Never Stop:

The Artistry of Self-Care and Creativity
for Lifelong Embodied Performance

The Feldenkrais® Awareness Summit

October 25 - October 30, 2021

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Being a performing artist requires a dedication to creativity and self-care.

Over 35 professionals will help you unlock potential you didn’t even know was there by taking a step back and examining your art from a new perspective – a somatic perspective.
Join us for a revolutionary approach to the performing arts.

Performance is a complete package with significant physical, emotional, and mental demands. Brain, body, and heart work together to translate expression from artist to audience. The experience is encompassing and can be demanding.

Somatic techniques and the Feldenkrais Method can evoke more from your performances through nuanced awareness. The same attention to details and focused awareness also hones in on areas of pain and strain to prevent injuries. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “No Pain, No Gain” but that’s simply a marketing slogan. We know that pain actually prevents gain and is a sign of potential injury. Learn how to “Gain Without Pain” through the wisdom and inspiration provided by our guest experts.

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Donna Blank

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Miguel Gutierrez

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Uri Vardi

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Gabrielle Lamb

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Joyce Lu

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Aliza Stewart

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Robert Sholl

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Scott Illingworth

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Katie Bull

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Chrish Kresge

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Dr. Kene Igweonu

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Marisa Castillo

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Paris Kern

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Sondra Fraleigh

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Over 25 sessions organized into themes:

How to learn/How to teach

Creativity

Injury: Prevention or Healing

The High Performing Artist

Impacting the World

PLUS – Awareness Through Movement lessons

Four different movement lessons each day! On days 2-6 there will be four lessons each day. These four  Feldenkrais Teachers will offer a total of 20 somatic exploration lessons.
Ed Woodall
Ed Woodall
Erin Finkelstein
Erin Finkelstein
Lisa Hueske
Lisa Hueske
Sarah Templeton
Sarah Templeton
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FEATURED Master Sessions

Each day features a new topic and 4 sessions that help you work wiser so you can achieve new levels of expression and movement without pain, strain, and injury. You’ll find enrichment through creativity and movement, and most importantly, self-care. These sessions bring brain and body together in a synergistic fashion for all-encompassing growth. Each session features at least one master practitioner in their field and you have 48-hour access to the material. The material is released in the morning and then later that day there will be a live panel discussion regarding the information from that day’s sessions.

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DAY 1 Keynote Speakers

Martha Eddy

CMA, CTBMD, DEP, EdD, MFLCI, RSDE, RSMT
Somatic Performance: A Healing Force for Change

Together let’s take time to engage in what the soma, the living body, brings to our creative process.  Whether involved with artistic creation for personal pleasure and expression, or for performance, somatic awareness builds our capacity to attune more with untapped resources.


We will explore questions such as: How did some of our somatic greats like Anna Halprin, Irmgard Bartenieff and Charlotte Selver care for their bodies through the decades?  What other topics are generated in your body-mind when you think of the arts and the somatic arts as a healing force? Personal or global anxiety, stress, and trauma? Environmental risk and disasters?


Through reflection and expert skill, Martha will bring her vast experience in somatics and the arts, and her personal and collaborative work  – Dynamic Embodiment, BodyMind Dancing, Moving for Life for cancer survivors, and Global Water Dances for Safe CleanWater for All –  to help us slow down, sense, and explore these important questions. Experience how we can locate our creative concerns and embody our own personal way of moving through them.


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Donna Blank

MS, GCFP/T, WBFT, CMA
Bringing our Whole Selves to our Art Form
In a conversation form inherent in the Feldenkrais somatic listening and exploring process, Donna will discuss the potential of the Feldenkrais Method for learning, health and healing, and creativity in the arts, as well as ways in which somatic listening and learning support a vibrant evolution in an artistic life.
DAY 2 How to Learn/How to Teach

Uri Vardi

Working with Musicians

When working with musicians, I approach using the Feldenkrais Method the same way that I approach creating music. It involves trusting my intuition, using my imagination, and relying on natural laws of physics (sense of gravity, speed of movement and timing). The creativity of the Feldenkrais Method resembles the same creative process that takes place when I create an intimate relationship between a composer, through his/her composition, and myself. My attention to the changes that I experience within myself while working on a musical composition resemble changes which I discover during ATMs or Fls. In my session, I plan to focus on the discovery of habitual patterns which are manifested in daily life and during musical communication. I plan to focus on the importance of attending to musicians’ musical intentions when using the Feldenkrais Method to help them grow as musicians and when helping them alleviate discomfort or pain.

