Moving Body Festival 2018 – Teacher Biographies

Mary Abrams

Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, owner/director of Moving Body Resources, teaches groups, private sessions, and led the MA Dance & Somatic Well-being course in the USA from 2009-2017.  Her love for teaching is inspired by her masters degree in Consciousness Studies focusing on embodied movement, the biology of emotion, and Epistemics.  She is eternally grateful for all the MA students who continue to transform her teaching; to Gary David, Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, Caryn McHose, Kevin Frank, Elisa Cotroneo, and Penny Collinson for their inspiration as teachers and somatic movement colleague conspirators; to every person who has given her the honor to work with them in classes, workshops, or privately; and to the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association for their enduring support of this wild and wonderful profession. 

Megan Bathory-Peeler

Megan Bathory-Peeler is an expert somanaut – fully engaged in the moving inquiry of living in a human body and within the human experience. For 25 years, Megan has explored the frontiers of embodiment and human relationships. She shares her on-going discoveries through her interdisciplinary work – Somanautiko – as a Board Certified Somatic Therapist, educator, performance artist, activist, and mother.

Kathy Benners

Kathy Benners is a member of ISMETA and is one of the Continuum “Teacher Training” program teachers. She has a strong background in classical dance, Shiatsu massage, and Continuum Movement. As an authorized Continuum Movement teacher by Emilie Conrad since 2007 Kathy has taught Continuum in and around the New York City area including MBR. Kathy has offered instruction in healing and Self-healing and has a practice that includes,dancers, joint replacement patients and stroke patients.

Kathleen Brazie

Kathleen Brazie (MA, RSME) studied dance/movement and performed professionally in NYC. She earned her B.A. in Literature from University of Arizona, studied at Oxford University, and has an MA with Distinction in Dance and Somatic Well-Being from UCLan. A choreographer/movement director she designs theater workshops, directs, and teaches; specializing in somatic embodiment, character development, textual analysis, performance skills, and creativity/spirituality, Kathleen is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator-ISMETA, certified yoga instructor E-RYT-200/YACEP (Yoga Alliance), and published writer.  Her journey through breast cancer supported by somatic movement inspires her to deeply explore joy, ease, transformation, and compassion for self and others.

Ellen Cohen

A life-long dancer, Ellen Cohen, has been studying, developing, teaching and practicing body-oriented psychotherapy since the mid-‘70s. She dove into Continuum with Emilie Conrad in 1994 and Susan Harper in 1999 and, with their encouragement & authorization, has been exploring & teaching it ever since. Her passion is listening to creative intuition: her own, her clients’, and her students’, to allow the next correct action, movement, sound, idea, or insight to emerge clearly. She is a founding member & treasurer of the non-profit Continuum Teachers Association, an umbrella organization supporting Continuum teachers world-wide. 

Michelle Cohen-Coté

Michelle Cohen-Coté, founder of the Movement Forest and Body Think Tank, brings to the fields of wellness and movement, her belief and passion in the power of somatic movement and sacred circles to connect to a more embodied way of living that develops thoughtful, compassionate leadership and innovative thinking by helping people tune into their body wisdom.  Michelle, a registered somatic movement therapist and educator (RSMT/E), has a MA in Dance & Somatic Well-being and certifications in Dynamic Embodiment and Body-Mind Centering® Embodied Anatomy and Yoga.  Michelle synthesizes creative movement expression, ritual, soma-meditation, dance and reflection to facilitate transformative experiences. 

Bobbie Ellis

For 32 years Bobbie Ellis has been deeply committed to exploring inquiry and creativity using the wisdom of the body. Owner/director of Soma Center, Resources for Embodied Living, Bobbie is also a ceremony officiant with Meaningful Ceremonies in Highland Park, NJ. As a yoga and somatic movement educator, she leads classes, workshops and trainings rich in fluid expression, self-discovery, living anatomy, writing, and drawing. She explored Continuum Movement with founder Emilie Conrad from 1999-2014, was an authorized teacher from 2005- 2015, and retreats yearly with Susan Harper (Continuum Montage). Bobbie self-published a poetry book in 2014 and a meditation CD in 2010. She is compiling her second publication of poems now:  www.somactr.com and www.meaningfulceremonies.net

Ali Fischer

Ali Fischer graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015 with a MA in Dance and Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire (Britain). As a licensed manual/movement educator, she coalesces her skills in somatic movement education, massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, yoga instructing, modern dance, and osteopathic myofascial training to create an integrated somatic practice for her clients/students.  Ali has maintained a private practice as a bodyworker since 1998 and has danced professionally, creating her own work and dancing for various choreographers in the USA, since 1996.

