Lecturer in Dance
Melanie Noblit-Gambino is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher and has been studying intensively with Continuum founder Emilie Conrad for more than 25 years. She regularly assists Conrad in teaching on the East Coast and is passionate about Continuum and teaching. The philosophy of Continuum is the basis for all of her work and for how she lives her life.
Noblit-Gambino is a registered Somatic Movement therapist and registered Somatic Movement educator through ISMETA. She 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. She calls this blend of interrelated arts “form and fluidity” or fluidform.
She holds a BFA in dance from Purchase College. While at Purchase, in addition to majoring in dance, she 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 graduate program. She has been teaching, choreographing, and performing professionally ever since in a variety of venues and capacities.
Noblit-Gambino 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. She has 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.
Her work in the somatic field is widespread and varied. She 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. She did her clinical training and research and was employed for more than 10 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 Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, Noblit-Gambino 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.