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Ami Shulman

The Movement of Attention
The freedom of movement is to perceive the unfolding moment, unhindered by the sense of the structure from which it derives. A common perception amongst dancers is that there is a disconnect between what they are doing in the studio, especially in class, and what they are doing in performance on stage. This gap highlights the question: What are we teaching? The Feldenkrais Method offers a perspective to integrate these disparities, redefining virtuosity, not merely as “an act that transcends our perception of human capability,” but rather as “the unique signature and expression of how an individual inhabits their very being.
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Audrey Pernell

Roy Hart Centre Voice Teacher, M.A. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy
Following Your Voice: An introduction to Roy Hart Work
In this session we’ll discuss how your voice, in all its creative possibilities, can be a path of self-discovery, revealing who you are and what you uniquely have to offer the world. Beyond talent and technique, Roy Hart work explores the bridges between body, emotion, and identity, opening a universe of sounds and expressive states–especially the places we tend to avoid. By suspending ourselves in these moments of conflict and doubt, we discover unexpected possibilities, tuning in to “where the voice wants to go.” We value the whole of our human instrument, listening and expressing with authenticity, generosity, and purpose.
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Chrish Kresge

GCFP, RSME
Feldenkrais, Self-Image and the Actor
Moshe Feldenkrais said that if he had not discovered his Method, he would have been an actor. In this discussion and experiential session you will learn why and how the Feldenkrais Method is such a powerful resource for actors and other performers.
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Noam Holdengreber

Singer as Conductor of the Self-Orchestra
For singers, there’s no distinction between the player and the instrument, and as any musical instrument must be tuned, so too must a complex instrument like the human body. In this context, Feldenkrais lessons can be seen as a “tuning of the body-instrument.” During the Feldenkrais lessons, we concentrate on psycho-physical connections which, due to their hidden nature, are not generally taught as part of a regular music education. Body awareness and the ability to use the body-mind-emotion wisely allow the artist to master their singing in the most profound ways.
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Panel Discussion

Join host Michael Landau and these experts
Dr. Kene Igweonu

Dr. Kene Igweonu

Mary Spire

Mary Spire

DAY 3 Creativity

Miguel Gutierrez

You Do You: A Talk About Art Making and Teaching

Listen in as we explore the intersections of Miquel’s work as a choreographer, performer and teacher with the Feldenkrais Method. View inspiring clips from three of his recent works and get an inside view into his choreographic process. You might be surprised about some of his questions such as “What does this particular dancer want?” He also explores the Latinx experience as well as ways in which he has found the Feldenkrais approach to be valuable in starting where his dancers already are.

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Aliza Stewart

M.M.
Movement, Sound and Musical Imagination

How the quality and variety of the player’s movements affect the quality and variety of the sounds imagined and produced.

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Maggy Burrowes

Charisma and Creativity: Potency in Performance
Greater self-awareness – sensory, muscular, skeletal, fascial, and visceral – is a natural development of an active Feldenkrais practice, and as awareness develops we’re better able to unravel the emotional constraints we learned when too young to assert ourselves. Self-awareness is vital in vocal performance – we are the instrument, and spontaneous expressivity is the source of our charisma. As we release unconscious resistance, our authentic voice emerges naturally, without effort, enhancing our on-stage presence. Self-evolution has no endpoint; steadily we remove what has been imposed from without; what remains is simple, wholehearted, and genuine: artistry without artifice.
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Lavinia Plonka

Your Creative Body
Every moment is an act of creation. How you choose to take any action, from the way you make your coffee to nailing that audition, involves your ability to be present, spontaneous and relaxed…or not. To see possibility, be comfortable in the unknown, and be curious without attachment to outcome are just a few hallmarks of the creative performer. They are also key principles of the Feldenkrais Method. In this conversation you’ll learn how you can access your creative spark through the radical acts of lying down, doing less and letting go of results
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Panel Discussion

Join host Nancy Wozny and these experts
Sondra Fraleigh

Sondra Fraleigh

David Hall

David Hall

DAY 4 Injury: Prevention or Healing

Marek Wyszynski

PT, GCFP
Dancing in the Zone: Keys to Injury Prevention
Most dancers are used to intense practice and pushing their limits, which often increases the risk of injuries. Some studies show that 82% of professional dancers suffer between one and seven injuries per year. Marek would like to introduce you to a pleasant yet extremely powerful process that will increase your self-awareness and help you prevent injuries. In his practice, he bridges modern science, rehabilitation medicine, sports training, and the Feldenkrais Method for optimal health and in-the-zone performance. In addition to his work with patients, Marek is a former national champion of fencing in Poland and still successfully competes in the US.
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Marina Gilman

M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP, GCFT
Maintaining Your Healthy Voice

Maintaining a healthy voice is not difficult if you know what to do and what not to do. While changes in voice quality are signs of vocal problems, they may have many causes. Some are benign, and some are more serious, requiring medical attention from an ENT (ear-nose-throat) specialist, preferably a Laryngologist (voice/throat specialist). Understanding the physiology of the vocal mechanism and its relationship to our whole body is critical. This presentation will provide an overview of how we produce sound, what can go wrong, and more importantly, how to prevent voice disorders.

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Lisa M. Burrell

DMA, GCFP
Musicians’ Injury: Rethinking Practice and Pedagogy

Current neuroscience research into musicians’ injury shows a correlation between methods of pedagogy and practice and long-term changes in the brain that affect musicians’ health. This research suggests that certain characteristics of learning, including rote repetition, limited variation and exploration, and narrowing of focus, make us more prone to injury than the purely mechanical aspects of our technique.

My work uses Feldenkrais-derived strategies to teach musicians and educators how to maximize learning while developing neurologically sustainable playing habits. These tools help students, teachers, and performers begin to modify learning methodology and practice “routines” to include experimentation, awareness, variation, and adaptability.

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Victoria Worsley

Learn Your Way Out of Injury (And Enhance Your Acting Too!)