Sarah French

Sarah French is the founding director of OOFA, which facilitates creativity labs and other playful experiences, including games, books, & art installations. Through her work, she discovers how play supports us to be who we most want to be, & gives us courage to navigate our ever-changing world. Sarah was a practicing psychotherapist before stumbling into the paradoxical world of Clown, to her relief and joy. Her work is also directly inspired by the wild dolphins and whales with whom she swims as often as possible, touched by their playfulness and enormous hearts. Sarah holds an MSW from NYU, is an associate member of Nose to Nose, and a certified Shamanic Reiki Master. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Dr. Eden Fromberg

Dr. Eden Fromberg, Founder/Director of Holistic Gynecology New York is an osteopathic physician and clinical professor, Board Certified in both OB/GYN and Holistic Medicine, and Founding Member of the Fascia Research Society, who directed a NYC yoga studio for 13 years. She researches and teaches therapeutic applications of manual and movement therapies for women’s health, and is completing an MA in Dance and Somatic Well-Being at UCLAN. Dr. Eden Fromberg values the wisdom and rhythms of nature, integrates the sacred with the scientific, and cultivates experiences that potentiate the emergence of deeply healing biological intelligence, creativity, and self-expression. 

 

Melanie Gambino

Melanie Gambino is a Continuum Teacher who was authorized to teach by founder of Continuum Emilie Conrad. Melanie has over 30 years of experience in the Somatic Movement/ Healing Arts/ Psychology/Spiritual Counselling/Therapeutic Education and Performing Arts fields. She holds a BFA, BA, and MA in these related fields. Melanie is on faculty at The Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College and is the Resident Choreographer and Director of Dance and Somatic Movement Meditation and  Mindfulness/Wellness at the Harvey School. Melanie is a guest teacher/ speaker/and ordained minister and maintains a private practice in the Lower Hudson Valley, Westchester and Connecticut. Melanie is also on the Board of ISMETA and is an active member of CTA and Watermark Arts.

Stuart Garber

Stuart Garber has been supporting clients’ healing journeys since graduating massage school in 1988.  His advanced training includes Craniosacral and Myofascial Therapy, Somatic Experiencing (1999), Focusing-Oriented Therapy, Continuum (since 1990), Polarity Therapy and  Shamanic Reiki.  His practice, Full-Spectrum Touch Healing Journeys, based in Park Slope, is an evolving blend of all of these and more and he continues to study with a range of teachers to support this unfolding.  His CE classes for LMTs focus on integrating mindfulness, imagery,  breathwork and  trauma-sensitivity  into bodywork practice.

Lindsay Gilmour

Lindsay Gilmour is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ithaca College. She has been practicing Authentic Movement in the tradition of Janet Adler since 2010 and studying with Martha Eddy since 2012. In 2014 she presented at the Body-Mind Centering Conference in Ghent, Belgium and in 2016 in Montreal. Lindsay received a B.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from the University of Montana, a M.A. from Columbia University focused on Tibetan Studies and Conflict Resolution, and a M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography at Peck School of the Arts. Currently she is in India on a Nehru Fulbright research grant researching ritual dance in Tibetan Buddhist nunneries. 

Valerie Green

Valerie Green, Artistic Director, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the New York City dance community since 1995. To date Ms. Green has created 29 dances and 9 evening length works. Her choreography has been presented at festivals and venues throughout New York City, the U.S. and internationally.  Ms. Green’s choreographic work and teaching style is influenced by her formative years working with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, her certification in Body/Mind Fitness and her undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Tal Halevi

Tal Halevi is a choreographer, dancer and teacher based in New York City. She has performed and taught in the United States, Europe, Israel and Canada. A registered somatic movement educator and a certified teacher and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, for the past 25 years she has maintained a private practice exploring awareness in the body as a source for physical well-being, personal insight and creative expression. 

Caryn Heilman

Caryn Heilman, RSME, MA, has had the opportunity to test and hone her peak performance mastery in a variety of situations. These include dancing for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, completing a Masters fellowship at University of California, Irvine,  starting a nonprofit arts and education center revitalization project, renovating a historic inn into an award-winning ultra green boutique hotel, and jumping into a faculty position teaching Digital Storytelling in the Film Department at the School of Visual Arts, while serving as Vice President of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.  Caryn teaches LiquidBody movement in New York City, the Berkshires, Athens, Greece and virtually anywhere in the world. 

Kima M. Kraimer

Kima M Kraimer, MA: A graduate of the UCLAN MA SME program, and assistant faculty at the Rolf Institute. Kima combines her background in experiential anatomy, permaculture,  and twenty years in the Diamond Approach. This informs her sense of the importance of presence and integration.  A private practice in Michigan and NY, plus teaching engagements internationally, keep alive an inquiry on how humanity can further its potential.

Jennifer Maeve Moloney

Jennifer Maeve Moloney, MA, RSME, NASM-CPT is a group fitness instructor for TrampoLEAN and a Master Trainer for bellicon.  She is certified in Melt Method, Yoga Tune Up, and Stick Mobility.  Holding a Masters Degree in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing, she is a registered professional with ISMETA.  Jennifer shares her research in somatic movement studies by stewarding others in learning how the body moves and how the body feels when it moves. Her approach is innovative and holistic incorporating fitness, somatic phenomenology, epistemics, the biology of emotion, embodied anatomy, and Eastern conscious movement philosophies; into her stress-resiliency focused somatic movement research and teaching style. 

