New Eyes of Understanding the Body to bring into your practice: Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Functional Fitness
w. Lesley A. Powell

New Education Somatic Program of Understanding the Body

Online and recorded workshops somatic program. Somatic applications to bring into your practice:
Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Functional Fitness

A journey about anatomy and movement

Anatomy Dances is about the shifting dances around the body to create and support movement.  I bring together my studies of art, anatomy, dance, somatic practices, fitness, Pilates, yoga, Laban’s Space Harmony and Bartenieff Fundamentalstm.

Bartenieff Fundamentalstm. and Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the body moves in space and one’s expression. Both also addresses how the body moves three dimensionally whether it is simple walking to complex spiral movements such as tai chi. I will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates. Already in the Pilates world, Eve Gentry, who worked with Irmgard Bartenieff, brought a version of the Fundamentals to her teaching.  Eve has influenced a majority of companies training Pilates teachers with their movement principles.

Online workshops –Recordings will be made of each session
Level I Sundays 9- 12:10 AM.  Level II Sundays 2 – 5:10 PM.
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$150 per workshop.  Full Day $250 Email me for code


  • An introduction to new models of anatomy
  • How principles of Biotensegrity, Space harmony and new research about fascia are models of dynamic movement
  • Bartenieff Fundamentalstm  – Roadmap of biomechanics principles of connections and coordinations
  • Applications to Pilates, Yoga, Functional Fitness and Dance

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Level I Sunday 9- 12:10 AM

Level II. Sunday 2 – 5:10 PM

Core is 3D
November 6, 2022

  • Level I Intro to 3D models about the body: Biotensegrity, Bartenieff Fundamentalstm and Laban’s Space Harmony
  • Level II Deeper Dives how the spine; cervical, thoracic and lumbar moves and how to improve its function.  When the spine is not moving well, there will be hyper mobility above or below the stuck area.  We will use Bartenieff Fundamentalstm to help make changes to the spine.

Sensing the Psoas and the Core December 4, 2022

Learning anatomy through drawing with Irene Dowd changed my understanding of the body.  Drawing is touch.  Do not worry about being an artist.  This is for everyone!

Level I Sensing the Psoas
Level II Sensing the Core – Font & Back

Freeing the Ribs January 8, 2023

The ribs are a reflection of your spine, breath and function of the entire body.  The ribs are not rigid.

Level I will explore the anatomy of the ribs, improving proper function
Level II The Ribs: A Reflection of the Spine, Breastbone and Breath. Applications to more complex movements of the body.

Hand-Scapula Relationship February 5, 2023

Level I Bartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle with the phrasing of the torso. 

Level II Deeper Dives into the mechanics of hand and the forearm and its coordinations to full arm movement.

Call to Arms. March 5, 2023

Level I Great arm work is a connection to the core.  We will explore the anatomy of the connections of the shoulder girdle to open and close chain movement.  

Level II is a deeper dive of the coordination of the ribs and spine to maximize function.

Hippiness and Legs April 23, 2023

Level I Our hip sockets are designed to allow level changes and walking.   We will explore pelvic-femoral rhythm and its connections to the legs and knees.

Level II Knee Me and Its Relationship to Hip and Foot

Call to the Legs and Feet May 21, 2023

Our feet are the foundation for our entire body.  When we improve the mechanics of the feet and ankles, function improves for the entire body. Both workshops will connect how improving lower function changes our standing, walking and alignment.

Level I Don’t be DeFeeted will concentrate on the foot
Level II The ankles and organization of legs over the foot. 


Dates TBA Fall 2023

Upper body in Gait

We will explore how the spine moves in walking, how to access and improve the mechanics of gait.  Especially with our culture in too much sitting, our spines has lost its resiliency.

Lower body in Gait

We will explore how the legs and feet move in gait.  Applications will be brought how to improve lower body mechanics in walking.