Somatics in Action
A Mindful and Physical Conditioning Tool for Movers
Written by Lauren W. Kearns
Somatics in Action is a Pilates and Yoga based movement system that helps dancers and movers achieve optimum strength, alignment, and body-mind engagement.

Somatics in Action is also a philosophy based on the belief that contemplation and action can co-exist in a moving body. When people approach movement from a place of physical exertion, recuperation, and reflection, they develop a deeper understanding of themselves as movers and take greater ownership of their kinesthetic development. The philosophy is based on the following facets:
  • Strength
  • Alignment
  • Body-Mind Engagement
  • Contemplation
  • Action

Somatics in Action: A Mindful and Physical Conditioning Tool for Movers is being published


Please visit Handspring Publishing to pre-order the book. 
Lauren W. Kearns, M.F.A., E-RYT 500, YACEP is a choreographer, dancer, and somatic specialist. She has composed over fifty professionally produced concert pieces that have been presented throughout the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia. Kearns is the artistic director of ​​​​​​​​​​​ The Kearns Dance Project, a professional dance company based in North Carolina, U.S.A. 

Kearns has received over forty grants, fellowships, and awards to support her artistic and scholarly projects. She most recently was commissioned by the Alamance Arts to choreograph a series of Pop Up Dance Events for their 2017 season. Kearns was also awarded the Elon Senior Faculty Research Award to choreograph "On The Move: A Series of Dance Installations". The two-year project investigates dance in non-proscenium and alternative spaces.

Kearns is a published scholar, a somatics specialist with certifications in Vinyasa Yoga, Alignment-Based Yoga, and Classical Pilates. Kearns is the director of Flow with Lauren, a certified and registered Experienced Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance as well as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. She has presented her creative and somatics research at national and international dance conferences since 2000.

In addition to her dance career, Kearns is a Professor of Dance, the Founding Coordinator of the BFA and BS Dance Program, and the Associate Chair of the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University, Elon, N.C. U.S.A.

Kearns is a curriculum specialist, having developed pre-professional dance curriculum for the BFA and the BS dance degree programs as well as lower level curriculum 
at the junior college level. 

Kearns received her M.F.A. in Dance Choreography and Performance and her M.A. in Dance Education and Theory from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kate Grochowski earned her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Elon University and is a member of The Kearns Dance Project. In addition to her participation in various Elon Dance Company productions, Kate has choreographed for and performed professionally in the N.C. Triad Choreography Showcase. She has also worked with Gaspard & Dancers, directed by former Pilobolus member Gaspard Louis, and the Florence Dance Company. To complement her continued artistic pursuits in dance and choreography, Kate has embraced a creative career as the Head of Marketing for InsideOut, a sales innovation lab. She is currently living in Austin, Texas.

Galen Schneider completed his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Elon University and is a member of The Kearns Dance Project. In addition to his work as a concert dancer, he performs as a theatrical dancer in music theatre productions and film and television and is also a fitness trainer. Originally from Savanah, Georgia, he is currently splitting his time between New York City and North Carolina. 

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