arm of Master Teacher Ellen Saltonstall. photo © by Paula Court

Kinetic Awareness® is a non-invasive way for you to discover and develop your unique and full range of healthy and sustainable movement.
The Kinetic Awareness®Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research, education, and development in the kinetic arts and sciences.

Board of Directors: Elaine Summers† (founder), Chuck Rosenberg (President), Nina D'Abbracci (Secretary), Meg Chang, Ph.D (Treasurer),
Pearl Bowser, Michelle Berne, Robin J. Powell, Ph.D, Jill Green Ph.D, Ann Law, Thomas Körtvélyessy, Leeny Sack

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Elaine Summers
Judson Fragments

The Board of Directors at Kinetic Awareness® Center, Inc.
and the Estate of Elaine Summers are delighted to announce that
her epochal film Judson Fragments showing footage of an entire era,
is now featured in the exhibition

Merce Cunningham : Common Time
at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, February 8th - July 30th, 2017
and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago February 11th - 30th April, 2017

Warm thanks to long-time supporter of Elaine's work, Tanisha Jones,
Director of the Moving Image at the Jerome Robbins Division/New York Public Library, Lincoln Center,
where the Archive of Elaine Summers is being taken care of.

Winter 2014 / Spring 2015

founder of Kinetic Awareness® Elaine Summers. © by the Estate of Elaine Summers, all rights reserved, used with kind permission
Elaine Summers ©The Estate of Elaine Summers.
All rights reserved, used with kind permission

With deep sadness the Kinetic Awareness® Center announces the passing away of the founder of our practice, Elaine Summers. She died December 27th, 2014, 5.30am at Bellevue Hospital, New York City from the consequences of a fall she suffered at her home a few days before. Our heartfelt condolances go out to Elaine's family.

To learn more about Elaine and her long, rich life, please read her obituary in the New York Times, and for a more personal reminiscence, this article by Gia Kourlas.
Warm thanks to Wendy Perron for her wonderful obituary in Dance Magazine.

Elaine's vision and understanding of movement,
which reached beyond the opinions of her time into the present and the future,
her wonderful energy,
her deep wisdom,
her ability to work with the most minute of ways,
her laughter and encouragement to all who have worked with her,
will all be dearly missed.

May her legacy continue to spread and create beautiful moments for all who encounter it.

The members and Board of Directors of the Kinetic Awareness®  Center will convene to decide how to continue in the present situation and we will publish the outcome after a longer phase of decision-making. To everyone who supported the Center in the past and the present, our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

A memorial for Elaine will be held at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South in New York City on February 28th, 6-10pm.

We invite and encourage all of her colleagues and students, and those who crossed her path and got inspired by Kinetic Awareness® to write and publish their reminiscences, sending a copy to webmasterkacenter[at] or send them by mail to 537 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York NY 10012

Donations towards the memorial, and for establishing her legacy are warmly welcome.
still from filmdance "Absence & Presence" © 1968-1986 by Elaine Summers

still from "Absence & Presence" a filmdance by Elaine Summers, 1968-1986
© by The Estate of Elaine Summers. all rights reserved, used with kind permission

Spring / Summer 2014

Congratulations to
Master Teacher Ellen Saltonstall

for her new website

Certified Master Teacher (MCKA) EllenSaltonstall ©2014 Ellen Saltonstall
Ellen started working with originator Elaine Summers in the 1970s and has been instrumental in the becoming of the Kinetic Awareness® Center and its Certification Programme. She continues to teach in her home studio in New York City, throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Sign up now for her coming
Kinetic Awareness®Intensive

June 27-29, 2014  in New York City

"Kinetic Awareness® is a self-care method
using rubber balls to release muscular and fascial tension.
It's miraculous, fun and effective for anyone !
Come to one day or all three."

Day 1    
Spine, abdomen, psoas, ribs
Day 2 Shoulders, neck, arms, hands
Day 3 Hips, thighs, calves and feet
Times: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Saltonstall Studio
17 E 16th St #5, New York NY

$120 single day
$340 for all three days
$320 early bird by June 13

To register:

email ellen.saltonstall (at)
or call +1-212-727-7288

Ellen Saltonstall has over 30 years of experience in the bodywork field. 
She is the author of the book Kinetic Awareness®: Discovering Your Bodymind (1988). 
She co-authored two books with Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Arthritis (2008)  and Yoga for Osteoporosis (2010). She teaches in her New York studio as well as other studios nationally and internationally. For more information visit

