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Directors and Officers

NAME:Elisa Cotroneo, RSME, RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Executive Director
CITY:East Greenbush, New York

Elisa Cotroneo, RSME, RSMT

Elisa Cotroneo, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Dance and is a graduate of The Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program.

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 essential 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 served on the ISMETA Board of Director’s from 2007-2014, holding the office of President from 2009-2014 and is now an Executive Consultant to the Board of Director. 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.

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NAME:Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon Zuloaga, MA, RSME, RSMT, REAT
BOARD POSITION:President
CITY:Santa Fe, New Mexico

Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon Zuloaga, MA, RSME, RSMT, REAT

Maria Luisa is a psychologist, researcher, therapist, movement specialist, mythologist and performer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Marialuisa is the creator of Mythic Life: Embodying Wisdom, Beauty and Courage; an innovative integration of somatic movement, myth, arts, and archetypal psychology that create possibilities for awareness, healing, growth and transformation (mythiclife.net). Marialuisa guides individuals and groups from different regions of the world in online and in-person exploratory inquiries and invites creative expression, presence, reflection, and continued learning in English and Spanish.

Marialuisa is a registered Expressive Arts Therapist through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) and a registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator from ISMETA – the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.

Since 2014 Marialuisa has served on the ISMETA Board of Directors. Currently, holding the office Board President, and Co-Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. She values the professionalism, integrity, respect, and creativity of her Board colleagues and enjoys collaborating with them. In addition, she served on the Advisory Council of the conference Encuentro Somático in Mexico City.

Maria Luisa’s professional experience spans twenty-five years and includes work in education, private practice, community intervention, and organization. She obtained her M.A. in Engaged Humanities with Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She served as Program Director and is core faculty at Tamalpa Institute in California and continues to be an adjunct faculty supervising advanced students’ fieldwork projects. She teaches as an adjunct faculty at SouthWestern College.

She loves the spaciousness of a quiet and simple life where she can make time for somatic movement practices, dance, reading, writing, creating art, watching films, hiking, and cooking.

Maria Luisa Diaz de Leon Zuloaga

NAME:Jane Okondo, MA, RSME, RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Vice President
CITY:London, United Kingdom

Jane Okondo, MA, IBMT, RSME, RSMT

Jane has a background of training and practice in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. After meeting and being mentored by Emilie Conrad she integrated somatic movement into her practice to become the first Continuum teacher in the UK in 2007. This opened a doorway for her ongoing passion of somatic movement.

Jane has a master’s degree in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing from the University of Central Lancaster, a Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy with Linda Hartley and has completed the Circles of Four programme with Janet Adler in the Discipline of Authentic Movement.

Her other passion is her work with somatic trauma. She has been integrating this with her work of somatic movement therapy and hands-on sessions for the last 10 years. She is qualified as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, assisting as a provider on the UK Somatic Experiencing® trainings and has trained with Kathy Kain in Touch and Trauma and with Dr. Aline La Pierre in NeuroAffective Touch. Jane has written a chapter about her work in the book, ‘The Fluid Nature of Being – Embodied practices for healing in wholeness.’

After completing her masters, Jane co-founded the Somatic Movement Gatherings organisation, which ran 3-day events (2010-2018) for practitioners to meet and experience existing practice through workshops and dialogue circles with emerging ideas the field, as well as place to resource and make links locally, nationally and internationally.

Jane also teaches on faculty for the Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy in the UK and Lithuania as well as offering groups and retreats in the Discipline of Authentic Movement and Continuum from her studio in London, Berlin and Denmark.

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NAME:Mandy Chan, RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Secretary
CITY:Kingston, New York
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Mandy Sau Yi Chan, RSMT

Mandy Sau Yi Chan is originally from Hong Kong and received her BFA in Dance with First Class Honors from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2000, she was awarded scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund to pursue her study in New York. She received her MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2002. Mandy is a certified American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum teacher. She was a ballet instructor and the company’s principal dancer at Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn 2003-2022.

Outside of the dance world, Mandy is passionate about body-mind based exercises and methods. She shares her passion with her students and clients. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, certified Holistic Health Counselor and certified teacher in Pilates and Yoga. Mandy is a founder of Breathing Heart – Integrative Wellness and Fitness and has her private practice at Union Square, NYC. She presented at the 2017 BMCA conference in San Marcos, TX, 2018 BMCA conference in North Hampton, MA and 2019 ISMETA/NEDO conference in New York NY.

