CAROL SWANN is a teacher, private practitioner, facilitator, co-director, performer and activist. Her work is focused on contributing to a more socially just and connected world. She is a co-founder (with Martha Eddy), director/faculty of Moving On Center-School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research, bridging Somatics and the Performing Arts for Social Change (1994-2016). She has been Assistant Director and primary faculty to Martha Eddy in the “Dynamic Embodiement & Somatic Movement Therapy Training (DE-SMTT) since 1994. She has been teaching and performing improvisational movement and vocal related work for over thirty five years in the U.S., Latin America, Russia, Israel and Europe. She has extensive studies in Body Mind Centering, Laban/Bartenieff MovementStudies, Roy Hart Theater, Theater of the Oppressed and Social Somatics which informs everything does. She maintains a private practice in Somatic therapy, (based in Hakomi and Process Work), Alexander Technique (NASTAT), teaches Voice, Social Somatics, Authentic Movement, Improvisation, Group Process and Conflict facilitation. She currently curates/facilitates a monthly series “Somatics In Action” featuring professionals in every field in Somatics. She co-founded and taught at; A Capella Motion, Island Movement, New Forms Dance and Outfall. She was Admin. Director for Movement Research (N.Y.) from 83′-86′. Her performance history and collaborators has included: Eszter Gal, Kirstie Simson, Jess Curtis, Andrew Harwood, Simone Forti, Anna Halprin, Nancy Stark Smith, Angus Balbernie, Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Ka Rustler, Brenton Cheng, Vitali Kononov,Julyen Hamilton and others.
MARTHA EDDY, RSMT, CMA, Ed.D., founder and director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education (CKE), brings to the fields of health, wellness and education, her strong belief in the power of movement and somatic-awareness to enhance lives. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in movement science and education in 1998 and has a Masters of Arts in Applied Physiology and a Bachelors degree in Dance Education. She was an adjunct assistant professor in the Teachers College, Columbia University Dance Education Program for ten years. At CKE, in New York City, she maintains a private practice as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) that involves teaching clients to bring awareness to their movement coordination to enhance functional and expressive capacity. She also makes referrals to professionals for a wide variety of services. She especially enjoys her work with infants and children with behavioral, perceptual, and/or motor dysfunctions. This practice draws on her decade of training and teaching in neuro-developmental movement therapy with occupational therapist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and physical therapist, Irmgard Bartenieff. Her practical application of this work provides a foundation for her SOMAction Movement Therapy Training held biennially in New York and Massachusetts and affiliated with Moving On Center in California, a professional training program that she co-founded with Carol Swann.
PEGGY HACKNEY holds a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), and has a Certificate in Creative Systems Theory and Integral Leadership from The Institute for Creative Development in Seattle, WA. Peggy has completed over 50 years in the Laban work. She has been in the field of Somatics for longer than the field has existed in that name! She began her Laban work in 1963 and worked for nearly 15 years with Irmgard Bartenieff. Currently she teaches for Integrated Movement Studies’ Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis Certificate Programs; and sees private clients. Peggy has toured the USA performing with the Bill Evans Dance Co, and has taught widely internationally in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Berlin, Sydney, Rotterdam, Hong Kong and New York City. Peggy recently completed her many years of teaching at UC Berkeley. She is author of the book, “Making Connections: Total Body Integration through Bartenieff Fundamentals.”
