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I am a dancer, rider, choreographer and movement educator/therapist with thirty years of experience teaching movers of all ages and experience levels. As a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist/Educator and a Tellington TTouch Practitioner, my passion is in seeing the possibility for movement in every moment, and for bringing awareness and aliveness into the body at the cellular level. In addition to individual sessions, I offer classes in Authentic Movement, improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis, and movement sourcing. My work has been profoundly influenced by my collaborations with the composer Pauline Oliveros, whose Deep Listening strategies are an integral part of the way I see and develop movement.  I am currently completing my training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. 

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My first study was in the early 90's with Susan Schell and Carolyn Sadeh.  What better guides into the depths of this extraordinary work?  I still have the drawings and even some of the writing from those days.  In one of my first Authentic Movement classes, I remember closing my eyes and falling into a vast stillness followed by an eruption, a commotion, a chaos of the body. I was ambushed by wild ropes of primordial movement that had seemingly lain dormant, waiting for me. It felt as if these impulses were woven like ganglia between the cells, knitted into the muscles, streaming through the bones. Coming out of that experience, I wrote in my journal: “Movement like the capaill uisce - the ferocious water horses inThe Scorpio Horse - rising out of the depths to devour you whole; pulling you down to the floor of the sea and leaving you dismembered. Dances waiting to flood you when you close your eyes – irresistible and intoxicating. Entering the body this way is a leap of faith that you will survive the storms of your own movement.”
For me, Authentic Movement is an essential way to stay connected to the wild within and the wild without. I am currently completing my training in Somatic Experiencing, and am curious about the ways that Authentic Movement can expand the embodying dimensions of that work.  Perhaps one answer to Susan(Schell's) question about how we find ways to share this work with a broader audience is to see it in not just the long luxurious stretches of time and space in a studio, but to witness it in ourselves and others in the interstial, intercellular spaces we share. 




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