New Education Somatic Program of Understanding the Body w. Lesley A. Powell

New Eyes of Understanding the Body.

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

Openings & Closings

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.


  • 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


Level I: New Eyes for Embodiment in your practice
This series of workshops is a deeper look about the body: anatomy, how the body moves in space and how to facilitate change.  These workshops are open to all.

Level II: Embodiment is a practice/Mentorship
For the Anatomy Dances certification Level II is a documentation through journal writing, simple videos on your phone or tablet of your practice, lesson plans of applications of Anatomy Dances to your teaching.  This will at your own pace. Ongoing documentation of taking somatic classes.  There will be a series of Embodied Anatomy classes offered by me either online through zoom or recorded sessions or taking with other somatic professionals. .  With sending in of documentation and journals, a private session will be set up with Lesley A. Powell to go over one’s journey and any questions about the your process.  Mentoring classes with colleagues in this course will be set up as well.

Level III: Deeper dances in embodiment
This series of workshops is a deeper dance into Laban’s Space Harmony, Bartenieff Fundamentalstm, embodied anatomy, history of somatic education, observation, how to facilitate changes in your clients and structures of your teaching sessions, and practice of these concepts in your teaching.

Level IV: Case study of working with a client over 6 months time.  Presentation of case study to classmates.

Details of Anatomy Dances Certificate program and costs

Schedule for 2020-21:Level I New Lens for Embodiment in your Practice

Saturdays 2 – 5:10 PM.  $150 per workshop. ($300 for Gait Workshop)
see below for dates & to paid for single workshops see below.
Register 1 month prior $30 off.  Coupon Code: AD30

​NPCP  cecs are for live online courses available.  Recordings are available.


See details of Anatomy Dances somatic program and tuition for each level




April 10, 2021
Anatomy Dances : Hippiness and the legs
The intricate design to be able to make level changes

Child development from birth, crawling, sitting, standing and walking is the process of making changes at the hips and legs in coordination with the torso.  As we grow older, we forget about these important coordinations of the the legs, pelvis and torso. Bartenieff Fundamentals(™) addresses these lost coordinations and mobilizes.  Applications will be made to pilates, yoga and our movement loves.


  • Identify the movements of the pelvic floor, leg in the hip sockets and the torso
  • Improve sequencing of thigh, hip and spine movement for level changes
  • Address tight structures

May 1, 2021
Anatomy Dances: Call to Legs and Distal Relationship to Core

Call to Legs: Distal Relationship to Core is a workshop exploring the connections of the distal: foot and ankle mechanics to the leg and the core. We are addressing balancing the foot and ankle muscles that influences our entire alignment. Our ankles influence our foot, hip and core mechanics. When the Distal relationship is working correctly, the core immediately works deeper.

OBJECTIVES: To understand the connections of distal to the core.  How to improve function of the legs to bring in new core connections using Pilates Repertory. Underlying good function is dynamic alignment of the spine.

  • Improving ankle function 
  • Understand how the bones of the legs and pelvis move
  • What is stabilization of legs and hips: its myths and facts
  • Understanding the importance of the posterior leg muscles
  • Improving the coordination of legs to core during the workout
  • How the improved leg relationships enhances the core

For more information and to register:

$300 for both Saturday workshops
June 5, 2021

Anatomy Dances : Upper body in Gait
How the spine moves in gait

June 12, 2021
Anatomy Dances : Lower body in Gait
How the legs move in gait

We take walking for granted.  When we lose the ability to walk comfortably, we lose our freedom to do things.  Poor posture, lack of strength and mobility and diminishing balance skills affect our gait.  This workshop is an introduction to how the body moves in gait and how as trainers we can plan a workout that encourages better walking skills.


  • Learn observation skills about gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors;
  • Anatomy of foot, knee, hip, spine and arms in relationship to gait

Section I: Creating Better Movement Patterns for Gait

Posture is key in walking.  Poor posture can affect the mobility of our hips and legs in walking.  This section will improve how the upper body moves in an ideal healthy walk. Lesson plans will evolve around how to increase mobility, coordination, strength and balance.

Section II: Gait the essence of our being

Here we will go deeper into the coordination of our body to walk.  We will look at the coordination of first of the lower body.  Observation skills and program development will be learned to help the improve gait skills.