Mandy Sau Yi Chan

NAME:Richard E. Sims, RSME, RSMT, CTP
BOARD POSITION:Treasurer
CITY:Evanston, Illinois

Richard E. Sims, RSME, RSMT, CTP

Rich is a Somatic, Embodiment & Mindfulness Educator, Instructor in the Art of Aikido (a non-violent martial art) , Certified Trauma Professional and a Somatic Specialist in the areas of stress, fear, anxiety, trauma, depression, resilience and empowerment.

He uses his skills while teaching adults, children and teens empowering approaches and tools to improve their emotional and physical wellbeing. His somatic approach combines the connection between our minds, bodies, emotions and distress responses with methods that include Being In Movement® mindbody education, Body Awareness, Breathing, Meditation, Embodiment, Somatic Education, Trauma Informed Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the principles of the Art of Aikido.

He has a private practice, teaches in person and online globally, and has presented at some of the world’s largest and respected Somatic and Embodiment Conferences. www.RichardESims.com He also works with organizations, schools, non-profits, first responders and companies working with their clients, volunteers and employees with the challenges that affect their relationships and performance personally, professionally and academically.

Some of these organizations include MenHealing where he serves as a facilitator, providing complimentary support for male survivors of sexual trauma encountered as a child or adult as well as the Cancer Wellness Center where he helps patients, caregivers and their families through their cancer journeys.

Rich has previous board experience with the Amate House, a non-profit that makes it possible for young adults to dedicate a year of their lives to serve under-resourced, low income communities in Social Justice and Leadership roles. He also worked with Urban Gateways ghostwriting for other instructors and served as a resident artist in inner-city Chicago schools helping kids navigate their educational experience while living with gang violence, drugs, poverty and abuse.

On top of his Somatic career, Rich brings countless years of experience in marketing as a television and film producer where he served in various positions on many regional, national and global projects including documentaries, commercials and major motion pictures.

While not working Rich is usually off trying some new adventure and spending time with his wife and two sons. Both of the boys are teenagers, which is truly the greatest adventure!

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NAME:Bibiana Badenes, RSME,RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Benicassim, Spain
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Bibiana Badenes RSME, RSMT

Bibiana graduated in Physiotherapy from the University of Valencia (1988) and mastered in Physiotherapy (2013). She studied in USA, Switzerland, England, Italy, New Zealand and Germany, where she trained in the Rolfing© Method of Structure Integration (1995) and Advanced Rolfing© (2005). She is a teacher of Movement Rolfing™ (2009), and the first physiotherapist in Spain to be trained in these methods, applying a personal and humanistic touch with her clients and patients.

She has continued training in different methods of body movement, osteopathic techniques and experiential anatomy. Since 1998 she has been working with Swedish companies, with rheumatic and chronic pain patients, and since 2002 with Swedish consulting companies, where she applies her body intelligence program to people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and burnout. A co-creator of Aquatic Integral Therapy, Bibiana also trained in Mindfulness in 2011 and relaxation techniques, and she is a specialist in posture and musculoskeletal injuries. She trained in Somatic Coaching in the 2016 London EFC course, Leader as a Coach: Coaching as a Leadership Approach, Mindset, and Process at Columbia University NY (USA, 2018), and Being in Movement with Dr. Paul Linden. She conducts seminars on Leadership and Body Intelligence.

Bibiana speaks international at Congresses on physiotherapy, wellness and self-care and conducts continuing education for health professionals. She was a speaker at the Brain, Movement and Cognition Congress at Harvard University in July 2018, and she collaborates writing journal articles. She has been working with myofascial therapy for more than 25 years, integrating movement with therapy. She collaborates as a teacher with the Advanced-Trainings School of CO (USA). She is currently researching to create a program called Body Intelligence and discover through the body our potential, body-mind relationship, the basis for a greater physical and emotional understanding, and premature aging. This work is applied with companies through seminars for human resources departments where a greater connection and collaboration between teams is achieved.

She is co-author of the 2020 book “Life Planning: a holistic approach to burn-out and depression”. She is trained in the Allyane method of neuromotor reprogramming, associating proprioceptive sensations, mental image and low frequency sounds. Bibiana directs the KINESIS center of Physiotherapy and movement in Harmony (www.kinesis.es) in Benicassim.

Bibiana Badenes

NAME:E.E. Balcos, RSDE
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Charlotte, North Carolina

E.E. Balcos, RSDE

E.E. Balcos is a Registered Somatic Dance Educator and a Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance.

