Kjerstin Lysne Palasthy (born Minneapolis, 1986) is a lifelong student of the Body. She began her dance training with Ballet in her childhood home of Fargo, before studying Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, from which she graduated in 2008. She spent the following two seasons performing for, and teaching, kids throughout the Southeastern United States as a member of the children’s theater company, Open Dream Ensemble. She worked with several choreographers in Washington, DC, from 2010 to 2013, where and when she also experimented with collaboratively creating with follow dance and theater artists. Also during this time, she completed her yoga teacher training and began guiding classes.
Her evolution as an artist was greatly impacted by her emigration to Belgium in 2014, where she first encountered Body Mind Centering and a community of artists that have expanded her perception of the potentials of a dance, or movement-based, artistic practice.