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Madeline Despres-Chen

Teaching Artist

Madeline is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She is certified in SomaSoul®: Somatic Therapy and Shake Your Soul®: the Yoga of Dance by LIFE Movement: Leven Institute for Expressive Movement, and she is registered with ISMETA (The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association).

Madeline double-majored in psychology and dance at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and wrote her senior thesis on the healing benefits of Dance Movement Therapy. Following graduation, Madeline began training to become a Somatic Movement Therapist. She put a pause on her training when she moved to Shanghai, China, in 2016 to teach English, dance, and drama performance to children ages 3-6. She taught Shake Your Soul® at local studios in Shanghai before relocating to the Berkshires in 2020 to complete her somatic therapy training. 

As a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Madeline supports others in discovering a greater awareness and understanding of their lives using a mind-body healing modality that combines Body-Centered Gestalt Psychotherapy with the freedom of the expressive arts and the heart of contemplative practices. As a Shake Your Soul® Teacher and Facilitator, Madeline leads participants through a fluid dance repertoire set to world music that relaxes the nervous system, energizes the body, and awakens the soul.

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