“Life is a poem, live out the metaphors.” Britta
Britta Visser Stumpp (nicknamed the “Bandit” as a child), is a dancer, graphic designer, teacher, and writer. She is currently teaching Dance at Lotus Yoga & Dance Studio and is a contributing writer for Fuse: a tribal and tribal fusion belly dance magazine. She has performed Belly, African and Afro-Brazilian dance for several years in Northern Utah and Central Oregon.
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She has a Bachelor’s degree from WSU in English – Creative Writing and studies in Graphic Design, Dance, and Comparative Mythology. She also studied courses with the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University with an emphasis on world spirituality.
For the past 9 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 numerous different cultural beliefs around the world all her life.
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 in 2006. As a child, Britta’s mother and grandmother had 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 to keep up and so stopped dancing. 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. In college, she decided to take a few world dance classes. While studying women’s traditional dance and West African 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.
After many years of using Yoga to heal, focus and meditate, Britta entered the Registered Yoga Teacher practice at Borrowed Earth Emporium in 2011 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 at WSU.