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Memphis, TN, 38104
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Project: Motion Modern Dance Collective. Cultivating Innovative Modern Dance in Memphis Since 1987




Shin Somatics® with Kelly Ferris Lester

This workshop will feature principles of Shin Somatics® as developed by Sondra Fraleigh. We will explore flow movement patterning, “Land to Water Yoga,” and hands-on bodywork. The individual work of this practice aims to clear away the clutter of the nervous system, relieving stress and trauma at the cellular level for better function of the whole body-mind complex—the soma. The workshop will include explanation of the practice with a focus on the experiences of the self through internal and healing modalities and dance. 

Kelly Ferris Lester, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi, received her BFA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Memphis and her MFA in Choreography and Performance from The College at Brockport (SUNY). Lester is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and serves as a trainer for Shin Somatics® at the Eastwest Somatics Institute for Dance and Movement Studies. She serves as  Treasurer for the National Dance Education Organization (2016-2019) and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011.

 Lester is a co-founder and company member of the Hattiesburg based Hub Dance Collective, which performs several times a year in the Hattiesburg community and beyond. Lester’s choreography has been featured in the Dumbo Dance Festival (2014, 2015), The Midwest Regional Alternative Dance (RAD) Festival (2014, 2015), The Brockport Alumni Showcase (2014), Southeast ACDA Gala (2011, 2016), Alabama Dance Festival (2016), International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance (2015), Eastwest Somatics Symposium In Otago, New Zealand (2013) and several other venues across the nation.

 Lester’s somatic movement education with mentor Sondra Fraleigh defines much of her teaching approach in the dance classroom. Lester’s chapter “Environments for Self-Learning” appears in Fraleigh’s book Moving Consciously: Somatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch (2015). Her article Somatics: A Buzz Word Defined is featured in the “Student Readings” section of the Journal of Dance Education (March 2017). Lester presents scholarly research on this topic and other connections to somatic movement education, as well as approaches to teaching online and interdisciplinary collaborations and approaches to the college classroom at various conferences across the country.

 Additional teaching credits: The College at Brockport (SUNY), The University of Rochester, The Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY, The University of Memphis, The University of Mississippi, The Center for Art Education at the Memphis Arts Council, The Theatre for Youth Program at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN


Date: February 18, 2017

Location: Living Hope|815 N. McLean |Memphis, TN 38104

Tickets: $12 with pre-pay or RSVP , $15 drop-in, and $10 for students will valid ID

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*Class cards can NOT be used for this special session*

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