- Primary Focus: Somatics within dance & health
- E-mail address: email@example.com
- Websites: GlennaBatson.net, HumanOrigami.com
- Location: Durham, North Carolina USA
Brief description of Current Primary Focus:
For nearly five decades, I have advanced a trans-disciplinary approach to movement studies as catalysts for teaching, research, and artistic and personal growth. I draw from dance, Somatics, and other embodiment studies (performance, phenomenology), human movement science, and rehabilitation medicine. I teach both in the USA and in Europe, applying somatic principles to performance as well as health and wellness.
Education and Certifications:
Masters (MA) in Dance Education, Columbia University Teachers College, New York (1978)
Masters (MS) in Physical Therapy, Hahnemann Medical University, Philadelphia, PA (1983)
Doctor of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT (2006)
Learning Experiences Related to Mabel Todd’s Educational Legacy:
I was the first person trained by Irene Dowd, protégé of Dr. Lulu Sweigard, in 1977. I remained under her gracious tutelage until 1982, as apprentice and co-facilitator of workshops in New York City. I have continued to use Ideokinesis for embodied learning and neuromuscular re-education in workshops, clinical settings, and practice-based research.
Professional activities, publications, areas of research, or personal inquiry related to the goals of TBI:
Publications Relating to Ideokinesis
Batson G. Stretching technique: a somatic learning model. Part I. Impulse: The International Journal of Dance Science, Medicine, and Education. 1993; 1:5-15.
Batson G. Stretching Technique: A Somatic Learning Model. Part II, Impulse: The International Journal of Dance Science, Medicine, and Education. 1993; 2:18-29.
Batson G. The role of somatic education in dance medicine and rehabilitation. North Carolina Medical Journal. 1993;54:9-13.
Batson G. Motor imagery for stroke rehabilitation: current research as a guide to clinical practice. Alternative & Complementary Therapies. 2004; 10:84-89.
Batson G: The Somatic practice of intentional rest in dance education – Preliminary steps towards a method of study. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 2010; 1(2):177-197.
Batson G. Exercise-induced central fatigue – A frontier for dance science research. Special Issue on Overuse in Dance Training (invited paper), Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 2013; 17 (3): 92-100.
Batson G, Wilson MA. Rest and Recovery: Making it Doable for Dancers, In: Wilmerding, V. and Krasnow, D., (Eds.), Dancer Wellness, Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Press, 2016.
Batson, G, Wilson, MA (2014) Body and Mind in Motion: Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation, University of Chicago Press.
Williamson A, Whatley S, Batson G, Weber, R (2014), Co-editor/contributor to, University of Chicago Press.
Projects and interest areas for Exchange:
I currently am adjunct faculty in the Masters in Fine Arts in Dance at Duke University, teaching Somatics: Embodiment for the 21st Century. In this course, Ideokinesis plays a spotlight role. I have evolved a form of practice-based research called Human Origami, an approach to exploring the dynamics and aesthetics of bodily folding through movement improvisation. A large part of the research lies in expanding the role of language in movement learning, particularly the role of kinesthetic and visual imagery as verbal prompts for new movement discovery and creation. My co-facilitator is multimedia artist Susan Sentler (LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore). Together, the work has extended into multiple disciplines beyond dance/movement training and performance – bioscience, auditory- and computer science, and fashion design. http://humanorigami.com
Batson G, Sentler S. Visual and tactile-kinesthetic imagery – a neuro-phenomenological distinction in improvisational dance praxis, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 2017; 9(2): 195-213.