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Jandy Mikhaela Bergmann, MFA, GCFP

Dance Educator – Feldenkrais® Practitioner

 

 

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS:

 

Masters of Fine Arts, Dance,  1999, Mills College, Oakland, California.  Secondary emphases in Dance Kinesiology and Somatic Modalities.

 

Bachelor of Arts, Dance, “Arts and Ideas," 1991, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner ®.  2005, Semiophysics Institute, San Rafael, California.

 

Certified Massage Therapist,  1994, McKinnon Institute, Oakland, California.

Swedish and Esalen, Sports and Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Accupressure.

 

Certified Pilates Instructor,  2001, HealthSport Academy, Eureka, California.

Authorized to teach all level of Mat and Reformer classes and private instruction.

 

Equine Sports Massage Therapist, 2010, Equissage, San Diego, California

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE: TEACHING

 

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. (1998-2012)

Modern Dance Technique 1

Modern Dance Technique 2

Modern Dance Technique 3

Bodyworks

Dance in World Cultures

Choreography Workshop

Interdisciplinary Dance Seminar

Dance Theater Production

Repertory

Senior Seminar

Creative Dance for the Classroom

Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®

 

College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California. (1999-2004)

Modern Dance Technique 1

Modern Dance Technique 2

Choreography

Ballet

Jazz Dance Styles

 

UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION, ETC.

 

Developed Dance 290, “Bodyworks,” a survey of conditioning techniques and body-mind modalities, now required for dance majors at Humboldt State University, an “Area E,” (Human Integration) General Education offering, and a popular elective among students across many departments, including music, theater, athletics, nursing, psychology, etc.  (2001-2012)

 

Served as Program Director for Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Studies Major, Humboldt State University (2009-2010)

-Advised approximately 35 Interdisciplinary Dance Studies majors, 30 Dance minors, and 4 Theater, Film, and Dance majors with emphasis          in Dance.

-Assisted with curriculum and program assessments

-Coordinated participation in American College Dance Festival Conference

-Coordinated two informal public showings and one formal main stage concert

-Recruited, met with, responded to, prospective students and parents

-Scheduled Dance classes

-Reserved and coordinated rehearsal spaces-times for dance faculty and students

-Was responsible for upkeep of dance program informational materials for brochures, catalog, and web site.

-Responsible for dance studio maintenance (cleanliness, safety, repair), equipment maintenance and acquisition, and library acquisitions.

-Maintained budget

-Served as advisor for Dance Major Club

 

Served as assistant to Program Director for Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Studies Major, HSU (assisted with all of above mentioned duties and responsibilities). (2002-2012)

 

Humboldt State University Committees:

Department Season Selection

Department Budget

Department Scholarship

University Diversity Programs Funding

 

 

 

OTHER TEACHING AND WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Pilates instructor, Healthsport, Arcata, California. (2001-2012)

 

Have developed an integration of Pilates with Feldenkrais®  and other somatic modalities. My classes are very popular with Healthsport members.

 

Private practice in the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education, Arcata, California. (2005-2012)

                       

            Have worked with diverse clientele, ranging in age from 8 to 82 years,          

ranging in interest and profession from athletes and dancers to attorneys, artists, psychotherapists, landscapers, computer technicians, etc.   The issues and difficulties they have presented have ranged from sciatica and sprained ankles to brain injury, spinal fusion, cerebral palsy, whiplash, herniated discs, frozen shoulders, etc.  Their recovery and improvement have ranged from moderate to dramatic.

 

Private practice in Massage, Oakland California and Arcata, California. (1994-2012)

 

Broad range of experience, especially like to work with active, older adults, post-surgery recovery, athletes and dancers, equestrians and horses!

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

 

Pan Arts Studio, Arcata, California, (2011-2012) weekly Awareness Through Movement® class in the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education.

 

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, (2011-2012), “Falling… Up” Feldenkrais®  Method and Contact Improvisation.

 

American College Dance Festival, Tempe, Arizona (2010) “Feldenkrais for Dancers”

 

American College Dance Festival, Sacramento, California (2008) “Feldenkrais for Dancers,”

 

Heartwood Academy, Garberville, California, (2008) “Feldenkrais for Bodyworkers,”

 

Heartwood Academy, Garberville, California, (2007) “Feldenkrais for Bodyworkers,”

 

Redwood Concert Ballet, Eureka, California, Summer Intensive Workshops (1998-2004) Modern Dance Technique

 

The Dancenter, Arcata, California, (2000-2002) “Falling,” “Falling2Rolling,” Rolling2Spring,” (On-going workshop series in Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® and Movement Improvisation).

