Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner,
Embodying Self, San Francisco, CA & Washington, DC
Movement Education for Cancer Survivors, Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Clinic, San Francisco, CA & Washington, DC Dancer, Performer, Teacher of Argentine Tango &
Contact Improvisation, San Francisco, CA & Washington,
Method of Somatic Education®:
Awareness through Movement® & Functional Integration® - 1700 Hours
Arona is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
and has been practicing for almost 10 years. She has a total of 1700 hours of training, including 500 hours of Advanced
Training. She offers Feldenkrais classes and intensive workshops at private and public venues including ODC and YMCA. She
also has a private practice near the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has a parrticular affinity for Feldenkrais
as it brings together the commonly divided faculties of human capacity - to move, to think, to feel and primarily to sense,
all in a clear and demonstrable fashion. See Feldenkrais.
Body-Mind Centering® Method of Somatic Education: Embodied Anatomy & Embodied Developmental Movement - 500 Hours
Arona began her study of yoga at age 15 with Swami Sachitananda. She is influenced by Bonnie Cohen Bainbridge
at Body-Mind-Centering® and Yoga school for Embodied Anatomy (300 hours) and Embodied Developmental Movement (200 hours), Stephanie Snyder (San Francisco),
Pedro Franco (San Francisco), and Louis With-Seidlein (San Francisco). A deep immersion into the inner-vinyasa with
a focus on how each of the body systems (e.g. skeletal, fluid, organ, vestibular, fascia) and movement physics (e.g. contraction/expansion,
yield/push, reach/pull, static/dynamic stability, momentum) supports and mobilizes the poses and transitions between poses.
Students work in solo and partner supporting situations.
Arona started leading before she started following, which set
her on a unique journey in her pursuit of Argentine Tango. Her style of dancing and teaching centers on partner negotiation,
self awareness and expression, and playing on the edge of the comfort zone. Her classes are fun, innovative, and delightfully
informative. She has a clear pedagogy that emphasizes kinesthetic listening, weight exchange, body organization, working
on/off balance, and a playfulness that invites the unexpected, while weaving in the fundamental structure and vocabulary
of Argentine Tango for the man and the woman. She cultivates in her students a play with unexpected, rather than a re-creation
the known/memorized steps and shapes. See Tango.
Improvisation & Action Theater
Arona draws influences from Action Theater and Contact Improvisation. Contact Improvisation (CI) is a ~40-year old postmodern dance form in which points of physical
contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation. With an wide-open vocubulary, dancers
often shift shapes as they move across the dance space on the ground, in standing, and often times, in aerial manueveurs.
CI technique and philosophy draws from techniques such as Feldenkrais, BodyMind Centering, Aikido, Acrobatics, Kinetic Awareness,
Cognitive Science, Laban Movement Analysis and Tango. Arona has studied with some of the early
founders such as Nita Little and has studied with Sara Shelton Mann, and Karl Frost.
Action Theater was founded by Ruth Zaporah and offers a repertoire of improvisation
techniques and strategies for shifting mind-states and physical states to induce a quality of freshness, responsiveness,
connection and presence with one's surroundings and partners. Arona studied with Ruth Zaporah and Owen Walker. Additionally,
she studied and performed Acting and Physical Theater for one year at the Berkeley Rep School and BATS Improv schools of