Born and raised in Brooklyn, Kai Kleinbard is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and has over a decade of experience as an learning specialist working with many of NYC’s top schools, including Packer, Saint Ann’s, Poly Prep, PS 321 and others. He is also a certified mediator and focuses on helping young learners at conflict with their education. Kai is a practicing artist/choreographer and martial artist. Since 2008, he has been conducting research on learning through creative and embodiment practiced within the framework of his tutoring/coaching company, the bodyLITERATE. In addition, he is co-founder of the bodyLITERATE Research Initiative in partnership with artist and teacher, Cori Olinghouse.
Kai Kleinbard’s teaching practice is geared towards children. Kai works extensively with people with learning differences (including those with executive functioning issues and ADHD). His work is focused on helping people become more embodied in their learning. Kai also works with athletes, including martial artists, basketball/baseball players, dancers and runners.
More information about Kai’s artistic work can be found here.
Cori Olinghouse is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, choreographer, and archivist whose work explores the transformational capacities of the body in relationship to creativity, health, and culture. Cori brings over a decade of experience from her own investigations in dance, improvisation, Feldenkrais, Laban Movement Analysis, and Bartenieff Fundamentals to her teaching. Her approach is further influenced by her creative practice research, bodyLITERATE with partner, Kai Kleinbard. Their mission is to expand the idea of literacy to include the body as a central learning tool and to inspire body-centric practices that cultivate creativity, innovation and self-sufficiency. The body’s ability to “speak” is central to how we learn and create.
In my artistic and teaching practices, I am deeply influenced by practices look at emergent patterning within open systems – rather than learning in codified, repetitive systems. I’ve found observation is a wonderfully dynamic tool that helps look at the impulses, behaviors, and shaping instincts for how a person embodies themselves within their environment. I begin with the body because I believe it is a deep place of possibility – that contains within it complex patterning, plasticity, and the ability for change. Improvisation is another rich method I use because of the way it deals with patterning that evolves in self-organizing, complex systems. For me, any improvisational form addresses emergence – how an individual uses his or her own history in an emergent present – with complex patterning that evolves and finds its ways into unique structures.
My artistic work attempts to bridge disciplines by bringing new possibilities to each respective form. For example, my newest work, Ghost lines, a live performance evening, including the screening of a 16mm experimental film, seeks to invoke the spirit of Vaudeville through a Dada/Surrealist eye, creating a synthesis of forms, while experimenting with non-sequitur timing, comedic rhythms, and visual rhyming.
Here is a clip from test footage of the film – Ghost line created by Shona Masarin and myself, where we experiment with tension by playing with different camera speeds in conjunction with movement and timing. Please visit my website: coriolinghouse.com
Priscilla Shen-Ribeiro has been an art educator, arts coordinator, and early childhood educator for 20 years in the NYC public schools and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, she is the Visual Arts teacher at PS 295, The Studio School of Visual Arts, in Brooklyn. She also is an adjunct lecturer at Kingsborough Community College.
Priscilla’s focus in art education is to initiate the creative process through play. She is a supporter and enthusiast of Play-based Art Teaching, an approach to art education developed by George Szekely. Szekely’s work, as well as Corita Kent’s beliefs in art education, have been a large influence on Priscilla’s practice with her students.
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