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
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
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.
With deep sadness the Kinetic Awareness®
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.
Elaine's vision and understanding of movement,
which reached beyond the opinions of her time into the present and the
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]gmail.com 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.
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."
Spine, abdomen, psoas, ribs
Shoulders, neck, arms, hands
Hips, thighs, calves and feet
10 am - 5 pm
17 E 16th St #5, New York NY
$120 single day
$340 for all three days
$320 early bird by June 13
email ellen.saltonstall (at) gmail.com
or call +1-212-727-7288
Saltonstall has over 30 years of experience
in the bodywork field. She is the author
of the book Kinetic Awareness®: Discovering Your
(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 www.ellensaltonstall.com
Ten Week Introductory Workshop with Master TeacherJill
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)gmail.com
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.
movement classes and intensives Kinetic Awareness® and dance
by Master Teacher Thomas
Damani Leidsman, Sindy Tejeda, Judith van der Made
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.
Come and learn with Elaine Summers,
the originator of the Ball Work, and our Master Certified Teachers, Ann
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
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
study of Kinetic Awareness® can be counted for life-experience
credits at SUNY Empire
and the Gallatin School
at New York University. For more information please
contact Dr. Robin Powell at +1-212-727-3059.
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
and it shows beautifully how one can work with them. Please contact her
at annlawdancing(at)gmail.com for purchase inquiry.
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.
highly recommend it. Bravo! "
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
or call +1-212-727-7288
originator Elaine Summers
"Invitation to Secret Dancers"
Stuyvesant Cove Park / Solar House 1
New York City, 2005
THE LOVE OF A LIFETIME ... YOUR
INFINITE WAYS TO MOVE WITHOUT PAIN AND
WONDERFUL CREATIVE DANCER WITHIN YOU
To make an
appointment with Elaine call +1-212-925-0142
(left to right) Master
teachers Frances Becker and Alexandra Ogsbury
photography: Paula Court
originator of Kinetic Awareness® (The Ball Work®)
MA. NYU, MIT (Center for Advanced Visual Studies)
Fellow, Fulbright Scholar
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.
The Drama Review DANCE/MOVEMENT ISSUE VOL. 24 #4
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
Master-Class in Odessa by Thomas Körtvélyessy, MCKA
on invitation of cultural NGO KusiCreaVision
to read the article about the first KA®
ever taught in Ukraine.... (in Ukrainian)
INVITATION TO SECRET DANCERS:
5th phase of
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
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
photos (c) 2005 by Jeff Fox, Kenneth Klein, Deborah Goldberg
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.
WHERE: SOLAR 1: 23rd St & the
WHEN: Saturday June 18th (rain
dateJune 19th) - 3pm, 5pm & 7pm
Saturday June 25th (rain date June 26th) - 5pm, 7pm & 9pm
WHO: 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:
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.
Körtvélyessy in the Netherlands:
2004 Thomas Körtvélyessy / Reàl
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
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:
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.
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
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
phase incorporates the first three phases and adds to them
the ability to change tension levels at will, from minimum to maximum
phase combines the previous four and adds the
ability to relate to another person and be aware of them in a
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.
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.
originated Kinetic Awareness®?
was developed by dancer/choreographer Elaine Summers in the
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
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.
as a technique for dance is the basis of her choreography.
She has been honored by many grants and her work has been presented
After performing and teaching in New York for many years, Summers
established the Kinetic Awareness®
Center in 1987 to continue her work.
is an everyday living and working tool. You learn to internalize an
awareness, an understanding of everything about the inside of your
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
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
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
and Noble link
DANCE AND VISUAL ARTS; COMPOSING STRUCTURE
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.
by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover,
Mass., 2002. Page 30
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"
by Ellen Saltonstall, in KINESIOLOGY AND MEDICINE FOR DANCE