Us

Photo Luna Valgaard

~ ElinMaria and Gabriel Sydänvirta ~

We bring people together in a playful atmosphere with heart, dance and art.


The art of life can be colored through dance and it's forever changing rhythms. Integrating dance as a part of daily life gives sensations of being alive and awake, even if it’s just the tiniest little dance observing our own breaths rise and fall. We are curious to be present in the moment,

touched by whatever is there.


Sharing the language of movement can give meaning and connection, to ourselves, life, nature and each other. We love to bring the poetry of dance where it’s not usually experienced or performed. Dance can be a shared language no matter of background, ability, age or identity. Dance activates our happy hormones and the health increases for our whole being.

ElinMaria has last ten years brought Community Dance and Dance Improvisation in different projects and locations; for teenagers, children, mixed abilities, teachers in the school, staff in the old people’s home, in the refugee centers, in the eldery care as well as in the dancing schools. She has developed methods to educate pre-school teachers with dance as a tool for gender equality and norm critical pedagogy. She's a dedicated yoga- and meditation practitioner since her teenage!


Gabriel has worked since 2004 as a Community and Dance Artist in local communities, especially with children and teenagers, in 70 different countries. He has combined several art forms and used dance and movement as a tool to connect with people and as a gateway to learn from each others and to do cross-cultural exchange. Since 2012 he has taught Contact Improvisation, Aquatic dance and Aguahara in Europe and Asia. He’s as well a poet and healer.




We live simple in the nature with our child. After two summers living in our sailboat, we fond our home in close relationship to water on a small island in the outer Archipelago of Finland. Our work are strongly influenced by experienced relation to nature and water; both within the fluid body and in co-existence with nature. We have a great passion to bring people in closer connection to this beautiful planet. Many of our trainings are based on Somatic Movement for deeper awareness and embodied presence. 


We meet on the dancefloor and since beginning of 2015 we are sharing our hearts towards Dance, Art and Healing; Contact Improvisation and somatics, Aguahara, Dance Improvisation and Dance Journeys in nature. We do projects and collaborations with local institutions as well organize traninings and events in Finland, Sweden and around the world. Most of our weekend-long events are located in peaceful surrounding nature, fire-heated studios with wooden floors.





The art of life with dance! Moving Heart holds a space to meet with each other and with dance, art and healing provide new perspectives on nature, movement and life.


We hope to give you an atmosphere with loving kindness, playfulness and to support an allowing space for your own curiosity to grow.


~ ElinMaria and Gabriel ~


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More about us!

Glimpses from our work


Forestdance Workshop with dance in nature. Film by Anniina Joensalo


Compose With Me! Artistic collective with Interactive, instantly composed dance performance.
Video: Valo Films. Supported by Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Arts Promotion Centre Finland), the city of Espoo, Kulttuurikollektiivi Kukoistus.

Photo: Jussi Vierimaa

Red Carpet, dance performance part of project Dancing Archipelago, tour in Finnish Archipelago and Åland 2018.


Supported by Samuel Huber art foundation, Ålands Kulturdelegation and city of Parainen.

When words are not enough
Community dance Project &
Dance documentary movie,
Choreographs and producer
Umeå Sweden 2018- ongoing


In collaboration with YouDance Emelie Boman and supported by Dans i Västerbotten and Film i Västerbotten.

Copyright © Moving Heart 2020

Dance with children

Ongoing projects:
Dance & storytelling,

projects in preschool and school.

In collaboration with UTMANA  and Umeå and Vindelns municipality, Jyväskylän Kulttuuriaitta