Carl Winleigh Davids
Carl Davids is an accomplished BIPOC South African dancer and the 2nd runner-up in “So You Think You Can Dance.” After living in the Philippines for 7 years, where he honed his skills in Aerial Yoga and Freediving, Carl returned home to establish Flow Rebels Studios Northcliff, a place for Flow movements of all kinds, including Yoga, Aerial, Dance, and Watersports such as swimming, Freediving, and Mermaiding. As a qualified Dancecor Modern teacher and E-RYT 500hr Yoga and Aerial yoga instructor with thousands of recorded teaching hours, Carl uses his skills to share his passion for movement and mindfulness. Carl has represented his country as part of the South African World Champion Team in 2009, 2010, and 2012, achieving remarkable success, including 1st and 2nd place in the IDO World Show dance Championships. He has competed in many dance competitions from Freestyle to hip hop, holding titles from Hip hop Gauteng champs to Dancer of the year Champ of champs. With a remarkable skill set and versatility, Carl’s captivating performances and dedication to his craft have solidified his reputation as a respected figure in the dance industry. In addition to his dance career, Carl is committed to teaching yoga and promoting holistic well-being. Through his artistry and expertise, he continues to inspire others to explore the transformative power of dance and yoga. Although he has been absent from South Africa, he is starting to become known in local circles. Carl’s philosophy is best summed up in his own words: “I am in search of one moment where I transcend the thoughts and the effort needed, and become one with the flow of nature.”. When it comes to teaching yoga, dance, and aerial yoga, there are a few key principles that can help create a safe, supportive, and inspiring environment for students. Here are some ideas for incorporating these words into your teaching style: Safe: Create a space where students feel comfortable exploring their bodies and trying new things. Encourage them to listen to their bodies and modify poses as needed to avoid injury. Caring: Show compassion and empathy towards your students. Take the time to get to know them and their individual needs and goals. Calm: Create a peaceful and calming atmosphere in your classes. Use soothing music, dim lighting, and gentle cues to help students relax and unwind. Joyous: Infuse your classes with a sense of joy and playfulness. Encourage students to have fun and enjoy the process of moving their bodies. Exciting: Keep your classes fresh and exciting by introducing new poses, sequences, and challenges. Use creative cues and music to keep students engaged and motivated. Encouraging: Provide positive feedback and encouragement to your students. Celebrate their successes and help them overcome their challenges. Patience: Be patient with your students and yourself. Remember that everyone is on their own unique journey and that progress takes time. Powerful: Help your students tap into their inner strength and power. Encourage them to push themselves to their limits and to discover what they are truly capable of. Inspiring: Lead by example and inspire your students to be their best selves. Share your own journey and experiences to help motivate and encourage them. Surprising: Keep your students on their toes by introducing unexpected poses or sequences. Challenge them to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new. Empathic: Show empathy and understanding towards your students. Be open and receptive to their needs and concerns. Step-by-Step: Break down poses and sequences into manageable steps to help students build confidence and understanding. Love: Above all, teach with love and compassion. Share your passion for movement and mindfulness with your students and help them discover the joy and beauty of these practices.