Teachers 2020 – 2021
The underlying course work – Laban Movement Analysis, Body-Mind Centering(R), Perceptual-Motor Development, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Embodied Anatomy and Physiology are all linked these degree programs: – Montclair State University, St Mary’s College in the Bay area and UNC-Greensboro. Since 1981 she has served at LIMS as faculty of special programs, certification programs, President, Executive Director, Advisory Council member and Senior Research Associate. She has also co-founded Moving On Center and Moving For Life, and has served on the boards of CORD, NDEO, and as President of ISMETA, In 2017 she received the National Award for Outstanding Leadership in Dance Education from NDEO. She created Moving For Life DanceExercise for Cancer Recovery in 1999 as part of Moving On Center’s community outreach mission. Moving For Life, Inc is now a NYS non-profit providing free dance classes for older adults and people of all ages affected by cancer and has been featured on NPR, NY1, CNN, Fox News, the NBC Today Show and CBS News.
He has been associated with Anna Halprin and the original San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop and since 1973. He is one of the original teaching team of the Tamalpa Institute and has taught internationally since 1979 including throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Lebanon, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. Beginning as a basketball player in high school and university he moved into yoga, contemporary and post modern dance, Butoh, African and Brazilian Dance, Improvisation, Movement Theater, Ideokinesis, Somatics, Feldendrais, Brazilian Capoeira, Japanese Aikido, Chinese Tai Qi Ch’uan, Filipino Martial Arts, and Korean Tae Kwan Do. Additionally he has 47 years of hands on body work including PolarityTherapy, Ideokinesis, Passive Joint Manipulation, Cranial Sacral Therapy! Soto’s draws from the eastern and western approaches to mindfulness movement practices.
She is faculty at JFK University, Campbell, CA & Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA. She holds a M.A. in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a B.A. in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition she has trained in various methods of working with trauma, counseled survivors of political oppression and torture and victims of trauma. She is an SE Practioner in the Trauma Resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has been a Buddhist meditation practioner for the past 25 years and teaches Embodied Mindfulness in her work. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park working with individuals, couples and children. Her upcoming book: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness. Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being.” will be published in April 2015.
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