About Sondra Fraleigh
For more than 30 years, Professor Sondra Fraleigh has been a leader in the study of movement and dance. She is professor emeritus of the State University of New York, College at Brockport, where she chaired the Department of Dance. Her innovative choreography based in somatics and inspired by butoh has been seen on tour in America, Germany, India, the UK, and Japan. She served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance, and as a Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York. Her articles have been published in texts on dance and movement, philosophy, somatics, and developmental psychology.
Professor Fraleigh is the author of seven books: Land to Water Yoga (2009), BUTOH: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010), Hijikata Tatsumi & Ohno Kazuo (2006), Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004), Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan (1999), Researching Dance (1999), and Dance and the Lived Body (1987). She has also published many articles and book chapters, including "Freedom, Gravity, and Grace" in the Somatics Magazine/Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences, and "How Things Fall Apart: Alteration of Body in Music and Dance," in Bodily Expression in Electronic Music, edited by Deniz Peters, Gerhard Eckel, and Andreas Dorchel, London: Routledge Press, Routledge Reserach in Music, 2012. She received the Outstanding Service to Dance Research Award from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in 2003.
Sondra Fraleigh teaches international workshops through her Eastwest Somatics Institute, which certifies Somatic Movement Therapists through Yoga Alliance and ISMETA. She lives in the beautiful red desert country of St. George Utah and is often a guest teacher of dance and somatic studies in the United States and other countries. Sondra also composes music, having studied music since childhood, and composition as a music major and graduate student. Lou Harrison advised her graduate thesis on music for dance. She believes that the living body of the earth and our human body are interwoven, and that healing the earth and ourselves will be the major work of the 21st century.
Below view Sondra's Winter Dance Tribute to Ohno Kazuo, her mentor, including several of her students in photo montage. In the second video, she talks about how she created Land to Water Yoga, its structure and meaning. Her book and DVD, Land to Water Yoga, as well as her original music CD's can be purchased on the Books and Publications page of this website: http://www.eastwestsomatics.com/books.php