About ISMETA / History / Scope of Practice / Standards / Board of Directors
Elisa Cotroneo, RSME & RSMT
Ex-officio Board Member
East Greenbush, NY
Elisa Cotroneo, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T). She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Dance and is a graduate of The Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program in Massachusetts. For more than 35 years Elisa has followed her passion to understand the relationship between spirit and the body and trained with many of the pioneers in the field of Movement Education and Therapy. Her life’s journey has been blessed with the presence of spiritual elders from North and South America, India and Tibet, each one sharing their traditional wisdom of the power of movement and sound to bring us closer to our true Selves. Elisa has synthesized these teaching into a unique form of somatic movement meditation that honors its roots of Yoga, Chi Gong, Authentic Movement, Mindfulness, and Dreamwork.
Elisa serves as the President of the Board of Director’s of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Her private practice in Movement Education and Therapy in upstate New York has included extensive work with individuals, groups, school districts, special education programs, therapeutic centers and arts organizations. As a professional development consultant Elisa has created workshops, retreats and online courses focusing on creativity, imagination and experiential embodied education.
Teri Carter, CMT, RSME & RSMT
Los Angeles, CA
Teri Carter, author of the forthcoming book Body Mind Mastery: Optimize Your Health & Performance with Somatic Movement, has 30 years of experience in dance and mindful body practices. Her private practice, EMBODIED LIFE Holistic Health & Fitness, is a synergy of her extensive background in Somatic Movement Education/Therapy and bodywork therapies of Cranial Sacral, MyoFascial Release, Reflexology, Massage, Reiki, and completion of the 4 year Body-Mind Centering® practitioner training. She is an authorized Continuum Movement™ Teacher, Registered Somatic Movement Educator, Certified Fitness Trainer, Life Performance Coach, Tai Chi Instructor, and Contact Improvisation Teacher. Teri has a Masters in Dance, she is the founder and director of SOMA Fest (Somatic Movement Arts Festival), and she is on the Board of ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) and the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices.
Mark Taylor, RSMT
Mark Taylor is the director of the Center for BodyMindMovement, with certification programs in somatic movement education located in Pittsburgh, PA, Eugene, OR, and Mexico City. The trainings prepare somatic professionals to facilitate physical, mental, and spiritual transformation in themselves and in others, through the embodied study of anatomy and developmental movement. As a choreographer, Taylor founded Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, directed Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA, and was on the dance faculties of Princeton University and the University of Limerick, Ireland. He served the School for Body-Mind Centering® as U.S. Program Director and as a Program Coordinator, and taught in the school’s programs in Massachusetts, Germany, Slovakia, and France. He co-directs the Embodied Performing Arts Program with Katy Dymoke in London, U.K, and has taught in Mexico City for the Centro de Investigaçion Coreografica and the Instituto de Psicología Profunda en México. Taylor maintains a private movement therapy practice in Pittsburgh, working primarily with adult cancer survivors and children with learning disabilities. Trained as a yoga teacher with the Himalayan Institute, he is a director of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
Susan Bauer, RSME & RSMT
San Francisco, CA
Susan Bauer, MFA, RSME/ T is a dance / somatics educator who has taught in both college and community settings in the U.S. and Asia over the past 30 years, informed by her extensive background in dance, Authentic Movement, and Body-Mind Centering®. She serves as Adjunct Professor in Dance at the University of San Francisco and has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Registered Somatic Movement Educator / Therapist. She has been dedicated to the practice of Authentic Movement since 1984, and facilitates AM groups in the Bay Area. Susan is also the founder of Embodiment in Education, a professional training program for dance/movement educators now in its eighth year. She is a Fulbright Scholar to Bali, Indonesia, where she has studied Balinese dance, mask-making, and ritual since 1997, and leads tours to Bali in Arts and Spirituality. Susan’s articles have appeared in several publications, including Contact Quarterly, and in the book, Essays on Authentic Movement, Volume 2 (2007). She also served as Program Director and Core Faculty at Moving on Center School (2004 – 2009), and has served on the Board of ISMETA since 2012.
