Welcome to Soma Studies

Course Samples
(DANCER UNDONE Talks)

A Lifetime of Exploration in Movement

Soma is the Greek word for body and your body can be used as a form of Expression and as a means to Healing.

Course Samples
(FLUENCY Talks)

Movement is life, life is a process.

Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.


Moshe Feldenkrais

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SomaStudies - A Lifetime of Exploration in Movement

Awareness Through Movement (ATM)

lessons are uniquely designed to provide muscular release, skeletal alignment, and improved quality of movement. The gentle approach allows people from all walks of life to participate and the meditative environment stimulates learning so body awareness and self-awareness can prosper. Awaken to the inspired interaction of thought, feeling, sensation, and action. 


Soma Studies Online Program

Somatic exploration can really blossom at home as it can be deeply satisfying to quietly sink into your experience within your personal surroundings.

One of the biggest wonders of somatic work is how people can feel such big change from such small, subtle movements.


Current Classes, Workshops & Seminars

This course is dedicated to anyone who is touched by dance - the young pre-professional, the seasoned professional, the university student, the ex-professional struggling with joint discomfort, the profound improvisationalist, and of course all the dance teachers! 

Listen to "An Introduction to Dancer Undone"

Every dancer at some point along their journey will come undone from pain, injury, failure, or heartbreak. I ask - What do you do when you’ve come undone and unraveled from your pristine place of precision? 

The Awareness Through Movement lessons in this course are classic lessons that provide a wonderful introduction to The Feldenkrais Method which helps to improve greater range of motion, skeletal stability, and increased flexibility. 

Dancer Undone is certainly for dancers in pain who feel undone but it’s also for the healthy dancers who need to undo their dancer self! I believe it’s crucial to undo the bun, undo the pointe shoe ribbons, undo the technical training and release into the more human you. 

Learn how to use the Feldenkrais approach to improve your quality of movement by using the power of less!

Awareness Through Movement
LIVE: Online & Interactive


Every week we explore new lessons, address Q&A, and spend time together. 
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Food for Thought

I am so happy to bring this Online Program to you so that you may enjoy your physical learning from the privacy of your home and at your own pace.

CATRINA CHOATE-HERETOIU | Founder, SomaStudies


Catrina Choate-Heretoiu is a somatic practitioner and dance educator who works with recovery and learning through movement. While young, she trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet and then continued to dance professionally with Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Miami Contemporary Dance Company. Catrina thrived in her performance career but she also understood movement from a healing perspective and chose to nurture an academic and somatic path. 

Catrina has a B.A. Degree in English Literature from Florida International University, an MFA Degree in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and is certified in The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She has taught ballet and Feldenkrais at many schools and conservatories throughout the U.S. and Europe. Catrina has been full-time faculty with the Dance Department at The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she created a specialized Dance Injury Lab for the dance majors.  

Throughout Catrina’s life, her
path folded and unfolded in ways that merged dance, somatics, and intellectual inquiries. Movement has been the trusted language of communication and she understands that a somatic conversation through movement can reveal unexpected experiences that can promote learning, growth, relief, and ultimately connection.
Movement is everything and everything is movement.  


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