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    Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is a movement artist, researcher, educator, therapist, and developer of the Body-Mind Centering® approach to movement and consciousness. This approach is an exploration of how we embody our body systems, tissues and cells, our developmental movement patterns, and our embryological development.

    In 1973 she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering® where students from over thirty countries have studied. Her work has influenced the fields of dance, bodywork, yoga, body psychotherapy, infant and child development, and many other body-mind disciplines.

    She is the author of the books, Sensing, Feeling, and Action, The Mechanics of Vocal Expression, and Basic Neurocellular Patterns: Embodying Developmental Movement, and numerous videos on dance, embodied anatomy, embryology, and working with children with special needs.


    Educational Background

    B.S. in Occupational Therapy, Ohio State University, 1963

    Studied dance therapy with Marion Chase at the Turtle Bay School of Music, 1963

    Studied dance at Ohio State University, 1964 - 1965

    Studied Advanced Rehabilitation Technique at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California, 1964

    Studied dance with Erick Hawkins, New York, 1965 - 1976

    Studied Neuromuscular Re-education with Andre Bernard and Barbara Clark, 1966 - 1968

    Studied voice with Sylus Engum, New York, 1966 -1968, and with Herb Doussant, 1974

    Studied Laban Movement Analysis with Irmgard Bartinieff, New York 1966 - 1974

    Certified as a Laban Movement Analyst by the Laban/Bartinieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, 1974

    Certified as a Neurodevelopmental Therapist by Dr. and Mrs. Bobath in England, 1969

    Studied Aikido with Kazuo Chiba in London, 1968; with Yoshimitsu Yamada in New York, 1969 - 1970; at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo, 1971; and with Michio Hikitsuchi in Shingu, Japan, 1973

    Studied Tai Chi Chuan with Cheng Man-Ching, New York, 1970 & 1973, and with Wolfe Lowenthal, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2000 - 2007

    Studied Katsugen Undo (a method of training the autonomic nervous system) with the founder, Haruchika Noguchi, Japan, 1972

    Certified as a Kestenberg Movement Profiler by Dr. Judith Kestenberg, 1982

    Studied Crainiosacral Therapy with John Upledger, D.O. and John McDonald, D.O. 1984 - 1986

    Studied Zero Balancing with Fritz Smith, M.D., 1992


    Work Background

    Worked as an Occupational Therapist at the Dodd Hall Rehabilitation Center associated with Ohio State University, 1963 - 1966

    Taught dance at Hunter College, New York City, 1966 - 1968

    Worked as an Occupational Therapist at the Bird S. Coler hospital associated with New York Medical College, 1966 - 1968

    Worked as a dance therapist with women in their 80s and 90s at the Amsterdam Nursing Home in New York, 1967 - 1968

    Worked with movement and bodywork at the University of Amsterdam’s Psychiatric Research Clinic, Amsterdam, Holland, 1968

    Helped establish a school for occupational and physical therapy at Fuchu Rehabilitation Center, Tokyo, Japan, 1971 - 1972

    Founded The School for Body-Mind Centering® 1973; educational director 1973 - present

    Taught dance at the Erick Hawkins Studio, New York, 1974 - 1976

    Taught Kinesiology in the Graduate Dance Therapy program, Antioch College, Keene, New Hampshire, 1983

    Private practice in occupational therapy and the Body-Mind Centering® approach with people of all ages, 1966 - present

    Teaches workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.


    Has been a guest teacher/presenter at national and international venues, some of which include:

    Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, 1980s and 1990s

    Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, 1980s - 2012

    Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York, 1980s - 2006

    American Dance Festival, North Carolina, 1980s American College Dance Festival, Texas, 1980s

    Body-Mind Centering® Association Conference, US, Canada, Belgium, 1985 - present Common Boundary Conference, Washington, DC, 1994

    ZIST Conference, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, 1994

    Tanzfabrik, Berlin, Germany, 1994 - 2016 U.S.

    Association for Body Psychotherapy, Maryland, 2002

    Erick Hawkins Legacy Conference, New York, 2002

    Canaldanse, Paris, France, 2004

    Contredanse, Brussels, Belgium, 2004

    Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts, 2004

    Whole Children, Hadley, Massachusetts, 2005

    Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, Massachusetts, 2005 - 2012

    National Dance Education Organization Conference, Long Beach, California, 2006

    Laban for the 21st Century Conference, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2006

    Associazione Culturale Di Promozio, Toscania, Italy, 2006

    Earthdance, Plainfield, Massachusetts, 2007 - 2016

    ODC, San Francisco, California, 2007 - present

    Association SOMA, Paris, France, 2007 - 2013

    Moveus, Cologne, Germany, 2007 - 2016

    Somatic Education Society of Taiwan, Taitung, Taiwan, 2007 - 2016

    Babyfit, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2008 - 2014

    Yoga Spirit, Toronto, Canada, 2008

    Moving on Center, Oakland, California, 2008

    Mozart and Science Conference, Vienna, Austria, 2008

    Leben Nuova, Toscania, Italy, 2008 - 2014

    Yoga Center Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2009 - 2016

    New York Open Center, New York, NY, 2010

    Kinesthetic Learning Center, Durham, North Carolina, 2010 - 2015

    Breath of Life Conference, London, England, 2011

    Embody-Move Association, Liverpool, England, 2011

    San Francisco Community Music Center, San Francisco, California 2011 - 2013

    Dallas Yoga Center, Dallas, Texas, 2012 & 2014

    Corporalmente, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013 SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013

    Embodiment in Education, Berkeley, California, 2013 - 2015

    Luna Dance, Berkeley, California, 2013 - 2020

    Centre De Formation Professionnelle Continue En Ostéopathie Et Thérapies Manuelles, Paris, France, 2013 - 2015

    Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany, 2014

    Tokyo Fitness Session, Tokyo, Japan, 2014 & 2016

    Apollo Education, Beijing, China, 2014 & 2016

    Dansarte, Patras, Greece, 2015

    Movimiento Atlas, Madrid, Spain, 2015

    Ritual and Research, Santa Barbara, California. 2015 - 2016

    Center for Creative and Healing Arts, Missoula, Montana, 2015

    Yoga on the Square, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2015

    Willow Street Yoga, Silver Spring, Maryland. 2015

    Beijing Dance Academy, Beijing, China, 2016

    Yoga Buddhi, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016

    Somaatikum, Saue, Estonia, 2016

    Japanese Association of Somatics and Somatic Psychology (JASSP), 2016

    Japan Association of Physical Education for Women (JAPEW), 2016


    Guest teacher at numerous colleges and universities, including:

    California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California

    Cornish College, Seattle, Washington

    Denison University, Granville, Ohio

    DOCH School of Dance and Circus, University of the Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

    Dominican University, San Rafael, California

    Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts

    JFK University, Pleasant Hill, California

    Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts

    National Taipei University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

    National Taitung University, Taitung, Taiwan

    New York University, New York, NY

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

    Pomona College, Claremont, California

    San Diego State University, San Diego, California

    Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

    St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California (as Adjunct Assistant Professor)

    Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Japan

    University of California, Santa Barbara, California

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

    University of Montana, Missoula, Montana



    Lifetime Achievement Award from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, 2018

    Pioneer Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP), 2023