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Melanie Noblit-Gambino

Melanie Noblit-GambinoLecturer (Continuum)

Melanie Noblit-Gambino is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher and has been studying intensively with Continuum founder Emilie Conrad for more than 25 years. Melanie regularly assists Emilie in teaching on the East Coast. Melanie is passionate about Continuum and teaching. The philosophy of Continuum is the basis for all of Melanie’s work and for how she lives her life.

Melanie is a registered Somatic Movement therapist and registered Somatic Movement educator through ISMETA. Melanie has a passion for exploring and integrating several multitraditional and interdisciplinary arts, including nature awareness and philosophy, expressive and healing arts and CAM therapies, dance, theatre, voice, music, yoga, tai chi, chi kung, and various other movement and meditation arts, and spiritual counseling and chaplaincy work. Melanie calls this blend of interrelated arts “form and fluidity” or fluidform.

Melanie holds a BFA in dance from Purchase College. While at Purchase, in addition to majoring in dance, Melanie created her own program teaching, choreographing and studying in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Melanie also studied intensively creative arts therapy, psychology, sociology, and education, in essence creating a unique, triple major or postgraduate course of study and practice before Purchase had a postgraduate program. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing professionally ever since in a variety of venues and capacities. Melanie has been an adjunct professor at West Con University, teaching in the somatic field, offering classes in movement, meditation, and healing, and serving a guest choreographer in the theatre department. Melanie has most recently performed the roles of Amanda and Natalie in West Hartford at the West Hartford Playhouse, Trinity College, and Yale University in Birth, written by Karen Brody; Lucetta in the Summer Theater production of William Shakespeare’s Two Gentleman of Verona; and in an original multimedia sound and movement piece at St. John the Divine’s installment of The Value of Water.

Melanie’s work in the somatic field is widespread and varied. Melanie is also a graduate of the Upledger Institute in Cranio-Sacral Therapy I & II and SER I & II and a graduate of the Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu. She has been teaching movement and meditation for more than 30 years and has a private healing practice in Westchester County, N.Y.. She is an ordained minister of healing and holds a BA and MA in natural theology and sacred healing from the HLCC Seminary. Melanie did her clinical training and research and was employed for more than t10 years in various hospitals, universities, and rehab centers, including Columbia/New York Presbyterian Medical Center, NY Medical Academy, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College, Cabrini Hospital, and Blythedale Childrens Hospital.

In addition to teaching in the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance BFA program, Melanie is a resident choreographer/director and teaches dance, theatre voice, movement, meditation, Continuum, yoga, tai chi, and health and wellness in the performing arts and psychology departments at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y. Melanie is excited to be teaching at Purchase College again and especially to be teaching Continuum Movement to the next generation of dancers, performing artists, and movers from all walks of life.

Email Melanie Noblit-Gambino at m.noblit-gambino@purchase.edu

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