Glenna Batson
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  • Pittsboro, NC
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For over 35 years, I have synthesized theories and practices from dance/movement, somatics, neuroscience and rehabilitation medicine in understanding the art and science of embodied cognition through movement. I am a former dancer (MA, dance education, 1978) and a 'woman who [still] dances' I lecture and teach workshops, and perform both in the US and in the UK. I apprenticed with Irene Dowd in Ideokinesis (1977-81) and have taught internationally in Somatics, primarily experiential anatomy and Alexander Technique (certified 1989), spending several decades teaching in Austria, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany, Estonia, Japan, and Canada. I was also instrumental in the formation of the field of dance science in the early 1980’s. Today, I am a Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University (USA), and have a doctor of science degree (physical therapy/neuroscience). My integrative approach to researching complementary medicine has emphasized methods of conscious awareness movement practices and expressive arts, including the Alexander Technique, mental practice of motor imagery (Ideokinesis), the Feldenkrais Method, and contemporary dance.Current research interests include improvisational dance for people with Parkinson disease. As a Fulbright Senior Specialist, my residencies included Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance in 2009 and the University of Tartu, Estonia, 2011, where I bridged the art-science gap for Masters students of Dance and Physical Therapy. Faculty of the American Dance Festival since 1986, I continue to teach experiential approaches to understanding theories of embodied cognition both in the Hollins/ADF M.F.A. program since its inception in 2005. I am co-editor of the imminent publication - Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives (Intellect Press, 2013). Currently, I am 'on sabbatical,' completing another book, Body and Mind in Motion:Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation (under review). At this stage in life, I consider myself a Yzcrack - hoping to stay adaptive and flexible to all things human.
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research on improvisation and Parkinson's - positive changes in balance and in the brain

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Over the last three years, I've conducted several studies on the effects of improvisational dance on balance for people with Parkinson's disease. While a number of different dance styles have been studied and shown to be beneficial for Parkinson's, only one has used improvisation (a 2009 study on Contact by David Marchant and Madeleine Hackney). In my study, we used high speed motion capture video to capture the coordination changes and fMRI recordings to observe pre/post changes in brain… Continue

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At 10:50am on July 21, 2013, Elizabeth June Bergman said…

Thank you Glenna, for that information. I bet your mother had a lot of rich experiences dancing for St. Denis (Denishawn?)  and I appreciate the information about where her materials are located. I'm looking forward to interacting and dancing alongside everyone in this virtual lab!  Best, 



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