Master Teacher Leeny Sack, MCKA

click here for her Facebook page
Leeny Sack - elocutions

Fall / Winter 2013

Master Teacher Jill Green, PhD, MCKA


Ten Week Introductory Workshop with Master Teacher Jill Green, Ph.D., MCKA

Thursday Evenings, 6-7:30, August 1 - Oct 3

$125.00 for 10 week workshop or $15.00 per class

for information call Jill Green at 336-432-4806

or email jilligreen (at)

Kinetic Awareness® is an approach to somatic education that provides an opportunity to explore movement potential and develop movement possibilities.  This system of body-mind reeducation focuses on increased movement efficacy and ease through heightened awareness of automatic and conscious movement. It enhances the understanding of the language that the body uses to communicate with ourselves.  Because this system uses rubber balls to enhance body awareness and release excess muscular tension KA is often referred to as "the ball work."  Balls placed under various parts of the body provide contact with inner sensations, bringing awareness to inefficient patterns and psycho-physical processes.

read from Jill's classic article The Use of Balls in Kinetic Awareness®

The Netherlands:

movement classes and intensives Kinetic Awareness® and dance
by Master Teacher Thomas Körtvélyessy

students 2013 @Cuartito Azul, Rotterdam ©Sindy Tejeda, Judith van der Made, Damani Leidsman, Thomas Körtvélyessy
Damani Leidsman, Sindy Tejeda, Judith van der Made
the class of 2013
Judith van der Made, Sindy Tejeda, Damani Leidsman
bridging technique, a comprehensive movement approach
based on Kinetic Awareness® for connecting organic principles of movement with making geometric-oriented shapes such as in European Classical Ballet, Graham Technique, Cunningham Technique and others.

throughout 2013
for more information in the Netherlands
extra logo NL

Summer 2012

for all those who have waited patiently,
not one, but two intensives are coming up,
both in New York City ...

photo©Paula Court

Kinetic Awareness Intensive, July 23-27, 2012 (Monday - Friday)

Times: 1 to 6 pm
Location: Movement Research at Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th floor. New York, NY.
Prices: $150 single day, $600 for all five days

For more information and to register, click HERE

Come and learn with Elaine Summers, the originator of the Ball Work, and our Master Certified Teachers, Ann Law, Nina D'Abbracci, and Thomas Körtvélyessy. The classes include experiential anatomy, the ball work, listening to the language of the body, injury prevention, centering and balancing, keeping your body healthy through understanding the natural movement of all our systems.

The workshop will cover such topics as:

Your fabulous head & neck
Your great shoulders, arms and hands
Understanding your incredible spine
Your amazing pelvis and legs
Your elastic knees and feet that give you power to use gravity and levity
The breath of your life: the respiration system
Your expressive sound
Your viscerae: what are they doing? how do they work
Your total body system - how do they talk to each other

Work scholarship is available to certification candidates.

The study of Kinetic Awareness® can be counted for life-experience credits at SUNY Empire State and the Gallatin School at New York University. For more information please contact Dr. Robin Powell at +1-212-727-3059.


Spring 2012

Congratulations Ann Law for her Certification !!

Ann has been working extensively during her long-term exploration and study of Kinetic Awareness® For her certification she designed and made arrangements fo special Kinetic Awareness exercise balls with a KA logo printed.

The video below was filmed in New York City, during Ann's visit to Elaine,
and it shows beautifully how one can work with them. Please contact her at annlawdancing(at) for purchase inquiry.

KA-balls by Ann Law - price listKA-Balls by Ann Law

Winter 2011

image Elaine Summers @MOMA 2011

Selections from the pioneering filmwork of originator Elaine Summers
demonstrating the understanding of Kinetic Awareness®
where every possible kind of movement is examined.

Summer 2010

New York City

certified teacher Meg Chang, Ed.D CKA
sponsored by the Kinetic Awareness® Center

flyer ICAT

New York City

an initiative by originator Elaine Summers,
sponsored by the Kinetic Awareness® Center

logo Elaine Summers Dance & Film & Web Company

1. Should you or shouldn't you;
2. What would it give you;
3. How to structure;
4. Q&A session.

WHO: Douglas Burack: Lutz& Carr
WHEN: Tues, July 27, 2010. 5:30 - 8:30 PM, FREE ADMISSION
WHERE: 537 Broadway #2 (bet Prince & Spring St.)

Please R.S.V.P. Email: with subject '501C3 WORKSHOP'.

