Susan Free, MFA, CMA, GCFP is a somatic movement practitioner, specializing in the Feldenkrais Method®. She is based in Toronto, Canada.
Susan became involved in this gentle, sophisticated movement work as many people do—after an injury. A dance-related knee injury led Susan to spend the 1980s exploring integrative approaches to movement and dance, including over ten years at the Centre of Movement and intensive study in New York at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. In 2000, after participating in Feldenkrais classes for many years, Susan began the four-year Feldenkrais training.
Since 1990, Susan has taught movement in post-secondary and public settings, including ten years at the Feldenkrais Centre and twelve years at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Physical Education and Health). She has also taught in the theatre programs at Humber College, George Brown College, and University College (University of Toronto). She has been an invited guest teacher and workshop leader in the York University Dance Department, the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, the Wagman Centre, and elsewhere.
Susan also sees a range of individuals for private Functional Integration® sessions. In addition to working with skilled performing artists, a good part of Susan’s private practice is with elderly people, including those with dementia. She finds it inspiring to see how people in their eighties and nineties can continue to learn to move with more ease, balance, coordination—and pleasure.
Susan has a B.A. In Communication from Simon Fraser University, an MFA in Dance History and Criticism from York University, is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.