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sondra fraleigh

Eastwest Director, Professor of Dance Emeritus, Fulbright Scholar & RSMT

Sondra Fraleigh is an international leader in dance, yoga, and somatic healing arts. She Is a Registered Feldenkrais® teacher, and certifies Registered Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists through ISMETA, International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Sondra is also RYT 1000, registered yoga teacher with more than 1000 hrs. of training and teaching. Through her institute, she offers registration with Yoga Alliance. She has been a professor of dance and somatics for over forty years, now retired from the Department of Dance at the State University of New York at Brockport. Sondra continues to teach through her institute and is a mentor to dancers and somatic practitioners in the USA, Europe, Japan, Mexico and India.


She is a Fulbright Scholar and professor emeritus of the State University of New York, College at Brockport, where she chaired the Department of Dance and was later head of graduate dance studies. Sondra is also the author of several books on dance theory and philosophy. Her innovative choreography based in somatics and inspired by butoh has been seen on tour in America, Germany, the UK, India and Japan. She served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance (renamed, Dance Studies Association) and was selected as a University-Wide Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York. Her articles have been published in texts on dance and movement, philosophy, somatics, and cognitive psychology. Some of her articles are available for download below.


Eastwest Institute features Shin Somatics® - an approach to healing and personal transformation developed by Sondra Fraleigh through her teaching of dance and movement, integrative bodywork, philosophy, and meditation. Her work is informed by her certification in the Feldenkrais® Method and CranioSacral Therapy - as also her study of Myofascial Release, Effective Communication, Japanese Butoh, Yoga, and Zen meditation.

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