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04 Apr

Teaching Embodiment Practices to Adolescents and Young Adults

Date: April 26/27, 2024 (online)

Presenter: Susan Bauer, MFA, MSME/T, RSDE

In this workshop, we will examine methods to skillfully invite students into somatic activities, scaffolding the learning so they gain confidence by building their capacity for embodied practice. Workshop participants will be guided in a sample movement exploration based in embodied anatomy, followed by a brief presentation/discussion based on the presenter’s “Eight Pedagogy Principles” from her book, The Embodied Teen. Participants first gain experience with the somatic practices, since enhancing one’s own embodied experience is central to the ability to teach the material, while the pedagogy principles offer a framework to adapt based on one’s particular background and student / client population.

This workshop can be beneficial to professionals in many fields, including psychologists, dance therapists, somatic educators, dance teachers, and a wide variety of mental health professionals. Based on the presenter’s life-long study of dance, Body-Mind Centering®, Ideokinesis, and Bartenieff Fundamentals, the curriculum is also informed by research in neuroscience, adolescent psychology, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning. Much of this research supports the fact that the body can be seen as the root for healthy development and social-emotional growth. Providing sound somatic movement education to adolescents therefore helps to equip them with essential tools for their wellbeing—now and into adulthood.

  • Time: April 27, 9-12 am (Beijing time); April 26, 9 pm -12 am (New York time), 6pm – 9pm (West coast / Pacific time)
  • Course fee: early bird 85 USD before April 12, 125 USD after
  • Inquiry and registration




SUSAN BAUER, MFA, MSME/T, RSDE is a dance/somatic educator, Fulbright Scholar, founder of Embodiment in Education™, and author of The Embodied Teen: A Somatic Curriculum for Teaching Body-Mind Awareness, Kinesthetic Intelligence, and Social and Emotional Skills. She has taught for over three decades in the U.S and Asia, informed by her extensive background in dance, Body-Mind Centering®, and Authentic Movement. Susan offers an Embodiment in Education Teacher Training Certification Program for professionals and has a private practice as a Master Somatic Movement Therapist. She has served on the Board of Directors of ISMETA and holds an MFA from the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and an MA in Dance and Movement Studies from Wesleyan University. Susan’s passionate vision of a more holistic model of education fuels her quest to support the wellbeing of youth and adults alike in these challenging times.


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