Here's just a small window into few of the many Ode to the Moon events taken place in New Jersey, New York and Europe since 2014.
Ode to the Moon began 2 years ago, starting very small. The goal was simple: to invoke discussion on the topic of domestic violence and raise money to benefit the efforts of 180 Turning Lives Around, a local organization that provides shelter and resources for the survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Eleonora Zampatti is the founder of Ode to the Moon, the instructor, and a survivor herself of domestic abuse. “It is through the movement of my body that I was able to accept my past, embrace my scars, and learn how to fall in love with myself,” and it is through movement she hopes to teach everyone the poetry they hold within themselves to accept who they are, no matter what scars they bear. Eleonora knew she needed another element to make this class stand out from the rest, something that, when paired with movement, would allow them to truly understand her mission. Meeting Allison LaRochelle at her first class at Synergy Hot Yoga was fate. Before even hearing her sound, as soon as she found out Allison was a musician, she was on the job as the voice of Ode to the Moon, and has been ever since. Only a few months later, after an in depth discussion of Eleonora’s past, the song “Lay Your Hand on Me,” was created, giving Eleonora and Ode to the Moon an anthem. Ode to the Moon continued to grow and to travel around New Jersey.
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