“Life is a poem, live out the metaphors.” Britta
Britta (nicknamed the “Bandit” as a child), is a dancer, graphic designer, teacher, writer and yogini. She currently teaches Dances for Birth at EcoFusion Fitness and is a contributing writer for fuse: a tribal and tribal fusion belly dance magazine.
She has a Bachelor’s degree from WSU in English – Creative Writing and a Bachelors of Integrated Studies in Graphic Design, Dance, and Comparative Mythology.
For the past 8 years, Britta has devoted nearly every moment of her free time to the study of cultural dance and comparative mythology. She has maintained a deep curiosity for the numerous different cultures of the world all her life.
As a child, Britta’s mother and grandmother put her in many dance classes, like ballet, jazz, and tap, but she suffered from asthma and several other chronic illnesses which made it extremely difficult for her to keep up. In junior high, she decided to seek the advice of natural healers, and was finally able to manage her asthma in a satisfying way. She also found the great healing art of Yoga in high school.
Britta discovered the man she refers to as her “Yoda,” Joseph Campbell in early college. Later, she came into contact with the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés and has been an avid collector of folk stories, myths and allegories ever since. Dance — a vital aspect of cultural storytelling — is an extension of her curiosity for stories and oral traditions. As a researcher, chronicler and ardent student of myth, Britta is what she calls a self-professed “Dreamkeeper.”
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are public myths.” ~Joseph Campbell
At about the same time she found Campbell, Britta rediscovered dance. While studying women’s traditional dance in particular, Britta became obsessed with the sacred wisdom of ritual movement and the amazing healing it brings. She was lucky to live in an area with many talented teachers and her studies include Middle Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance, West African, Latin, Polynesian, Bollywood and Afro-Brazilian dance traditions. Dance has become a huge part of Britta’s life. Click here for her Class schedules.
After many years of using Yoga to heal, focus and meditate, Britta entered the Registered Yoga Teacher practice at Borrowed Earth Emporium in 2010 and she continues to use pranic intelligence (the vital life force of breath) and yogic principles daily.
Britta also began Writing at a young age to make sense of the world. She later pursued a Creative Writing emphasis under the tutelage of Brad L. Roghaar, Dr. Victoria Ramirez and Ron Deeter.
In 2007, Britta married the great love of her life, Adrian. They moved to Corvallis, Oregon in September 2012, when Adrian was accepted into the Masters of Fine Arts — Creative Writing program at Oregon State University.