For over 50 years, as a movement artist, researcher, educator and therapist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has been working with movement, touch and the body-mind relationship. An innovator and leader in developing the Body-Mind Centering® approach, her work has influenced the fields of bodywork, movement, dance, yoga, body psychotherapy, childhood education and many other body-mind disciplines. In 1973, she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering®.
She is the author of the books:
- Sensing, Feeling, and Action
- The Mechanics of Vocal Expression
- Basic Neuocellular Patterns: Exploring Developmental Movement
- The Lower Limbs
- The Upper Limbs
- The Axial Skeleton
- The Organ System
- The Endocrine System
- The Nervous System
- The Fluid System
- The Ligamentous System
- The Dynamics of Breathing
- The Dynamics of Vocalization
- Embodying Cellular Consciousness
- Embodiment and Expression for Musicians and Singers
- Practicing the Basic Neurocellular Patterns
- Four Special Children
- The Origins of Movement: The Embodiment of Early Embryological Development
- Dance and Body-Mind Centering®
- Only the Child Knows.
She has also been a guest teacher in the graduate somatic psychology programs at California Institute of Integral Studies and JFK University, and has presented at the Body Psychotherapy Conference. She has worked with movement and bodywork at the University of Amsterdam's Psychiatric Research Clinic in Holland and helped to establish a school for occupational and physical therapists in Tokyo, Japan
Bonnie taught dance at Hunter College and at the Erick Hawkins School of Dance in New York, and kinesiology in the Graduate Dance Therapy program at Antioch College in Keene, New Hampshire. She has been a guest teacher at Naropa, Esalen and Omega Institutes, at the American Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival, and in dance departments at numerous colleges throughout the United States.
In addition to the programs and workshops at her school, Bonnie has taught workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Since 1973, she has had a private practice in occupational therapy and the Body-Mind Centering® approach to somatic education and therapy. Although she works with people of all ages, a major focus has been with infants and young children, especially infants with neurological challenges and children/teenagers developing scoliosis. She is currently turning more of her attention to writing and to producing videos of her work.