With Kelly King

Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance Kelly King will guide you to shed light on individual personal experiences through physical movement and expression by answering the question: Why Not Me? The workshop will inspire you to create language and movement that will inform your creative process as you explore and share personal beliefs and experiences through writing, dance, and discussion. Prior dance experience is not needed or expected.

Saturday, September 16th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Our programs are based on suggested donation, and are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Kelly King

Kelly King, Founder/Artistic Director of Contradiction Dance, makes dances for theatre, film, stage, and street… and all the places people go in-between. Playing in several artistic sandboxes at once, while teasing the line between art & entertainment, Kelly brings a collage of interests to each endeavor.

For over 10 year she has worked with teachers and students on adaptive movement bringing dance to all types of students. She has founded three danced schools, including the CityDance Center at Strathmore (2004) and Contradiction Dance (2007), led countless professional development workshops for educators nationwide, consulted for the DC Collaborative for the Arts and Humanities (2006-2008), and served St. Mary’s College of Maryland teaching all levels of improvisation, composition, jazz and modern dance (2006-2009).

Currently, Kelly teaches beginners through professional levels of dance to students ranging from pre-school to senior citizens, including adults with disabilities. She also leads Moving Dialogues workshops to engage and empower non-dancers in the artistic process through their own writing and movement.  As a trainer in arts integration, she leads workshops designed to create the next generation of master educators for the Learning Alliance (Florida) and Story Tapestries (Nationwide). Kelly has performed nationally and internationally for several companies, most notably: Contradiction Dance (Artistic Director), CityDance Ensemble (Associate Director), Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Echo Park Contemporary Ballet, and JazzDanzDC. She has performed with production companies, including Cirque du Soleil, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cast of Thousands.

Choreography Credits include: Kennedy Center: Objects of Hope; The Phillips Collection: In the Flesh, Shapes in Space; Round House Theatre: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Lord of the Flies; Over The Line Festival: Objects of Hope, Homemade; Source Festival: Hallmark Dreams, Other Life (Film); St. Mary’s College: Polaroid Stories, Dancing on the Earth, Objects of Hope; Adventure Theatre: The Little Engine That Could; Forum Theatre: Bobrauschenbergamerica; Constellation Theatre: The Love of the Nightingale, Scapin, The Fire and the Rain; GEICO: Annual Benefits (Film); Anacostia Arts Center: Walk a Mile; Site Specific: #DanceAboutDC series, BOUNDARIES.

Kelly serves the creative community as an educator, choreographer, consultant, advocate and audience member.www.contradictiondance.com

With Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200

Enjoy a greater sense of well-being and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes. Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit. All levels welcome.

Sessions in August:

  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Kiersten Gallagher

Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years. Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image.Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

With Alaina Sadick Goss, RYT 500

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

August Classes

  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15
  • August 22
  • August 29

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Alaina Sadick Goss


Alaina Sadick Goss, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

With Beth Lawrence RYT 500

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

August Classes

  • August 7
  • August 14
  • August 21
  • August 28

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Our programs are also open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

About Beth Lawrence

Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the practice.

With Kiersten Gallagher

Join our Program Director Kiersten Gallagher for an afternoon meditation and painting workshop where you will learn techniques that will help you to allow your own creativity to flow. You will work collaboratively with others, and explore how color, creativity, and the act of art making can be healing. Beginners welcome.

Thursdays August 24th and 17th 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Kiersten

Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years. Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where art will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

With Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200

Enjoy a greater sense of well-being and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes. Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit. All levels welcome.

Sessions in August:

  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Kiersten Gallagher

Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years. Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image.Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where yoga will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

With Alaina Sadick Goss, RYT 500

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

August Classes

  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15
  • August 22
  • August 29

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Alaina Sadick Goss


Alaina Sadick Goss, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.

With Beth Lawrence RYT 500

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

August Classes

  • August 7
  • August 14
  • August 21
  • August 28

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Our programs are also open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

About Beth Lawrence

Beth discovered yoga in early 2002 as a mother of six month old twins. She was looking to get back into shape after their birth. In yoga, she found far more than she anticipated- an age old practice designed to help people relieve stress- both mental and physical. After a few years of regular practice, she knew she wanted to share her positive experiences with others. She has been leading yoga classes in the DC area since 2007 after completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Nth Degree Yoga with Martha Rosen. In 2011, she went back to earn her RYT500. Her personal practice is inspired by Integral Yoga and Sivananda Yoga, both of which incorporate body and mind into the practice.

With Kiersten Gallagher

Join our Program Director Kiersten Gallagher for an afternoon meditation and painting workshop where you will learn techniques that will help you to allow your own creativity to flow. You will work collaboratively with others, and explore how color, creativity, and the act of art making can be healing. Beginners welcome.

Thursdays August 10th and 17th 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Kiersten

Kiersten Gallagher, RYT 200 and Certified Herbalist has studied yoga for over 25 years. Over the last decade, Kiersten has developed yoga programs and has provided a place for healing in the cancer community, in underprivileged neighborhoods, for special needs children, for teens and adults with drug addiction and for those struggling with body image. Kiersten invites you on a journey of healing to help guide you to a place where art will make a real difference in your life.  Kiersten’s goal for you is that you feel better when you leave class- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, than you may have felt when you stepped through the door to begin your practice.

With Alaina Sadick Goss, RYT 500

Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy in our gentle yoga classes.  Learn various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices, and meditation to help reduce stress and balance mind, body, and spirit.  Our classes are open to anyone interested in attending and they are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness.  All levels are welcome.

August Classes

  • August 1
  • August 8
  • August 15
  • August 22
  • August 29

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes.

Suggested Donation for 1 Class: $10

Suggested Donation for 1 Month of Classes: $25

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

About Alaina Sadick Goss


Alaina Sadick Goss, RYT-500, draws inspiration from more than a decade of study and practice with gifted teachers from around the world. She has completed hundreds of hours of training in various styles of yoga and its therapeutic applications with a particular focus on healing in the face of cancer. Her gentle, approachable style includes mindful asana, meditation, and pranayama with an emphasis on natural flow and integration. In addition to her weekly public and private classes in DC, she has taught abroad though Anahata International, an organization committed to bringing yoga and other wellness services to communities affected by conflict around the world. With dedication and an open heart, she is honored to share the transformative power of yoga with those affected by cancer and stress at Smith Center.