Course Descriptions

Coursework: APRIL-JULY, 2017

1. MFL Classes – 24 hrs
Attend free MFL classes taught by diverse teachers at locations of your choice in NYC or other parts of USA/world. Visit: for listing of NYC classes. To read instructor bios, visit: :

2. Six MFL Lectures (with senior MFLCI's) – 6 hrs
Topics include cancer recovery, wellness strategies, exercise physiology and somatic movement. Visit:

3. Pedagogy Workshops (with Dr. Martha Eddy & Dana Davison) – 24 hrs
July 12-15 (Wed–Sat), 6 hours each day
Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043

​At this 4-day workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the unique Moving For Life choreography and the key scientific and somatic theories underlying it.
  • Practice how to adapt classes for different ages and health issues.
  • Gain more confidence in your teaching by enhancing your observation of students, your vocal cueing, musicality and voice modulation, ability to guide shifts in group mood, and more!
  • Participate with a lively cohort group of caring individuals and have fun!

PreRequisites: FEBRUARY-APRIL, 2017

​These pre-requisites to the Moving for Life Certified Instructor training take a Dynamic Embodiment (DE) – Martha Eddy's somatic movement work – approach to Embodied Physiology, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban Movement Analysis and Body-Mind Centering®. Classes are designed to help instructors become exquisitely attentive and adaptive to the needs of diverse students – people with a range of illnesses, ages and movement backgrounds.
Developmental Movement
(w/Dana Davison and Mandy Chan)

Go back to the beginning, from cells to pre-birth, with a basic introduction to embryology from a Body-Mind Centering® perspective, to our earliest memories of our very creation, and see how it informs our movement patterns today. Move from newborn to one-year-old patterns, experiencing the relational cycle of yield, push, reach and pull, as well as the Series One developmental movement exercises, also from the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Practice adult forms through limb relationships and integration, bringing Bartenieff back into the mix, as we practice and apply these teachings to MFL.
Laban Movement Analysis through Dynamic Embodiment
(w/Dana Davison and guest faculty)      

Explore the sacred geometry of crystalline forms as they occur in and out of the body, move from internal impulses to music, visual imagery and storytelling. Discover the qualities of your own movement and how to balance them through the work of Rudolf Laban. Learn new language for movement in words, graphs and symbols, by drawing and experiencing the categories of: body, including parts, actions, phrasing; effort, through the dichotomies of time, space, weight and flow; shape, with forms, modes of change and flow support, and space, harmonizing levels, dimensions, diameters and scales.
Bartenieff Fundamentals through Dynamic Embodiment
(w/Dana Davison and Ana Leon Bella)

Learn and move a history of Irmgard Bartenieff, with biography, movement themes, fundamental principles, related concepts, basic connections and coordination, and The Basic Six exercises. Themes such as mobility/stability and function/expression mingle with principles of dynamic alignment, sequencing and spatial intent, creating more efficient patterns from the inside out. Working with breath, movement, sound and gentle hands-on application, you'll discover how this work can be practiced and applied to working with different populations, particularly in the context of teaching group classes.
Body Systems/Embodied Physiology
(w/Dana Davison and Lissa Michalak)

Experience the anatomy of your physiology first-hand with 11 hours detailing the six body systems as outlined by Body-Mind Centering®. Journey somatically through the bones, muscles, organs, fluids, glands and nervous system, discovering how to initiate movement from each system and feeling how each system represents different qualities of movement. Understand how these systems influence movement dynamics and health. By the end, you will know your body in a whole new way, with visuals, handouts and exercises utilizing breath, sound, touch and movement. 


All students must pass a take-home exam and satisfactorily teach a model MFL Class.
1. Practicum Teaching
Scheduled and successfully completed by Saturday, July 15th, 2017
2. Written Exam
Deadline: Saturday, July 15th, 2017




Developmental Movement | $300
Laban Movement Analysis | $300
Bartenieff Fundamentals Only | $300
Body Systems/Embodied Phys | $300

All 4 Courses Above  | $1,000 (save $200)


$1,800 – $2,800

*Varies according to number of waived prerequisites. 

​Certified BodyMind Centering Practitioners
Certified Movement Anyalysts
Certified Teachers of Dance for Parkinson's
Dynamic Embodiment Practitioners
BodyMind Dancing Certified Instructors
Montclair State University MFA Students


DEPOSIT DEADLINE:  April 29, 2017
BALANCE DEADLINE:  June 15, 2017​
​You may pay by mail, phone or online. We accept cash, checks, credit card and PayPal payments.

Moving For Life
515 Canal Street, #1C
New York, NY 10013


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