DE-SMTT Faculty

Carol Swann

Carol Swann is a teacher, performer, facilitator, private practitioner, and visionary. She has been teaching and performing dance and vocal related work for over twenty years in the U.S. and in Europe. She is co-founder, teacher, and Executive Director of Moving On Center, School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research in California. She is an ex-member of Mandala International Folkdance Ensemble, Libana and Vocal Repercussions. She is a co-founding member/director and teacher of the workshops: Acappella Motion, Island Movement, New Forms Dance and Outfall. Other teaching venues have included Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Stanford University, Tufts University, Theater School of Modern Dance (Holland), European Dance Development Center or EDDC (Holland), Bevegungs-Art (Germany), Tanzfabrik (Germany), Chisenhale (England), Alexander Technique Schools in: Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France and Movement Research where she was the director from 1983-1986. She has performed solo and in collaboration with performers such as Simone Forti, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, Kirstie Simpson, Nancy Stark Smith, Jess Curtis, Anna Halprin, Lisa Schmidt, Paul Langland and Angus Balbernie.

She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT), has a certificate of study from the Process Work Institute of Portland, is a graduate of the Professional Hakomi Therapy Institute, is certified in massage and specializes in conflict facilitation. She maintains a private practice in somatic therapy and teaches Voice, Alexander Technique, Pilates, and Contact Improvisation. Additionally, she was a director/collaborator with a work-group of dance/artists committed to improvisational performance and investigation. Her studies and work have been greatly influenced by Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, Anna Halprin, Andre Bernard, Ruth Zaporah, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Meredith Monk, Trisha Brown, Daniel Lepkoff, Release Technique, Roy Hart Theater, Process Work (Arnie Mindell) Aikido and numerous other artists and art forms, nature and politics.

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Dana Davison, RSME/T, is a Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner, Moving for Life Certified Instructor, Certified Teacher of BodyMind Dancing, and recent adjunct professor teaching Somatic Ballet and Dynamic Movement for actors and athletes. She serves on the board of ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Educators & Therapists Association) and as a founding member of the Somatic Writing Collective. Dana has presented at BMCA, LIMS and ISMETA/NDEO conferences in the United States, Canada and Europe on breathing, immunity-fluidity, the stress response and the body in translation. She currently is taking her somatic work to horses.

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Linda Tumbarello

Linda Tumbarello is a Certified Body-Mind Centering® Teacher and Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Linda receives a Learning thru Movement grant to share her expertise in her upcoming book Dancing through Life, a guide for women to bring more wellbeing and joy into throughout their lives using movement, body awareness and new ways of thinking. Linda has taught extensively in the somatics field, as SMTT faculty since 1991 and on the faculty of the School for Body-Mind Centering from 1977 to 2006. Linda has worked for over 30 years integrating Body-Mind Centering, Body Centered Psychotherapy, therapeutic movement, and hands-on healing in her private practice. She has offered advanced training to many practitioners in the body-mind field, specializing in approaches she has developed for Healing from Trauma and Integrating the Chakras. She loves to dance and plans to keep dancing as long as she lives.

Mandy Sau Yi Chan

Mandy Sau Yi Chan is originally from Hong Kong and has been teaching in New York City for over 13 years. She has studied Pilates with master teachers, Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteleur Hall. She is a certified Pilates teacher through the PhysicalMind Institute and Balanced Body University’s Bridge Program, a certified Yoga teacher through the OM Yoga Center and a certified Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Mandy graduated from Dr. Martha Eddy’s Dynamic Embodiment Training Program and continued her somatic education with Amy Matthews at the Breathing Project. A Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA, she teaches private sessions in Manhattan and workshops with Dana Davison. 