Injury is every actor’s nightmare. In a tough industry, it can put you out of work, limit what work you can do or how well you can do it. The Feldenkrais Method is not medical and it is not a magic fix-all, but those who embark on this journey of self-learning can discover strategies that go beyond prevention or recovery into realms of improvement and new skill. So, how can Feldenkrais help you avoid injury or recover from injury better? And can that make you an even better actor too?

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Panel Discussion

Join host Nancy Wozny and these experts
Paris Kern

Paris Kern

Darcia Dexter

Darcia Dexter, GCFP

DAY 5 The High Performing Artist

Katie Bull

Vigorous and Vibrant: A Whole Body Voice(c) Approach to Meet the Demands of the Rigorous Performer

Come explore fascinations and challenge assumptions about the “hows” of rigorous and exciting vocal practice: How does a vocal performer rise to the demand of a strenuous rehearsal and performance schedule, thus giving their highest quality performance for the complete duration of a rigorous production run? How can a whole body vocal practice promote skill, presence and fresh meaning each night, on stage? If we accept that high performance is a social act, then how is connecting with a desire to communicate invigorating for vocal practice?

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Gabrielle Lamb

Sparking the Choreographic Imagination
Award-winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb discusses how ATM has altered her creative practice and led her to seek beauty in knots and asymmetries. In her dances, forces ripple across the stage and course through multiple interconnected bodies. With a foundation in improvisation, her choreography alternates between lush spirals and intricate puzzles. The Feldenkrais Method also informs her teaching practice, helping her to perceive patterns that connect classical ballet and contemporary dance.
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Scott Illingworth

Actors and Embodied Tools

Scott discusses his work as a professor at one of the top MFA actor training programs, embedding continuous thinking about awareness and integration into the tools used by high performing actors on stage, screen, and in new media. He’ll describe the exercise and techniques from his work developing Physical Actioning and how he uses those as a professor, professional director, and acting coach.

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Alan Fraser

M.M., Dip.AMPS, GCFP

Everything You Do, Sounds: Honing the Physical to Enhance the Musical

Feldenkrais helps musical performers resolve injury, but its far greater value lies in its application to interpretation. Often what an interpreter imagines and what they produce do not correlate: bringing greater awareness to one’s physical state can resolve this disconnect. This workshop offers musicians quick, practical exercises to improve their physical relationship to their instrument, be it voice, fiddle, brass or keyboard, with special attention paid to the physical dimension of interpretive issues such as emotional expression, virtuosic touch and variety of tone.

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Panel Discussion

Join host Michael Landau and these experts
Robert Sholl

Prof. Robert Sholl

David Daniel Bowes

David Daniel Bowes

DAY 6 Impacting the World

Joyce Lu

Ph.D.
Forward Facing Feldenkrais: How the Method Might Move Us
What is the role of somatic practices like The Feldenkrais Method in social change? This session will touch on how bias presents itself in Western somatic practices and also how these practices can be used to fuel anti-racist anti-colonial struggles for collective liberation. It will also draw connections between this work and the development and implementation of trauma-informed practices in the art of acting.
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Thomas Kampe

Ph.D, Professor of Somatic Performance and Education
Beyond Self-Activation: Somatic Tools for Social Change?
In this talk Thomas Kampe will reflect on his research activities to discuss recent developments in the somatic field toward articulating Somatic Practices as sensitive tools for social transformation in an increasingly disembodied world in crisis. How do current approaches toward Critical Somatics and Somatic Activism resonate with Moshe Feldenkrais’ emancipatory and non-conformist ethics and practices, beyond the liberation of the aware individual? How do we move beyond a historically inscribed ‘whiteness’ of the field toward making space for global-majority bodies of culture? Can our practices contribute toward a re-embodiment of sustainable human interaction with a living world?
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Sharon Costianes

GCFP, Voice Teacher, Soprano, Actor, Herbalist, Wholistic Foodie
Empowering Embodied Voice for Social Justice
Grab a cup of tea (chamomile or peppermint are great choices for supporting the nervous system, loves), and join us for a discussion on using your Voice in an embodied and empowered way in the fight for social justice for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized populations. As we engage in this work, we’ll touch on where we feel ease or discomfort with ourselves / our bodies, what singers are uniquely equipped to bring to the table, and how we can create safe space for ourselves and others within the conversation to uplift the growth opportunities we face and advocate for change.
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Emma Alter

B.M. (Hons) RNCM, PGDip RCM, B.M. AHK, FPFP
Imperfection in a Perfectionist World: Working in Classical Music
As musicians we are taught at an early age that the music is centre-stage. Our physical comfort and mental selves often take a back seat to the notes on the page. The perfectionism that comes with the rigour of classical music training can be crippling. How could acceptance of our limitations help us perfect our art-forms in a healthier way? Having a genetic condition, with its physical limitations, has shaped my journey as both human-being and artist. Working with Feldenkrais has helped me accept my own limitations, and allows me to help others accept and exceed theirs.
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Panel Discussion

Join host Cynthia Allen and these experts
Antonio Ramos

Antonio Ramos

Dr. Rainy Demerson

Dr. Rainy Demerson

Frederick Schjang

Frederick Schjang

Bonus day = Tribute day

with special tributes to Anna Halprin, Moshe Feldenkrais and more.
Anna Halprin
Anna Halprin
Moshe
Moshe Feldenkrais
Augusta Moore
Augusta Moore
Roberta Gary
Roberta Gary

How to Incorporate Art into Everyday Living

Performance artists understand that there’s more to the self than meets the eye. To an audience, they appear to effortlessly translate emotion into movement and movement into inspiration. But beyond the audience’s eyes is a foundation of hard and, at times, tireless work and dedication. Tapping into more is possible and it can be even more joyful and easier to grasp than you realize.

