SEA Faculty


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.

For twenty years she has been collaborating with Otto Ramstad as the BodyCartography Project creating dances, performances, films, installations, and festivals. BodyCartography’s offerings have functioned to deepen the conversation in experimental and somatic practice to give value to other ways of experiencing and making dance. Their work lives in the collection of Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand. Their performances have presented at the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, PS 122 and American Realness/NYC, amongst other places. Together they run Embodied Performance intensives for performing artists.

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 (RSME, RSMT, PhD) is an artist, researcher and educator specializing in somatic movement methodologies across a range of applications, including continuing education, creative development and leadership. Research interests include embryology as a model for embodiment and creative practice, the life cycle, things we leave behind, contemplative photography & perceptual process, and everyday beauty.

She has a BA with Honors in Dance from Wesleyan University (Connecticut, USA) and a PhD in Performance Studies from Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia). She is a Certified Practitioner (1999) and Teacher (2019) of Body-Mind Centering® and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist (ISMETA). Kim has taught movement education with a focus on Pilates since the early 1990s in San Francisco, and before that trained as a massage therapist and bodyworker at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. Kim has been a student of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. Her arts practice is influenced by the practices of Miksang photography, community-based screendance, and dance/movement improvisation. Read more about Kim here.

Program Supervisors:

Jens Johannsen 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 is a senior BMCsm Teacher, teaching in the trainings of the School for Body-Mind Centering® since 1993. He directs BMC trainings since 2003 and currently co-directs moveus with Friederike Tröscher. For over 15 years Jens has been leading his own BMC training groups that run from one to several years. He works with clients of all ages. He is interested especially in meditation in and through movement and has also been co-developing an application-program of BMC to alpine skiing.

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.

Friederike Tröscher has been exploring movement-mind relationship since 1985 and teaching dance & movement since 1992. She was trained as an occupational therapist and dancer and has additional background in dance therapy, biodynamic massage, rebirthing and meditation practice (Shambhala).

Friederike has worked with people of different populations like children with developmental challenges, neurological and psychiatric patients, musicians, dancers and actors and taught at several universities. Exploring the process of embodiment in different contexts like community, nature, the sculpturing of materials and spiritual practice has been a long interest of hers.

She studied at the School for Body-Mind Centering® beginning in 1995 and became a Practitioner, Teacher and IDME (Infant Developmental Movement Educator). Since 2003 she is involved with organizing and teaching the BMCsm certification programs in Germany.

In addition to the programs at moveus Friederike offers a one-year BMC training, workshops and individual sessions. In her teaching she brings joy, a genuine interest in our potential as human beings and how to deepen our presence in life. She lives with her husband and two children in Rhöndorf, Germany.

Additional Faculty:

Amy Matthews, BMCsm Teacher, IDME, CMA, RSMT/RSME, has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher based in New York City. Amy has partnered with Sarah Barnaby to create Babies Project – a space in NYC dedicated to developmental movement for babies (of all ages). Previously she was a director of The Breathing Project, and co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy (published by Human Kinetics).

Amy is the Program Director for Sonder Movement Project‘s SME and IDME programs, and teaches on SME & IDME Programs in the US, Germany and Italy. She taught for four years with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in Berkeley CA, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years.

Amy has participated several times in Gil Hedley’s dissection workshops, and has studied kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd and BMC with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has studied yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner, and full-contact karate with Sensei Michelle Gay. Amy is certified as a yoga teacher and as a shiatsu practitioner, is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT. She teaches embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in the US and internationally, and works privately integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). Learn more about Amy here.

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.

Mary Lou is the Program Director at Moving Within, a licensed BMC program in Lorane, Oregon.