Puerto Rican dance artist, Marion Ramírez, holds a BFA in dance studies from The Laban Center London and an MFA at Temple University. Since 2003, she has been immersed in the practice of Kinetic Awareness and Body-Mind Centering®, and is currently completing a Certification in Somatic Movement Therapy (Dynamic Embodiment™) with Dr. Martha Eddy.
She teaches Contact Improvisation and Somatics at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well in numerous international festivals. As a movement specialist for children she has developed community arts work and curriculum for strengthening of bonds across generations while using a somatic approach to touch and movement.
As a Puerto Rican woman, I am committed to develop my work as a performer, choreographer, and educator through the art of movement improvisation. This practice gives me a vehicle to inhabit the body’s sense of agency, to empower self-knowledge, to approach cultural exchange, to resist violence and to engage respectfully with the world. This investigation has deepened through my experiences working in Puerto Rico, Cuba, UK, South Korea, US (New York and Philadelphia) and relating to people of different cultures, ages, social environments and diverse artistic inclinations, as well as my experience as a mother in a multicultural family.