Meet the SEA team

Olive Bieringa (Program & Educational Director)

Olive Bieringa is a dance maker, somatic movement therapist and cultural producer who grew up in Wellington, New Zealand. She is a Registered ISMETA Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, a Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, Shiatsu practitioner and certified DanceAbility teacher, working with dancers of all abilities. She holds an MFA in Performance and New Media from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and a BA from the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands. She is currently based in Oslo, Norway.

Olive teaches internationally in Body-Mind Centering® trainings for Moveus/Germany, Leben nuova/Italy, Moving from Within/USA, Soma/France, Sonder/USA and in universities and festivals such as Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Praxis Festival/Oslo, Impulstanz Festival/Vienna, Movement Research/NYC, and for dance companies Lyon Opera Ballet, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass/New Zealand. As a curator & producer she has developed projects such as SEEDS Festival (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance and Science) at Earthdance/USA and Public Art St Paul’s City Art Collaboratory, bringing together artists and scientists.

Otto Ramstad (Educational Director)

Otto Ramstad is a dance and video artist and Certified Practitioner & Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. He began Studying BMCsm in 1981 at six years old with his first dance teacher Suzanne River, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner. He has a BA in Dance, Improvisation, and the Moving Image from Goddard College and an MA in Choreography from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2019. For twenty years he has been collaborating with Olive Bieringa as the BodyCartography Project creating performances, films, installations, and festivals.

He has taught in Body-Mind Centering for Moveus/Germany, Leben nuova/Italy, Kinesthetic Learning Center/USA, and been an assistant teacher in Soma/France, and The School for Body-Mind Centering® in Chiemsee/Germany and Amherst, USA. He also teaches in dance contexts for dance institutions and festivals such as Tanzfabrik/Berlin, Tanzquartier/Vienna, Contredanse/Brussel, Culturgest Gallery/Lisbon, Studio 303/Montreal, Praxis Festival/Oslo, Impulstanz Festival/Vienna, Movement Research/NYC, amonst may others and for dance companies Culberg Ballet/Stockholm, Lyon Opera Ballet, Footnote Dance, Touch Compass/New Zealand.

He is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship 2015, McKnight Foundation Fellowship 2010, an Archibald Bush Fellowship Artist 2006, twice a DanceWeb Scholarship recipient at Impulstanz. He has been featured in the work of DD Dorvillier, Miguel Gutierrez, Shelton Mann, Karen Nelson, Lisa Schmitt, Scott Wells, and Kitt Johnson. His most current work Lineage looks at learning and how we learn, drawing lines between his learning of experimental dance and somatic practices, specifically Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores since 2000, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine and Contact Improvisation since 1998, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s BMC and learning of his Norwegian cultural heritage which has been invisible to him. In his exploration of his Norwegian great grandfathers life and the places he moved through he is reflecting on what it was to live in a body in rural Norway 100 years ago. This research has led him to emigrate to Norway as a way to experience the cultural learning his great-grandfather went through in 1911. Lineage will be presented as a studio practice, a series of discussions and a dance, video and storytelling performance for the culmination of his MA in Choreography at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, April 2019.

Kim Sargent-Wishart (Administrative Director)

Kim Sargent-Wishart is an educator, researcher & artist specializing in somatic movement methodologies across a range of applications, including continuing education, creative development and leadership. Research & practice interests include embryology as a model for embodiment and creative practice, somatic writing, contemplative photography & perceptual process. She is a Certified Practitioner (1999) and Teacher (2019) of Body-Mind Centering® and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist (ISMETA). 

Kim has studied and taught various forms of movement and bodywork for several decades, including receiving a BA with Honors in Dance (Wesleyan University, 1987), Massage Therapist qualification (Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, 1990), and an apprentice-based Pilates instructor training (San Francisco, 1993). She completed a PhD in Performance Studies from Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia, 2016) with a focus on somatics, experiential embryology and Tibetan Buddhist philosophies in creative practice. Her arts practice is influenced by Miksang photography, screendance, somatic writing and dance/movement improvisation, and her writings have been published in several journals and anthologies. She is the co-founder of ASTER Association and co-editor of The Art of Embodiment. Kim teaches extensively online and is currently a visiting tutor at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. She lives on Wadawurrung country, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria. Visit for more.

Jens Johannsen (Program Supervisor) is a dancer, movement-teacher and -therapist from Germany. Since 1978 he has been exploring the relations of body and mind on personal, social and global levels. For many years he studied with teachers in the fields of theatre, dance, voice, ritual, humanistic and Buddhist psychology, yoga, meditation, body-therapy and others. Among his teachers are Lama Chime Rinpoche, Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Matt Mitler, Grotowsy-Laboratorium, Carl Rogers, Ron Kurtz, Bob Rease, Tim Buckley, Martha Moore, Aja Addy, Upledger Institute, Suprapto Suryodharmo, Amos Hetz. Jens has Performance-experience since 1980 and has been teaching internationally since 1982.

Jens in his work integrates detailed knowledge about the physical body and the process of embodiment with humour, joy of movement and expression, with a spiritually open approach.

Additional Faculty:

Mary Lou Seereiter is a Registered Movement Therapist, Certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body Mind Centering®, a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Authentic Movement Facilitator. She taught dance and Somatics at Lane Community College for 34 years, 25 of which she served as director of the Dance Program. A visiting scholar at Ohio State University and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding contributions to her field from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance, Mary Lou continues to teach privately and in BMCsm certification programs.