Body Mind Centering
The years I spent in London were filled with damp, grey days, and what kept my juices flowing were some of the incredible teachers and ideas I encountered. Classes at the Greenwich Dance Agency and Jerwood Space were the place where I discovered a lot of the most interesting ideas influencing and transforming the international contemporary dance scene, and Body Mind Centering was at the forefront. Which is interesting, because it’s not a dance technique at all, but a fundamental approach to understanding how we move. Here’s the definition from the website:
“Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, it is an experiential study based on the embodiment and application of anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles, utilizing movement, touch, voice and mind… The study of Body-Mind Centering® is a creative process in which embodiment of the material is explored in the context of self-discovery and openness. Each person is both the student and the subject matter and the underlying goal is to discover the ease that underlies transformation.”
BMC is incredibly far reaching in its implications and applications, and continues to have a huge influence on movement artists, teachers and healers all over the world. Bonnie maintains an international teaching schedule and there are classes in NYC at the Breathing Project, http://www.breathingproject.org/body-mind-centering-yoga.shtml.