Photos of Illuminated Workingmanby Paula Court and Robert Lowe
Thanks to NYSCA, NEA, SUNY Buffalo, Dr. Gerry O'Grady and the city of Buffalo. NY.

Rotterdam / The Netherlands

performance project by certified Master Teacher Thomas Körtvélyessy MCKA
in collaboration with the Kinetic Awareness® Center

photo by Léon Richard

Invitation to Secret Dancers
a dance by the originator of Kinetic Awareness®
Elaine Summers

performed June 19th on the Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
by Thomas Körtvélyessy / Reàl Dance Company

Are You a Secret Dancer?
for the full two-day programme,

including a WORLD PREMIERE for SkyTime(tm)

This project has been realised with grants from the Fleur Groenendijk Foundation
and the Municipality of the City of Rotterdam, Cultural Outreach Programme,

in collaboration with the Elaine Summers Dance & Film Archives.

  logo Real Dance Company logo Elaine Summers Dance Film & Web Companylogo contactzone Rotterdam
logo Bruggen Slaanlogo DansNU - Miriam St�rklogo DKC

March 2010
New work by originator Elaine Summers:

Yoga for Arthritis - co-written by Ellen Saltonstall New book co-written by Senior Master Teacher
Ellen Saltonstall (MCKA)

now available!

An all-encompassing book about Yoga for Arthritis. Comprehensive, clear and direct knowledge - Yoga excercises that relieve pain and develop flexibility for specific problems of arthritis. You can buy it here.

"I highly recommend it. Bravo! "
Elaine Summers
cover of original book on KA by Ellen Saltonstall (currently out of print) Ellen Saltonstall also wrote the classic primer on Kinetic Awareness® which is currently out of print.

To place a paid reservation or donate for the re-print please contact Ellen Saltonstall
or call +1-212-727-7288

originator Elaine Summers "Invitation to Secret Dancers" Stuyvesant Cove Park / Solar House 1 New York City, 2005 photo by Kenneth Klein
originator Elaine Summers
"Invitation to Secret Dancers"
Stuyvesant Cove Park / Solar House 1
New York City, 2005

photo by Kenneth Klein

originator of the ball work
Elaine Summers , MA, MIT-CAVS
private sessions


To make an appointment with Elaine call +1-212-925-0142

Master Teacher Frances Becker. photo by Paula Court Master Teacher Alexandra Ogsbury. Photo by Paula Court
(left to right) Master teachers Frances Becker and Alexandra Ogsbury
photography: Paula Court

About Elaine Summers:
originator of Kinetic Awareness® (The Ball Work®)
MA. NYU, MIT (Center for Advanced Visual Studies)
Fellow, Fulbright Scholar

"There are many applications and levels of Summers' Kinetic Awareness work. Most individuals, including those who eventually incorporate Kinetic Awareness into their own work, initially come to study because they have an injury or other problem with their bodies. Training and maintaining the body is the central concern of dancers and the reason why many major dancers in New York have ended up on Summers' floor. KA does not substitute one system of movement for another, but by learning how the body works-physically, physiologically and psychologically---students can reclaim their bodies as their own. --- Trisha Brown believes all dancers should study with Summers because of the sensitivity to the body Summers' training imparts and Summers' ability to analyze error in dance movement.

-Ann-Sargent Wooster
The Drama Review DANCE/MOVEMENT ISSUE VOL. 24 #4

Kinetic Awareness® in Europe:
website Barbara Mueller - left image Greece:
Kinetic Awareness® Study Athens started by Barbara Mueller, MCKA, teaching workshops and classes, also in Vienna, Austria. For more information and bio, click here

website Barbara Muller - right image

mascot / logo of KusiCreaVision - click to visit their website Ukraine:
Master-Class in Odessa by Thomas Körtvélyessy, MCKA
on invitation of cultural NGO KusiCreaVision

click here to read the article about the first KA® class
ever taught in Ukraine.... (in Ukrainian)

Realized with a travel-grant of Step Beyond
An initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).
logo European Cultural Foundation - click to visit their website

extra logo NL The Netherlands:
New information-website available in Dutch
photo by Thomas Körtvélyessy


INVITATION TO SECRET DANCERS: 5th phase of Kinetic Awareness
KINETIC AWARENESS is a way to discover and understand the dancer that you are and enjoy the chance to dance. Join us by the riverside.
Here are some pictures from the performance. All the wonderful photos below by Jeff Fox, Kenneth Klein, Deborah Goldberg.