In 1982, he began training with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm while also engaging in contact improvisation. A successful performer and choreographer for over 35 years, he danced with companies including Zenon Dance Company, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and the Demetrius Klein Dance Company. He worked directly and performed in the works of renowned choreographers and dance artists including: Chris Aiken, Danny Buraczeski, Sam Costa, Ping Chong, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Daniel Gwirtzman, Dwight Rhoden, David Rousseve, Stephanie Skura, Jan Van Dyke, and Bill Young. He is currently working on a project with Bill Evans. E.E. was the Artistic Director and choreographer for his own company E.E. MOTION from 2007-2013.

His explorations focus through a lens of somatics as it is applied to contact improvisation, creative process, performance, interdisciplinary collaborations and education. He has presented and performed at numerous venues including several Body-Mind Centering® Conferences nationally; the Bill Evan’s Annual Somatic Dance Conference & Performance Festival; the Dance and Somatic Practices Conference in Coventry, UK; the Body IQ Festival in Berlin, Germany and with the dance company, Movement Migration at Danspace in New York City, DAP Festival in Pietrasanta, Italy, and the DZUL International Dance Festival in Campeche, Mexico. He is on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal for Dance and Somatic Practices. Balcos is currently pursuing a Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Educator certification and is also an avid gardener and landscaper.

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NAME:Ellen Barlow, RSME, RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Bethesda, Maryland

Ellen Barlow, RSME, RSMT

Ellen Barlow is a Somatic Movement Educator with over 35 years of experience teaching, designing and managing programs in the fields of health and wellness, education, and dance.

Ellen studied modern dance in Washington DC as a child with Pola Nirenska, a former Mary Wigman company member in Berlin, and then resumed her studies as an adult to complete a BA in Dance Education. She pursued several spiritual traditions that incorporated somatic practices, and Hatha yoga training with Swami Vishnu Devananda to become a certified teacher in the Shivananda tradition. While in college her mentor and dance professor, Carol Boggs, introduced her to the work of Irmgard Bartenieff, F.M. Alexander, Mabel Ellsworth Todd, and Lulu Sweigard. She then studied the Feldenkrais Method and Alexander Technique before meeting Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in 1979. Ellen moved to Amherst, MA the next year to study Body-Mind Centering®, completing certifications as a Practitioner in 1982 and a Teacher in 1985. Further studies included fitness training, Zero Balancing, and Cranial-Sacral Therapy. Together, these influences directed her career toward somatic movement practices as a basis for consciousness, learning and wellness.

Ellen was a teacher with the School for Body-Mind Centering® from 1986 – 2006, on faculty at the School for New Dance Development in the Netherlands in the 1990’s, the George Washington University dance department in the 1990’s, and the Somatic Movement Educator and BMC Practitioner training programs at the Kinesthetic Learning Center from 2013 – 2017 in Durham, NC. In the early 2000’s she began studying the GYROTONIC® Approach. She is a founding member of the Body-Mind Centering® Association and a past president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She resides in the Washington DC area where she maintains a private practice, consults on program development, and is a Physical Therapy Aide and teaches GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® at Elements Fitness & Wellness Center.

Ellen Barlow

NAME:Florian Filtzinger, RSME
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Berlin, Germany

Florian Filtzinger, RSME

Florian has studied Anthropology & Communication Science and worked in manifold projects in Berlin where he has lived since 2007. Throughout his experience, he has witnessed our bodies mostly being of use or having to be fixed when broken or not functioning well enough. In 2017 he engaged with the study of somatics at the Somatische Akademie Berlin and now offers classes and experiences to elevate the body as a true resource of wisdom, joy and depth in our lives.

His main research lies in ableism, and work with youth and bodies and personalities with traumatic histories and experiences of discrimination. In addition to his educational training, he is in the process of becoming a somatic movement therapist (Dynamic Embodiment practitioner).

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NAME:Rebecca Frost, RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Rebecca Frost, RSMT

Rebecca Frost is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing. She is a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, which she taught for four years in the University of Minnesota Dance and Theater Department, where she also assisted teaching the Articulate Body course. Rebecca has maintained a private practice called Embodied Arts for over thirty years. She had a career as a modern dancer and is a lifelong performer, currently focusing on creative writing in the forms of poetry, fiction, and playwriting, as well as non-fiction.

