Martha Eddy, Ed.D., MA, CMA, RSMT (Founder and Director of Dynamic Embodiment SMTT, MOC Director of Somatic Studies, Co-founder) is an exercise physiologist, registered Movement Therapist (RSMT), also trained in Massage Therapy, who is in private practice in NYC. She was certified in somatic movement work with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Irmgard Bartenieff, and was on the certification program faculty for both the School for Body-Mind Centering® and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies from 1984-1994. She founded the Somatic Movement Therapy Program (SMTT) in 1992 and renamed it DE-SMTT in 2008. Eddy is particularly known for somatic-movement-based contributions in the fields of dance, dance science, conflict resolution, child development, and vision enhancement. She completed her doctorate in Movement Sciences and Education at Columbia University. She lives in New York City. Dr. Eddy was the invited speaker at the National Dance Education Organization to give the address on the state of Early Childhood Dance Education at the 2009 national conference.
In her position as Founder and Director of the DE-SMTT program she coordinates Moving On Center’s somatic curriculum and works closely with our faculty and mentors around the world. She has been involved with dance and performance since she was eight years old. She also directs our partnership organization in NYC – the Center for Kinesthetic Education (www.WellnessCKE.net) where clients of all ages come for classes and private sessions, and professional teachers and therapists come for training. She is involved in research, arts-based educational program designs, and educational consulting nationally and internationally. She has published numerous articles on these subjects. She created BodyMind Dancing© in 1987 and Moving On Aerobics © (MOA) in 1999. Many DE-SMTT graduates are taking these somatic movement programs out into the field
Mandy Sau Yi Chan is originally from Hong Kong and has been teaching in New York City for over 13 years. She has studied Pilates with master teachers, Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteleur Hall. She is a certified Pilates teacher through the PhysicalMind Institute and Balanced Body University’s Bridge Program, a certified Yoga teacher through the OM Yoga Center and a certified Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Mandy graduated from Dr. Martha Eddy’s Dynamic Embodiment Training Program and continued her somatic education with Amy Matthews at the Breathing Project. A Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA, she teaches private sessions in Manhattan and workshops with Dana Davison.
Dana Davison, RSMT/E, is a Dynamic Embodiment practitioner specializing in breathing practices. A ballet dancer turned publisher and translator, she returned to movement through an intensive study with Dr. Martha Eddy. In 2015, she presented at the Body-Mind Centering Association conferences in Ghent, Belgium and Portland, OR and contributed to the BMCA journal, Currents. She teaches Moving for Life, BodyMind Dancing and Somatic Anatomy, as well as offering yoga workshops and private sessions in Brooklyn, NY.
Michelle Cohen-Coté, RSMT/E, MA, founder of the Movement Forest, brings to the fields of health and wellness her belief and passion in the power of movement and somatic awareness to deepen embodiment, cultivate conscious choice making, and enhance lives. Michelle is a registered somatic movement therapist and educator (RSMT/E) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). She is a certified Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioner and BodyMind Dancing™ teacher, a certified Body-Mind Centering® Embodied Anatomy and Yoga Teacher, a registered experienced 200-hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a Master teacher of Pilates, and Gyrotonic® teacher. Her additional trainings include Continuum Movement, Reiki, Meditation, CranioSacral Therapy, Body Talk, Ayurvedic Healing, and Diana Muenz Chen’s Open Heart School. Michelle has a Master’s degree in Dance & Somatic Well-being from the University of Central Lancashire in England, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a dance minor from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Certificate of Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Outside the Movement Forest, Michelle conducts training seminars and master classes. Her love for movement extends into the dance world, in which she actively performs with Catherine Gallant Dance and Dances by Isadora.
Having taught, coached and lectured internationally in dance, fitness and relationships for the past 15 years, award-winning Vincent Yong brings with him a sensitivity that connects with his audiences and students. He is analytical and communicates ways to help students and clients expand and associate their bodies with self-defined purposes. Vincent is a movement analyst and somatic therapist. Certified in other modalities of somatic work and therapeutic approaches, he prepares bodies to allow healing to commence.
Jae Young Jung, M.A, B.A, completed her BodyMind Dancing Teacher Training in 2015. Now, she is thrilled and honored to be sharing her learning and invaluable experiences from Dr. Eddy and the Dynamic Embodiment Practitioners with her prospective clients and students in the near future.
She is currently a faculty member of the Huntington Center for Performing Arts in New York, and a ballet mistress of the Long Island Ballet Theatre for the Nutcracker Ballet Production. She is also an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Project Plié partner teacher to introduce ballet to a broad array of children and to identify gifted children.
