Make life affirming
Get Free encourages you to embrace freedom in the present by creating moments of shared joy through movement and music. Expand your boundaries and work towards realisation of your full potential through affordable and accessible dance classes, workshops and movement therapy groups.
GET FREE PHILOSOPHY
GetFree therapy sessions and workshops are devised and delivered by group facilitator and dance/movement psychotherapist Lottie Ball. It is an approach to working with the body that incorporates Stoic philosophy, the fundamentals of person-centred psychotherapy and the transformative power of dance as a vehicle for positive change.
The aim of the work is to encourage participants to build confidence in expressing themselves freely and to provide opportunity to connect with others in safe, non-judgemental spaces. Here we can create new pathways for compassionate, authentic communication and greater understanding.
Whether in a community, corporate, care or school setting, Get Free explores the boundaries we face towards embracing our full potential and helps develop our capacity for living life at its fullest.
‘Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better’ – Albert Camus
I am a dance/movement psychotherapist and group facilitator working in the city of Bristol, UK. I offer compassionate, enthusiastic leadership and a flexible attitude towards healing that draws from multiple disciplines. My movement practise is about fun, celebration and finding moments of feeling awake, alive and connected.
I am deeply passionate about empowering others through movement and creating body positive spaces that allow for free expression to happen, for stories to be shared, received and understood. I am most happy when lost in music, experiencing joyful union of body and mind.
I have been training and working with performing arts since 1999, achieving my Dance/Movement Psychotherapy masters from Dance Voice (Bristol/Canterbury Christchurch) in 2012. Alongside my therapy work, I have hosted or participated in many community events and collaborated with, among others, Terrance Higgins Trust, Many Minds, Bristol Drugs Project (Prism), See If From Her, Social Muscle Club, Sisterworks, Temwa, Shambala, Love Saves The Day, Bristol Pride and Trinity Arts Centre.
I am a registered practitioner with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists (ADMP) UK and Yoga Alliance. I have full DBS clearance, professional insurance and am currently working towards private practise and registration with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. I follow a clear and comprehensive code of ethics as specified by the ADMP.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. I am always happy to share my enthusiasm and, most importantly, to help you find yours.
Samples of previous work:
Get ready to feel alive! In Lottie’s classes I feel encouraged. She creates an atmosphere of inclusivity and personal growth where your only competitor is yourself. – P.S.
A talented and engaging teacher with the most infectious energy, who’s light and positivity create the most welcoming and nurturing of spaces. – A.C.
Lottie is an inspiration! Her energy and positivity are infectious and she has an awesome way of making you see how fierce you really can be. – J.B-S
Lottie empowers and encourages me to be the best person I can, without pressure or ideal. Her classes are so joyous and fun. She creates a safe space, freeing my vulnerabilities, enabling me to confront, accept, forgive and love myself. – L.O.
Lottie’s dance class was always a place we knew we would be accepted, supported, encouraged and challenged. We could try new things, and express new sides of ourselves, without judgement or reproach. – S.L.
Free your body and mind with Get Free dance classes and workshops. Embrace freedom in the moment in a non-judgemental space where you can relax and have fun with movement. Whether you’re looking for fitness with a twist or a more soulful experience, we have a variety of groups to meet your needs. Every class is open to all abilities and goals.
- A safe space to express yourself fully and lose your inhibitions
- A gateway to increased confidence
- A mix of strengthening, conditioning, choreography and technique
- Sessions for those with limited mobility
- Experienced facilitation
- A huge range of musical styles, inspirations and movement explorations
- Sympathetic pricing structures with flexible payment options
- Weekly and monthly drop-in sessions across Bristol City
Get Free workshops are designed to bring joy, unity and a sense of achievement and celebration to any setting. Whether clinical, educational, care-oriented or community-focused, the work emphasises attention to commonality and communion, providing a framework for developing attitudes of ‘us’ rather than ‘them’. Workshops can be delivered as a one-off event or series for specific groups. If you think your group might benefit, please contact me to enquire and discuss options.
I aim to inspire and empower through shared experiences of sound and movement, taking participants outside their comfort zone in ways that feel effortless, authentic and exciting. Working beyond the limitations of language, we engage creativity with props, music and movement to transcend our day-to-day relationships with others.
Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the group but follow a basic system of unfolding that might include:
- Group circle and sharing
- Movement games/icebreakers
- Movement exploration
- Small group work
- Incorporation of themes and props
- Reflection and relaxation
Duration: 2+ hours
For more information or to share ideas for collaboration, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I facilitate dance/movement psychotherapy (DMP) as an outreach service available by request, offering weekly sessions that can be adapted to a variety of settings. Since qualifying as a practitioner, I have run a mix of short- and long-term therapy programs, working predominantly with mixed pathology mental health groups, learning disabilities and dementia care. Organisations I have worked with include Keystones Mental Health Support Services, Camphill Community, Vinney Green Secure Services and Supported Living Ltd.
I work with an integrated Transpersonal-Humanistic approach. This means that the therapy is geared towards self-empowerment, with a focus on unleashing the spirit, or life force, of the individual, and tapping into the potential of transcendental experience. You can further understand my values by checking out the Get Free Philosophy. My therapy work follows a strict code of ethics as specified by ADMP UK, and I attend regular clinical supervision with a senior DMP who oversees and advises my practise.
What is Dance/Movement Psychotherapy?
DMP is a recognised branch of the creative arts therapies (also including music, art and drama) that applies psychological and developmental theory to movement, utilising the interconnectivity of mind and body. The aim, over time, is to enable the client to identify, process and break free from unwanted patterns of behaviour. It can also be used to support the person or group through any enduring challenges they may be facing.
Whilst primarily non-verbal, sessions will almost always include music and verbal reflections, incorporating singing, props or art making if desired.
In contrast to the instructive tone of a dance class, in this space the clients and therapist are on a collaborative journey. DMP does not require, or seek, proficiency in dance; rather, the movement is a vehicle of exploration, a means of giving voice to that which cannot be expressed in words, or is not yet understood by the conscious mind. The movement that emerges might range from playful abandon to moments of perceived stillness where only the breath remains. As the client discovers new ways of being in, and thinking about, the body, they can begin to access new possibilities for acceptance and growth, discovering tolerance and calm in place of fear and resistance.
The therapist provides a safe container for the action to unfold. It is their job to provide unwavering commitment for the individual, offering guidance and support as necessary. This therapeutic alliance (the connection between therapist and client) plays a key role in the success of the therapy—within this, the client rebuilds a sense of trust in the Other and is able to experience a unique kind of relationship modelled on authenticity, empathic understanding and unconditional positive regard. This relationship is then mirrored back to the self, providing an embedded template for future interactions.
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy has great scope for assisting with
- Personality disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Disruptive behavioural patterns
- Feelings of disconnection and alienation
- Body dysmorphia and issues around food
- Feelings of shame or inadequacy
- Inability to gain agency (control)
To talk further about providing DMP within your organisation or to arrange a trial, please get in touch. I charge £50 for a 1.5 hour session but can be flexible if funds are a barrier.
I am working towards private practise and hope to offer 1:1 therapy soon. If you would like to access personal therapy but are unsure about where to turn, you can find more information at psychotherapy.org.uk, ADMP.org.uk, and mind.org.uk.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to be ‘able to dance’?
No. We celebrate all movement and there are no expectations or judgements around ability. You do not need to have any previous experience.
What should I expect from my first session?
Turning up for your first session can be daunting but rest assured you will receive a warm welcome and opportunity to discuss injuries or concerns. The group is run with an ethos of joy and acceptance and you are invited to take the class at your own pace.
Can I be assisted with transport?
If you are worried about travelling alone to a session or need support, please email ahead for guidance and options.
Do I have to book in advance?
Get Free classes are always run on a drop-in basis so you can come along and join in whenever you fancy. You can book on MoveGB or pay on the door. Workshops and Psychotherapy groups must be pre-arranged by e-mail/consultation.
What should I wear?
Anything you feel comfortable in. If you want to dress up, dress up! If you wanna wear your oldest most comfy things, that’s also totally cool. The main thing to bear in mind is that you need to be able to stretch and you might work up a sweat. You can dance barefoot, with socks or with trainers.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
A bottle for water, money if you are taking part in a class.
How do I pay?
Payment is taken on the door at the drop-in sessions or through MoveGB if you’re a member. Where workshops and psychotherapy facilitation are concerned, a bill will be invoiced after the session has taken place.