MA, LMT, CST, SME, Yoga Instructor
"Through the course of our unique lives, we can each flower into our own humanity, like the cherry blossom, securing one's path
Ali Fischer started her Somatic Movement Education (SME) career as a modern dancer trained in Limon Technique. Today she blends her 16 years experience as a professional dancer, 12 years as a yoga teacher, and 17 years as a bodyworker to create workshop classes and one-on-one therapy sessions to meet the needs of her clients and students.
As a dancer, Ali received her BA in modern dance in 1995 from the University of South Florida. Since then she has worked with choreographers across the country. Some of these artists and dance companies include: Allyson Greene, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Malashock Dance, Eun Jung Choi-Gonzalez, DaDa Dance, McCaleb Dance, Lost Wax, Lower Left Collective, Leanne Schimdt & Company, Elizabeth Swallow, Erin Cardinal Wright, Danny Shapiro & Joanie Smith, Lynne Wimmer, Repertory Dance Theater, Zvi Gotheiner, DIkayl Remash, Gina Kohler, John Beasant III, and Elsa Valbuena.
As a yogi, Ali studied with Peri Ness of Synergy Yoga in Encinitas, CA and graduated in 2004. She is a certified teacher and uses Hatha yoga for her personal practice and one-on-one sessions.
As a bodyworker, Ali began her training in San Diego, CA, in 1999, at the School of Healing Arts and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; she studied Chinese Medical Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue and Acupuncture. At this time, she also apprenticed with Dr. Rick Gold, renowned acupuncturist. At PCOM and with Dr. Gold, she learned the chinese meridian maps and theories of organ systems and integrates this knowledge into sessions. In New York City, Ali studied at the Swedish Institute and with Carrie Taylor Techniques. Her current focus is blending myofascial techniques with acupressure and trigger point work. Ali is New York State licensed and nationally certified to practice massage therapy.
As a biodynamic craniosacral practitioner, she began her studies with Dr. Michael Shea in New York City in 2007. While studying with Dr. Shea, she also began to study Gaga technique (an approach to movement created by Israeli choreographer, Ohad Nahrin) with Danielle Agami, former Batsheva Dance company member and United States ambassador for Gaga technique. The ideologies of Gaga and craniosacral therapy have helped lead her to the shaping process of Biodynamic Movement, BDM, and guide her in daily movement/meditation personal practice.
As a choreographer, Ali has intermittently choreographed dance pieces throughout her life. Ali is currently most interested building structures that invite presence for the performer and the audience. She explores creating pieces with a palette of premeditated choices that allow freedom of timing, order, and space. Her intention is to make an environment that is conducive for the art of presence. This approach virtually makes it impossible for a dance to "arrive" in a fixed product and can serve as a way for participants to orient what is happening in any given moment. The daringness, honesty, magic, unknown, seen and unseen that can happen in a present time choreographic structure inspires her dance-making.
Ali received her MA in Dance and Somatic Movement Education from University of Central Lancashire (Britain) in 2015. She is a member of ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) and teaches in NYC at Moving Body Resources. Somatic Movement Education informs Ali as an artist/healer and continues to direct her approach to improving the lives of her students and clients.