MA Dance & Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living Body

MA Dance & Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living Body is a unique master’s degree course offering professional training in Somatic Movement Education with classes in the UK and USA. On the cutting edge of contemporary international practice, the course explores creative skills required to practice with ingenuity, individuality, insight and sensitivity. Attracting applicants from such fields as Health, Performance, Education, Therapy and Social Care, this course highlights progressive educational principles drawing together experiential embodied practice and theoretical inquiry through current qualitative research methodologies. The course is facilitated through movement processes that develop somatic awareness with a focus on restoring and deepening connection to the lived body. This work utilises and develops our spontaneity, present moment awareness, intuition, and our ability to connect with others. Students are encouraged to develop personal movement practice, and investigate the application of somatic awareness with others so as to enable client and community facilitation.

Conceived by Amanda Williamson, the course has run at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK since 2007, and in New York City, USA since 2009. It is a part- time programme, taught in 8 modules over 2 years. Course leaders are Mary Abrams (USA) and Penny Collinson (UK).

Modules include:
Presence & Reflection
Movement, Connection, & Support
Movement & Fluidity
Movement, Ground and Bones
Embodied Spirituality and the Sacred Dimensions of Practice Somatic Education & Co-creation with Clients
Research 1: Contexts
Research 2: Methods and Design

All sessions emphasise self-discovery, self-reflection and widening one’s field of perception. Students develop teaching, facilitation, and writing skills equipping them to contribute to the growing field of somatic movement education in academia and many other professions.

This course aims to enable graduates to work in a wide range of settings, and supports

students to identify and pursue their own areas of interest. Current graduates are working in fields of: elementary education, healthcare, social services, private practice, early childhood education, community dance, dance in higher education, performing arts, and various entrepreneurial pursuits.

Applications are being received for entry onto the courses in November 2014

OPEN DAYS in Preston, UK Saturday 21st June 2014

For more information go to: php or

UK: Penny Collinson at
USA: Mary Abrams at