embodied anatomy & somatics

Body Modalities class at San Diego State University, Fall 2013

Andrea Olsen’s The Place of Dance is an exquisite guide to somatic practice as it relates to dancemaking. Body and Earth is a set of “seven web-based somatic excursions”.

The School For Body-Mind Centering (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) BMC® youtube channel

The Feldenkrais Method Free Awareness Through Movement recorded lessons: Lynette Reid Jill Wigmore-Welsh

Amy Matthews’ (CMA, Body-Mind Centering, yoga) Embodied Anatomy training. Expensive, but she has so much information to offer! You can also sign up for her weekly newsletter and get free, short video excerpts that are packed with her perspective and supporting science.

Anatomy Zone on youtube has several animated anatomy tutorials

Here are my YouTube Playlists for different body systems:


Complete Anatomy is my current go-to anatomy app.

Zygote Body: Free, 3D web app that you can manipulate to view different body systems and/or parts.

Nervous System: John Chitty discusses the Autonomic Nervous System (including Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory). I also like Chitty’s article Polyvagal Theory, the Triune Autonomic Nervous System, and Therapeutic Application

Fascia: Gil Hedley’s Integral Anatomy is a beautiful series of videos where he dissects and discusses the fascial system. So grateful he posted these videos…what a gift.

Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains

Bartenieff Fundamentals

These videos are sequences that I’ve made over the years for technique classes at San Diego State University, Cal State San Marcos, MiraCosta College, and University of California, San Diego. Each semester, I take video of the sequence so students can review that material from another perspective in the process of memorizing the order and shape of it, or the “what”. During the last two thirds of the semester, we research the “how” of each section more thoroughly.

I’ve posted several of these videos here to support others who are interested in integrating this kind of material into dance classes. I do not have releases or other permission from the individuals in these classes to post these, so they are password protected for that reason. Please contact me and I will send you the password(s).

If you are in any of these videos, and wish to have the video removed, PLEASE contact me and I will do so immediately.