Michelle Cohen-Coté

Michelle Cohen-Coté, RSMT/E, MA, founder of the Movement Forest, brings to the fields of health and wellness her belief and passion in the power of movement and somatic awareness to deepen embodiment, cultivate conscious choice making, and enhance lives. Michelle is a registered somatic movement therapist and educator (RSMT/E) with the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). She is a certified Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioner and BodyMind Dancing™ teacher, a certified Body-Mind Centering® Embodied Anatomy and Yoga Teacher, a registered experienced 200-hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a Master teacher of Pilates, and Gyrotonic® teacher. Her additional trainings include Continuum Movement, Reiki, Meditation, CranioSacral Therapy, Body Talk, Ayurvedic Healing, and Diana Muenz Chen’s Open Heart School. Michelle has a Master’s degree in Dance & Somatic Well-being from the University of Central Lancashire in England, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a dance minor from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a Certificate of Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Outside the Movement Forest, Michelle conducts training seminars and master classes. Her love for movement extends into the dance world, in which she actively performs with Catherine Gallant Dance and Dances by Isadora.

Sherry Greenspan

Sherry Greenspan is a Registered, Certified Somatic Movement Therapist/ Educator, Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioner, choreographer/dancer. She has been working with Somatic Movement Therapy/Education for over 10 years, certified through Dr. Eddy’s Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioners research/Training. She maintains a private practice as a Movement Therapist/Educator in New York and New Jersey, teaches at Princeton University and Georgian Court University. Sherry is also on the Moving for Life® faculty. She has worked as a Practitioner at the New York Athletic Club, Movement’s Afoot, Pivotal Physical Therapy, the JCC Manhattan, St. Luke/ Roosevelt Hospital, 92nd Street Y, Gilda’s Club and Hope Lodge. She continues her research regarding pain management, neuromuscular reprogramming, movement research/analysis, yoga, Pilates, Dance, Aerial events, Body-Mind Centering®, Feldenkrais, and Qi Gung.

Talia Shafir

Talia Shafir is a practicing Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapist™ as well as a Psycho-Physical Therapist specializing in trauma, PTSD and adult developmental & attachment/bonding issues. Her training includes Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma & PTSD, Psycho-Physical Therapy (Bill Bowen), Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (Dr. Ruella Frank),  Deep Memory Process (somatic-based past life-Dr. Roger Woolger), Alchemical Hypnotherapy, Gestalt, Hakomi, Shamanic Therapeutic Process & Journeying, Sound Healing, Psychodrama and Playback Theater. Currently completing doctoral research in the field of adult attachment status, Talia sees clients from New York and California and presents workshops promoting the importance of including somatic education and awareness in practitioner trainings and healthcare in general.

Guest Faculty

John Chanik

John Chanik MA, CTTSM has been on faculty since 1991 as well as a past coordinator in the Certification Programs in Laban Movement Analysis in NYC. Currently John also maintains a private practice in therapeutic fitness, movement coaching and Connective Tissue TherapySM John also teaches workshops applying LMA/BF to various subjects from body symmetry/asymmetry to phrasing. The scope of John’s work has addressed a wide range of chronic injuries, body/movement imbalances and patterning and conditioning to improve performance in a wide range of activities from dance to horseback riding.

John worked for seven years at Dr. Richard Bachrach’s Center for Osteopathic Medicine with patients in neuromuscular patterning and re-education. John has taught in Connective Tissue Therapy SM training programs given by Theresa Lamb. John has been a movement specialist at Sports Training Institute, taught dance in NYC public schools and has been a guest instructor in movement for actors at Boston University. John has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance and a BFA from the University of Utah. John is also an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and backpacking.

Lenore Grubinger

Lenore Grubinger, RMST, LMT is a Developmental Movement Therapist who has been helping infants, children and adults through bodywork and developmental movement for over 30 years. Lenore is a Senior Teacher of Body-Mind Centering and a longtime teacher and practitioner of CranioSacral Therapy. She works with people of all ages, and specializes in helping parents of infants and children with special needs. She is on the faculty of the Infant Developmental Movement and Education program and teaches internationally. Ms. Grubinger is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners and the International Somatic Movement Therapy and Education Association, and is the author of ‘Seven Recommendations for You and Your Baby’.

