Body Mind Centering

My relationship with Body Mind Centering began in 1984 in London when I attended a workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of the School for Body Mind Centering in the USA. The workshop was on the Developmental Movement Patterns and I was profoundly inspired by Bonnie and studying with her.

Soon after, I began to study in London with Patricia Bardi, founding member of the School for Body Mind Centering, taking weekly classes and doing private sessions in her studio in East London. I attended classes and workshops with Patricia at Chisenhale Dance Space in London over the course of one year.

In 1985 I studied at the School for New Dance Development and took weekly technique classes with Trude Cone, founder director of the School.  Trude integrated Body Mind Centering into her teaching of technique classes at the school and I took weekly classes with her. We incorporated moving from BMC body systems as part of the classes.

In New Zealand I have studied Body Mind Centering with Olive Bieringa, Otto Ramstad and Donna Fahri.

I incorporate the Developmental Movement Patterns into my teaching of contemporary technique, Contact Improvisation and in my performance work. (see solo piece in Teatro della Limonaia below)


Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Body Mind Centering

Juliet Shelley Solo Teatro della Limonaia Italy 2011

Somatic Practices in Action Conference Europe 2013