Joanna Brotman

Dance Education

Joanna Brotman, CMA, RSME/T, is a dance educator, artist, lecturer, and writer based in New York City and working internationally. As a certified movement analyst, she has taught at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, and is currently on the core faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff certification programs in Scotland and Israel.  A designer of movement workshops for dancers, dance educators, dance therapists, and actors, Brotman recently taught  “Speakable Body” at Gibney Dance (NYC) and in the MAD (Movement And Dance) Festival at Nazareth College. She also taught “ADODE: Body as Home” in Poland and Russia, where she lectured on “Somatic Education in the 21st Century” at Dance Academy Russia and “Somatics in Contemporary Dance” at Open Look International Contemporary Dance Festival in St. Petersburg. Brotman presented “The Laban Bartenieff Movement System in Dance Education: Pedagogy & Process” at University of Maryland, Moving Dialogues (NYC), Wingate Institute (Tel Aviv), and Studium Teatralne (Warsaw).  Other presentations include “Carving Out A Personal Practice” and “Meaning-Making Through Integrated Curriculum”, which she has given at the International Somatic Dance Conference at University of Brockport and abroad.

Ascofounder of Moving Our Selves Intensives, Brotman facilitated “Readiness and Sustainability in Times of Rapid Change” in NYC, Rochester, Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Munich (Germany), where her work with Katharina Conradi was published in Beyond Frontiers: Movement Analysis and Related Fields, by Logos Verlag Berlin, 2017.  Her dance writing can also found in PAJ: Journal of Performance and Dance (MIT Press). Her choreography has been commissioned by modern, ballet, and theater companies throughout the region, and she is a recipient of New York State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grants and New York State Council for Arts Decentralization Grants for her work integrating professional and community dancers in underserved communities. She performed internationally as a dancer and can been seen in the films of Meredith Monk and SITU.

A certified teacher of Evans Dance Technique, Brotman is on the guest faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory at The 92nd Street Y,where she co-teaches “Dance for Middle Schoolers: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing.”  She is a part-time lecturer in the masters of dance education program at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and on the dance faculty of The Dalton School, where she has been developing and implementing innovative curriculum for over 25 years.