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About Me and My Approach to Teaching

Francesca Castaldi, Ph.D.
Francesca Castaldi, Ph.D.

I am a certified Focusing Trainer and Coordinator with The Focusing Institute of New York, and a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Colorado.

I have found Focusing to be a practice of hope, liberation, improvisation and friendship, supporting the organic unfolding of our being, while responding to the larger dance of life.

I come to this work with a 25 years commitment to movement somatics and improvisation (yoga, Contact Improvisation, Halprin’s Life-Art Process, low flying trapezes and bungees, West African dance forms, Continuum), critical studies of dance (Ph.D. U.C. Riverside) and the anthropology of the body (M.A. University of Chicago, BA UC Berkeley).

Before teaching Focusing I taught courses in dance, dance studies, and anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside (UCSD, UCLA, UCR) as well as at Occidental College.

I am the author of Choreographies of African Identities (University of Illinois Press, 2006) a book about dance and politics in urban Senegal and in U.S. theatres.

In my anthropological work I have learned much from the collective wisdom of peoples in Senegal who over the centuries have used the power of dance to heal from slavery, colonization and continued cultural and political marginalization. The Mapuche peoples of Southern Argentina and Chile have taught me how self-determination is an essential dynamic for the ability of communities to organize in the face of continued political and ecological oppression, and begin healing the traumas of historical and ecological violence.

I bring these understandings in my work with you as I am committed to respect and value our collective as well as personal differences and ways of being in the world, honoring the ways in which we as individuals may draw strength and wisdom from historical memories and collective visions of the future.

Having lived in Italy, the United States, Senegal, and Argentina, I am aware of the diversity of expectations, aspirations, and personal values that you may bring to our work together.

I consider teaching Focusing an experience of mutual learning, and I am always honored at the opportunity to accompany you on this journey toward self-discovery. I am also delighted when age differences allow for the gift of inter-generational communication.

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