varied disciplines. 

She is from the UK and currently based in Burgundy, France, with her partner and her 3 year old daughter.  www.dancesynthesis.com


DATE: Feb 24th 2019 Sunday 11AM to 4:30PM 


VENUE: The Place 17 Dukes Road London WC1H 9PY

There will be half hour break included. Please bring food/snack with you as there won’t be time to leave the studio during break) 

Please arrive on time as we start promptly at 11AM and please bring a yoga/pilates mat! 

Spaces are limited.


FIRST FOUR people to contact for registration info: £85 

After that: £90 

£45 deposit to secure place is required

Contact for availability of places and payment info vagabondprincess@me.com

A New Collaboration

I have always believed in the benefits of cross training belly dancers for injury prevention, as you will know if you have taken workshops with me in the past! I believe belly dance movements alone do not create the strength necessary for long term resilience. I see dancers who have continued to perform into later years will usually have another movement modality (or multiple) to compliment their dance training. Be that yoga, Pilates, other styles of dance, some form of cross training. 

Before the accident, I had never been injured. Never broken a bone. Never torn a muscle. Now having been through almost a year of rehab, I can empathise with others on a level that wasn't possible pre injury. I have lived through the highs and lows and learned that a strong body leads to and supports a strong mind, I aim to have more tools to help more people. I’ve always tried to think outside the box in my dance teaching, as a practitioner I want to share my passion for moving outside the ‘usual’. With that in mind I am embarking on an exciting new collaboration! Read on:


Meet Ryan Trificana. Owner/Operator at Genfit, Colorado USA.

Like me, Ryan also rehabilitated himself from a major injury (he also survived depression and loss of motivation to move) and like me he also discovered GMB Fitness when he needed it most. We both used GMB to aid our recovery. I used the on line training and Ryan is now a certified GMB instructor. We learned patience and the importance of finding the "why" so that on the days that our training/rehab/life got tough, we had something concrete to return to.

Our stories post injury both include a big shift in perspective, practice and teaching method. 

Through our commonalities and differences, we share an approach to exercise that is designed to yield strength and mobility gains that are accessible to all levels. Using our combined values on mindful, beautiful movement we can help you to mitigate and recover from injury more effectively, and make you a happier and better mover.

Our combined abilities include:

Fitness, strength and conditioning. Bodyweight strength and skill training. Mindful movement. Certified Buti Yoga Instructor. Certified Pilates Instructor. Fusion Belly Dance. Improvisation. Flow. Theatrical performance skill training. Musicality. 

Watch this space for where we are taking our collaboration and how it could benefit your practice!

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