Trisha Bauman

Trisha Bauman, RSMT, CMA and BMC Practitioner, has taught on the DE-SMTT faculty for over ten years and maintains a private practice in New York. An internationally renowned dancer and actress, she has performed in the NYC companies of choreographers RoseAnne Spradlin and Vicky Shick, and in the French companies of Daniel Larrieu (Centre Choregraphique National de Tours), Mathilde Monnier (Centre Choregraphique National de Montpellier), Cecile Proust and Alain Buffard. She performs currently with Paris-based choreographer/director Herman Diephuis.

With these companies, she has toured and performed at the most prestigious international dance and theater venues, including Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, La Mama, PS 122, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA); Festival d’Automne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Theatre de la Ville (Paris); Festival d’Avignon/La Cour d’honneur du Palais des Papes, Festival de Marseille, Festival Montpellier Danse, (France); Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (Montreal); Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico); Festival TanzImAugust (Berlin); Festival ImPulsTanz (Vienna); and Festival d.a.m.p.f. (Koln). Her research and performance projects include collaborations with Swiss painter Mathias Schauwecker, renowned French dance critic/historian Laurence Louppe; and choreographers Lisa Nelson (USA), Susanna Szperling (Buenos Aires) and Rahel Vonmoos (London).

A certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering and Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, she is on the certificate faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, Boston and Edinburgh, and of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International in Canada and Europe.

A popular guest artist, she is invited around the world to teach, lecture and coach within professional dance, theater and somatic research. Venues include Trisha Brown Dance Company (NYC), Centre Georges Pompidou/Musee national d’art moderne, Cie. Philippe Decoufle, Ballet Preljocaj (Paris); ImPulstanz Festival (Vienna); Mathew Bourne Company’s “Swan Lake” (London); PARTS/Rosas (Brussels); Sasha Waltz Dance Company (Berlin); Sydney Dance Company (Australia); Tseh Summer School – Moscow Dance Agency (Moscow); Teatro San Martin (Buenos Aires); and university residencies at Harvard University, Denison University, Bowdoin College, New York University, Salem State College and Holy Cross College (USA); Universite de Paris VIII (Paris); and Universitat Bern (Switzerland).

Dynamic Embodiment™ Practitioners

Susanne Kukies

Susanne Kukies is a Registered Movement Therapist and physical therapist in Berlin, Germany. She has been working in the field of movement and healing as a performer, dancer and practioner for 30 years. A member of the first class at Moving on Center, she opened up her own private practice as a Somatic Movement Therapist 1998 and is working since than with 10 to 20 clients a week. After completing the program at MOC, she continued to assist Martha Eddy, and started to teach with the program in 2004. In groups, she develops her own mixure of body, sound, movement and energy/ healing work as well as successfully integrating bodywork into management trainings.

2007 she started an own training in the field of somatic movement ecducation and therapy. It is basically a Continuing Education program of 160 hours focussing on the complex issues involved in practicing hands-on bodywork ‘one by one’ and a deepening teaching groups.

Tanya Calamoneri

Tanya Calamoneri is the Artistic Director of butoh dance theater Company SoGoNo, for which she has created numerous works including the award winning Art of Memory at 3LD Art & Technology and Ontological Theater, and the acclaimed Bird Suite at Irondale Arts and Triskelion. She teaches contemporary dance, butoh, and physical theater, all influenced by her deep fascination with psychosomatic systems. Tanya studied somatic movement therapy with Martha Eddy at Moving on Center and has continued her studies through the Center for Kinetic Education. She holds a PhD in dance from Temple University, and wrote her dissertation on butoh pedagogy in comparison with Buddhist methods of self-cultivation.

Tina Kambour

Tina Kambour, CMA is a Dynamic Embodiment practitioner and Certified Teacher of BodyMind Dancing who teaches contemporary technique, improv, composition and Laban Movement Analysis. She’s choreographed over 30 works for University of Central Oklahoma dance department’s touring dance company and presented it in Mexico, and throughout the USA. Its been commissioned by professional companies and universities. She teaches worldwide and has been a visiting faculty member for the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She lived in NY for 12 years before moving to Oklahoma, and is delighted to teach at DNA whenever she’s back in NYC.