In addition to Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in some special occasions, several Certified BMC® Teachers from different countries have been part of our faculty: Thomas Greil, Gale Turner, Jeanette Engler, Michal Shahak, Piera Teatini, Walburga Glatz, Friederike Tröscher, Bob Lehnberg, Mette Anne Bruhn, Janet Amato, Myra Avedon, Jens Johannsen, Katy Dymoke, Saliq Savage, Adriana Almeida Pees, Ferenc Kalman, Anne Garrigues, Anne Expert, Amy Matthews.
In the years 2018 – 2020, faculty is including, Gloria Desideri, Thomas Greil (DE), Jeanette Engler (CH), Anne Expert (FR), Olive Bieringa (US), Otto Ramstad (US), Wilma Vesseur (CH). From the Summer 2019, newly certified teachers will also be in the faculty. Mostly trained in Italy as Practitioners, having now completed the Teacher Training in May 2019 with Moveus, we are happy to welcome: Federica Agomeri Antonelli, Laura Banfi, Carla Bottiglieri, Marcella Fanzaga, Maria Martinez, Eleonora Parrello, Emanuela Passerini.
All of our courses are in Italian and English with consecutive translation from one language to the other.
Gloria Desideri is a Certified BMC® Teacher/Practitioner, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator and IDME Teacher. Since 2006, she directs in Italy the BMC® licensed training programs, organized by Leben nuova, the organization that she founded in Tuscania, Central Italy. A Certified Teacher of Kinetic Awareness™ and a Practitioner of Somatic Experiencing® with a background as professional dancer and choreographer (1977 – 1992), she integrates in her work several movement practices and body-mind disciplines. She has an extensive experience in working with children with disabilities and their families, as well as with adults with post-traumatic stress disorders. She also works with actors, dancers and choreographers using the BMC approach as an integrative ground for their creative work. Upon returning to Italy in 1998, after many years of living and working in New York City, she started a collaboration with the Italian Public Health System of the Viterbo province, developing special projects for severely disabled children and training programs for its staff. Around Leben nuova and with the BMC training program as a reference point, she has been facilitating the growth of a community of BMC students, faculty and professionals committed to the spread of the BMC approach in Italy. Over the last thirteen years, Gloria has trained several generations of BMC® graduates promoting networking and opportunities for exchange, while offering support and feedback for them to become professionally successful, applying and integrating the BMC approach in various fields. Gloria teaches internationally and holds a private practice for adults, children and their parents, in Rome and in the area of Tuscania.
Maria Martinez is a Certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. Graduated in Aesthetic Philosophy, she works as a dance teacher, choreographer, performer and yoga teacher. Certified in Performing Arts at the SNDO in Amsterdam, she teaches regularly somatic movement principles and creative research in professional dance programs. Interested in Middle Eastern dance forms and the energetic movement practice of Qi Gong, she has developed an integrated approach of somatic principles applications and contemporary dance which gives to her vision and experience of movement and esthetic its own special quality. Maria applies BMC® to yoga, dance and bodywork, teaching in these fields at a professional level.
Thomas Greil is Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. Started together with Myra Avedon, Jens Johannsen and Friederike Tröscher the Chiemsee Program 2003-2007. He is currently the adminstrative director of the Association SOMA which is offering the BMC Cert. Program in France and Brussels since 2006. Together with Jens Johannsen and Friederike Tröscher he has also founded Moveus GrB that now organizes training programs in Germany. He is offering private session, group classes and parent-baby groups. He works with babies, children and adults especially with neurolological and muscular/skeletal challenges.
Marcella Fanzaga is a Dance author – teacher – choreographer – indipendent performer – Body-Mind Centering® somatic movement educator (SME) – infant developmental movement educator (IDME) – BMC® Practitioner and Teacher – occupational therapist and dance therapist.
Graduated at SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in Amsterdam, she integrates in her work contemporary dance release technique – floor work – butoh – Body-Mind Centering®, somatic movement, offering experiential trainings and movement practices to support artistic, educational and caring professions.
She is a professional member of BMCA and she is registered in the italian professional register of Occupational Therapists.
Federica Agomeri Antonelli is a BMC® Practitioner/Teacher, dancer and Movement Artist, she lives and works in Milan and Brussels. As a dancer she has been formed in Italy, Usa and Belgium, specializing in contemporary dance, improvisation, and physical dance-theater. She cultivates a profound interest in pedagogy, intergenerational exchanges and in the work on social and psychophysical fragility. With dance and Somatic Education she collaborates in various art and education projects, for schools, retirement homes, and associations that care for childhood and special needs. In Brussels, she co-founded The association EMOVERE – expèriences en mouvement – for the creation of performances for early childhood, as well as the promotion of perinatal activities, infant massage, breastfeeding counseling, and intergenerational projects involving children and elderly.
Emanuela Passerini is a BMC® Practitioner and Teacher, she is the founder of Studio Bhumi which has been offering Yoga, BMC®, Gyrotonic® and Pilates in Milano, Italy, for over 10 years. She teaches dance and BMC® at the ZonaK Spazio Teatrale and she trains actors and movement teachers in several settings in Italy. Her background is in ballet, contemporary dance, dance-theater, Danza Sensibile®, Orissi, Katak, acrobatics and Shaolin.