Learning how to experience movement as a joyful expression isn’t just for artists, it’s for everyone. This summit will give every attendee an insight into how to move with purpose, joy, and grace. It’s an opportunity to begin loving your body in ways you never dreamed possible and translating that newfound passion for movement into inspiration for daily living.

Don’t forget, there are also Awareness Through Movement® lessons each day that you can enjoy, too.

At the Feldenkrais Awareness Summits, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. All are welcome. We appreciate the experiences and wisdom of historically marginalized people, honoring all racial and ethnic identities, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical expressions, neuro-diversity, and capabilities. We want to know about the real, lived experience fostering a world where everyone can move better, feel better, and live better.

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Host

Cynthia Allen Headshot for Co-host of the Feldenkrais Awareness Summit
Cynthia Allen launched the first Feldenkrais® Awareness Summit in 2018. She is the creator of the online Your Learning Body program, published researcher on the effects of the Bones for Life® approach in the elderly and co-creator of Integral Human Gait™ theory.

Co-Host

Nancy Wozny
Nancy Wozny is editor in chief of Arts and Culture Texas, the only print publication in the state devoted to the visual and performing arts. She is a frequent contributor to Pointe, Dance Teacher and Dance magazine, where she serves as a contributing editor, and has been chronicling the somatic experience for dancers for the past two plus decades. A Feldenkrais teacher turned student, she has recently completed a year of taking ATM lessons from dancers. She has also served as a scholar in residence at Jacob’s Pillow, where you can find her essay on Somatics on Stage on Pillow Interactive.

Co-Host

Michael Landau
Michael Landau has been a Feldenkrais practitioner since 1994. The method has accompanied him throughout most of his 30-year-long musical career. He has accompanied singers and instrumentalists at the piano and was a university teacher at the Vienna Conservatory, Austria, and in Chile, where he’s been living for the last 20 years. He is now retired and fully dedicated to teaching Feldenkrais. He has designed online courses with a daily 3-minute practice that help his students create a daily habit of mindful movement.
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Ed Woodall

Ed Woodall is a transformational movement coach with a film and theatre background. Ed has been interested in movement from his earliest days as a juggler, acrobat, actor, director, movement director and now, Feldenkrais practitioner. Ed has performed with some of the leading theatre companies such as Complitcité, Improbable and Kneehigh, and in Hollywood acting with various semi-legends such as Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Russell Crowe. Ed is also an award-winning theatre director. But from the moment Ed came back from Paris, where he studied physical theatre with Jaques Lecoq, he has been a teacher. He has taught in many different places including: prisons, war zones, supermarket canteens, the National Theatre Studio, and nearly all the major drama schools in SE England.

Erin Finkelstein

Erin Finkelstein is a guild certified Feldenkrais Practitioner with 14 years of experience. Erin is a professional clarinetist and a member of Urban Nocturnes in Phoenix, Arizona as well as the Carmel Bach Festival in California. She performs with the Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera. Her in-person Feldenkrais practice encompasses a wide range of students, from children with Cerebral Palsy to professional musicians and everyone in between. With her online practice, you can find access to classes and a learning library with over 100 ATM lessons at www.erinfinkelstein.com, or find her collaborations with MIGSE, the Musicians’ International Group for Somatic Education.

Lisa Hueske

Lisa Hueske received her BFA in Dance from the University of Texas and in 2008 became a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher at the New York Feldenkrais Teacher Training with Educational Director, Dr. Larry Goldfarb. Since age 19, through the brilliant work of Feldenkrais, she has been interested in moving “smarter, not stronger,” recovering from acute, chronic, and traumatic injuries. She has been a Movement Educator for 22 years and currently teaches at Austin Feldenkrais and Ballet Austin. Lisa is a professional modern dancer and creator and has danced for many independent choreographers and companies in the great city of Austin.

Sarah Templeton

Sarah Templeton, M.M., GCFP, is a singer, voice and acting teacher, and Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has taught the Feldenkrais Method at the prestigious Stratford Festival of Canada, and has taught Feldenkrais and acting technique to students of the University of British Columbia’s Opera Division. She has given many workshops in Feldenkrais for Singers at Western University’s Faculty of Music, and has taught courses in singing, speech, movement, and acting at Fanshawe College’s Theatre Arts Department in London, Canada. Sarah is the creator of the online courses, An Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method for Singers and Movement Meditation with Sarah, and runs an active online teaching studio of both Feldenkrais and singing students.

