About Us


The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning is an incubator for creativity, research, education, performance and community connections. It operates as an independent center at Stony Brook University in the College of Arts and Sciences and houses the Dance Program and Dance Minor. The Center’s vision encompasses a drive to develop heightened interdisciplinary thinking and action, developed through the study of dance and movement arts, applied through art-making, innovation and performance of all kinds, and primed to collaborate with a wide range of academic disciplines and community interests. Founded and directed by Amy Yopp Sullivan, the Center is comprised of talented artists/educators who join the teaching faculty during the summer sessions: Maria Loreta Celitan, Joya Powell, Beth Trimm, and Randy Thomas. The Center is dedicated to working in partnership with professional organizations in NYC; and to hosting emerging artists for residencies, who visit our campus and offer students opportunities to learn from their practice and process as artists.

In addition to offering the university curriculum in dance, movement and somatic learning, The Center operates the following programs:

  • Outreach Program which offers classes for the local community
  • The Performance Dance Ensemble: a student performing company
  • Master Classes and Residencies offered by Professional Artists and Body Mind Practitioners from NYC and the surrounding Tri-State Region
  • Experiments and Creative work through The Body Mind Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Projects
  • IronWorks on the Edge: a professional dance theatre performance company based at the Center
  • The "Dance for a Dollar" Series, focused on offering undergraduates experiences in performing
  • The "Explorations on a Live Wire" Series, which showcases the Center's performance companies
  • The Parkinson's Group, a workshop and think tank with participants who experience Parkinson's Disease


“The purpose of somatic movement education and therapy is to enhance human processes of psychophysical awareness and functioning through movement learning. Practices provide the learning condition to:
• Focus on the body both as an objective physical process and as a subjective process of lived consciousness;
• Refine perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, interoceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis and self regulation;
• Recognize habitual patterns of perceptual, postural, movement interaction with one’s environment;
• Improve movement coordination that supports structural, functional and expressive integration;
• Experience an embodied sense of vitality and extended capacities for living.”
(International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, 2003)

Stony Brook University,  115-C Nassau Hall, Stony Brook, NY 11794-6240,  Phone: 631-632-7392
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