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Mary’s experience includes working with pre-natal-birth, dying-death, aging concerns, post-surgical rehabilitation, chronic illness, injury, trauma, paralysis, and ongoing personal development/ self-care. She began teaching somatic movement in 1996, offering Continuum classes from 1996-2014. She continues to develop her unique expression of transformational movement classes leading groups across the USA and internationally. From 2009-2017 she held a leadership role on the USA section of the MA Dance & Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living Body from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, and continues to teach on the UK campus.
She also teaches on the Continuum training at the Somatic Academy of Berlin, Germany and mentors people interested in becoming Somatic Movement Educators and/ or Continuum Teachers.
She served as Co-Chair with Lauren Abramson on the Board of Directors of the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute (SSTI) from 2013-2016 (www.tomkins.org).
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From 1993-2002 Mary served on the Board of Directors of Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), and from 1985-1987 on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Dance Alliance (Minneapolis, MN).
From 1981-1997 Mary choreographed and taught dance in Minnesota, Iowa, India, and New York receiving grant support. She holds a B.A. in Dance from St. Olaf College, formally studied dance for over 30 years, and performs occasionally in New York City and other places.
Publications by Mary Abrams include:
Abrams, M. (2020), ‘Finding Heart in the Well of Being’, Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, UK: Intellect Books, Volume 7 Numbers 1 & 2, pp. 87-103.
Abrams, M. (2017) Being Beautiful, MegaZEN Journal, Be Hive of Healing, Agoura Hills, CA., pp. 38-39.
Abrams, M. (2011), Consciousness as Embodied Movement: Exploring intimate and more effective ways of living together. Plainfield, VT: Goddard College Library.
Abrams, M. (2011), Feeling Moving: Wandering through the flesh of personal and human development, USA Body Psychotherapy Association Journal, vol. 10, issue 2.
Williamson, A. (2016), Somatically inspired movement and prepatriarchal religious symbolism, Journal of Dance, Somatics, and Spiritualities, vol. 2, issue 3, pp. 323-355.
Williamson, A. (2017), with Mary Abrams and Sondra Fraleigh, ‘Falling in love with language’, in S. Fraleigh (ed.), Dancing World: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.