Martha Eddy

Dr. Martha Eddy is a passionate advocate for health and creative expression through somatic awareness and active embodiment, with a lifelong commitment to the art of dance. Her somatic system of dance, BodyMind Dancing, is 40 years old, educates people to become Registered Somatic Dance Educators and has been cited in Dance Magazine and the NY Times as a way to work through the pandemic’s stresses. During early studies with Irmgard Bartenieff and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, she also visited Moshe Feldenkrais’ classes and recognized his brilliant contribution to the field of somatic education. After 10 years of teaching in the certification programs at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and the School For Body-Mind Centering, she developed her own amalgam certification program, blending aspects of LMA and BMC(r), with a focus on one-to-one movement education, therapy and coaching, using creative processes and a social justice lens.  She named it the Somatic Movement Therapy Training (SMTT) in 1991, and brought it to the Bay Area and Moving On Center, co-founded with Carol Swann in 1994.  At the same time she began her 15-year tenure on the board of the somatic movement professional’s association, she advocated for the word somatic to be brought into its name – it is now ISMETA.org. She also served as president. Once the word somatic became more known, she rebranded her own work calling it Dynamic Embodiment- SMT.  When back in NYC in 1999, she designed Moving For Life Dance Exercise for Health, with a focus on cancer recovery, and it has expanded to addressing the physiological needs of many older adults.  She applied her knowledge as an Exercise Physiologist and Doctor of Movement Science, RSMT and dance educator. Moving For Life has been featured on public radio and almost all major news networks since 2011, and as of 2014, is a non-profit offering free classes for all NYers and those who take the class online from around the world. In 2017 she was named Outstanding Dance Educator by the National Dance Education Organization.  

Donna Blank

Donna Blank, M.S., GCFP/T, WBFT, CMA, WholeBody Focusing Trainer, LMA,
is a Feldenkrais and WholeBody Focusing Trainer whose background is in the arts, education and consciousness studies. She works with performing artists as well as with all people curious how they can live more vibrant lives. In addition to her private practice utilizing the Feldenkrais Method and WholeBody Focusing, she trains practitioners. She has directed the dance department of the New Haven high school of the arts, co-founded the first Masters Degree in Movement program at Wesleyan University and was on its faculty. Donna has also taught the company class for Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, utilizing Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, and has guest taught in universities, colleges, and classrooms throughout the US and Canada. Her paper, “Moving the Dance,” can be found in Feldenkrais Journal #3.

Uri Vardi

Cellist Uri Vardi has performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber player across the United States, Europe, Far East, South America, and his native Israel. Born in Szeged, Hungary, Vardi grew up on Kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, Israel. He studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, was an Artist Diploma student at Indiana University, and earned his Master’s degree from Yale University. His Cello teachers have included Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot, Eva Janzer, and Uzi Wiesel. Other influential musicians in his life have been Gyorgy Sebok, Rami Shevelov, Rachel Adonaylo and Lorand Fenyves. Vardi served as Assistant Principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Principal cellist of the Israel Sinfonietta, and was a founding member of the Sol-La-Re String Quartet. In 1990, following an extensive teaching and performing career, Vardi was appointed cello professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Vardi is the founder and artistic director of the National Summer Cello Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. He is regularly invited to perform and present workshops, seminars, and master classes at major music schools, summer music festivals, and professional orchestras. Trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner, Vardi focuses on the correlation between musical expression, sound, body awareness, and movement in his teaching and performance. Throughout his career, Uri Vardi has continuously initiated new projects and collaborations, bringing to life rarely-performed music (e.g. CD of Jewish music from the St. Petersburg School), and bridging cultural and musical divides (e.g. ‘Fusions’ – A chamber music project of Jewish music and Arab art music, that toured the US and Israel on multiple occasions and culminated in the commission of ‘Forty Steps’ by Joel Hoffman, a Double Concerto for Cello, Oud, and Symphony orchestra, premiered with the Madison Symphony Orchestra). Vardi’s Students have been successful as soloists, chamber players, faculty members of major music schools (such as Oberlin College and Peabody), and members of major orchestras such as The New York Metropolitan Opera, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Caracas, Venezuela and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Ami Shulman

Ami Shulman is a Rehearsal Director at the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. She has choreographed for the National Theatre of London, UK, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, for which she received a Helen Hayes Award for Choreography, and has creatively assisted works with the Cirque Du Soleil, the National Ballet of Canada and Ballet BC. Ami performed with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Compagnie Flak and the DanceOn Ensemble, Berlin. She has taught throughout Europe, Canada and the USA and is an Artistic Associate of the Springboard Project. Ami co-authored the anthology, Back to the Dance Itself, and is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner ®. 

Audrey Pernell

AUDREY PERNELL is a Roy Hart Centre voice teacher with a master’s degree in voice performance and pedagogy, a bachelor’s degree in theater, and professional certificates in vinyasa yoga, yoga psychology, and therapeutic massage. Alongside her husband, Andrés Zará, she co-directs Rumbos Voice Studio based in Santiago de Chile. Over the past twelve years, they have developed numerous projects and workshops investigating the human voice’s vast potential as a tool for creative expression and personal growth. Audrey has taught at numerous universities and academies, working with students in the performing arts, voice pedagogy, and creative therapies.

Chrish Kresge

Chrish has been involved with theatre for most of her adult life, acting, directing and producing plays and musicals in Cairo, Rabat, Kathmandu, Accra and Washington, DC. As a director, she uses Feldenkrais in her rehearsals with actors, and teaches Awareness Through Movement classes for performers. She recently co-edited a book, The Feldenkrais Method, Learning Through Movement. Chrish sits on the Board of the British Players and has an active Feldenkrais practice from her studio in Washington, DC.