In Minneapolis, Rebecca co-founded a popular reading series called Dancers Who Write, won the Verve Spoken Word grant, and as a co-creator of the Women’s Performance Project participated in two McKnight Fellowships in Choreography. Among many other things, she’s taught Writing and Emotional Currency at The Loft Literary Center, body-sourced writing at Shakopee Women’s Prison, and experiential anatomy to medical students through the University of Minnesota Medical School where she served on the Cultural Competence Subcommittee. There she consulted with the medical school department heads on the Primary Care Education Committee charged with making overall curriculum recommendations for body-mind education. In 2001 she was invited to testify to the White House Commission on Alternative and Complementary Medicine Policy. Previous to her tenure on the board, Rebecca served on the Joint Government Relations Committee of the Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork & Somatic Practice Organizations, as the Regulatory Liaison of ISMETA, drafting and brokering national regulatory language for the somatic field. She currently serves on the AMTA’s bill drafting subcommittee as the representative for ISMETA in MN. She did postgraduate study in Composition Theory & Pedagogy and serves in numerous roles in conflict resolution, mediation, restorative justice and circle keeping. Rebecca has a deep practice engaging community to create improvisatory vessels that encourage inquiry into racial justice and equity. Passion for consciousness and its manifestations, from the cellular to the ancestral, the artistic to the ecosystemic, drives her. Her next aim is to create vehicles for conducting epistemological research on our practices involving human development, healing and evolutionary biology.

Rebecca Frost

NAME:Kehinde Ishangi, RSME, RSDE
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Tallahassee, Florida

Kehinde Ishangi, RSME, RSDE

Kehinde Ishangi is a dance artist, educator, scholar, and somatic practitioner. She is an Assistant Professor in Studio Practices and Dance Science at Florida State University. Ishangi holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy from Brenau University. Ms. Ishangi is a Level 3 Franklin Method® Educator, certified GYROTONIC ®, GYROKINESIS®, STOTT PILATES™, CoreAlign® Instructor, and completed Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® in August 2021. Founder and director of The Ishangi Institute, created to further her research and application of movement science.  Her pedagogical approach aims to integrate functional anatomy and somatic techniques within dance studio practices. She is included in the 2021 anthology (Re:)Claiming Ballet. 

Ishangi has been an international dance soloist. Within The United States, she has performed with Ballethnic Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and KM Dance Project. While residing in Paris, France, Ishangi was a performing artist with Compagnie James Carlès and Compagnie Georges Momboye. She has danced the repertoire of Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, Ronald K. Brown, Donald McKayle, Jawole Zollar, Milton Myers, Iréne Tassembédo, David Roussève, and Katherine Dunham. Ishangi performed Boschimanne: living curiosities with KM Dance Project at the 2019 National Performance Network conference and Ancestors at the 2020 Festival International de Danse de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Ishangi has taught at international dance conservatories and universities, including a Visiting Professorship at Tulane University, USA. In addition to these appointments, she served for three years on the faculty of L’Académie Américaine de Danse de Paris in France. Furthermore, Ishangi has used her training as a Movement Scientist during the collaboration of Les éscailles de la mémoire performed by Jawole Zollar’s Urban Bush Women from the United States and Germaine Acogny’s Jant-Bi of Senegal, West Africa.

Kehinde Ishangi

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NAME:Kima M Kraimer, MA, RSME
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Traverse City, Michigan + NYC
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Kima M Kraimer, MA, RSME

Kima M Kraimer is a graduate of University of Central Lancashire’s Dance and Somatic Wellbeing program. She maintains a private practice as an Advanced Certified Rolfer® and Rolf Movement Educator, and assist teaches at the Rolf Institute.

Combining Permaculture Design®/Ecology with Somatic Movement Education, her interest in embodiment and personal and community development manifests in teachings presented internationally, and with wide ranging populations from the arts to farmers.

She is currently in the Diamond Approach teacher- training process. Her love of nature and on-going inquiry for expanding humanity’s potential is balanced by time spent between Northern Michigan and New York City.

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NAME:Sylvain Méret, RSMT
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Nouvelle Aquitaine, France

Sylvain Méret, RSMT

Coming from an eclectic curriculum in Visual Arts (BA), Contemporary Dance, Somatic and Dance Therapy (MA), Sylvain has been active as a dance performer, choreographer and teacher, working in a range of contemporary and experimental styles, collaborating with many different artists in Europe and Asia. His dance & movement career is the foundation upon which he explores the inner realms of the body and the creative and spiritual potential that lies within us.