Jae Young has had extensive trainings in classical ballet, character dance and contemporary modern dance technique. She has performed and choreographed in many events and shows throughout New York, Canada, and South Korea. After achieving B.A, dance majored in South Korea, and the teaching certification of the Royal Academy of Dance in Canada, she continued her training and learning at ABT/ NYU master’s program in higher dance education, and is a registered dance teacher from the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) national training curriculum and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
Sherry Greenspan is a Registered, Certified Somatic Movement Therapist/ Educator, Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioner, choreographer/dancer. She has been working with Somatic Movement Therapy/Education for over 10 years, certified through Dr. Eddy’s Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioners research/Training. She maintains a private practice as a Movement Therapist/Educator in New York and New Jersey, teaches at Princeton University and Georgian Court University. Sherry is also on the Moving for Life® faculty. She has worked as a Practitioner at the New York Athletic Club, Movement’s Afoot, Pivotal Physical Therapy, the JCC Manhattan, St. Luke/ Roosevelt Hospital, 92nd Street Y, Gilda’s Club and Hope Lodge. She continues her research regarding pain management, neuromuscular reprogramming, movement research/analysis, yoga, Pilates, Dance, Aerial events, Body-Mind Centering®, Feldenkrais, and Qi Gung.
Ellie Marcos Furones has been a dancer, teacher and researcher seeking the body mind connection that exists per se in all human beings. This and other questions have been in the core of both her academic and professional experience. Following the thread of her interests she has moved from the dance field (Postgraduate in Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School), to the social field (a year in Social and Cultural Anthropology) and the linguistic field, (Translation and Interpretation studies). As an attempt to understand the human being as a whole she enrolled in the Dance Movement Therapy Masters Degree program at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
The idea of using dance as the tool for communication has directed her journey through different work environments. She has worked as a dancer in the UK and Spain touring internationally and nationally. She has also worked as a Contemporary Dance Teacher for dancers and Creative Dance Movement Teacher people with mental disabilities and children in schools. As a result of these experiences, improvisation has become an important part of her practice and is present in her classes.
Due to her belief that the body is the source from which personal histories can be revealed, she moved to New York to gain a better understanding of the mind through deepening her studies in the body knowledge. Laban/Bartenieff has become the framework that has pulled all her interest together.
Ellie Marcos Furones is a Certified Movement Analyst, BodyMind Dancing™ Teacher, DanceAbility Teacher and a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist recognized by ISMETA.
Carol Swann Executive Director, Co-founder) is a teacher, performer, facilitator, private practitioner, and visionary. She has been teaching and performing dance and vocal related work for over twenty years in the U.S. and in Europe. She is co-founder, teacher, and Executive Director of Moving On Center, School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research in California. She is an ex-member of Mandala International Folkdance Ensemble, Libana and Vocal Repercussions. She is a co-founding member/director and teacher of the workshops: Acappella Motion, Island Movement, New Forms Dance and Outfall. Other teaching venues have included Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Stanford University, Tufts University, Theater School of Modern Dance (Holland), European Dance Development Center or EDDC (Holland), Bevegungs-Art (Germany), Tanzfabrik (Germany), Chisenhale (England), Alexander Technique Schools in: Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France and Movement Research where she was the director from 1983-1986. She has performed solo and in collaboration with performers such as Simone Forti, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, Kirstie Simpson, Nancy Stark Smith, Jess Curtis, Anna Halprin, Lisa Schmidt, Paul Langland and Angus Balbernie.
She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT), has a certificate of study from the Process Work Institute of Portland, is a graduate of the Professional Hakomi Therapy Institute, is certified in massage and specializes in conflict facilitation. She maintains a private practice in somatic therapy and teaches Voice, Alexander Technique, Pilates, and Contact Improvisation. Additionally, she was a director/collaborator with a work-group of dance/artists committed to improvisational performance and investigation. Her studies and work have been greatly influenced by Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Anna Halprin, Andre Bernard, Ruth Zaporah, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, Daniel Lepkoff, Release Technique, Roy Hart Theater, Process Work (Arnie Mindell) Aikido and numerous other artists and art forms, nature and politics.
Lenore Grubinger, RMST, LMT is a Developmental Movement Therapist who has been helping infants, children and adults through bodywork and developmental movement for over 30 years. Lenore is a Senior Teacher of Body-Mind Centering and a longtime teacher and practitioner of CranioSacral Therapy. She works with people of all ages, and specializes in helping parents of infants and children with special needs. She is on the faculty of the Infant Developmental Movement and Education program and teaches internationally. Ms. Grubinger is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners and the International Somatic Movement Therapy and Education Association, and is the author of ‘Seven Recommendations for You and Your Baby’.
Susanne Kukies is a Registered Movement Therapist and physical therapist in Berlin, Germany. She has been working in the field of movement and healing as a performer, dancer and practioner for 30 years. A member of the first class at Moving on Center, she opened up her own private practice as a Somatic Movement Therapist 1998 and is working since than with 10 to 20 clients a week. After completing the program at MOC, she continued to assist Martha Eddy, and started to teach with the program in 2004. In groups, she develops her own mixure of body, sound, movement and energy/ healing work as well as successfully integrating bodywork into management trainings.