 

Arcata Union School District and Eureka Union School District, Arcata and Eureka California (1999-2001), “The Dance Club” (after school program for ‘at risk’ girls from Arcata and Eureka High Schools).

 

 

RELEVANT STUDY, CHOREOGRAPHIC, PERFORMANCE, TEACHING EXPERIENCE, AND SERVICE

 

 

Studied Bill Evans Technique of Modern Dance, Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, Brockport, New York, June-July 2011 and Las Cruces, New Mexico, August, 2011.

 

Attended Advanced Training in The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education with noted trainer, David Bersin, Berkeley, California, February 2011.

 

Attended Advanced Training in The Feldenkrais Method®  of Somatic Education with noted trainer, Russel Delman, Sebastopol, California, November 2011.

 

Have engaged the ongoing mentorship of Assistant Trainers in the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education, Dwight Pargee, 1998-2012, and Gay Sweet Scott, 2004-2012.

 

Have attended annual conferences of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, Forest Grove, Oregon, June, 2007, and Portland, Oregon, June 2009, and studied there with noted Feldenkrais® trainers, Jeff Haller, Mia Segal, Martin Wiener, and others.

 

Attended Advanced Training in the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education and Tellington Touch with Linda Tellington Jones, Portland, Oregon, July 2009.

 

Studied Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, Skinner Releasing Technique, Viewpoints and other Somatic Methods and alternative approaches to Dance Improvisation and Composition and Improvisation for the Theater, Seattle Festivals of Alternative Dance and Improvisation, Seattle, Washington, August 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005.

 

Choreographed each year for Dance Theater Production concerts in Humboldt State University dance program, 1998-2012.

 

Choreographed twice each year for informal concerts in Humboldt State University dance program, 1998-2012.

 

Directed, choreographed, and performed with Chinquapin  Dance Theater, Eureka, California, 2003-2009.

 

Studied Advanced Modern Dance Technique, Choreography, and Repertory with Limon West, The official School of the Jose Limon Dance Company, San Jose, California, July-August 2001, and July-August 2002.

 

Studied and Performed Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance Theater with Laura Munoz, Pequeno Teatro De Danza, Arcata, California, 1999-2002.

 

Studied and performed Contemporary Dance Technique with Rosangela Silvestre, and the Bale Folklorico Da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, January-February 2000.

 

Performed in Collaboration with local writer, Darrel Chinn, 2 Left Feet Concert Series, Arcata, California, 1998-2002, and Ink People Center for the Arts, Eureka, California, June 1998.

 

Studied and performed with “Ruth Botchan and Dancers,” Berkeley California, 1992-1995.

 

Attended CSU Summer Arts Festivals, Humboldt State University, Arcata California, 1990, 1991, 1992.  Worked with noted artists, Tandy Beal, Loretta Livingston, Elisa Monte, Lola Montes, Rod Rogers, Harupin Ha, Momix.

 

Spent semesters as “visiting student” in dance programs at Cabrillo Jr. College, University of California at Santa Cruz, and Humboldt State University, Aptos, California, Santa Cruz, California, Arcata California. 1988-1989.  Studied with Beth Pettengil, Tandy Beal, Rita Cochlin, Marcia Quigley, Linda Sievers, Nancy Lamp.

 

Undergraduate Education was rigorous, especially in literature and writing, anthropology, history of art and philosophy.  Was accepted in the University of Michigan’s competitive “Arts and Ideas” program, which required and nurtured excellence in undergraduate writing and speaking skills.  Core curriculum examined literature and the arts in the context of historical and cultural framework, encouraged collaborative work and social consciousness. 

 

Member, Board of Directors, The Dancenter (nonprofit which provides low-cost studio and performance space to teachers and artists in Northern Humboldt area) 1999-2012.

 

Member, Feldenkrais Guild of North America, 2003-2012.

 

Member, International Association of Animal Massage Therapists, 2010-2012

 

 

SPECIAL ASSETS AND PERSONAL INFORMATION:

 

I am a popular instructor at Humboldt State University, especially appreciated for my enthusiasm, clarity, and inclusivity.  I have been recognized by my instructors and mentors in the Feldenkrais Method® as a practitioner with strong natural aptitude for the work and deep understanding of its under-pinnings.  My clientele appreciate my insightfulness, sensitivity, compassion, gentle communication style, sense of humor, vitality and resourcefulness in my work with them. 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES:

Available upon request