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.  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 fellow classmates 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.

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

Saturdays 2 – 5 PM.  $150. Register 1 month prior $50 off.  Coupon Code: AD50
NPCP  cec are available.  Recordings are available.
see below for dates.




November 14, 2020
Anatomy Dances:
Bringing 3d in your Physical Practice

New roadmaps to understand the body:
Laban’s Space Harmony, Biotensegrity and Bartenieff Fundamentalstm


  • An introduction to new models of anatomy
  • How principles of Biotensegrity, Space harmony and new research about fascia are models of dynamic movement
  • History of Eve Gentry, Irmgard Bartenieff and Pilates movement principles
  • Bartenieff Fundamentalstm  Roadmap of biomechanics principles of connections and coordination

December 12, 2020.
Anatomy Dances: Core is 3D.

Biotensegrity, Laban’s Space Harmony- 3D and Bartenieff Fundamentalstm are new maps of how the body moves in space:developing better patterns of moving the spine

Bartenieff Fundamentalstm and Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the spine 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.  This workshop will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates. 


  • to understand how the spine moves and efficiently give the correct support
  • Why is neutral important
  • How are cues enhancing or hurting dynamic alignment
  • How does the spine move differently in use of space  for example ballet, karate and tai chi
  • Understanding tensegrity and enhancing our physicality.

January 9, 2021
Anatomy Dances: Freeing the ribs to enhance the Biotensegrity of the Core

The ribs are flexible. They are not rigid like we see of the skeletons that we see in the class room. Each rib has a joint into the breastbone and spine except for the floating ribs. We are going to understand the biomechanics of the ribs and it’s affects on breathing and movement.


  • Anatomy of the ribs
  • Importance of breath
  • How the ribs move
  • Applications to Pilates and movement loves

February 6,2021
Anatomy Dances :
Bartenieff Fundamentalstm: Hand – Scapula Relationship and its connection to the core.

Bartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle with the phrasing of the torso.  This workshop will explore the anatomy and mechanics of the hand-scapula relationship and its proper function to the torso.


  • What is stabilization of shoulder: its myths and facts
  • Understand anatomy of Hand scapula relationship
  • Understanding the importance of the rotator cuff muscles
  • Improving rotator cuff function during the workout
  • How the arm works in coordination with the torso
  • How the improved shoulder function enhances the core.

March 13, 2021
Anatomy Dances: Dynamic Stability is an new Call Core to Arms

Dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle is a dance with the hand, scapula and the torso.  Coordination is key for correct mobility and strength.   Past cues really have locked down the movements of the scapula and the torso.  Myths of shoulder stability are creating more problems.  In this workshop we will learn new ways to train the nervous system about new connections.


  • Looking at tight structures
  • Strategies for shoulder openers
  • Importance of the head-tail connection
  • Coordination of hand – scapula to the head – tail connection
  • Closed chain vs open chain

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

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. 

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