Noam Holdengreber

Noam Holdengreber is a visual artist and a certified Feldenkrais Method teacher. The special relationship between creative work and body awareness has influenced and become an inseparable part of his work, as a teacher and as an artist. His understanding of the connection between body & mind enables reaching deeper layers of experience, which can lead to healing and learning. Releasing the old and discovering the new. Working initially in Israel, where he completed his training, he has spent the last 17 years teaching and coaching in New York, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Antwerp, and Tel-Aviv.

Dr. Kene Igweonu

Dr. Kene Igweonu is Academic Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex University, London. His research and publication interests are in actor and performance training and directing, black British theatre, theatre and performance in Africa and its Diasporas, as well as the Feldenkrais Method in health, wellbeing and performance training.

Mary Spire

Mary Spire is an experienced teacher and trainer of the Feldenkrais Method. A Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, she has been actively teaching since graduating in 1987 from the Feldenkrais Foundation Training and, for the last 20 years, has served as a trainer and educational director in Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs worldwide. Her passion is sharing her knowledge and expertise with others; she loves helping others to improve their lives and functioning and, in the words of Dr. Feldenkrais, to realize their “avowed and un-avowed dreams.” Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. As a musician, she brings to her practice first-hand knowledge of the challenges and difficulties that performers face. She has taught Feldenkrais to musicians at the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, U.C. Berkeley, U.C. San Francisco, Boston University, McGill University, State University of New York, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mary also taught the Feldenkrais Method at the San Francisco Symphony’s successful Prevention & Wellness Program for 18 years. She has presented and taught aspects of the Method in hospitals and to hospital staff, including those in the Physical Therapy Department at UCSF School of Medicine. In addition to offering frequent workshops, lectures and symposia, Mary maintains private practice in San Rafael, California, where she not only offers group classes, but also specializes in working one-on-one with infants and children, older adults, people with neurological conditions and performing artists.

Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, music artist, writer, educator, and Feldenkrais Method practitioner based in Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY. His work has been presented in over 60 cities. He has received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, four New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards and a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. He was in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He teaches at Princeton University and in Hunter College’s MFA Art program. His book, When You Rise Up (2009), is available from 53rd State Press. Current projects include Are You For Sale?, a podcast about the ethical entanglements of dance-making and philanthropy. www.miguelgutierrez.org and www.learning-body.com

Aliza Stewart

Aliza Stewart is a Feldenkrais Method Trainer. She has been practicing for 35 years and has trained teachers internationally. Previously, she was the Educational Director of the Boston Feldenkrais Training and is currently the Educational Director of the Baltimore Training. Aliza has presented classes, workshops, and lectures for many institutions and organizations that research alternative methods of rehabilitation for musicians.

Trained and performed widely as a concert pianist, Ms. Stewart specializes in helping musicians recover from playing related injuries and improve their overall sound. She has taught for many years at the Peabody Conservatory, the Mannes College of Music, the Marlboro Chamber Music School and Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival.

Maggy Burrowes

Maggy began teaching Awareness Through Movement classes in 1989, graduated in 1990, in London, and she has been teaching, both privately, and in colleges, universities and adult education centres, in the UK and abroad, ever since. She is still involved in UK training programs as an experienced practitioner, giving individual lessons to trainee teachers for Garet Newell’s Sussex-based training programs. Maggy’s Feldenkrais-based Potent Voice system is the culmination of her years of teaching experience, her ongoing research into state-of-the-art voice training science, and the development and expansion of her own vocal performance abilities.

Lavinia Plonka

For over 25 years, Lavinia Plonka managed to have a successful career in a most unusual niche of the performing arts – as a mime and clown. Training with luminaries like Grotowski, Tomaszewski, LeCoq, Yakim and many more, Lavinia toured internationally with both dance and mime companies, as a soloist, and was the Guggenheim Museum’s only “mime in residence.” After discovering the Feldenkrais Method®, she started her “second life,” developing a practice, writing several books, creating audio programs and teaching workshops internationally. She is also an Emotional Body instructor and a faculty member of the Shift Network.

Sondra Fraleigh

Sondra Fraleigh is a retired professor of dance from State University of New York. She is a Feldenkrais teacher and also the founding director of Eastwest Somatics for the Study of Dance, Movement, and Yoga, which she initiated in 1990. Sondra has also been a guest teacher/performer in Japan and India.

David Hall

David Hall is a somatic adventurer who has been practicing the Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique for more than 30 years. He is an Assistant Trainer in the Feldenkrais Method, has a background in theatre, and ran a Salsa dancing school for 15 years. David lives and practises in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. His online group classes are attended by people from all over the world.

Marek Wyszynski

Marek is President and Clinical Director of Physical Therapy and Feldenkrais NYC, a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network. He is a co-founder of the Feldenkrais Foundation and the Feldenkrais Institute of New York and former supervisor of The New York Pain Treatment Program at Lenox Hill Hospital. For over 30 years, Marek has worked with people suffering from pain, orthopedic and neurological problems, athletes, and performing artists. Marek is a Hospital for Special Surgery Certified Hip Clinician. He has published articles in medical journals and leads continuing education courses.

