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Laura Cox (CMA, RSME, RSMT at WholeMovement)

Laura Cox

CMA, RSME, RSMT at WholeMovement

Laura Cox holds an MA from New York University in Dance and Dance Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) with a specialty in injury prevention and chronic pain management.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, she has served on the dance faculties of Towson University, The University of Nebraska and New York University, and taught several courses in Kinesiology for Dancers at The University of Maryland. She has been a Master Teacher with the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and teaches nationally and internationally.

Laura has a private practice in movement education and repatterning, and teaches courses and workshops in experiential anatomy. She is a co-author of EveryBody Is a Body, a text that has been translated into Chinese and Czech and is used in movement education courses world-wide.

Karen Studd (RSMT,RSME at WholeMovement)

Karen Studd

RSMT,RSME at WholeMovement

Karen A. Studd, has a Master’s degree in Dance from University of Oregon and certification in movement analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS). Karen is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and Educator (RSME) .She is a Movement Analysis Training Program Coordinator and has taught the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Israel and in China.

As a teacher of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS), she is focused on both personal and professional development through awareness of movement. Her interest is in the understanding of the importance of human movement across all disciplines. Karen is a co-author of EveryBody is a Body, a text on the phenomenon of human movement. This text has been translated into Chinese and Czech and is used in movement education courses worldwide.

Karen has also taught for the Dance Departments of the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin, George Washington University and George Mason University, where she was a tenured faculty for over twenty years.

Karen is now the Chair of Education Committee, IACASE. She also serves on the editorial board of CAET journal.

Catherine (Cat) Maguire (CMA,RSME at WholeMovement)

Catherine (Cat) Maguire

CMA,RSME at WholeMovement

Catherine (Cat) Maguire is a movement educator, dance artist, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME), and a master teacher of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS). Cat has taught and cocoordinated Movement Analysis Certification Programs in the US, Europe, Mexico and China. Cat is also a collaborator and consultant for the Robotics, Automation and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Dr. Amy LaViers where she works with roboticists on embodied movement training and analysis to support the development of expressive robotic systems.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with honors in dance and psychology, she was the artistic director of Offspring Dance Company in New York City and the founder and head of the dance program at Drew University in Madison, NJ. While executive director of Piedmont Council of the Arts in Charlottesville, Cat continued to teach, choreograph and perform throughout Central Virginia and internationally. She was assistant professor of dance at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC), and an integral part of the development and implementation of the associate’s degree in dance, the only one of its kind in the Virginia Community College System.

Currently, Cat teaches group classes and individual sessions in the Charlottesville VA area designed to foster self-expression, body connectivity and transformation through movement.

Cat serves on the editorial board of CAET journal.

Esther Geiger (CAM,WACMA at WholeMovement)

Esther Geiger

CAM,WACMA at WholeMovement

Esther Geiger is a movement teacher and observer/analyst. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), trained in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) and has taught in LBMS certification programs in Maryland, New York and Tel Aviv. She is the coordinator of the Washington Area Certified Movement Analysts (WACMA), a continuing education and networking resource for CMAs in the DC/MD/VA region.

Esther holds a BA in Early Childhood Development from Antioch University and an MA in Liberal Studies, with a major in Movement, from Wesleyan University. She toured for ten years with dance and theatre companies doing in-school performances; worked as a pre-school teacher; served as a yoga center administrator; and has choreographed and taught using Richard Bull’s Structured Improvisation techniques. Esther has practiced Iyengar Yoga since 1980. Her focus is on finding intersections between these various fields, with Movement Studies as the thread through. She has thus applied her movement training to yoga practice and instruction, playground design, personnel administration, unschooling, and audio description for dance, among other endeavors.