Michael Richter MA, Language of Dance® Certification Specialist, is an artist, teacher, community builder, coach/mentor, performer and researcher who helps people learn and grow via dance improvisation. He draws on postmodern dance, performance art, and sensory awareness to work with individuals and groups in person, as well as by phone and videoconference.
He has developed and teaches in multiple online dance and somatic certification courses, including Language of Dance® Master Practitioner in motif notation, the Curriculum-in-Motion Institute at Jacob’s Pillow, the Dancing Reading Online Group, and the Selver/Sensory Awareness Leaders Training Institute. Michael also has developed Dancing Dialogic Research with Celeste Miller, to engage individuals and groups to investigate personal, professional, and global themes.
He founded and taught for MUV Dance & Yoga, and Encorporarte, which placed dance integration residencies in Los Angeles, CA and La Paz, BCS, Mexico. Michael co-founded and co-directed two dance companies in LA: Conduit Ensemble and Locomania. He has garnered grant support from the Dana and Harkness Foundations for Dance and the California Arts and Humanities Councils for work with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and community choreography classes. Michael was a professor of Creative Dance at California State University, Northridge. He has acted on the Boards of the Language of Dance Center, USA, the California Dance Educators Association and the Sensory Awareness Leaders Guild.
Currently, he is developing his work as a somatic dance shaman, as well as working as CEO for a manufacturing business.