Marina Gilman

Marina Gilman, M.M. (Voice), M.A. (Communication Disorders), Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has taught voice at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, and the Theater School at DePaul University Chicago. She worked as a licensed speech pathologist at major medical voice centers in Chicago and was part of the interdisciplinary team at the Emory Voice Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She maintained a private practice in voice and Feldenkrais. She has published in medical and voice journals on the relationship between body posture (from the Feldenkrais perspective) and voice. She is the author of Body and Voice: Somatic Re-education, Plural Publishing.

Lisa M. Burrell

Lisa Burrell is a violinist, string clinician, and GCFP. She is on the faculty of Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, and the American Festival for the Arts. She serves on the governing committee for the International Society for Music Education’s Musicians’ Health and Wellness SIG. Her work for 10+ years has brought Feldenkrais into public school classrooms, teacher in-services, workshops, and private practices to help musicians learn smarter and safer approaches to learning. She is a contributing author to two recent publications, The Feldenkrais Method in Creative Practice: Dance, Music, and Theatre (Bloomsbury, 2021), and The Feldenkrais Method: Learning Through Movement (Handspring, 2021).

Victoria Worsley

After discovering the Feldenkrais Method at age 17, while training with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagnuex in Paris, Victoria worked as an actor for twenty years in everything from traditional plays, TV and film to cutting-edge, visual/physical theatre. She co-founded the performance company Tattycoram, while still at Oxford University and later, Jade, best known for 1990’s cult hit Grace.  Victoria became a Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2007 and an Assistant Trainer in 2021. She has taught Feldenkrais in drama schools and many other arts organisations, and sees actors at her practice in North London. Her book Feldenkrais for Actors was published in 2016.

Paris Kern

“Free the Body, Free the Voice. Paris Kern has helped countless people, and I’ve watched singers experience immediate and positive vocal changes with her masterful guidance. She brings a generous spirit, backed by decades of experience in the Feldenkrais Method. She is not to be missed.” -Judi Vinar, Voice Teacher, Singer. Paris Kern is a Feldenkrais Trainer and Singer focusing primarily on Traditional Folk music and spontaneous composition known as CircleSinging, a form of choral singing developed by Bobby McFerrin. She now combines these two areas, helping singers discover more freedom, ease and joy in their voice. Using ATM lessons along with vocal explorations, one discovers new potential and uncovers old habits that get in the way of the ability to express oneself. Workshops move between singing together and alone, participating in ATM lessons and Master Class work with individuals

Darcia Dexter

Darcia Dexter is an internationally recognized Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionerCM who has worked with Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award-winning artists for the past twenty-five years. Darcia developed Feldenkrais-based programs for the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, the Motion Picture Wellness Program, and Kaiser Permanente’s Chronic Pain Program. She presented at Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists conferences at Chapman University where she was also adjunct faculty in the Dance department. She contributed Feldenkrais strategies to “Artist’s Block Cured! 201 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity.” Based in Orange County, California, Darcia helps people all over the globe.

Katie Bull

Katie Bull was first introduced to Feldenkrais in 1978 via her mentor, Bob Chopra, who had just completed one of the first teacher training programs under Moshe. Chopra was then in a collaboration with her speaking voice mentor at SUNY Purchase, the late Broadway voice coach, Chuck Jones. She is now an Authorized Feldenkrais Teacher Trainee of Awareness Through Movement and a professional vocal production coach with over 30 years of experience coaching high performers for Broadway, Television and Film. In 1997 Katie founded Whole Body Voice©, an interdisciplinary approach to vocal production, drawing from her performer-family roots in post-modern dance improvisation, theater, and jazz vocal exploration; all deeply informed by Feldenkrais. She’s a Fitzmaurice Voicework© certified Associate Teacher and has been a Senior Master Teacher of Voice at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ Atlantic Studio for 22 years. As a lifelong performer, Katie is a professional Jazz Vocalist/Composer/Bandleader. She practices whole body voice in life and art.

Gabrielle Lamb

Gabrielle Lamb, choreographer and 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, is based in NYC, where she directs Pigeonwing Dance. DANCE Magazine described her as “a dancer of stunning clarity who illuminates the smallest details—qualities she brings to the dances she makes, too.” Her work has been presented by, among others, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, BalletX, and Jacob’s Pillow. She has won fellowships and competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, the Banff Centre, and NY City Center, as well as a Princess Grace Award. She is entering her 4th year in the NYC Feldenkrais Professional Training program.

Scott Illingworth

Scott is an Assistant Arts Professor in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and a freelance director. He is the author of Exercise for Embodied Actors: Tools for Physical Actioning (Routledge, 2020) and a Fulbright grant recipient. He has taught at universities and schools across the U.S. and internationally.

Directing credits span Off-Broadway, regional, and international work in Europe, South America, and Asia. Focused on new work, his projects include collaborations with Lucas Hnath, Mona Mansour, Christina Anderson, Ken Urban, Stefanie Zadravec, Padraic Lillis, Keith Reddin, and Bill Bowers among others.

Alan Fraser

Canadian concert pianist, Feldenkrais practitioner and pedagogue, Alan Fraser is author of several books linking Feldenkrais to piano technique, most recently Pianimals, a children’s method based on Feldenkrais. He leads the Alan Fraser Institute of Piano Somatics in various North American and European cities and online. He lives in Belgrade, Serbia.

