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    Jodi P Falk, M.F.A., C.L.M.A.is an international educational consultant, choreographer, dancer, yogi, and teacher. Her work centers on the vehicle of movement and the arts to promote educational wellness, conflict resolution, proficiency, personal and spiritual power. She can be reached at: jodi@dancingsoul.org or 413-522-4386.
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    Jodi P Falk, M.F.A., C.L.M.A., is an international educational consultant, choreographer, dancer, yogi, and teacher.

    Her work centers on the vehicle of movement and the arts to promote educational wellness, conflict resolution, proficiency, personal and spiritual power.

    She has been sought after by educational institutions around the globe to build arts and character education, as well as spiritual retreat centers focusing on the importance of embodied prayer and ritual.

    As an author and teacher of dance, yoga, and consultant in arts and education, she has reached thousands of people throughout the US, Canada, Central and South America, South Africa, and the Middle East.

    JODI FALK has performed, choreographed and taught dance and yoga throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Central America, Israel and South Africa. Jodi has a B.A. from Brown University, an M.F.A. from Temple University, and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and Iyengar Yoga teacher.

    International Dance Performance and Choreography

    As a dancer she performed with Kei Takei’s Moving Earth, among others. As a choreographer she has received many commissions and grants for her work internationally. Companies she has choreographed for include Austria’s Theatre Ohne Grenzen, UK’s CandoCo, a company of able-bodied and disabled dancers, and the US’s Hartford Ballet in a project with the Hartford community. Jodi was chosen as one of New England’s top choreographers for the 2001 International Festival of Arts and Ideas with Stone Gardens, a performance about the cabarets that were created and presented in Nazi concentration camps. Jodi has received grants from the London Arts Board, the Bonnie Bird Award, the Austrian Cultural Institute, the Northampton and Massachusetts Cultural Councils, among others. Her choreography has been called “poignant” by The Guardian, full of “intense, still beauty” by The London Times and “mind-blowing” by The New Haven Advocate. Jodi’s work on Remix Dance Theatre, an integrated (wheelchair/non-wheelchair; race, age, mixed ability) company in South Africa has been called “remarkable” – The Johannesburg Star.

    International Dance Educator and Researcher

    Jodi was Head of Choreography for over six years for the Laban Centre London, and is now Director of Dance at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (MA) as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Hartford (CT) and at Lesley University (MA) where she teaches throughout the country for the masters program in Creative Arts in Learning.

    Jodi worked for the Massachusetts Arts in Education Center, teaching public school teachers how to bring dance into the curriculum, and was part of a two-year research team at Harvard University’s Project Zero investigating interdisciplinary education. This research project, specifically focused on the globalization of dance through hip-hop and how to teach this through dance, anthropology, and music, brought Jodi to Brazil to interview hip-hop youth, comparing them with the youth of the US and Japanese hip-hop culture. This research will be published on the Project Zero website (pending) and in Journal of Dance Education. Her current research is on arts and conflict resolution, which has led her to interview artists in Israel and Palestine on “coexistence art.” Jodi has also just completed a three-month residency teaching at Orot College, Israel.

    The Catalyst Dance Company

    Jodi is the founder/director of the Catalyst Dance Company, a company of youth based at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School. Catalyst has performed all styles of dance and toured throughout the US – New York, Los Angeles, Providence, Miami, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. “Fierce”, “cooler-than-thou”, “awe-provoking”, “accomplished” are some of the accolades they have earned. Catalyst has led numerous view-and-do lecture demonstrations with local schools, encouraging the learning of art, music, history and important world events through interactive dance performances.

    Jewish spirituality, dance and yoga

    Jodi has led numerous yoga classes, authentic movement and movement for the spirit classes at Elat Chayyim in New York, Isabella Freedman in Connecticut, and at Temple Israel in Greenfield, MA. Jodi just completed a three-month teaching residency at Orot College, Israel, a religious women’s college, focusing on the intersection of movement and prayer. Her classes, called Emuna ve Omenut (Faith and Art) were grounded in the philosophy that as we are created in the image of the Divine, so we create images, through the medium of our body, that are divine.

    Jodi’s adult students have often praised her for being the person to open themselves to their own bodies, to their creativity, and to their relationship to the Torah within.

    Jodi’s teaching is infused with her technical knowledge of many modern dance forms, Iyengar yoga, Trager Psychophysical Integration, Laban/Bartenieff work, and Pilates. Jodi teaches with a passion towards opening up what is creative and alive within her students, and what is unique about each individual within what is interconnected among us all.

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