Embody Move is the license holder
for the School for Body-Mind Centering®
training programs in the UK

Body-Mind Centering® and BMC® are registered

service marks of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Embody-Move (trading under Touchdown Dance) was founded in 2008 and has the license to deliver the Body-Mind Centering® Somatic Movement Education (SME) certification program in the UK.

The Somatic Movement Education (SME) program runs over 2 years but you can take longer to accumulate the modules, and the BMC practitioner program takes another two years.

The integration of BMC somatic movement education in Touchdown Dance projects


Do I have to start with the first course?
It is possible to start with any course at any point in the cycle.

Can I take one course and not the whole program?
All the body systems and developmental movement courses in years 1 and 2 may be taken as individual courses. They can also be taken in any order in the cycle.


The School for Body-Mind Centering was founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in 1976 in New York City USA. In the past ten years there has been an expansion in program delivery and training programs are now licensed in Europe, Canada, Eastern Europe and South America.

Body-Mind Centering (BMC), integrates two key aspects in its approach to human development; movement re-education and hands-on touch and re-patterning methods. The approach is an experiential study of the body systems including embodied anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology within the context of human development.


There are many underlying principles to cover as we explore each body system and the application of this understanding to embodied movement practice. Experiential anatomy involves a wide range of dynamic approaches and physical activities as well as more quiet meditative practices.

The underlying premise is that we learn from our personal process and that this becomes an informed and insightful starting point for our work with others. The journey we take leads to greater awareness and deeper understanding of ourselves as human beings. It helps us to understand how the mind is expressed through the body, and the body through the mind.


Our Programs


This program explores the richness of the inter-relationships between body, mind, movement and touch, it includes the experiential study of all the body systems and human developmental movement processes.

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Developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, this program is a highly sophisticated and subtle approach to supporting infant development.

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The Practitioner program is open for graduates of the Somatic Movement Education program. It is a further two years of BMC study deepening and integrating the work for application to somatic movement therapy contexts.

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The SME course is taking place in Warsaw. Contact us for details.

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Program Overview

Our Courses

Meet Our Teachers

All our courses are taught by certified teachers in Body-Mind Centering. We may have other BMC teachers to those below delivering the courses,
as we are a growing profession and many of us have specialisms. We welcome BMC graduates as class room assistants (SME/Practitioner) and teaching assistants who undertaking the teacher training.

Katy Dymoke

Program Director, Teacher and Practitioner in Body-Mind Centering®

Katy has been teaching BMC in the UK since 1997 and on other European programs. She integrated BMC into her practice as a Dance…

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Anne-Marie Zulkahari

Dancer, Movement-teacher and Therapist

‘I was drawn to Body-Mind Centering® (BMC) with the desire to learn more about developmental movement due to my personal experiences with my own children.

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Janet Amato

Dancer, Choreographer & Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® & Infance Developemental Movement Education

Janet is an established dancer, choreographer, and certified teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and IDME. She also has a diploma in Pilates and Reiki.

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Satu Palokangas

Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®

Satu first came across Body-Mind Centering® while studying contemporary dance and improvisation in the UK and Netherlands in early 1990’s.

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Anne Garrigues

Teacher of Body-Mind Centering® and Professional Dancer

Based near Grenoble in France, Anne has been teaching dance and improvisation for 25 years, in professional, amateur, and educational settings including children…

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Karin Fisher Potisk

BMC Teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator

Karin was born in Austria and studied at the Mozarteum Academy, where she gained a Teaching Diploma in Clarinet. She subsequently graduated from the London…

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Aki Omori

Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®

Aki was born in Tokyo, Japan, moved to UK in 1987, has background in music and physical theatre in her youth, then practiced and taught yoga for over a couple of decades, during which she discovered somatic movement practices, including Body-Mind Centering®.

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Marina Tsartsara

Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®

Marina supports Embody-Move with administrative duties. She is a Dance & Visual Artist (MSc), a certified Chinese Acupressure Massage Therapist (TCM London)
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Mark Rietema

Trainee Psychotherapist, BMC practitioner and Mental Health Social Worker

Mark Rietema has been moving, dancing and exploring the body through martial arts, contact improvisation and other dance forms before he found and focused on Body-Mind Centering™.
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Irene Cena

Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®

Irene Cena is a teacher trainee, she graduated as practitioner in 2016 and took part in the Teacher Training 2018-19. She studied as a dancer in Italy and in the UK completing a BA in dance at TrinityLaban in London.

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Get in touch

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