FACULTY

Faculty of the BMC® training programs in Italy is coordinated by Gloria Desideri. It includes experienced certified teachers from Italy and other countries. In addition, BMC® Teachers more recently certified and with year long experience as BMC® Practitioners, are in turn invited to teach and contribute to the ongoing research about teaching methodology in BMC.

Gloria Desideri is Certified Teacher/Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering, Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) and IDME teacher. Since 2006, she has directed the BMC® training programs in Italy, organized by Leben nuova, the only center in Italy authorized by The School for Body-Mind Centering®. Since 2006, Gloria has trained several generations of BMC® educators and operators, also taking care of networking activities and supporting students and colleagues in their BMC® application activities on a personal and professional level. Graduated as Certified Teacher of Kinetic Awareness™ and Practitioner of Somatic Experiencing®, with a background as a professional dancer and choreographer (1977 – 1992), Gloria integrates in her work as a freelancer numerous somatic and movement practices, and studies on the body-mind continuum. She has extensive experience working in the field of childhood disability and with adults with post-traumatic stress symptoms. She has collaborated with the ASL of Viterbo directing projects aimed at children with severe disabilities, their families and service operators. Gloria teaches in Italy and abroad and carries out educational, therapeutic and consulting activities for adults and children.

Thomas Greil is Practitioner and Teacher at Body-Mind Centering®. In collaboration with Myra Avedon, Jens Johannsen and Friederike Tröscher he initiated the BMC® program in Chiemsee, Germany, which took place in 2003-2007. He is currently managing director and lecturer at the Paris-based SOMA Association, which has been offering BMC® training programs in France and Brussels since 2006. Together with Johannsen and Friederike Tröscher he founded the Moveus GrB organization, which organizes BMC® training programs in Cologne, Germany. Thomas has his own therapeutic activity and gives group lessons and group activities with parents and children. He works with babies, children and adults, particularly with neurological and skeletal-muscular problems.

Jeanette Engler was born in Solothurn and graduated in dance and gymnastics in Zurich from Ursula Kasics. She moved to New York in 1986 to work on Postmodern Dance, Releasing Technique, Conctact Improvisation, body composition and work, Tai Chi Chuan and Aikido. In the USA she graduated in Body-Mind Centering®, collaborated with Susan Rethorst & Company, performed in a series of ‘a solo’. It was with this background of important experiences that he returned to Zurich in 1993. Since 1987 she has been working in dance steps, solo-preformance and in collaboration with dancers, musicians and film-video artists. In 1996 he was awarded the Dance Prize of the canton of Solothurn. Jeanette Engler teaches Body-Mind Centering® at authorized BMC® centres, and in workshops and courses in improvisation and dance, experiential anatomy, body work, early childhood movement development, organized independently and in training and further education schools, in Switzerland and abroad. It also gives individual sessions to adults, children and babies, based on BMC®, craniosacral therapy, Somatic Experiencing® and osteopathy practice.

Piera Teatini from the time she was born – at the end of the 1950s, one Sunday at noon, there was sunshine and bells rang – follows and serves the intuition that creativity, for a sapiens or a healthy system, is a simple natural secretion. First a copywriter, then a trainer on issues of communication and emotional intelligence, a somatic oriented consultant and coach, she studied architecture and design, she has been a Trainer at NLP since 1992, a BMC Teacher since 1998, a Lichtenberger Methode teacher for Applied Vocal Physiology since 2009. She is now approaching retirement age with the project of a Foundation for the diffusion of Arts and Sciences in the evolutionary age. She sings as soon as she can, loves Tunisian double-point crochet, lives in the greenest niche in Milan with a beautiful tenor, a very young cellist, three cats and too many, too many snails.

Anne Expert Certified Teacher/Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, Somatic Movement Educator (ISMETA).
Since 2003 she has been developing and promoting embodiment processes through art projects, professional training and clinical practice. He works with several theatre and dance companies and has conducted Contact Improvisation performance projects in Lyon, France. Since 2013, Anne has been teaching in European BMC® certification programs. In France, she has developed her own training based on somatic practices and BMC®, in addition to the Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation: “Matières, Arte Somatique” is aimed at professionals in the art, education and health sectors. It also integrates its experience with Aikido studies and meditation practices. He has developed a particular sensitivity and deep interest in the study of embryology and biodynamic approaches.

Olive Bieringa produces and promotes dance, therapeutic and cultural activities. She grew up in New Zealand, studied at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and completed her studies in Performance and New Media at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She is a certified Body-Mind Centering® and DanceAbility teacher. She has collaborated with various performers, produces choreography and curates international events. Her writings have appeared in numerous online publications and books. With Otto Ramstad she created the BodyCartography Project whose mission is to enhance the vital materiality of our bodies and create dances in urban and domestic landscapes, in social contexts and in nature. Their work is rooted in somatic practices, social engagement and promoting art. They are deeply dedicated to creating live performances that enhance embodiment processes, relationship and presence skills.