Tony Rezac has worked and learned in the field of human potential for the past 25 years. As a Rolfer, Tony has taken hundreds of people through sessions and is known to be an intuitive and effective bodyworker. He has been featured in Time Out New York magazine and Metro newspaper while in New York and was recently named “Best Rolfer in Seattle” by Seattle
Tony`s love and appreciation of movement began with his seven years of aikido and continued with his study of Feldenkrais, Roth, continuum, and contemporary dance. He currently takes Investigative Movement classes at Velocity Dance in Seattle.
In addition to his work in the body/mind field, Tony has also been a lead facilitator of group work for The Mankind Project. MKP conducts their powerful New Warrior training for men in countries all over the world. Tony also writes and creates resources for men and their daily challenges. He lives in Seattle with his wife and son.
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, RSME & MA
Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, M.A., RSME, is a skilled dancer, teacher, and ritual facilitator who cherishes the body, the imagination, and all that they have to teach us about living artfully on the animate earth. Her work integrates creative, embodied awareness practices she has studied with master teachers over the past 13 years: Tamalpa Life/Art (Anna and Daria Halprin) and Continuum movement (Emilie Conrad, Elaine Colandrea). Elisabeth advocates for practitioners of somatic movement education and therapy through her service on the board of directors of Tamalpa Institute (2003 – 2009) and ISMETA (2008 – present). She also supervises graduate students interested in somatic movement work through Lesley University’s Self-Designed Master’s Degree Program. www.eco-movement-arts.com
Linda Jantz, CMA, RSME & RSMT
New York, NY
A native of Canada, Linda Jantz graduated from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in June of 1994. Linda’s therapeutic work spans over 20 years and has extended to people of all ages. Linda brings years of experience focusing on movement for people living with Parkinson’s, and is on the staff of JFPT Physical Therapy in Manhattan as a CMA movement consultant and trainer. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Movement studies and is a Registered Movement Therapist and Educator utilizing LMA/BF, Connective Tissue Therapy and Craniosacral therapy in her private practice.
Crystal Davis, RSME & RSMT
Crystal U. Davis is a Certified Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analyst originally from North Carolina. Ms. Davis earned her B.A. in Religious Studies from Emory University, her M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University, and her M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She currently heads up a private high school dance program in the Boston area that integrates a somatic approach into the fabric of the program. Ms. Davis also works with private clients and facilitates movement workshops through her business, Movement Artistry Project (M.A.P.) © 2006, a holistic educational organization that brings the movement arts to venues within the arts community and beyond. Her academic research interests focus on the relationship between religion, movement, and aesthetics.
Kelly Ferris Lester, RSMT
Kelly Ferris Lester is a RSMT and a trainer for Eastwest Somatics Institute of Yoga, Dance, and Movement Studies and has taught Shin Somatics certification workshops in TN, NY, UT, and New Zealand since 2007. She cherishes her relationship with mentor Sondra Fraleigh, who continues to guide her in Shin Somatics and life practices. As a choreographer, Lester begins from a somatic experience to see how it can be revealed and embodied in dance and aims to expose the inner experience of the dancer. Lester is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she teaches all levels of modern, beginning ballet, choreography, rhythmic analysis for dance and dance appreciation in many models.
ISMETA Advisory Council
Editor of Somatics
Director of Dance and Movement
University Paris VIII, France
Adjunct movement instructor,
Instructor, Rolf Movement Integration
Don Hanlon Johnson
Professor Emeritus at
Ohio State University
Ronald Lavine, D.C.
Private practice of chiropractic
New York, New York
James L. Oschman, Ph.D.
Nature's Own Research Association
Don Schwartz, Ph.D.
Jim Spira, PhD, MPH, ABPP
President, American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry;
University of California, San Diego
Professional Training Programs
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
School for Body-Mind Centering®
SOMAction© Movement Therapy Training
The Center for Kinesthetic Education
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