Biography

Erika Berland, a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering (R), holds  Massage Therapy licenses in New York State and Colorado and is a nationally Registered Movement Therapist.  She also holds a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Dance and Movement from Empire State College. Erika has an extensive background as a dance teacher and performer and has taught workshops in experiential anatomy and dance applications of Body-Mind Centering in numerous studios and schools throughout the US and Europe. For the past 10 years she has been instrumental in creating a somatic/movement curriculum for the MFA Contemporary Performance Theater Program at Naropa University where she has been a faculty member since the program’s inception in 2004. Erika also provides Body-Mind Centering(R) lessons for students at the University of Colorado in the MFA Dance Somatic Track. She maintains a private practice in NYC and Boulder, CO specializing in both massage therapy, movement re-education and coaching.

From 1978-83 she was on the dance faculty of Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Returning to NYC in 1983 she helped design the Movement Program at Sports Training Institute and was the Director of Movement Analysis at Plus One Fitness Clinics. Based on her work at the clinic she co-directed and produced “Freedom of Movement” an innovative somatically based exercise video.  Erika is also a Certified Meditation Instructor and has been a student and teacher of Shambhala Buddhism for over 25 years.