Sylvain studied a wide range of somatic, therapeutic and spiritual modalities such as Qi Gong with Master Li Jung Feng, BMC® and Feldenkrais. His meeting with somatic pioneer Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum, was a coming back home. The Continuum framework healed chronic pain and inflammation in his body and allowed him to continue dancing and performing to this day.

Sylvain is a Continuum teacher, Continuum wellspring practitioner, a dance therapist and a “Moving cycle” practitioner (C. Caldwell). He teaches workshops, classes, retreats and private sessions with a variety of clients and groups on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual issues. He has been developing projects for babies and fathers, dance and music performances in hospitals, psychiatric ward for teenagers, performances for children, and educational projects in school among others.

Living in France and traveling the world, his endeavor is to explore our human potential through embodiment, in connection with one another and in co-creative partnership with the field of Intelligences weaving our reality. Through his own experiential journey between art, dance, movement, awareness, therapy and spiritual evolution, his mission is to give people access to somatic knowledge as a path to a greater state of being, and to create more bridges between fields and categories for a more unified understanding of what it means to be a human being at this time.

“ The real endeavor in my ongoing work, which emphasizes an opening to direct communication and direct knowledge, is to reclaim our bodies, sensations and consciousness to further our sovereignty, freedom and personal evolution”.  S.M.

Sylvain Méret

NAME:Gayatri Schriefer RSME BSc.Ed.
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Sigtuna, Sweden
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Gayatri Maya Schriefer, RSME, BSc.Ed.

Gayatri is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and a certified Hanna Somatic Educator. She is a graduate of The Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in California, USA. Gayatri holds a bachelor’s degree in Education with the focus on health promotion, education and kinesthetic learning. She is a co-founder of Living Somatics that offers professional training programs in the clinical hands-on work and movement lessons of Living Somatics.

Gayatri is passionate about making Somatic disciplines available to the world, and to connect and grow the global somatic community. She has brought Hanna Somatics to Sweden and the Russian speaking countries. Gayatri is a co-host and co-creator of the yearly virtual Somatic Movement Summit, which is a collaboration between The Shift Network and Living Somatics. She now lives in Sweden and consults clients internationally, and teaches trainings and workshops in-house and online. Additionally, Gayatri has been facilitating women’s circles for 20 years and co-facilitates women’s leadership programs.

Over the course of her adult life Gayatri has studied somatic movement and spiritual methods, including Hanna Somatics, Equine Somatics, the Feldenkrais Method®, Watsu, Body Mind Centering®, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Qi-gong, tracking, several styles of yoga, and dance.

Gayatri’s mission is to offer pathways to greater self-connection, transformation and elevation in the somatic lived experience. She is a firm believer that each person is self-responsible, self-regulating and self-healing. Through her facilitations Gayatri creates a field of wholeness for aligning oneself to live in resonance with the great mystery of life.

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NAME:Ray Schwartz, RSME
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Puebla, Mexico

Ray Schwartz, RSME

Ray Eliot Schwartz attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, received his BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in Dance from University of Texas-Austin. He is the founder of Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento and a consultant and teaching artist for ArcDanz International Dance Workshop. Ray co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the southern U.S.: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collective and THEM. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations in the U.S., South East Asia, Turkey, South America, and Mexico. He has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival and SFADI, among others. His somatic studies include certifications in Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method®. Additional studies include Zero-Balancing®, Gross Anatomy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Traditional Thai Massage. He is a research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement and a published scholar who writes in Spanish and English about the interface of somatic movement education and contemporary dance practice. He served as Academic Coordinator of the Dance Program of the University of the Americas-Puebla in México from 2008-2018.

Ray Schwartz

NAME:Alison Wesley, RSME
BOARD POSITION:Director
CITY:Portland, OR

Alison Wesley, RSME

Alison is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator, Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She coordinates and is a faculty teacher for Franklin Method Teacher Trainings and co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga with Eric Franklin.

Alison started Movement at Work in 2008 as a way to make movement practice accessible when and where people work. She leads mobility classes for Rebound Physical Therapy and shares embodied study with such wonderful organizations as Guide Dogs for the Blind, Oregon School of Massage and the Portland Opera.

In collaboration with her cherished colleague, Ann Teachworth, Alison leads Franklin Method for Yoga and Cadaver Dissection courses. Along with geeking out about movement, anatomy and mental training, Alison kickboxes with her father, plays music with her husband, spends hours trying to train her two German Shepherds, dances salsa and will forever be studying Spanish.

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