DIANE ELLIOT -For more than thirty years, Diane Elliot, RSMT (Registered Somatic Movement Therapist), has taught integrative somatic bodywork. Diane is a certified practitioner (1990) and certified teacher (1998) of Body-Mind Centering®, who enjoyed an international career as a modern dancer, choreographer, actress, poet, and contact improviser. She has also trained in a number of other somatic modalities, including the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, Elaine Summers’ Kinetic Awareness work, and Upledger Craniosacral Therapy. A longtime meditator and integrator of ritual and spirituality into movement and performance work, Diane completed a Master of Rabbinic Studies degree and was ordained as a rabbi in 2006, after six years of intensive study at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. Her work as a somatic movement therapist centers on a deep listening, through all the senses, to the movement potentialities inherent in each of the body’s structures and tissues, right down to the sub-cellular level. As a teacher, she integrates the physical, the spiritual, and the emotional streams, seeking to create safe, supportive environments in which people can deeply explore their inner landscapes and cultivate ease and joy. Learn more about her work at www.whollypresent.org
FREY FAUST is a 52 year old veteran of the New York contemporary dance scene, with a strong European renommée and intercontinental touring circuit. His focus for the last twenty years has shifted to the educational value of applied science in the arts, with an emphasis on anatomy and physics, including aspects of sociology and cognitive science. With the help of colleagues from the arts and sciences, He consolidated an interdisciplinary approach called The Axis Syllabus (AS) in the late 1990’s. “Axis” is a reference to vector coordinates allowing the calculation of inertial values and kinetic energy equations, and “Syllabus” means a list or lexicon, organising these referents and correlating them with documented practice. Having a non-specific cross-sector impact, his work has met with an enthusiastic, international response from various performance oriented artists, as well as a wide cross-section of the scientific community. Ten years ago, prompted by a convincing popular interest in this work, He founded the AS – Research Community, which has since developed an instructor’s certification programme with operational centres in seven countries and participants in development and study numbering in the thousands. With a brief tour of the website: www.axissyllabus.org, you can see relevant articles and find links to tutorials and performance projects, or find the ASRC on facebook.
G. HOFFMAN SOTO, born in 1945, and has spent a lifetime in movement moving through sports, yoga, martial arts and dance. 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.
ANNE BLUETHENTAL is Artistic Director of ABD Productions, a woman-centered, multi-cultural, collaborative performance company, committed to activism in the arts. ABD uses languages of movement that challenge conventional notions of dance in service of choreographies that take on difficult issues with eloquence and passion. Bluethenthal has presented work on subjects such as Israel & Palestine, globalization, the environment, genocide, the gift economy, and gender. Her current community collaborations in public urban spaces grow from her passion for creating new economies of art, injecting dance into the everyday, and blurring the boundaries between concert dance and community practices. Bluethenthal’s choreography is respected both for its formal sophistication, its eloquence, and its ability to effortlessly bridge the worlds of formal concert dance, political art, and ritual. Certified by the American and London Societies for Teachers of the Alexander Technique, Bluethenthal has maintains a private teaching practice, which forms the foundation of her aesthetic and her pedagogy. She is also on the faculty of the MFA Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. “… Her work is brainy, her own, and full of soul …”(Rita Felciano)
BRENTON CHENG is a teacher, performer, and director of movement-based performance, as well as a faculty member of Integrated Movement Studies, the West Coast Laban/Bartenieff certification program, and the University of San Francisco. In addition to directing his own work, he has performed with internationally-acclaimed Contraband, Zaccho Dance Theater, Angus Balbernie, Kim Epifano, Jo Kreiter & Flyaway Productions, and many others, at such places as Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, and the Festival d’Avignon, France. He teaches Laban Movement Analysis, contact improvisation, and somatically-based performance skills to professional and non-professional movers in classes and workshops around the world. He also created the world’s first Laban mobile app “Moving Space” — a compendium of the Laban Space Harmony scales. Brenton graduated from the Moving On Center program in 2002.
VITALI KONONOV is a movement artist, bodyworker and somatic movement educator, working with improvisation as a performance discipline, therapeutic tool and contemplative practice. He was born in St-Petersburg, Russia, in 1966. He has been teaching contact improvisation since 1997 in Russia, Europe, USA and Mexico. His background includes contemporary dance, physical theater, contact and ensemble improvisation, as well as various somatic disciplines and yoga. Vitali has completed Somatic Educator, Developmental Movement, Embodied Anatomy and Yoga programs from The School for Body-Mind Centering®. He taught at Moving On Center – School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research since 2002 and was a faculty member of American Dance Festival (2003-04). Recent years artistic collaborations included improvisational works with Brenton Cheng, Carol Swann, Rosemary Hannon, Andrew Wass, Erika Tsimbrovsky and Vadim Puyandaev, Scott Wells, Taja Will and others.