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Sondra Fraleigh

Sondra Fraleigh, professor emeritus of dance and somatic studies at the State University of New York at Brockport, is a Fulbright Scholar, the author of Moving Consciously: Somatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch (2015) and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010), both published by the University of Illinois Press. Her other books include Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004); Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (1999); Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry (1998); and Dance and the Lived Body (1987), all with the University of Pittsburgh Press. 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 also published numerous articles and book chapters. She was chair of the Department of Dance at State University of New York at Brockport for nine years, and later head of graduate dance studies. She was also selected as a Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York, and in 2003, honoured by the Congress on Research in Dance (now Dance Studies Association). Her innovative choreography has been seen in New York, Germany, Japan and India. She is the founding director of Eastwest Somatics Institute for the study of dance, yoga and movement studies. For more information on Fraleigh and her work, see her website:

My body is made of moonlight when I dance my body is made whole Hang my bones from a silver tree and let me dance – Two Haiku by Sondra

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