2007 she started an own training in the field of somatic movement ecducation and therapy. It is basically a Continuing Education program of 160 hours focussing on the complex issues involved in practicing hands-on bodywork ‘one by one’ and a deepening teaching groups.
Trisha Bauman, RSMT, CMA and BMC Practitioner, has taught on the DE-SMTT faculty for over ten years and maintains a private practice in New York. An internationally renowned dancer and actress, she has performed in the NYC companies of choreographers RoseAnne Spradlin and Vicky Shick, and in the French companies of Daniel Larrieu (Centre Choregraphique National de Tours), Mathilde Monnier (Centre Choregraphique National de Montpellier), Cecile Proust and Alain Buffard. She performs currently with Paris-based choreographer/director Herman Diephuis.
With these companies, she has toured and performed at the most prestigious international dance and theater venues, including Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, La Mama, PS 122, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA); Festival d’Automne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Theatre de la Ville (Paris); Festival d’Avignon/La Cour d’honneur du Palais des Papes, Festival de Marseille, Festival Montpellier Danse, (France); Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (Montreal); Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico); Festival TanzImAugust (Berlin); Festival ImPulsTanz (Vienna); and Festival d.a.m.p.f. (Koln). Her research and performance projects include collaborations with Swiss painter Mathias Schauwecker, renowned French dance critic/historian Laurence Louppe; and choreographers Lisa Nelson (USA), Susanna Szperling (Buenos Aires) and Rahel Vonmoos (London).
A certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, she is on the certificate faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, Boston and Edinburgh, and of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International in Canada and Europe.
A popular guest artist, she is invited around the world to teach, lecture and coach within professional dance, theater and somatic research. Venues include Trisha Brown Dance Company (NYC), Centre Georges Pompidou/Musee national d’art moderne, Cie. Philippe Decoufle, Ballet Preljocaj (Paris); ImPulstanz Festival (Vienna); Mathew Bourne Company’s “Swan Lake” (London); PARTS/Rosas (Brussels); Sasha Waltz Dance Company (Berlin); Sydney Dance Company (Australia); Tseh Summer School - Moscow Dance Agency (Moscow); Teatro San Martin (Buenos Aires); and university residencies at Harvard University, Denison University, Bowdoin College, New York University, Salem State College and Holy Cross College (USA); Universite de Paris VIII (Paris); and Universitat Bern (Switzerland).
Linda Tumbarello is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher and Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Linda receives a Learning thru Movement grant to share her expertise in her upcoming book Dancing through Life, a guide for women to bring more wellbeing and joy into throughout their lives using movement, body awareness and new ways of thinking. Linda has taught extensively in the somatics field, as SMTT faculty since 1991 and on the faculty of the School for Body-Mind Centering from 1977 to 2006. Linda has worked for over 30 years integrating Body-Mind Centering, Body Centered Psychotherapy, therapeutic movement, and hands-on healing in her private practice. She has offered advanced training to many practitioners in the body-mind field, specializing in approaches she has developed for Healing from Trauma and Integrating the Chakras. She loves to dance and plans to keep dancing as long as she lives.
Talia Shafir is a practicing Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapist™ as well as a Psycho-Physical Therapist specializing in trauma, PTSD and adult developmental & attachment/bonding issues. Her training includes Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma & PTSD, Psycho-Physical Therapy (Bill Bowen), Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (Dr. Ruella Frank), Deep Memory Process (somatic-based past life-Dr. Roger Woolger), Alchemical Hypnotherapy, Gestalt, Hakomi, Shamanic Therapeutic Process & Journeying, Sound Healing, Psychodrama and Playback Theater. Currently completing doctoral research in the field of adult attachment status, Talia sees clients from New York and California and presents workshops promoting the importance of including somatic education and awareness in practitioner trainings and healthcare in general.
John Chanik MA, CTTSM has been on faculty since 1991 as well as a past coordinator in the Certification Programs in Laban Movement Analysis in NYC. Currently John also maintains a private practice in therapeutic fitness, movement coaching and Connective Tissue TherapySM John also teaches workshops applying LMA/BF to various subjects from body symmetry/asymmetry to phrasing. The scope of John’s work has addressed a wide range of chronic injuries, body/movement imbalances and patterning and conditioning to improve performance in a wide range of activities from dance to horseback riding.
John worked for seven years at Dr. Richard Bachrach’s Center for Osteopathic Medicine with patients in neuromuscular patterning and re-education. John has taught in Connective Tissue Therapy SM training programs given by Theresa Lamb. John has been a movement specialist at Sports Training Institute, taught dance in NYC public schools and has been a guest instructor in movement for actors at Boston University. John has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance and a BFA from the University of Utah. John is also an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and backpacking.
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