MEET DARCI ANDERSON

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Darci Anderson has been teaching, practicing and studying the body and human movement since 2008 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, located on Treaty 4 Territory. She has an MA in Social and Political Thought from York University in Toronto, Canada and taught in the areas of Sociology, Literary Theory, Philosophy and Gender and Post-Colonial Studies at the University of Regina. Darci’s work is deeply informed by the body as a site of meaning-making, and as a site of struggle where power relations are played out. As the founder of Flux Movement Practice, Darci has written extensively on “the grotesque body” and the aging female body as a site of revolt. In addition, she has given public lectures on Play, Food and Ecology, and Gender as both a performative and embodied practice. Darci has always cultivated a community of students that is wildly heterogenous and based on difference, rather than sameness. In both her practice and her teaching, Darci takes an interdisciplinary approach to movement. While she recognizes categories are necessary for communication, she is interested in the potential of the body beyond the confines of

movement ‘disciplines.’ For several years, Darci has hosted a Speakers Series titled “Human Animal Entanglement,” which—under the umbrella of the concept of Movement—provides a platform for public intellectuals to share their ideas and perspectives on Ecology, Indigeneity and Food Sovereignty. 

 

As a teacher and student of movement, Darci is a self-proclaimed scavenger with an expansive history in multiple movement disciplines. Darci’s background is unique in that she has vast experience as both an athlete and coach in Olympic Weightlifting, bodyweight calisthenics and CrossFit as well as movement. Darci pioneered the concept of movement in Canada and introduced it to the general population as an alternative to mainstream ‘fitness and exercise’ paradigms. For many years Darci worked extensively with Ido Portal. Her work is also influenced by Fighting Monkey. 

Darci's Education

  • Honours BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Alberta

  • MA in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto

  • Completion of Ph.D Comprehensive Exams in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto

  • Completed over 40 hours of private lessons with Ryan Ford of Apex PARKOUR Movement (2016)

  • LEVEL 1 PARKOUR Apex Parkour Movement 

  • Fighting Monkey Workshop and over 20 hours of private instruction under Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea of RootlessRoot (2015)

  • Fighting Monkey Intensive in Greece - 5 days of training under Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea (2017)

  • Fighting Monkey Toronto Anatomy of an Injury 2018

  • Fighting Monkey Toronto, 2020 

  • NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 1 and 2

  • I have committed well over 500 hours learning under both Ido Portal and Odelia Goldschmidt. Ido and Odelia have done numerous residencies at Flux that last anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks at a time.

  • Movement Camp in Thailand - 7 days of training and lecture under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2016)

  • Movement Camp in Singapore, Singapore - 7 days of training and lecture under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2014)

  • Movement Camp in Berlin, Germany - 7 days of training and lecture under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2013)

  • Movement Camp in Haifa, Israel - 7 days of training and lectures under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2012)

  • Tom Weksler - Movement Archery 3 day intensive in Slovakia

  • Became a green belt in capoeira under our teacher Mestre Parafina of Capoeira Los Angeles. I have completed over 80 hours of training with him. (2015)

  • 10 Day Weightlifting Camp in Bulgaria under Alex Varbanov, Ivan Abidjiev and Lechev (2014)

  • Alex Varbanov (3 times gold medalist and 1 time silver medalist at World Championships, 4 times gold medalist and 2 times silver medalist at European Championships) has long been a mentor to me in the sport of weightlifting. I have spent numerous hours learning under his guidance.

  • Provincial Weightlifting Coach for Junior and Senior Nationals (2013 - 2018)

  • Dr. Spina's Functional Range Conditioning Certified Mobility Specialist (2013)

  • Alex Varbanov School of Weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Certification

  • Optimum Performance Training: Coaching Certification Program. Exercise Physiology: Program Design Module; Exercise Physiology: Assessment Module. Each module is approximately 6 months of study.

  • CrossFit Level 1

  • CrossFit Gymnastics - Jeff Tucker

  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting - Mike Burgener

  • CrossFit Basic Barbell - Mark Rippetoe

  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility - Kelly Starrett

  • CrossFit Nutrition - Robb Wolf

  • Agatsu Level 1 Kettlebell

  • Elite Combat Fitness (CKC)

  • Agatsu Level 1 Weightlifting under Pierre Augé

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