In another time and place, Elaine Colandrea would be a temple dancer. In this world, she is a movement artist, Continuum teacher, somatic educator and bodyworker. Elaine’s primary interests have always been the transformational aspects of moving, sounding and breathing, the connection with the natural world and a belief that an artful, embodied presence creates a more humane society.
Based in the Hudson Valley of New York, Elaine also teaches regularly in Italy and has been an invited presenter at ISMETA, the Omega Institute and Shantigar Foundation. In 2017, Elaine became artistic director of Watermark Arts as a way to bring together her two passions – somatic awareness and art.
Elaine shared an intimate, longtime involvement with the practice founded by Emilie Conrad from 1993 until Emilie’s passing in 2014.
From 2014 through 2016, Elaine curated Continuum Movement Arts, a virtual website gallery featuring an international array of forty artists from every artistic medium. This endeavor produced seven live performances, from NYC to LA., two visual art exhibits, two video works, "The Spirit Soars" and "The Nature of the Body" and a conference honoring Emilie Conrad’s legacy at the Omega Institute.
Other influential teachers include Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Susan Harper, Robert Ellis Dunn, Lenore Latimer, Irene Dowd, as well as study of numerous therapeutic exercise systems.
Elaine has a M.A. in dance from Columbia University (1982) and was certified as a massage therapist by the Muscular Therapy Institute (1988.) Her clients and students as well as health challenges have also served as teachers. Visit Elaine’s You-tube channel.
This teacher has stepped back from active teaching at this time.