Otto Ramstad holds a BA in ‘Dance, Improvisation and Image’ in Motion from Goddard College and is a certified Body-Mind Centering® teacher. Ramstad, with Olive Bieringa, co-directs the BodyCartography Project, which investigates the empathy and physicality of space in urban, domestic, wild and social landscapes through dance, performance, video and installation work. Their works range from intimate solos in the street or on stage, to large community dance works in railway stations, experimental short films in national parks, to complex works per site or stage between video and sound installations.

Federica Antonelli is BMC® Practitioner/Teacher, dancer and artist of the movement, lives and works in Milan and Brussels.
She trained in Italy, United States and Belgium, specializing in contemporary dance, improvisation, dance-theatre. She cultivates a deep interest in pedagogy, inter-generational encounter, and work on social and psychophysical fragility. With dance and somatic education, she intervenes in various art and education projects, collaborating with schools, nursing homes and associations that deal with children and special needs. In Brussels she co-founded the EMOVERE Association – expèriences en mouvement – for the creation of early childhood performances, the promotion of perinatal activities, child massage, breastfeeding counselling, as well as inter-generational projects involving children and the elderly.

Laura Banfi, teacher, performer, director. She holds training courses and courses in Contact Improvisation, DanceAbility®, Feldenkrais® Method, Body Mind Centering®, improvisation. Graduated ISEF Lombardia, and at Civica Scuola d’Arte Drammatica “P. Grassi” (MI) in dance theatre, she studied movement, voice and theatre techniques in Italy and abroad. BMC® Practitioner/Teacher, Educator of Somatic Movement and Movement in the Evolutionary Age. He is Master trainer in DanceAbility® Teacher Orientation Courses. She has participated in projects funded by the European Commission and is a professional member of the BMCA. She founded the Ass. Art. Cult. Il Cortile (Rho, MI). Founding member of the Ass. di Promozione Soc. Kinesfera (Tuscania, VT) and the Coordinamento Lombardia Danza.

After an initial training in ballet, he studied and practiced contemporary dance, contact-improvisation, release techniques and voice approach according to the Roy Hart method, in Italy and Paris. She has worked with Michele Di Stefano, Lucia Latour, Kinkaleri, Claudia Castellucci/Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Jools Gilson-Ellis, Gaëlle Bourges, and collaborated with various collectives of artists and activists (Nanopolitics, presque ruines, the Brazilian theatre company Ueinzz). Besides being trained as a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, she has experience of various somatic practices: Feldenkrais, Rolfing, Continuum, Ideokinesis, and movement analysis according to Hubert Godard. Carla has a degree in Classical Literature and Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Performing Arts from the Dance Department of Paris 8 University. She has been a member of the “Somatiques et Politiques” research team, of the Dance Department of Paris 8, and has worked on the development of critical and epistemological tools to analyze somatic in close comparison with the philosophy of subjectification and norms. He collaborates as BMC® Teacher with various authorized training centers.

Marcella Fanzaga is a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher/Practitioner and Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME), Occupational Therapist, Dance Therapist, Dance Educator®, choreographer and independent performer. She has been practicing expressive research, contemporary dance, butoh and improvisation for many years. She integrates this experience with Body-Mind Centering® proposing experiential paths and sensory-motor practices to children, teenagers, adults and seniors, also with special needs and psycho-physical fragility. In support of artistic, educational and care professions, she collaborates with schools and professional training institutions in the arts (Artemente-Milano, Biennale College di Venezia, C.I.M.D. Progetto Incubatore, Oscar Teatro-Milano) and high-training and continuing education institutions for educators and health professions (Assonidi, Percorsi Formativi06-Milano, Sperling-Uniateneo, Non self-sufficiency-Fund Regione Molise, Istituto Cortivo-Padova). In Milan, she leads the Bimbinforma Project of which she is the creator, aimed at parenting and early childhood and carries out individual and personalized sessions and consulting activities. She is also the artistic director of ArgommBIMBI-Creare l’Incanto and The Meeting Point-Under the Roof at Argòmm Teatro, collaborating with artists and experts of different disciplines. As a teacher and coordination assistant, she collaborates with Leben nuova, the only Italian centre authorized for training in Body-Mind Centering®. She is a professional member of the BMCA and is enrolled in the Register of Occupational Therapists (order TSRM PSTRP year 2019 n° 174).

