Somatic Movement Educator Program


Embodied Performing Arts Program

Mark Taylor

Mark Chandlee Taylor, director of the Center for BodyMindMovement, is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMTSM) accredited by the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. A certified teacher and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® (BMCTM), he has taught in the School for Body-Mind Centering in Massachusetts and Germany, and served as the school’s U.S. Program Director and Program Coordinator. He was artistic director and choreographer for Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and for Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, and served as a member of the Princeton University dance faculty. Mark teaches movement and embodiment practices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Central and South America, and maintains a private practice in Pittsburgh.

Janice Cook

Janice Cook, MS Ed., has focused for the last 25 years on integrating education, the arts, somatics, and contemplative practice into transformational programs. Her professional practice, Living and Working Well, includes a wide range of individual coaching clients, who are in-corporating their physical well-being with personal fulfillment and self-expression. Her organizational work focuses on leadership and citizenship development, communication, and, most recently, stress in the workplace. Her client list includes Harvard Divinity School, University of Rochester, Frontier Communications, Mobil Chemical, Paychex , Monroe Community College, and several not for profits. Jan was certified as a Body Mind Centering® practitioner in 2002 and has continued to study with many gifted teachers within that approach. She trained extensively with Deborah Raoult in Continuum and yoga, and studies perception and psycho-physical integration with Susan Harper, Kevin Frank and Caryn McHose. She was ordained as a dharma teacher by Anam Thubten Rimpoche and is presently teaching in Rochester, NY.

Katy Dymoke

Katy Dymoke, a certified Body-Mind Centering teacher and practitioner from Manchester, England, has been teaching BMC in England since 1997, and has integrated somatic practice into her job as movement psychotherapist in the National Health Service. Katy is also a professional dancer and director of Touchdown Dance, a dance, theatre, and film company. She is working toward a PhD. and establishing the Body-Mind Centering Somatic Movement Educator program in the UK.

Diane Elliot

Diane Elliot, RSMTSM, is a modern dancer, choreographer, actress, poet, and contact improviser. A certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® (the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) since 1990 and certified teacher since 1998, Diane has also trained less intensively in a number of other somatic modalities, including the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, Elaine Summers’ Kinetic Awareness work, and Upledger Craniosacral Therapy. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Diane has taught somatic movement and voice classes since 1983 throughout the US and in Canada, France, and Hungary. From 1998-2005 she served as senior faculty at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Berkeley, California and in Amherst, Massachusetts. A longtime meditator and integrator of ritual and spirituality into movement and performance work, she was ordained as a rabbi in 2006, after six years of intensive study at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles. She currently serves the Aquarian Minyan, an East Bay Jewish Renewal community.

Margaret Guay

Margaret Guay is a practitioner and a teacher of Body-Mind Centering, a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Registered Movement Therapist through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. She maintains a private practice in Northampton, MA using movement and bodywork for adults, infants and animals. As a certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator, she has been teaching developmental movement classes for parents with infants and toddlers at Whole Children, a recreation and enrichment center for children of all abilities in Northampton. A primary focus of her work is facilitating developmental, cognitive and movement integration for children of all needs. Margaret is also an instructor in Shintaido, a Japanese martial art, having practiced for more than twenty years. More recently, Margaret has deepened her movement practice through the study of Tai Chi. She brings to her work a long-standing interest in the relationship between movement, minds, bodies, spirit and healing.

Plamen Karagyozov

Plamen Karagyozov is an ABMP-certified massage therapist and certified Body-Mind Centering teacher who enjoys Bulgarian folk dancing and cooking for large crowds. Born and raised in Bulgaria, Plamen swam competitively for 12 years and graduated from the Bulgarian National Sports Academy (1994) as a massage therapist, yachting coach and physical education teacher. His interest in the human body has led him to further training in CranioSacral Therapy, Watsu, and other eastern and western techniques. Since arriving in the United States in 1995, his involvement with Body-Mind Centering has been central to his path in life, and forms the basis of a personal practice that has the goal of tapping into the root of existence.

Michele Miotto

Michele Miotto has been in private practice for more than 25 years as a certified practitioner of Body Mind Centering, Yoga, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, and Laban/Bartenieff Movement. She has also trained extensively in Continuum Movement since 1978. Michele teaches workshops and classes in experiential and embodied anatomy through Yoga and Movement. In her teaching, she emphasizes the use of deeper body systems to support movement such that the practice of yoga becomes an experience of ease and effortlessness.

Suazanne River

Suzanne River is the founder, educational director and primary teacher of Green River Dance for Global Somatics™ since 1982. She created the Global Somatics™ Process, a somatic modality, and the Vibrational Aspects™ System, an energy healing modality. For thirty five years, Suzanne has initiated social change by teaching creative and spiritual expression through the body for all ages and diverse populations. Teaching and healing are her gifts to the unfolding of humanity and express her love of people, her devotion to the natural body, and her passion for learning. A certified Body-Mind Centering® teacher, Suzanne has been on the faculty of The School of Body-Mind Centering. A practicing dancer with native American roots, she has applied embodiment to dance technique, improvisation and performance and remains a continual student of modern dance, yoga, martial arts and Contact Improvisation. Suzanne is a Global Somatics™ Practitioner, BMC practitioner, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Reiki Master, and Reconnective Therapy Practitioner.

Mary Lou Seereiter

Mary Lou Seereiter, RSMTSM, is the director of Moving Within and The Studio in the Woods in Lorane, Oregon, and the course coordinator for the Oregon BodyMindMovement courses. She is a certified BMC teacher and practitioner, a certified Laban Movement analyst, and a practitioner and teacher of Authentic Movement. Mary Lou holds a Master’s degree in dance with specialization in anatomy and kinesiology. She created, developed and led the Dance Program at Lane Community College from 1980 to 2003. At Lane, she pioneered a somatic curriculum including Body-Mind Centering®, Authentic Movement, Anatomy for Dancers and studies in Laban Movement Analysis™.

Ray Eliot Schwartz

Ray Eliot Schwartz is a movement artist and activist who has spent the last 20 years committed to developing an experiential understanding of the body. As a co-founder of four contemporary dance projects in the southern United States: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve's House Dance Collective, and THEM, he has choreographed, performed, presented other artists, and developed educational curricula for diverse populations of students. In addition, he has taught at The Mimar Sinan Universitesi in Istanbul, Turkey, and colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Schwartz has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the Movement Research educational intensive located in NYC, SFADI, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival, and has taught, performed and conducted research extensively in the U.S, Europe and Asia. His training includes high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts and a BFA in Dance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional study includes certification as Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, trainings in Zero-Balancing, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Traditional Thai Massage, and the Feldenkrais Method. For his MFA at the University of Texas at Austin Schwartz balanced academic research with a commitment to service and activism within the Austin, Texas arts scene. (Click this link to download a PDF and read his Master's Thesis: Exploring the Space Between: The Effect of Somatic Education on Agency and Ownership Within a Collaborative Dance-Making Process Currently he is serving as the Coordinator of the Licenciatura en Danza en la Universidad De Las Americas in Cholula/Puebla, Mexico. As part of his work there, he initiated and co-directed Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes de Movimiento.

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