SpiritDance SoulSong was founded in 2009
by co-creators Ellen Watson and Daphne Tse.
A world-renowned somatic arts educator, Ellen Watson has an extensive history in healing arts, developed from over 30 years at the historic Esalen® Institute in Big Sur, California.
After studying 5Rhythms™ with Gabrielle Roth, Ellen developed SpiritDance to incorporate her complementary practices in Esalen® Massage, Holotropic Breathwork™, Continuum Movement, yoga, Clinical Hypnosis, Gestalt Awareness Practice and sound healing.
In 1996, Ellen founded MovingVentures, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization to share healing arts around the world. This provides a channel for running programs in Touching Essence™, Esalen® Massage, SpiritDance SoulSong™ and programs for other teachers through Show Up & Teach.
A licensed minister and spiritual counselor, Ellen shines in her ability to teach and guide others through their own discovery of embodied presence.
Daphne Tse is a spirited, soulful musician and teacher. After falling in love with yoga more than 20 years ago, she has explored merging her spiritual practice with her music, combining mantras, folk and world music.
She developed SoulSong to inspire everyone to sing the song that lies in their heart and awaken their true voice. She travels around the world, sharing her music and SoulSong teachings with performances and classes.
Daphne studied music at The University of Texas at Austin, Berklee College of Music and The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. She learned from kirtan masters Jai Uttal and Daniel Paul, and sound healing from Jonathan Goldman.
Her music has been featured on yoga music compilations and DVDs with her friend and teacher Shiva Rea, with whom she has completed multiple teacher trainings. She has released three albums -- Mata, Finding Water and Samahita Live.