Secret dancer with umbrellas

Carla, Maria and Harriet

Tina, Nancy and Harriet

Richard and his umbrella

Meg, Tina and Secret dancers

Marion, Richard and Murphy

Elissa, Meg, Carla and Secret Dancers

all photos (c) 2005 by Jeff Fox, Kenneth Klein, Deborah Goldberg

CEC Stuyvesant Cove presents INVITATION TO SECRET DANCERS, a dance/film performance by Judson Dance Theatre's Elaine Summers.
The performances will be held at the Solar 1, an environmental arts and education center located in Lower Manhattan's Stuyvesant Cove Park. Original sound compositions by Carman Moore and Skyfriends will accompany.

SOLAR 1: 23rd St & the East River

Saturday June 18th (rain dateJune 19th) - 3pm, 5pm & 7pm
Saturday June 25th (rain date June 26th) - 5pm, 7pm & 9pm

Marion Ramirez (25th), Harriet Bograd, Daniel Sklar, Nancy Barber, Tina Erfer, Pearl Bowser, Meg Chang,
Elissa White, Josh Bissett, Laura Quattrocchi, Rob Cook (Australia),Rebecca Loukes (London), Jung Woong Kim,
Kiori Kawai (solo: Goddess of the Sea), Richard Jochum, Leeny Sack

Composer: Carman Moore
Performers: Marianna Rosett, Premik Russell Tubbs

Invitation to Secret Dancers is an improvisational dance choreographed by Elaine Summers which has been performed in many places and countries by many people, including the Karlsplatz, Vienna, Australia, London, Rome, Woodstock, NYC and all over the U.S.A.

Thomas Körtvélyessy in the Netherlands:

In 2004 Thomas Körtvélyessy / Reàl Dance Company performed his version of Invitation to Secret Dancers in Arnhem and Rotterdam, The Netherlands,as part of the ongoing project con·sens·us

performers: Eva Tremel, Thomas Körtvélyessy
guest choreographer and dancer: Meredith Nadler
musician: Pierre Verbeek
curator Rotterdam: Daniela Swarowsky
curator Arnhem: Corien van der Poll

artist-manifestation 'Plein Publiek' Kronenburg shopping center, Arnhem- September 2004
artist-in-residency at ZiM Rotterdam, Netherlands - October 2004

photo (c) 2004 Ingrun Schnitzler

photo (c) 2004 by Sule Attems

photo (c) 2004 by Sule Attems

Thomas Körtvélyessy and Aharona Israel, still from video by Geeske Kanters for "Perambula&ccedille;ão", Rotterdam 2005

dancer Aharona Israel, still from video by Geeske Kanters for project "Perambulacão", Rotterdam 2005

Thomas Körtvélyessy, video from still from video by Geeske Kanters for "Perambula&ccedille;ão", Rotterdam 2005

bottom 3 photos:
performance series 'agua morta-agua viva' (dead water - living water)
with Aharona Israel

project Perambulacao (wandering) a collaboration of Brazilian and Dutch artists
Rotterdam Architectural Biennial 2005

top-left © 2004 by Ingrun Schnitzler | top-right and mid-left (c)2004 by Sule Attems| stills from videography by Geeske Kanters all images used with kind permission.

Ellen Saltonstall ©Paula Court, used by kind permission
arm of Master Teacher Ellen Saltonstall photo © by Paula Court

The Use of Balls in Kinetic Awareness®

Balls can provide a direct link to integrative body-mind experience and processes

Jill Green Ph.D To read Jill's full article click here

Kinetic Awareness® is a system of body discovery and therapy that calls attention to the simplest components of movement and explores emotional attitudes toward the body. Because one of its special features is the use of graduated rubber balls to enhance body awareness and release excess muscular tension, Kinetic Awareness® is often affectionately referred to as "the ball work".

The complete course of study takes several years and has five parts:

  1. By the end of the first phase, the student has become aware of each part of the body and is able to articulate it. It should be possible to move each part of the body slowly and with little tension.
  2. In the second phase, one becomes aware of total body systems such as breathing, circulation, tension, etc. The student should be able to articulate slowly and with little tension more than one part of the body simultaneously.
  3. At the end of the third phase, the student should be able to change speeds and move extremely slowly through all his/her speeds to the very most rapid.
  4. The fourth phase incorporates the first three phases and adds to them the ability to change tension levels at will, from minimum to maximum tension.
  5. The fifth phase combines the previous four and adds the ability to relate to another person and be aware of them in a performance.

