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Sondra Fraleigh

Sondra Fraleigh is professor emeritus of dance at the State University of New York (SUNY Brockport), a Fulbright Scholar and award-winning author of nine books. Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance (forthcoming), Moving Consciously: Somatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch (2015) and BUTOH: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010), all by University of Illinois Press. Earlier books include Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004), Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (1999), Researching Dance (1998) and Dance and the Lived Body (1987). Her book on the founders of Japanese butoh, Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo (2006) is with Routledge, and in 2008, she published Land to Water Yoga on somatic yoga and infant movement development. She has numerous chapters in books on culture, aesthetics, ecology and cognitive psychology. Fraleigh was chair of the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport for nine years, later head of graduate dance studies and also selected by SUNY as a university-wide Faculty Exchange Scholar. Her choreography has been performed internationally, and she has been a visiting professor at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo and at the University of Baroda in India. Fraleigh is the founding director of Eastwest Somatics Institute for the study of dance, yoga and movement (

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