Laura Interval Gaines – Creator

I’m passionate about helping women create and live the lives they want. And I believe that achieving that ideal life is dependent on learning how to balance your mind and body.

As a former professional fashion model turned actress, I spent many years struggling with the idea that I wasn’t (fill-in-the-blank) enough. Thin, talented, pretty, smart – you name it – I was constantly stressed about it. And then, on the dawn of what some would call middle-age, gasp, I realized that my life was not at all what I wanted. So, I set out to make changes, big changes, leave-everything-that-I-had-in-my-life-behind, changes.

During these extremely tough times, in my own constant struggle for physical and mental balance, I began gathering and leading artist groups to help others (and myself) deal with these issues in a supportive environment. As a student of psychology and journalism, it became obvious to me that a closed, shut-down body will always produce a closed, shut-down mind, so I began to create exercises to open up both.

These exercises led me back to doing something I had done often when I was younger, something that always gave me strength and clarity. Dancing. Not in a class, not at a club, but all by myself. In the dark. I used to do this for hours at a time, locking myself in my bedroom with my favorite tunes. It was an escape, a release, a way to check-in with myself and let go of whatever emotions I had trapped inside. I’d simply forgotten the practice as I got older, busier, more self-conscious and less self aware.

When I encourage women in my groups to break into free-form dance, there’s always a barrier of self-consciousness and a resistance or inability to do it at home. My mission became clear: how can I get a group of women to dance with complete abandon, in a room together, for enough time to make it good exercise for both the body and the mind?

SOL was born.

I’m finally living the life I want. I found a partner who shares my passion for creating life one day at a time. We travel, we laugh, we cash in on our creativity by inventing playful concepts. (Our company, Opi and Me, LLC has licensed products to toy companies all over the world.) Through my artist’s and women’s group work, I’ve developed steps to help in creating an ideal life, the first of which are to be taken in the dark with fearless abandon.

I hope you’ll join us in this dance through the darkness and find your light.

 

Feel free to email me with any questions or comments: laura@soldancex.com