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Licensed Massage Therapist (NY & CO), Registered Movement Therapist; member of ISMETA
(International Somatic Movement Education Therapy Association), ATME (Association
of Theater Movement Educators), ATHE (Association of Theater Educators) and MERGE
(Movement Educators Research Group), Authorized Meditation Instructor.
A pioneer in the field of somatic education with a long and distinguished career in the fields of movement therapy and re-education for performing artists integrating modern dance, physical theater, massage therapy, and contemplative practice. Erika is a founding faculty and co-creator of the unique movement curriculum of the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program at Naropa University. She has been in the forefront of creating new techniques and applications of Bonnie Cohen’s ground breaking work (Body Mind Centering®), Laban, and post-modern dance techniques in the service of a new aesthetic—fully integrating psycho-physical sources of the actor, and clarity of form, and articulation of the dancer. An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the meditation master and founder of Naropa University, and longtime teacher of meditation, Erika has researched the integration of meditation practice and view in the Shambhala tradition with performance techniques and holistic support for the performer.
The Somatic Performer Intensive (Naropa, Boulder Co. 2013, 14), Body Mind Centering® for Dance Somatic Track (MFA Dance, Colorado University), Maximizing Physical Potential and Preventing Injury-A Body Mind Centering Approach (American Dance Festival-6 Week School), The Physical Art of Sitting (Nationally presented workshops in the sitting posture of meditation).
ATHE Presentations: Cultivating Refuge, Collaboration and Renewal in the Theater Movement Community (Scottsdale, AZ. 2014); Affecting Kinesthesia from Internal and External Awareness in Viewpoints Practice (Scottsdale, AZ. 2014); The New Somatics, ATHE Featured Workshop, with Wendell Beavers (NYC 2009); ATME Presentations: Applying Experiential Anatomy to Physical Dramaturgy (Washington DC 2012); ACMHE (The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education): Practices in Sensing, Perceiving and Doing (Amherst, MA 2010).
Erika’s book, The Physical Art of Sitting, a guide to the ancient form of sitting meditation practice utilizing contemporary research in somatic education and experiential Anatomy, to be published in November, 2016. Her chapter entitled Somatic Training for Actors with the Principles of Body-Mind Centering® has been accepted for the 2nd ed. of Movement for Actors (edited by Nicole Potter, Allworth Press) to be published in 2016.