India Harville is an African American queer disabled femme teacher, somatic bodyworker, performance artist, dance instructor, social justice activist, and educator dedicated to facilitating people in personal and collective growth and transformation.
India has studied several forms of dance including NIA, Zumba, KiVo, Dancing Freedom, and American DanceWheels wheelchair ballroom dance. India is a DanceAbility instructor and one of only 25 people to complete the advance certification in Danceability to become a Master Instructor. India has over 17 years teaching experience.
India has been a student of Disability Justice since 2011. India has had health challenges since infancy, but she did not adopt a politicized disabled identity until 2011. In the last seven years her health conditions have been her greatest teacher. Her personal journey with disability deeply informs how she works with others. India has travelled extensively, speaking about disability justice and leading people in embodied exercises to apply the theory in real life situations.
India’s eclectic toolkit makes her very adept in helping people deepen their connection to themselves and to helping people find more pleasure and ease in their lives.
India has over 19 years experience in the fields of embodiment via massage, somatics, and dance. India is trained in several massage/somatic modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Shiatsu, Thai, and Rosen Method Bodywork.
India holds a BA in health psychology from New College of Florida and a MA in Integrative Medicine from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
India has received many awards/fellowships including the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Award to conduct research on the body’s response to stress in Dusseldorf Germany, three scholarships/residencies to study/teach/perform mixed abilities dance, including one with Sins Invalid in Berkeley California, and has conducted research at The Touch Research Institute in Miami Florida, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco State, and Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley California.
India is originally from Michigan, but considers herself a Bay Area convert after living here for over a decade. When India is not working with clients, she enjoys time in nature, reading, and meditation.