After her college studies, she certified at the Civica Scuola Teatrale Pedagogica-sociale in Milano and at Teatro Tascabile of Bergamo. For several years, she worked as an actress and dance performer in international groups, also teaching dance and theater in public institutions in Milano. Her curiosity and passion continues to guide her in researching creative resources and expression of movement in both the artistic and educational fields.
Laura Banfi, teacher, performer, director. She teaches training courses and workshops of Contact Improvisation, DanceAbility®, Feldenkrais Method®, Body Mind Centering®, Improvisation. She graduated in: dance-theatre at P. Grassi Civic School of Dramatic Arts (Milan(Italy), and in physical education at University ISEF Lombardia (Italy). She studied movement, voice and theater techniques in Italy and abroad. BMC® Practitioner/Teacher, Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Developmental Movement. She 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 Art. Cult. Ass. Il Cortile (Rho, MI, Italy). Founding member of Ass.of Social Promotion Kinesfera (Tuscania, VT) and Coordination Lombardy Contemporary Dance and Performing Arts. She takes parts in networks dealing with inclusion.
Anne Expert is a Certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (ISMETA). Since 2003, she is involved in developing and sharing embodied presence and expression through artistic projects, professional trainings and private practice. She works with several dance and theater schools, has taken part and directed performance projects in dance and Contact Improvisation in Lyon, France. She teaches in European BMC® Certification Programs since 2013. In France, she founded a training in somatic practices based on BMC®, together with Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation, Matières, Arts Somatiques, addressed to professionals in the fields of arts, education, health and environment. She has a background in aikido, an extensive practice in meditation, a special interest and sensibility for embryology and biodynamic approaches.
Eleonora Parrello is a BA in Foreign Languages and Communication Studies at Milan University, study of theatre and contemporary dance in Milan, London (Kensington & Chelsea College) and New York (Movement Research, Trisha Brown Studio). After ten years of Sensitive Dance® practice she met the Body-Mind Centering® approach, certifying as Somatic Movement Educator in 2012, BMC® Practitioner in 2016 and BMC® Teacher in 2019. She worked with directors and choreographers in Italy performing in the dance, theatre and opera fields, and as author of outdoor performances. Since 2014 she has been leading a project to integrate the somatic practice in water, especially in the marine environment. Her personal research addresses to both adults and children, focusing on and integrating somatic, art and education.
Olive Bieringa is a dance maker, somatic movement educator and therapist, and cultural producer who grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, studied at the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands and completed her MFA in Performance and New Media from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. She is a certified teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, certified DanceAbility teacher, working with performers of all abilities, and a Shiatsu practitioner. She teaches, produces dance work, and curates events internationally. Her writings appear in numerous online publications and several books. Together with Otto Ramstad she creates work as the BodyCartography Project whose mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies to create dance in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes. Their work is rooted in contemporary, somatic & socially engaged practices, and public art. They are deeply invested in the power of live performance to facilitate a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence.
Otto Ramstad holds a BA in Dance, Improvisation, and the Moving Image, from Goddard College and is a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering. Ramstad, with Olive Bieringa, co-directs the BodyCartography Project which investigates empathy and the physicality of space in urban, domestic, wild and social landscapes through dance, performance, video and installation work. Their works range from intimate solos for the street or stage, to large community dance works in train stations, short experimental films in national parks, to complex works for site or stage amidst installations of video and sound.
Piera Nina Teatini saw the light of day at the end of the Fifties, on a sunny Sunday noon, church bells chiming loudly. Since then she’s believed creativity, for a healthy human or system, is simply a natural secretion. She’s served that spark first working as a copywriter, then as a communication skills and emotional intelligence trainer, consultant, and somatically oriented coach. After studying architecture and design she became a NLP Trainer in ’92, BMC Teacher in ’98, Teacher of the Lichtenberger Methode for Applied Vocal Physiology in 2009. She’s now crossing the threshold into retirement envisioning a Foundation that nurtures the role of the Arts and Sciences in developmental age. You’ll find her singing any time she can, loving her double-ended tunisian crochet hook, living in the greenest nook of Milan with a handsome tenor, a tween cellist, three cats and far too many snails.
Jeanette Engler was trained in dance and movement, including modern and postmodern dance, releasing, improvisation, as well as tai hi chuan, aikido, qi gong. While she lived and danced in NYC, she studied BMC® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She is certified as movement and dance teacher, BMC® Practitioner and Teacher, craniosacral therapist, Somatic Experiencing® practitioner and she currently studies osteopathy. She has received an award for her work as a choreographer from her native town Solothurn (CH). She lives in Zürich, teaching experiental anatomy, dance improvisation in a professional educational program and she maintains a private practice. She has been teaching BMC® since 1994, since 1998 in European certification programs. She loves Italy and has been teaching in Tuscania for 3 years, appreciating and deeping the collaboration with Gloria Desideri and her teacher collegues.
Amy Matthews, BMC Teacher, IDME, CMA, RSMT/RSME has been teaching workshops and courses in the US and internationally since 1994. She is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher. Amy is the Program Director of Sonder Movement Project, which offers the Somatic Movement Educator and Infant Developmental Movement Educator programs for the School of Body-Mind Centering, and is the co-founder and co-director, with Sarah Barnaby, of Babies Project in NYC – a space dedicated to developmental movement for babies, toddlers, adults and elders. Amy taught with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Berkeley CA, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years. She also co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the book Yoga Anatomy.
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