THE TEACHERS

The teaching team of SOMA is constituted by teachers certified by Body-Mind Centering ®. They share numerous years of teaching and from practice of the BMC ® and possess a wide range of work experiences in the domains of the art, the somatic education and the support of the person.

Each of the programs is coordinated by the educational codirectors:
- Janet AmatoLulla Chourlin and
Anne Garrigues for Somatic Education Movement (SME) and the Practitioners,
- Janet Amato and Anne Garrigues for Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME).

janet amato

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher

SOMA Administrative and Educational Co-Director
 

Janet is Educational Co-Director of SOMA, Co-Administrator of the Infant Developmental Movement Education Program and Somatic Education Movement. In this context, she draws upon her experience as a certified Somatic Movement Educator, Practitioner and Teacher of BMC®, specializing in infant developmental movement. Since 2005, she has been teaching in BMC® certification programs across Europe.
Janet is also a dancer and choreographer, and from 1982 to 1991 performed with the Greek National Opera dance company in Athens. Since 1992, she has lived in Paris, where she teaches and pursues her own dance research and creations. Her artistic career has been deeply influenced by her meeting and working with Jerome Andrews (dancer, choreographer, and student of Joe Pilates), Solange Mignoton and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (founder of BMC® in the USA).

Janet is also certified in the Pilates method, and in Reiki II. She has studied the art of Craniosacral and the biodynamic approach with Dr. William Martin Allen, Ph.D.DDO. for 20 years. She draws upon a wide range of professional experiences, as a dancer, BMC® teacher, BMC® practitioner and Pilates teacher. She has maintained a private practice since 1989.

Lulla CHOURLIN

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher

SOMA Administrative and Educational Co-Director
 

Lulla co-directs SOMA’s Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner Program. She trained in the United States, and was certified in 1998. 

Between 1999 and 2014, in partnership with the Astragale Dance Company based in Besançon, Lulla brought into form and then directed the ‘Art du mouvement expérimental’ Somatic Education Training Program, as an inquiry into the relationship between somatic practices and dance. She regularly teaches BMC® and dance improvisation in a number of cities across France, as well as with the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Regional Conservatory, equally based in Besançon. Lulla also works as a choreographer with the Astragale Dance Company, with whom she creates interdisciplinary performances and productions. She is currently working on an Instant Composition process, in collaboration with a group of amateurs and professionals.

ANNE GARRIGUES

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher

SOMA Administrative and Educational Co-Director
 

Anne is Educational Co-Director of SOMA and Co-Administrator of the Infant Developmental Movement Education Program. She teaches regularly in School for Body-Mind Centering® Programs throughout Europe. She works as a BMC® Practitioner in Grenoble, supporting adults of all ages, families with their babies, and children with special needs, through one-to-one, individual sessions. In September 2017, she created the ‘Jardin et Mouvement’ studio and practice center, which hosts somatic movement education and conscious movement classes and workshops.

Anne has been a dance choreographer for 25 years. Today, she works with professional and amateur dancers, children and vulnerable population groups, and takes a deeply somatically-influenced approach to the transmission of dance. She is involved in a number of peer exchange facilitation processes, and actively participates in two European projects: SPARKS (Somatic Practices, Arts and Creativity for special needs) exploring a somatic approach to disability, and LEAP (Learn, Exchange, Apply, Practice) exploring the transmission of dance.

THOMAS GREIL

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher


 

Thomas has been teaching in professional trainings of BMC® (SME, PP and IDME) since 2003, and in France since 2006. He is a co-founder of SOMA and was for many years the education director of SOMA. End of 2017 after moving to Italy, he stepped back from his responsibilities. He is still coordinating with Lulla Chourlin the BMC Practitioner program in France. He studied with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the US over many years. His passion for research in movement, touch and bodily expression led him to take an interest in neuro-motor development in childhood, the ways in which movement and perception are built in the emotional, social and cultural context. He works with families, babies, children and people with disabilities.

Since 2016 he lives in Salerno, Italy where with Carla Bottiglieri has created minima somatica, a nucleus of research and somatic practice, which investigates other forms of circulation and sharing of body knowledge.

ANNE EXPERT

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher


 

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, workshops and private practice. She works with dance and theatre schools and universities, 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 founds a training in somatic practices based on Body-Mind Centering®, 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 and tai chi, an extensive practice in meditation, a special interest and sensibility for embryology and biodynamic approaches.

MARIE-CHRISTINE PLION

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher


 

Marie Christine is a contemporary dancer and dance teacher, certified in Functional Analysis of the Dancing Body (Analyse fonctionnelle du corps dans le mouvement dansé - AFCMD) in 1992. Her dance and teaching experience give her a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology and movement analysis. She trained in BMC® with SOMA from 2006 to 2010, under the supervision of Vera Orlock, Lulla Chourlin, Thomas Greil and Janet Amato as her main teachers. She became a BMC® Teacher in 2012, and now specializes in Infant Developmental Movement Education. She regularly supervises parent-baby groups and transmits BMC® to a wide audience of people of all ages, in both amateur and professional settings. She has been a member of SOMA’s teaching faculty since 2012, teaching in both the Somatic Movement Education Program, and, in particular, in the IDME Program.

ODILE SEITZ-WALSER

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher


 

Odile Seitz-Walser has been living and working in Berlin for 20 years, where she has continued her career as a choreographic artist, which began in France, and as a choreographer with the Collectif Praticable. She teaches regularly at the Berlin University of Dance (HZT), as well as in different dance centres such as the Fabrik in Potsdam or the Tanzfabrik in Berlin, and in various dance workshops in Europe. Her workshops are aimed at both professional and amateur dancers, as well as families, offering parents, babies and young children the opportunity to dance together while exploring the principles of child motor development.
 

After becoming a Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner in 2011, she completed training in craniosacral therapy, became a Heilpraktikerin practitioner in 2018 and offers individual in-office sessions. In 2019 she becomes a Body-Mind Centering® trainer and teaches at Soma and Somaatikum, the School for Body-Mind Centering® based in Estonia. Since 2016 she has been in the office of the American BMC® Association, BMCA (Body-Mind Centering® Association).

NADIA VADORI-GAUTHIER

Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner and Teacher


 

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier is an artist and doctor in Esthetics from the University of Paris 8.
Trained in the image and performing arts, specialising in various movement practices (dance, Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering®, Yoga) which engage her to base her artistic and theoretical research on her somatic experience, she directs the research of the Corps collectif, an artistic laboratory and performance group.


She created the company les Souliers Rouges in 2001, then founded Le prix de l'essence in 2007, to question the conditions of access to centres of intensity and creation and to explore different modes of perception and relationship to reality. The field she explores more particularly today is that of performance. The disciplines that feed her practice are art, philosophy, neuro-sciences, cognitive and natural sciences, ethnography, ethology... In parallel with her experimental video practice, she carries out her research within the Collective Body. She divides her time between creation, research and teaching. She has been teaching movement (somatic practice, yoga, improvisation, choreographic writing) for twelve years to drama students from Paris conservatories. At the University of Paris 8, she teaches performance, the practice of performative actions and the link between sensation, movement and image production.

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