Kerstin Wellhӧfer

Lecturer in dance and somatic practices

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME107

+44 (0) 1772 89 5345

Developing a body of work combining a private client and artistic practice with investigations into the value, impact and relevance of somatic practices within Higher Education. Immersed in the ongoing enquiries into unfolding presence; the integrative balance of body as earth and explorations into how movement evolves in gravitational and spatial relationships; the biological story as impulse for developing imagination. How may all of this support you to dance, to move, to share and source the work wishing to be expressed?

Full Profile

  • Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy, HEA, 2015
  • Body and Earth International Practitioner status, Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose, 2009
  • Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy , from the IBMT uk Institute. DIP IBMT, 2006
  • South Birmingham College, IIHHT (International Institute of Health & Holistic Therapies), Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Massage, Nutrition and Counselling. Anatomy and Physiology Diploma, graduated as Professional Holistic Health Therapist, 1996
  • Sonia Sumar, Yoga for the Special Child Certificate. London. 1996
  • Exeter University; A combined honours Theatre Studies, German Literature, 2.1 BA Honours Degree, 1992.

I have been involved in teaching somatic practices over a number of years as Guest Lecturer for Coventry University and Guest Lecturer for Birmingham University. I am engaged with the somatic community, having in the past worked as an Administrative and Teaching assistant with IBMT uk and nurturing a community based practice by working with sectors in the NHS, BRB, SureStart and other independent artists. Working with Colleagues across Europe and having ongoing collaborations with artists developing language, insight and a deeper knowing of the moving body.

I keep my practice relevant and alive through continued studies in the field and collaborations with artists, health practitioner and educator. Listening to the body, honouring, then moving beyond story, remembering ancient evolutionary knowing and finding expression….dance, dance wherever, whenever you dare!

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • International Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist Association ismeta

Research Activities

  • ‘The role of the image and the support of sound for deepening somatic enquiries’.
  • ‘Appropriate use of hands on work in creative practice’.
  • ‘The application of Somatic and Holistic practices for carers’.
  • ‘Journaling your moving self; the role of mark-making, reflective writing and rest for integrating somatic explorations’.
  • ‘Honouring the somatic approach; integrating principles, values and approaches for a Higher Educational Environment’



Unfolding: a seasonal journey through place and space, the inner and outer, the patterns and rhythms of your moving imagined and integrated body.

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Teaching on the BA and the MA at UCLan with a focus on integrating somatic principles, values and approaches for the creative and educational process.

External Affiliations and Roles

Director of Movement Sense CIC a community interest company dedicated to engaging people in movement, in nature and wellbeing.

Somatic Enquiry, private client practice for creative, therapeutic personal and group work.


HOSTING Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose 3 day International Distinguished visitor event at UCLan 2015

Wellbeing conference BCU, presenting paper and running practical workshop session, 2011

Festival Bodyworker for Coventry / C-dare Summer Dancing, 2010