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, now completing 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, Nina Wehnert.
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.
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.
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.
Anne Guarrigues has been teaching dance and improvisation for 25 years, in professional, amateur, and educational settings including children and teachers. Since 1991 she created divers dance pieces from performance to choreography. Currently she directs a group of non-professional dancers in an annual performance piece.
She has applied BMC® into her dance practice for over 20 years, it nurtured the relationship of movement and the felt sense in her work. She became a practitioner in 2010 and teaches BMC in France and Switzerland. She works with with families on infant movement development including learning disabled children. She has been teaching in BMC european programs since 2013.
She participated in the SPARKS project – Somatic Practices, Arts and Creativity for Special Needs – and in the LEAP project – Learning, Exchange, Apply and Practice – in 2013-2015.
Ferenc Kálmán has been involved in contemporary dance as performer, teacher and organiser, in Hungary since ’80s. His present interest bridges the field of arts and healing: he is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, Infant Developmental Movement Educator®, and Dance and Movement Therapist. He is a founder of ArtMan Association which provides dance and therapy programs for groups of people with mental and phisical challenges. He is a movement educator at Budapest Early Intervention Center and codirects Tánceánia Dance Company of mixed abilities.
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.
Amy Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher.
Amy leads the Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga and the Embodied Anatomy and Yoga BMC℠ programs in the United States. She co-taught with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Berkeley, CA for five years and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for ten years. She has taught embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, and Nebraska, and internationally in Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Israel, Slovakia and Japan.
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.
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. Learn more at www.bodycartography.org.
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.
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