Somatics Biography

About Michele (Somatics)

Michele Ainza acquired her Certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (CLMA) in 2001 from the Integrated Movement Studies (IMS), based out of the University of Utah. During her training, she had the opportunity to study under Irmgard Barteneiff’s protégé, Peggy Hackney, as well as other internationally acclaimed somatic educators such as Janice Meaden, Ed Groff, and world-renowned Laban Notator, Ann Hutchinson Guest. With over fifteen years of experience as a somatic and movement educator in higher education, Ainza has been on faculty at Lewis and Clark College, Fresno City College, University of Veracruz, Mexico, and currently at Willamette University and Linfield College. Additionally, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Los Angeles. A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance, Ainza is a skilled practitioner with twenty years of experience. She integrates her diverse range of experience in order to keenly observe and analyze human movement. Through the facilitation of efficient movement patterns and development of individualized sequences, Ainza helps to enhance physical longevity, increase ease and range of movement, as well as pain prevention.


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