Prof. Robert Sholl

Robert Sholl teaches at The Royal Academy of Music and the University of West London. His has written extensively on twentieth-century music, including Messiaen Studies and James MacMillan Studies ed. with George Parsons (both Cambridge University Press, 2007 and 2021), Contemporary Music and Spirituality ed. with Sander van Maas (Routledge, 2017), and The Feldenkrais Method in Creative Practice (Bloomsbury, 2021). He has also written on musical improvisation to film and is the editor of Olivier Messiaen in Context (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Robert studied in Melbourne, then in Paris (with Olivier Latry, and at the Sorbonne) and finally in London (at King’s College). In 2016-17 he played all of the works of Messiaen at Arundel Cathedral, and he has given recitals at the St John’s Smith Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, twice at the Madeleine and at Notre-Dame de Paris.

David Daniel Bowes

David Daniel Bowes, performer and teacher, has devoted his career to the study of how to play without injury or pain, and how to eliminate stage fright. His career focus has been largely in the area of Baroque performance practice.  David is a Guild-certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.  In college, he fell in love with the voice of the viola, and used his keyboard skills as an accompanist. When a young boy, he said “I want to be the sound of the orchestra”.  There you have it.

Joyce Lu

Joyce Lu, PhD connects arts practice, healing, and education with the motive of cultivating full individual expression in community with other individuals and the environment. She has been a certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner since 2012. She is also the founder and director of LAPlayback Theatre Company, does Playback Theatre for Dailey Innovations, Inc. diversity and equity trainings, and works as an equity consultant with Be The Change Consulting. Joyce is a former member of Body Weather Laboratory Los Angeles and is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College.

Thomas Kampe

Thomas Kampe has worked as a performing artist, researcher and somatic educator across the globe. He works as Professor of Somatic Performance & Education at Bath Spa University (UK) where he co-directs the Creative Corporealities Research Group. Thomas’ research focuses on critical somatic legacies. He co-edited JDSP Vol. 9 “Bodily undoing: Somatics as practices of critique” (2017), and most recently, the book Beyond Forgetting: persecution/exile/memory – transdisciplinary perspectives on education in design and performance (2021). Thomas is a Feldenkrais practitioner and guest-editor of the IFF research Journal Vol. 6 “Practices of Freedom: The Feldenkrais Method & Creativity” (2019).

Sharon Costianes

Sharon Costianes, GCFP has uniquely combined her talents and love of pedagogy with the Feldenkrais Method at Flight Performing Arts in Ithaca, NY. Flight’s mission is to empower every voice through holistic performing arts education. This is achieved by seeking out each person’s unique gift and implementing creative experiences that encourage the individual to learn, take risks, be themselves, find joy and beauty in the world around them, and express this in artistry. In addition to Flight and her Feldenkrais Practice, Body Song, Sharon has served on the faculty at Ithaca College, the Community School of Music and Arts, and as a guest lecturer at Cornell University. She has taught classes and workshops for organizations throughout NY state.

Emma Alter

Emma has been a qualified Feldenkrais teacher since 2015. She has over two decades experience of professional performance at a world class level, along with a pedagogical practice, teaching violin, viola and Feldenkrais to both children and adults. Emma has specialised in working with musicians, and is the in-house Feldenkrais teacher for the Musicians Union, where she has been giving regular classes/workshops for over three years. She has been a guest lecturer for the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and even the British Army!

Antonio Ramos

Antonio Ramos, born and raised in Puerto Rico, received a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Antonio began his career performing with Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Ballet Hispánico of New York, Ballet Concierto and Ballet Municipal (Puerto Rico). More recently, Antonio has performed with choreographers such as Mark Dendy, Neil Greenberg, Stephen Petronio, Merián Soto and Donna Uchizono, among others. Antonio was an Artist-in-Residence at El Museo del Barrio 2011-12. He was a 2011-12 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Award Recipient, and is currently a 2014 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Antonio is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Zero Balancing Practitioner, Watsu Practitioner, and a professional teacher of Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration from The Feldenkrais Method®.

Dr. Rainy Demerson

Rainy Demerson is a contemporary dance artist and scholar invested in anticolonial intersectional feminism and radical art making. Her Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies examined the Indigenous techniques of Black women in South African contemporary dance as projects of decolonization. She taught Dance and Yoga to youth in public schools for several years before teaching at several universities in Missouri, Texas and California. She is currently a Lecturer in Dance at University of the West Indies Cave Hill. Her article “Awareness through Movement as Critical Pedagogy in Ballet” is published in the journal Research in Dance and Physical Education.

Frederick Schjang

A native of Harlem with roots in the Caribbean, Frederick Schjang is a nationally recognized fitness educator and innovator who specializes in the Feldenkrais Method. Schjang’s online Feldenkrais Method membership program features not only himself, but also popular teachers from around the world. His semi-annual LGBTQA Feldenkrais Festival has become a must-attend event for fitness and wellness enthusiasts and, since moving to Zoom in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, attracts thousands globally.

Arlyn Zones

Arlyn Zones (MA Theatre Arts) graduated from Dr. Feldenkrais last training program in 1983 and later helped to train students in more than 100 Feldenkrais Professional Training Programs worldwide.
As a young practitioner, she was invited to bring the Feldenkrais Method® into a special school for children with learning differences. She has taught workshops for pediatric therapists as well as Feldenkrais® practitioners on the application of the Method to the work with children and infants. She has also maintained an ongoing private practice working with infants, children and adults for the past several decades.