The Kinetic Awareness® Center's present project is, through study and research, to discover and describe the parameters (possibilities and limitations)of the human movement system's ability to maintain health, to implement injury prevention, and to discover the kinds of injuries which can recuperate through movement and by understanding the limitations and the effectiveness of the body's own kinesthetic ability to heal injuries.

Kinetic Awareness® as a system of discovery of the body/mind's integration and understanding of the language of the body is now over 35 years in practice. We have been keeping both experiential and empirical records of the abilities, effectiveness and limitations of the body's movement systems in healing, protecting and maintaining health.

We wish to sustain exchange between other systems of work, study, and research. There are many systems that view through different facets effective ways of understanding the human body's kinesthetic power.

Who originated Kinetic Awareness®?
Kinetic Awareness® was developed by dancer/choreographer Elaine Summers in the 1960's.
Her dance career was interrupted at an early age when she began to show symptoms of osteoarthritis, a potentially crippling disease of the joints. As a result, she became interested in learning how to move without pain so that she could continue dancing. During this period, she studied with Carola Speads, whose system of Physical Re-education evolved from the work of bodywork innovator, Elsa Gindler.

Summers developed a system of body and mind coordination based on listening to and understanding the language of the body. Through experimentation, she evolved the technique of using various sizes of rubber balls to assist in making positive changes in the body.
Kinetic Awareness® as a technique for dance is the basis of her choreography.
She has been honored by many grants and her work has been presented internationally.
After performing and teaching in New York for many years, Summers established the Kinetic Awareness® Center in 1987 to continue her work.

"The work is an everyday living and working tool. You learn to internalize an awareness, an understanding of everything about the inside of your body." —Tony Nunziata, Actor

Who Benefits from Kinetic Awareness®?

  • dancers, actors, musicians and artists
        who wish to increase their technical and expressive range.
  • educators, psychotherapists and health professionals
        who are integrating the kinetic language of the body with the language of the emotions.
  • kinetic techniques of developing a feeling of well-being through understanding how to
        regain energy , lessen and/or eliminate chronic pain.
  • people who want to heal existing injuries and avoid future ones.
  • a gentle way to develop coordination, physical self-confidence due to history of abuse,
        eating disorders, or addictions

"Spending most of my life as a brain in a jar, I was shocked to discover I had a living, feeling body, glorious and painful. I am no longer willing to ignore it."  —Sara Friedman, Writer

Congratulations to Trisha Brown for her elegant new book:
"Dance and Art in Dialogue 1961-2001"
Amazon link, Barnes and Noble link
BY Marianne Goldberg essay pages 29 to 44

Brown released the dancer's "set," a particular tensile way of holding the body in the forties and fifties, which she had learned through studies at Mills and at the Merce Cunningham Studio after she arrived in New York in 1961. Through Alexander and also intensive, long-term study of another emerging form, Kinetic Awareness, founded by the Judson choreographer and filmmaker Elaine Summers, Brown began to initiate movement from very different kinesthetic knowledge.
These newly surfacing somatic ideas offered alternatives to how to hone her body for dancing. She shed the stylized use of her muscles and the tensile alertness through the spine and skin. Focusing instead on subtleties of elegant, relaxed alignment of her spine and limbs, she moved with ease and a spatial clarity that stemmed from innovative inner imagery. Brown looks at home physically in these moves, and a different virtuosity and creativity emerged, grounded in anatomically clear and efficient action. New sensations, perceptions, and energy developed within her body and between body, space, time, and geometry.
These changes became a technical breakthrough for dance in America. They separated many in the sixties and seventies generation from others who stayed with Cunningham or Graham techniques. Brown's in-depth new studies did become major catalysts for creating her own movement. When she formed her company in the early seventies, she chose performers who also reconceived the human structure and the meaning of physical skill.

Published by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., 2002. Page 30

Elaine Summers - photo by Paula Court

Photo Credit: Paula Court
Pictured: KA® Teachers and dancers, Carol King, Meg Dellenbaugh, Frances Becker, and Patricia Lenore.

"Summers uses anatomy and kinesiology to help students connect their subjective experiences with objective understanding of physical structure and function… KINETIC AWARENESS should find a place in every body therapist's library and in the classrooms of movement educators…".
-Prof. Martha Myers, book review of "Kinetic Awareness: Discovering Your Body/Mind"
Spring-Fall, 1991

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