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Somatics, Dance, Choreography, Phenomenology.

Rosana Barragan is a dance and movement artist and educator. Her graduate degree in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre/City University in London integrates three scholarly areas: choreography, choreological studies and aesthetics. Rosana is certified as a Body Mind Dancing teacher and registered through ISMETA as a Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. Rosana has worked as a professor of dance at universities in her native country, Colombia, and is currently tenure track faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California where she teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate dance programs. Rosana is an advocate of dance and somatics on the West Coast and owns a dance school for children, which method, is part of enrichment programs at schools in San Francisco. Her choreographic work has been awarded internationally for its success at embracing social awareness. Rosana currently serves as a peer reviewer for three somatic journals: Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Currents, and Javeriana University Arts Journal. She is also on the research and publications committee at ISMETA, serves as part-time faculty for the Dynamic Embodiment somatic movement training, and is on the Board of Moving On Center, School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research. 

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Education/Academic qualification

MA Dance, Laban Centre/City University

BA Communication and Social Studies, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

External positions

Professor of Dance, Researcher, Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota

Educational Program Director, Latin Ballet of Virginia

Professor of Dance, Researcher, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Research Interests

  • Somatic movement in children dance curricula
  • A somatic educational approach in liberal arts higher education
  • Biodiversity viewed from the perspective of the soma
  • A somatic understanding of joy to release cultural, social and intergenerational pain.
  • Somatics and Dance Pedagogy
  • The intersection of phenomenology and somatics as it applies to contemporary dance practices.


  • Dance