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Associate Professor of Dance, Marymount Manhattan College

Catherine Cabeen, MFA is an Associate Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. In her time at MMC, Cabeen has created seven new courses for the college that look at dance history, practice, and creation, through the intersecting lenses of gender, race/racism/anti-racism, civic engagement, somatic awareness, and Social Justice Movements. Cabeen has been an active member of the college’s Action Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, since its inception in 2017. In addition to teaching at MMC’s main upper East Side campus, Cabeen teaches at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison for women, through MMC’s prison education program. Cabeen is an advocate of Engaged Pedagogy. Her classes are sites of dynamic inquiry and exploration, which support the idea that art and education are both potential pathways to self-actualization and liberation.

Cabeen, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Repetiteur - Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Cabeen is also honored to be a Teaching Artist and Repetiteur for the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Since 2005 Cabeen has reconstructed the work of Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane on students at over 30 colleges, universities, and summer programs around the world, including Taiwan National University of the Arts, University of IL, University of WY, University of WA, SUNY Purchase, and Ailey/Fordham, among others.

For more information on licensing this incredible body of work, please contact New York Live Arts.

Guest Artist

Cabeen also teaches as a guest artist; contemporary technique, anatomy, collaborative composition, and workshops on the intersection of Somatic Practices and Social Justice.

For more information on Cabeen's freelance teaching please contact her directly.


Cabeen's education includes:

MFA in Dance from University of Washington

BFA in Dance, Cornish College of the Arts

Certificate of Dance, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance

200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teaching Certification, OM Yoga

500 hour Dynamic Embodiment Certification/RSMT

Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification from Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield

Somatic Coaching and Mentorship

As an advocate for holistic wellness, Cabeen offers, both group and one-on-one, somatic coaching and mentorship sessions that engage the moving body as a site of knowledge production, an expressive channel, and a reservoir of joys and traumas.

Cabeen approaches somatic movement therapy as an exploration of right relationships; helping groups and individuals to be at ease with themselves, and to engage proactively with the world around them. Her trauma-sensitive somatic work lives at the intersection of dance and social justice, with a focus on environmental activism, LGBTQ+ rights, and restorative justice work.

She facilitates movement experiences that invite the client/student to;

          ground themselves with emotional self-regulation resources within the body,

          celebrate conscious kinetic engagement with oneself and one’s community,

          and cultivate the courage needed to move through the world as an agent of positive change.

Somatic education and therapies, cultivate conscious relationships between one’s body and mind.

Somatic work combines movement, touch, and verbal language to help individuals and groups understand their habituated patterns. Through this embodied consciousness we optimize our potential.

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