Womens Movement Collaborative
Dani Almeyda is on a mission and it’s one that See&Do shares. Dani please can you tell us about what you do and where you are based? I’m Dani Almeyda. I am a wife to a firefighter, a mother of 2 young children and a border collie, a small business owner, coach, friend, and a woman wanting to move the world. I live in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina (a small little town outside of Raleigh) and operate two fitness businesses in an adorable revitalized Downtown area. One business is Original Strength, a movement education company, that teaches people about what their bodies are capable of and how to restore mobility, strength, and freedom. The other business is the Original Strength Institute, which is a fitness facility which we say, is sorta like a gym, but better. We build strong and frisky people that contribute and create an amazing family-like community. I am also one of the founders of The Women’s Movement Collaborative. What’s your movement background and story? After years of being a competitive athlete, an injured one at that, I got into the health and fitness industry and from there, became a coach and was fortunate enough to learn from some awesome people around me, including my business partner, Tim Anderson. Tim taught me all about how to ‘press reset’ and my body is stronger now than it has ever been. How do you spend most of your days at the moment? Oh gosh… I wish I could make this a simple response. I take care of my kids and often my niece as well and just that keeps me moving A LOT. Then add in running 2 businesses, being a wife to a firefighter husband with a crazy schedule, and trying to manage taking care of myself and being a good friend… I have some very full days. But I do love it. I am split between family, coaching a few hours a day, focusing on growing both Original Strength and OS Institute, and training myself between 30-60 minutes 5-6x a week. Can you tell me more about the Womens Movement Collaborative. The idea for this organization and event is to introduce women to several different ways to move and play and explore our bodies and how powerful and capable we are. This will be a fun COLLABORATIVE event, the first one is set for Sept 30-Oct 1st in Fuquay-Varina, NC. You won’t see us to be lecturing to everyone and up on a pedestal but working together with the attendees. This weekend should be full of play, adventure, movement, strength, and love. We will be anchoring around the more unconventional methods and out of the box thinkers. I personally, am sick of the overly complicated. I’m sick of the prisons and limitations we put on ourselves. We need less stress and more play. Oh, and less about ego, and more about love. How did this idea come about? This idea came about after connecting with other women movers that wanted to collaborate and explore movement. A few years ago, a friend, Mary Beth Gangemi invited me out to meet some other awesome female movers and to play outside. It was awesome and I knew I wanted to connect and collaborate more. Then Abby Clark and I connected after following each other via social media and decided that we needed to put an event together for other women to have an opportunity to explore, play and connect. Thus, the Womens Movement Collaborative Project was born! What’s going to be happening over the WMC weekend?