Emanuela Passerini is BMC® Practitioner and Somatic Movement Educator, she is president and teacher for the association Studio Bhumi that has been offering Yoga, BMC®, Gyrotonic®, Pilates in Milan for ten years.
She teaches Dance-BMC® at ZonaK Spazio Teatrale and is a trainer for actors and movement teachers in different cities in Italy. She has a background in ballet, contemporary dance, theatre-dance, Danza Sensibile®, Orissi, Katak, acrobatics, Shaolin.
After her master’s studies she graduated at the Civica Scuola Teatrale Pedagogica-sociale in Milan and then at the Teatro Tascabile in Bergamo. For several years she collaborated as an actress/dancer in international companies, and taught Dance and Theatre in public facilities in Milan.
She continues with curiosity and passion her research on the creative and expressive resources of the movement in the artistic and pedagogical field.

Maria Martinez Peñalba is Certified Teacher/Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, Somatic Movement Educator. Choreographer and dance and yoga teacher. She graduated in dance and creative composition in Amsterdam at SNDO (School for New Dance Development). She also has a degree in Aesthetic Philosophy.
She collaborates in various training programs for dancers teaching the principles of somatic movement and its application to creative research. Interested in Middle Eastern forms of dance and energy practices of the East, she has created her own method integrating somatic aspects and contemporary expressions with the forms of ancient traditions. Maria integrates the principles of BMC in the various disciplines (dance, yoga and body work) which she teaches at a formative level addressed to dance and yoga professionals and in the educational field.

Eleonora Parrello graduated in Languages and Social Communications in Milan, trained in theatre and contemporary dance in Italy, London and New York, after a decade of training in Sensitive Dance® with Cinzia DeLorenzi in 2009 she met the somatic approach of Body-Mind Centering®, graduating as a Somatic Movement Educator (SME) in 2012, BMC® Practitioner in 2016 at Leben Nuova and BMC® Teacher in 2019. She has worked with directors and choreographers in the fields of dance theatre, children’s theatre, opera, as an author of performances in open spaces and in nature. Since 2014 she has been the creator and leader of a project for the integration of somatic movement in aquatic and marine environments. She integrates a path that through research reconciles the somatic, artistic, educational and intercultural environment, both with adults and children.

CONSECUTIVE TRANSLATION

All courses organized by Leben are in two languages, Italian and English, with consecutive translation.

Marcella Fanzaga is a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher/Practitioner and Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME), Occupational Therapist, Dance Therapist, Dance Educator®, choreographer and independent performer. She has been practicing expressive research, contemporary dance, butoh and improvisation for many years. She integrates this experience with Body-Mind Centering® proposing experiential paths and sensory-motor practices to children, teenagers, adults and seniors, also with special needs and psycho-physical fragility. In support of artistic, educational and care professions, she collaborates with schools and professional training institutions in the arts (Artemente-Milano, Biennale College di Venezia, C.I.M.D. Progetto Incubatore, Oscar Teatro-Milano) and high-training and continuing education institutions for educators and health professions (Assonidi, Percorsi Formativi06-Milano, Sperling-Uniateneo, Non self-sufficiency-Fund Regione Molise, Istituto Cortivo-Padova). In Milan, she leads the Bimbinforma Project of which she is the creator, aimed at parenting and early childhood and carries out individual and personalized sessions and consulting activities. She is also the artistic director of ArgommBIMBI-Creare l’Incanto and The Meeting Point-Under the Roof at Argòmm Teatro, collaborating with artists and experts of different disciplines. As a teacher and coordination assistant, she collaborates with Leben nuova, the only Italian centre authorized for training in Body-Mind Centering®. She is a professional member of the BMCA and is enrolled in the Register of Occupational Therapists (order TSRM PSTRP year 2019 n° 174).

Carol Berenyi was born in Akron, Ohio, USA; of Hungarian origin, she has lived in Italy since 1971. A painter by profession, she has exhibited in various galleries in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. A linguist by nature, she graduated in modern languages from the universities of Pittsburgh and Aix-en-Provence. Her interest in body-oriented psychotherapy led her to meet Silja Wendelstadt and to collaborate with her in founding the Eva Reich Study Centre in Rome in the 1990s. For several years, Carol then translated in Thomas Harms’ Emotional First Aid training program, a Reichian-oriented method to help mothers and infants in crisis; and since 2010 she has worked as a translator in Matthew Appleton’s Conscious Embodiment Trainings. In 2006 she started working with Leben nuova for the consecutive translation of the BMC® training courses in Italy. Carol’s commitment and enthusiasm in supporting Leben’s development throughout the years up to this day makes her an important reference figure, and not only as a translator, for the national and international BMC®-Leben community.