Betsy Polatin

Adam Barley

Trauma and Movement Teacher

Betsy Polatin is currently co-teaching a class with Dr Peter Levine, international trauma expert, called, “Trauma and the Performing Artist,” in New York City, Los Angeles, and London.

Betsy, an internationally recognized teacher, has a BA in Dance, and an MFA in Theater Education, and is currently a Master Lecturer at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, teaching the Actor’s Secret work. Her background includes forty years of movement education and performance, as well as training in music, dance, yoga, meditation, and the healing arts. Some teaching experience includes; Berklee College of Music, Muscular Therapy Institute, New England Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Festival, and Opera Institute of Boston. She has taught Master Classes for the Psychotherapy Networker, Performing Arts Medicine Association, Bessel van der Kolk’s International Trauma Conference, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, USA Body Psychotherapy, Sports Medicine Clinics, Cambridge Choir of England, and Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, in the United States, Europe, Australia, India, Japan, and Korea.

Betsy completed an around the world tour, where she has presented her unique combination of work, The Actor’s Secret, which blends the Alexander Technique with Carl Stough’s Breathing Coordination principles and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing theory of trauma.

This work helps people recognize that they have habitual patterns that are charged with unconscious commitment, and excess tension. Once these patterns are brought to awareness, depth of change can happen on many levels, as the life force resumes. Her work is greatly influenced by the teachings of spiritual, and meditation, masters.

Betsy’s book, The Actor’s Secret, featured on ABC TV and Fox news, has received rave reviews, and is now a recommended textbook in many performing arts schools. As a breathing and movement specialist, she has had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post. She maintains a private practice in Brookline, MA and the Berkshires.

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