Since I have been participating in the Dance Alive Vital Energy Training, my vital energy has significantly increased, as has my core strength and endurance. I am finding that I am far healthier and creative than I have ever been in my life, and that my energy and days run efficiently and consistently. I would highly recommend the Dance Alive Vital Energy Training to anyone interested in increasing their strength, vitality, and endurance for life itself.
In Take Charge Now, as an intensive leadership preparation program, I have been astounded by the depth of what I have learned regarding group dynamics, positive interaction and human relating. As I psychiatrist I have had much exposure to studying group dynamics, and it is my whole hearted opinion that the Dance Alive program experientially teaches the art of human relating better than any other system I have ever studied. If you are wishing to increase your effectiveness, efficiency and become a leader in groups and in life in general, then this program is for you.
~Meredith Sagan, MD, Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist
Take Charge Now is the best investment I have ever made in my personal life, my relationships, and in my career! It has taught me how to set goals that I am connected to, reach them without sacrificing the balance of my whole life, and to thoroughly celebrate my successes. By utilizing the moment–to-moment dynamics within the group as a teaching tool, Mariane, has found a way to bridge knowledge with experience. I walk away from every session with skills that I can immediately apply in all areas of my life. Participating in this leadership program has dramatically changed my attitude towards life, challenge, and fulfillment. I highly recommend this work to anyone willing to grow and change and enjoy life more fully!
~Syndee Frumkin, Bodyworker/Movement Teacher
I’ve been studying and practicing Dance Alive with Mariane Karou for over 5 years. I can confidently say that I have much more clarity and ease in my life, I am much more functional and effective in my work and relationships, and I am much more present, authentic and integrated in all aspects of my life. I attribute these dramatic positive changes in my life directly to my work and study with Mariane Karou – to her body-mind integration Vital Energy Training classes and her Take Charge Now Life Leadership Classes.
I think Mariane Karou is the most gifted, effective teacher of life skills on this planet. I can recommend her unequivocally to anyone who wants to live life at the highest levels of functionality and who is willing to do the self-study, work and practice necessary to get the maximum benefit from her teaching and leadership. I think Mariane Karou has figured out how to be a healthy human being (in the highest sense of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual health) and that she has developed a system and style of teaching and role modeling that is AMAZINGLY effective in helping other people to be healthy functioning human beings.
~Tom Huntington, Attorney
Mariane’s programs have completely revolutionized the way I live my life. Her Vital Energy Training helps me to work, play, and rest with greater stamina, intensity, and relaxation in my body. After four years of taking these classes, I am now much healthier and feel way more alive.
Take Charge Now has taught me the skills I needed to start my own tutoring business, balance my work with recreation, and maintain the healthiest relationships I have ever known. Take Charge Now also has taught me how to manage my fear and anxiety, which formerly had prevented me from taking on new challenges.
I can’t emphasize enough how utterly powerful Mariane’s teaching is: there is nothing out there like it.”
~Michael Surrago, Founder and Owner, Bicycle Education
I arrived at my first Dance Alive class depleted, depressed and completely shut down to my own energy. I was impressed by Mariane’s supportive yet non-invasive approach which allowed me to work at my own pace and reconnect with my true self. Over time I have learned not only how to access my vital energy but how to use it in my daily life to support and give power to the actions I choose to take. I know of no other system that offers the potent combination of freedom of expression and spaciousness with systematic challenge and vigor for the purpose of being fully in charge of one’s self than Dance Alive.
~Laura L., Artist Manager
I have been doing Dance Alive regularly since 2001 and I have found my participation in both group and private learning situations to be an indispensable part of my life, especially as a business person who is faced with moment by moment dynamic situations. Dance Alive is an integrated body/mind system that is practically applicable to “real life” outside of the classroom. I have learned how to be a better husband, father, employer, friend, coach and human being by studying the Dance Alive curriculum and bringing it into my life. In my work, using the Take Charge Now system has dramatically increased the productivity and morale among my employees and managerial team. I would highly recommend the study of Dance Alive to anyone who enjoys learning about themselves and other people, and who wants to be maximally effective in their life.
