Darci Anderson Principal and Director of Programming, Co-Owner of Flux School of Human Movement
I founded Flux School of Human Movement in 2008 with my partner Charity Marsh. It began in a humble, uninsulated garage with a handful of friends. At the time, I was still working on my Ph.D in Social and Political Thought at York University in Toronto, and I was also teaching full time in the Sociology Department at the University of Regina. There is no doubt that my studies in critical thinking have aided in the development of and vision of Flux. What we do at Flux is a result of many hours of the study, scrutiny and practice of a myriad of movement practices, past and present, that exist around the globe. There is a strong ethical undercurrent to Flux as well. I always envisioned owning a gym that had a neighborhood feel to it - a space that was community oriented and welcoming to difference of all sorts. This line of thinking extends to a consideration of ecology as well. For many years, Flux has pasture raised its own cattle, operated a community garden and encouraged its students to engage in conversations of ecological sustainability.
I am hyper committed to education and research and I have made it an absolute priority to always think critically about what I am learning. When I embark on a new movement discipline I delve 100% into that practice and take as much as I can from my experiences. I believe this is key to our student’s success. A good teacher must have a robust appetite for the new and the ability to engage critically with new material. Here is a list of some of my research and education.
Honours BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Alberta
MA in Social and Political Thought, York University, Toronto
Completion of Ph.D Comprehensive Exams in Social and Political Thought
Completed over 40 hours of private lessons with Ryan Ford of Apex Movement (2016)
Became a green belt in capoeira under our teacher Mestre Parafina of Capoeira Los Angeles. I have completed over 80 hours of training with him. (2015)
I have committed well over 500 hours learning under both Ido Portal and Odelia Goldschmidt. Ido and Odelia have done numerous residencies at Flux that last anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks at a time.
Movement Camp in Thailand - 7 days of training and lecture under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2016)
Movement Camp in Singapore, Singapore - 7 days of training and lecture under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2014)
Movement Camp in Berlin, Germany - 7 days of training and lecture under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2013)
Movement Camp in Haifa, Israel - 7 days of training and lectures under Ido Portal and other movement artists (2012)
Fighting Monkey Workshop and over 20 hours of private instruction under Jozef Frucek and Linda Kapetanea of RootlessRoot (2015)
10 Day Weightlifting Camp in Bulgaria under Alex Varbanov, Ivan Abidjiev and Lechev (2014)
Alex Varbanov (3 times gold medalist and 1 time silver medalist at World Championships, 4 times gold medalist and 2 times silver medalist at European Championships) has long been a mentor to me in the sport of weightlifting. I have spent numerous hours learning under his guidance.
NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 1 and 2
Provincial Weightlifting Coach for Junior and Senior Nationals (2013 - current season)
Dr. Spina's Functional Range Conditioning Certified Mobility Specialist (2013)
Alex Varbanov School of Weightlifting Olympic Weightlifting Certification
Optimum Performance Training: Coaching Certification Program. Exercise Physiology: Program Design Module; Exercise Physiology: Assessment Module. Each module is approximately 6 months of study.
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics - Jeff Tucker
CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting - Mike Burgener
CrossFit Basic Barbell - Mark Rippetoe
CrossFit Movement and Mobility - Kelly Starrett
CrossFit Nutrition - Robb Wolf
Agatsu Level 1 Kettlebell
Elite Combat Fitness (CKC)
Agatsu Level 1 Weightlifting under Pierre Augé