We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nancy, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?

There are so many entrepreneurs out there saying “Go for it! Just put your feet to the ground and start that business. Don’t think too hard about how it will turn out, just do it!” And honestly, that works for so many… however, I took my time. I didn’t drag my feet, I researched, I made purchases for my business, took care of legalities, networked, and participated in courses that would elevate this business… but I definitely took my time. It’s like the kid on the edge of a pool whose loved ones are affirming and assuring that they will be just fine if they jump right in. Well, I’m the type of kid who needed to know the water’s temperature, the depth of the pool where I’d be jumping, and if I secured my bikini enough for the jump. It’s unpopular these days, but I’m an over thinker at times, which has the potential to stifle a thought or idea. My authenticity is in a deep brew. Class Intimacy Acts became a thought in early 2019. I have seen how transformative art can be and knew this style of approaching intimacy needed to exist outside of my mind, and the artistic spaces I have worked. So, I created a to-do list. My first action item was to see if this idea already existed as a business, then to contact the company to get an idea of how they got started. That was all. Two items. But it had never been done, so there was no blueprint. Inevitably, I took a step away from the idea. Now remember, this was in the early summer of 2019. Things were what people would refer to as “normal.”

So boom! The pandemic hits and God is looking at me like “so er’um can you get started…” I wasn’t done calculating and projecting everything so I was a bit apprehensive. Not to mention, the work- life balance shuffle had become the tango of my life. I am the head director at a high school in Houston, Texas, serving as a campus leadership team member, University Interscholastic League bi- district host, Middle School UIL host, mother of 2, and to top it all off education was redesigned to reflect a virtual model- which was foreign to many traditional educators… like myself. I knew that I would need to optimize my energy by preparing to help my children get acclimated to online learning, prepare my classroom as a virtual setting, become an overtime chef, nurse, advisor, elementary and middle school teacher (to my children), and that my deep brew would actually need to cool off until I was ready to shift gears and give my best to my passion project. The most difficult part was knowing how important this work was, especially in a time of national unrest, and how incredibly life- changing this extension of intimate empathy and closeness could be while we as a nation, honestly as humankind, tried sifting through fear of the unknown with COVID- 19, and the countless other divisive happenings that took place in 2020… and facing that my busy schedule did not leave room for me to try starting a business. Creating a scale of priority in a schedule where everything ranked primary was tough. I took a hard look at my life and faced the fact that balance has less to do with importance than honesty. There are things that are very important to me with this business and things that are very important to me in my personal life, and I just got really honest with myself about what needed to be done. I had to get honest about what was a priority and what was secondary, and that as long as I did not neglect anything, anyone, or myself in the process then I could move forward in creating Class Intimacy Acts.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

Class Intimacy Acts merges theatrical best practices and intimacy to teach couples how to be receptive to one another’s consent, boundaries, and personalized intimacy languages using performance- based techniques that lead to a better intimate experience. We inspire clients to reimagine intimacy one act at a time.

There is a unique partnership between art and intimacy that extends the human lifespan. Intimacy is like a fingerprint; everyone has their own special print that opens what they need individually for their best intimate experience. This is the same for art- it is an individualized imitation of life, love, adversity, and acceptance, and no one experience is the same. Through semantics many have learned that intimacy should look and feel a certain way in a world where no human experience reflects another. CIA fosters a safe space for couples to enhance, and confidently place their very own intimate fingerprint on their intimate experiences, all while having fun.

New clients can expect to ease into introductory practices during their first CIA visit. We explore the couple’s non-verbal communication, and intimate preferences of closeness, care, respect and recognition. Future visits include creative acts such as role play, improvisation, and various forms of art that encompass exploratory practices that support each client’s personalized intimate experience.

Class Intimacy Acts is perfect for a first date, or a day within your fortieth year of marriage. We believe in the power of curating individuality within your intimate experiences, and that using art is the greatest pathway to creating a fulfilling intimate connection beyond and inclusive of emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative intimacy.

Potential clients can visit our website classintimacyacts.com to schedule their first act.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Eateries: Tiny Boxwoods, Brenner’s on the Bayou, Berryhill Baja Grill, Caminos De Michoacan, Piadas.

Things to do: Meditation with Come Bee, Art Museums, Botanical Gardens, live performances- there’s something to do for everyone in Houston, TX

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to the many women who have supported the start up and take off of this business. Women business owners like Danielle Bunch and Melanie Ernestina of Fine Arts Forward, and Jasmine Lynch of Come Bee Wellness. Huge shoutout to my friends and family who continuously affirm, support, and believe in Class Intimacy Acts and its impact. I took this leap afraid, but you did not let me take it alone.

Website: www.classintimacyacts.com

Instagram: @classintimacyacts

Image Credits
Stills by: Marcus Robinson DP

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