I love to dance. It’s my passion. It makes me feel alive and happy.
Life is pure dance.
Through therapy and dancetherapy I discovered dance.
Dance allowed me to fully experience and express all my pain and my rage, and to express what I couldn’t say with words.
Dance restored my dignity, my joy, my connection to pleasure. Through dance I discovered my own power to heal and to lead a happy life.
My creative process stems from a deep listening of the body in a state of complete presence in the here and now, which allows for the emergence of an expanded consciousness, and of a channeling of creativity and healing.
I believe dance can help us transform pain and darkness into beauty and love for us -and for the whole planet.
The mission of my dance is to send a message of healing and transformation that emerges from inside of us and expand to the entire universe.
My name is Raquel Santiago. I am a dancer, dance activist and a transpersonal somatic therapist.
Welcome to my website.
I’m a mother of twins, an international dancer, dance activist, yogi, and transpersonal somatic therapist, originally from Barcelona, Spain. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
I am trained in a wide variety of dance styles such as Contemporary, Middle Eastern, African, Butoh, Body Weather, Creative Dance and Danza Duende. I am also a Yoga instructor, and a meditation teacher, and I have received training in chakra work, Shambhala Buddhism and Transpersonal Psychology. Now I’m receiving training in Noguchi Taiso and Gaga.
My creative process relies on a deep listening to the body in a state of complete presence in the here and now, which allows for the emergence of an expanded consciousness, and for the channeling of creativity and healing.
My explorations in this space have allowed me to develop Alchemy Spinning™, and to create Crisalis™, a body-based therapy to treat eating disorders, sexual abuse, and other traumas. I perfected Crisalis™ over three years working with eating disorder patients at Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, one the most recognized psychiatric wards in Europe.
I love to perform and to create my own performances, both solo and with other dancers.
I think of my work as a service to people and planet, fostering personal and collective healing and transformation. I have been dubbed by the press as “the New Isadora Duncan of the Environment”, because my projects often have a message of consciousness and transformation. I have worked with UNESCO and other nonprofit organizations, and performed at environmental conferences and transformational gatherings, such as San Francisco Green Festival and the Boom Festival in Portugal, forMidway Film, at TEDxCibeles Events, among others events.
I also love teaching classes and workshops, and thrive at creating a space where all kinds of students can connect with their bodies and their own unique ways to express their joy, passion and consciousness through movement.
I am a Founding Innovator at Kumu, a California-based Innovation Lab for activism, where I can expand and share my fascination with the power of body wisdom to bring about a thriving world where human societies live healthy and happy lives by the values of sustainability and social justice.