Clare Maxwell

Clare Maxwell is a movement educator and Alexander Technique teacher based in NYC. She worked with two Bessie award winning choreographers during her 30 year career in experimental dance, toured her own work in the US and in Europe, and certified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at ACAT/NYC and The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf. Clare created a full curriculum for actors during her five years on the faculty of the William Esper Acting Studio, and is currently developing a body mapping practice that follows the evolution and structure of our central nervous system.

Sara Mulry

Sara Mulry’s passion for movement has been in her bones her whole life. It has ignited her ongoing professional dance career, fueled her Manhattan based practice of bodywork and movement education, and inspired her completion of receiving her MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing. Sara teaches workshops on injury prevention, adaptation, fluid body movement, and on attending your authentic self. Inspired by her personal journey to integrate mind-body presence, she shares tools to help guide others to their highest potential through personal transformation.

Melissa Neidich

Melissa Neidich graduated from the MA Dance and Somatic Well-being program in 2014. Her background includes over 20 years exploration and training in dance, martial arts, Taoist arts, Tantric arts and somatic movement practices including Continuum and Body Mind Centering. Melissa is a substitute teacher for Moving body Innovations and a documentary editor.  Her teaching aspires to communicate her interest in the practice of being in the moment and her love of full-bodied movement.

Gena Rho Smith

Gena Rho Smith is a Clinical Somatic Educator in the tradition of Thomas Hanna. She has a private Clinical Somatic practice in Maplewood NJ and NYC where she also teaches Somatic movement and Somatic yoga workshops and classes. Gena is currently teaching Somatics for contemporary dance at Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Gena has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1998.  Prior to her yoga practice, she had a career as a modern dancer, performing and teaching as a member of the Trisha Brown Company.  She has a BS in education and MFA in Dance from NYU TISCH School of the Arts.

 

Ayako Sho

Ayako Sho, MA: A graduate of the UCLAN MA program.  Former background includes dance and therapeutic yoga.  Currently, Ayako has a private practice  helping clients develop home and office environments; the way of integrating inner and outer space.

 

 

 

Susan Sinclair

Susan Sinclair holds a MA in Dance and Somatic Well-Being: Connections to the Living Body from the University of Central Lancashire and a BFA in Dance from York University.  Alongside contemporary dance she has had a love of fibre arts and costume expressed through creation and appreciation.  Since 1996 Susan has explored Continuum Movement™, attending many workshops and classes with Emilie Conrad, Susan Harper, Kim Brodey, Linda Rabin, and Mary Abrams.

Lillian Stamey

Lillian Stamey is a registered somatic movement educator (RSME), yoga teacher (RYT 200), and dance-maker. She offers a variety of classes and workshops in Brooklyn and Manhattan, sharing her love for movement healing arts. She offers space for individuals to explore creative expression, self-agency, and embodiment through movement. She is interested in yoga and somatic movement as self-reflexive practice and creates immersive and dynamic learning environments for self-exploration. Lillian welcomes you to join her in the boundless journey through the moving, living, breathing body! 

 

Sophia Sundquist

Sophia Sundquist runs a yoga and body movement studio in Sweden.  Hatha yoga , and the eight limbs, is the foundation. Studied and educated herself in India, starting from 2009. Between 2012-14 she designed and built a yogahotel in Rishikesh, India.  Further education is in mindfullness and basic medicine (ongoing). Medical yoga is her main work and dedication. Sophia took both levels 2015-2016. Since 2005 she works with human and horses and their communication. Animals and nature is her source of nourishment and that great feeling of wonder and belonging. Everyday life and close relationship…ohhh.. perhaps even a greater wonder :)

 

Corazon Tierra

Corazon Tierra, a dance artist-educator, somatic movement educator, poet, and writer, is a shaman of the Feminine School of Wisdom, training with Shaman-Artist Maria Mar. Corazon facilitates learning experiences helping women, young girls and children develop a positive relationship with their bodies, providing a joyful and non-judgmental atmosphere where adults and children feel safe and confident to express themselves through dance. Creator of EduDanza™, a program for children of all ages;  DanzaSpa ™, a holistic dance, somatics, creative movement practice; and Beloved BodySoul ™, a healthy body esteem system; Corazon holds an MA in Dance & Somatic Wellbeing from the University of Central Lancashire where she studied with Mary Abrams.

Hanson Tse

Hanson Tse is a Thought Leader, Visionary Master Healer and the Developer of WAMBI Exploration™, a revolutionary Philosophy and Practice of Everything.  His work is the culmination of 20 years of exploration into the deepest and most effective healing practices, meditation, movement and many other avenues to studying the human condition. This unique approach has resulted in an entirely new yet timeless wisdom that might be understood as the convergence of all ways and produces unparalleled healing and states of consciousness.  Participants in his workshops consistently report transcendent experiences including a lightness of being, expansiveness, and feeling deep peace and happiness.