~Terry Cleven, Business Owner
Dance Alive consistently provides me with an exhilarating physical workout, a psychological cleansing and a spiritual teaching. Forgiving myself is my mission in this lifetime and over the past nine years Dance Alive has provided a critical framework and a way of working on that process. It has supported a journey from divorce to happy marriage; a self image of ‘Sufferer’ to ‘Celebrator.’ I am forever grateful to Mariane Karou and her work.”
~Fred Sugerman, Founder of Medicine Dance
Dance Alive brought me out of my head and into my body and being, and it’s been a fascinating and joyful journey ever since. The weekly classes provide the perfect bridge between my profession as a statistician and my passion as a yogini. Mariane is continuously evolving and synchronizing the Dance Alive system, so each class is newly inspiring. My experience in class naturally flows out into all areas of my life, and I love discovering the connections between dance and work and yoga. I can relate to myself and others with much greater clarity and compassion. I have made participating in the Dance Alive 3-day intensives a top priority in my life, now that I’ve experienced their life-changing effects.
~Linda Deacon, Statistician
As a 67 years old physician living and practicing at the East Coast, participating in something calling itself ‘Dance Alive,’ in California, required suspension of disbelief and forcing skepticism to remain in abeyance long enough to give the enterprise a chance to show what it is. As it turns out it is exactly what it purports to be: a method very carefully designed to help us, via movement generated by ourselves, to discover who we are – and who we might become, as we learn to divest ourselves of a very large number of unnecessary, and at times harmful, personal misconceptions. Space does not allow me to elaborate; I shall have to content myself in saying that at the end of my second exposure to the discipline (an Intensive of 4 days) I have found it a great deal easier to get along with others as well as with myself. From the purely physical point of view the method is eminently designed to improve health, but it needs to be stressed its success is due to the fact it does not recognize the ‘purely physical’: the discipline quite specifically calls into play all the various aspects of the human being and aims to establish a working harmony amongst them. I can only envy those who do not have to cross a distance of some 3000 miles to avail themselves of the opportunity to participate.
~Balazs Selendy, M.D. Columbia P&S
The Dance Alive movement training has helped me increase my level of energy and vitality. I am stronger and have more endurance & stamina than I have had in the past two decades. I am participating in my life in such a bigger way, due to both the movement and the Take Charge Now classes. To really step up in your life in every way – this program is essential. Unlike other programs where it’s hard to apply the material after a week or two, Mariane teaches you in practical and useful ways to live life fully, while feeling really alive! Every class I attend is profound and useful and I notice amazing changes in my life after each one.
~Michell Brown, Founder of “Energy in Motion”
Dance Alive is waking up my body’s own magic. In Dance Alive classes, I practice accepting, being with and moving parts of myself I’ve never moved before in an easy way with great music and Mariane’s incredible knowledge and spirit. Her example and teaching make it easy to acknowledge myself and begin to learn the deep physical, mental and emotional expression and expansion that it is useful to well being on every level…and fun!
~Mews Small, Actress
Mariane’s Dance Alive system has been instrumental iin my life. The work is fun, alive, deeply healing and much more. It is one of the main tools I use to live my life more fully. I am also trained in the Dance Alive system and incorporate it into my Physical Therapy practice. My life is richer and more authentic due to this work.
~Trine Fulloon, MA Physical Therapist
Dance Alive has changed my life. It has taught me what natural movement is. Natural movement is like a child’s movement: fluid, balanced, and strong where it needs to be. As a yoga teacher, I understood how postures directly affect both the physical and mental health. But Dance Alive deepened and expanded my yoga practice. In practicing Dance Alive, I tapped into the natural, already healed and whole wisdom of my everyday movement. Each movement is either habitual and not so aligned or is a step toward alignment. Dance Alive teaches me how to choose alignment and ease in each step.
~Sat Nam Agle, Yoga teacher