Ali Fischer started her Somatic Movement Education (SME) career as a modern dancer trained in Limon Technique. Today she blends her over 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and bodyworker with her 15 years as a yoga teacher to create workshop classes and one-on-one therapy sessions to meet the needs of her clients and students.
Ali received her MA in Somatic Dance and Well-being from University of Central Lancashire (Britain) in 2015. She is a registered educator and therapist with ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) and teaches in NYC. Her company, Biodynamic Movement, Inc., was officially formed in 2018 as an alternative health and arts organization.
Somatic Movement Education informs Ali as an artist/healer and continues to direct her approach to improving the lives of her students and clients. As a licensed manual/movement educator, she coalesces her experience in Somatic Movement Education, massage therapy, life coaching, craniosacral therapy, yoga, modern dance, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and osteopathic myofascial training to create an integrated somatic practice for her clients/students. She is deeply committed to inspire people of all ages to wake up to their inner creator.
As a choreographer and teacher, Ali is currently most interested in making dances that invite full-bodied presence for both performers and audience. She explores creating pieces with a palette of premeditated choices and concepts that allow spontaneity. Her intention is to make an environment which is conducive for the ‘art of presence’ rather than it being strictly improvisational or a premeditated fixed structure. This approach welcomes freshness and virtually makes it impossible for a dance to "arrive" in a fixed product. The daringness, honesty, magic, unknown, seen and unseen that can happen within this balance of structure and flow inspires her dance-making.
Bodywork has had a huge impact on Ali’s life philosophy and her dancing. She began her bodywork training in San Diego, CA, in 1999, at the School of Healing Arts and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In New York City, Ali studied at the Swedish Institute and with Carrie Taylor Techniques™ . Today her focus is mainly fascial work with acupressure and trigger point work. She is New York and Florida State licensed as a massage therapist.
As a Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner, she began her studies with Dr. Michael Shea in New York City in 2007. It is at this time she also began her studies of Gaga technique (created by Israeli choreographer, Ohad Nahrin) with Danielle Agami, former Batsheva Dance company member and United States ambassador for Gaga technique. The ideologies of SME, Gaga, and craniosacral therapy lead her to forming Biodynamic Movement™ which currently guides her daily movement/meditation practice.
As a yogi, Ali studied with Peri Ness of Synergy Yoga in Encinitas, CA and graduated as a teacher in 2004. She uses Hatha yoga for her personal practice and one-on-one sessions. She is currently studying with Leslie Kaminoff.
As a mommy, Ali has a 10 year old daughter, Scarlett, who continues to raise Ali as much as Ali raises her. After a decade of parenting, Ali is clear about it being true what they say... for her, being a parent is the most challenging AND rewarding job on the planet.
Masters of Arts in Dance and Somatic Well-being - 2015
Licensed Massage Therapist - 1999 to present.
Yoga Educator - 2004 to present.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist - 2010 to present.
Registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist - 2015 to present.
Certified Life Coach and NLP Practitioner - 2018 to present.