About Aliza Rivka

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Aliza Rivka is the guide you meet when you’re ready to fly.

After 32 years in New York City, Aliza left the concrete jungle for the jungles of Costa Rica because her body told her to. It took months of brutal body aches, depression & depletion for Aliza to finally look right into her body and ask: “What do you want?” 

What arrived loud & clear was a flood of imagery: green jungle canopies, ocean warmth, sun on skin & lots of dance. Ingredients for health. An emerging recipe for a soul-based life.

Within 2 months, Aliza was on the plane to Costa Rica (never before on her map) managing a dance retreat center near the beach. What’s unfolded since then has been nothing short of magic. Mission rebooted, autoimmune symptoms dissolved, Aliza now guides others in the art of quantum growth through dance. 

Aliza is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, an ordained Kohenet Hebrew Priestess & a DJ Witch (graduate of PhDJ). Her dance floors are literal jungle parties where nature gets down with us & a new earth births between beats. When Aliza’s on the decks, bodies breathe better, our ancestors exhale & sound systems pulse to the deeper prayer of Pachamama. 


Aliza has touched thousands of lives through dance – leading dance community in the NYC area, locally in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica & globally from her Zoom screen. Co-founder of Imiloa Institute’s Soul Sundays & Mama of Mariposa Movement – Aliza is just getting started. Subscribe for all ways to dance & connect, & join the waitlist for Flight School 2023 here!

Aliza Rivka’s leadership in ecstatic dance and movement lends a portal to another world. I NEVER thought I'd be able to let go enough to truly reap the benefits of the practice, but Aliza's high energy, warmth, love and joy melted all my barriers and had me dancing like a priestess in a very short order. I was not looking to find myself in ecstatic dance, but after surrendering to the practice and the flow of energy, the result was nothing short of transformational. All I can express is my endless gratitude. You really have to experience this practice for yourself!

LAURA PRESKIN | FOUNDER OF YAFFA ACTIVEWEAR

My Story

I grew up in an NYC suburb in a Jewish family. I did all the things right: straight A student, Ivy League grad, professional dancer. On the surface everything was great. But by my 30s, that way of life - defined by cultural conditioning, people pleasing and perfectionism eventually caught up with me - and in 2018, I found myself depressed, depleted and dying inside. 

 

It was a total spiritual crisis - one that forced me to radically and quickly quantum leap. It became clear that it was time to leave New York, my home of 32 years. Something new was calling. A death / rebirth, caterpillar into chrysalis moment. 

 

In April 2018, I traded life in the concrete jungle (NYC) for the lush jungles of Costa Rica.  This choice - defined by moving deeper into my intuition and the wisdom of nature - allowed me to heal myself from an autoimmune condition and quantum leap into a new paradigm. The last 4 years have asked me to completely rebirth myself and in the process, to birth Mariposa Movement: School of Awakening through Dance.

 

For me, movement has always been the deepest medicine. My devotion to this work has allowed me to help thousands of people experience more joy, freedom, truth, connection and relief through dance. Every single movement class or experience still brings me to total awe - what an honor to witness the before and after transformation available in each dance.

For those who care for credentials! A decade of lived experience in quantum leaping; a lifetime of studying and teaching dance; a BA in Dance from Columbia University; a Master’s of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy; thousands of clinical dance therapy hours, both practice and supervision; thousands of hours of somatic practice and workshops in modalities including the 5Rhythms, Continuum, Authentic Movement & more; a 200-hr yoga teacher training plus over a decade of studying and teaching yoga; additional yoga certifications in Restorative Yoga, Advanced Anatomy and yoga for at-risk youth. In 2017, I was ordained as a Kohenet Hebrew Priestess, a feminine leadership path and program that deeply informs my work and how I hold all ritual space. I’ve DJ’ed thousands of ecstatic dance events, plus weddings, retreats and birthday parties. Most recently I graduated from Powerhouse DJ School (PhDJ) to bring my dance spaceholding skills to the next level. Get ready! 

Aliza is pure magic. She shares herself and her journey so generously. Being in her presence inspires me to create a life so abundant that I'm bursting with love, because I want what she's having. Her deep, tender, fiery spirit is contagious and ignites everyone and everything around her.

JAMIE YASGUR | DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPIST

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Aliza is such an incredible healer & such a source of inspiration! Each & every session I have with her continues to propel me further into my truth & the radiance of who I truly am. Working with her allows me to instantly access the clarity, ease, abundance & joy that has always been mine. With her dance & embodiment work she gently & powerfully guides you back from stagnation & frustration into your body, your light & your play as a source of constant service & pleasure. I leave our sessions feeling vibrant, connected & ready to playfully create all that I desire. Aliza walks her talk & her presence & love is such a gift to this world & those around her. Thank you Aliza - I cannot wait for another session together! 

MADELINE ASTREYA | FOUNDER OF WILD WOMAN WISDOM TEMPLE