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“Jamie McHugh is not adequately nor accurately described by words like dancer or movement therapist - he is much more for which there are no good words. Transformative artist may approach his ability to utilize the non-verbal (movement, vocalization, drawing) not only expressively but also conjointly with the psychological/ insightful to promote a healing integration of awareness."

George F. Solomon, M.D., Psychiatry and Biobehavioral
Sciences, UCLA

About Jamie

Jamie McHugh, MA, RSMT is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (ISMETA), performer, somatic coach, and fine art photographer living on the Mendocino Coast of California.

Jamie has been teaching movement-based work since 1978. From 1982-87, he was a National Endowment for the Arts Artist-in-Residence and a director of children’s dance theater in Wisconsin. He left the performance world to apprentice with dance pioneer Anna Halprin at Tamalpa Institute in California. At Tamalpa, he discovered movement as a transformative somatic art, and was a primary faculty member there until 2017.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Jamie was on faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Holistic Health Education from 1991-2015. He has also been affiliated with the Institute for Health and Healing and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Jamie has presented his work internationally since 1989. He was an annual presenter of "Movement as Medicine" workshops for the Swiss AIDS Federation from 1995-2007. He also directed a Healing Arts Training Group in Germany from 1997-2007.

Additionally, Jamie has been a guest teacher at diverse centers such as the Atelier de Paris, Bristol (England) Cancer Center, Esalen Institute, Kobe University, Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to Anna Halprin, Jamie also studied Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow, Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Continuum with Emilie Conrad, Insight Meditation with Steven Levine, Zero Balancing with Fritz Smith, and is an ongoing student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Jamie has been published in various periodicals since 1988, including Contact Quarterly, Yogi Times and the Monthly Aspectarian. See the Articles section of this site.

Jamie's oral history "Alive at the Edge: A Life in Dance" was documented by the Legacy Project in 1996 and is housed at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library. He is also included in the book about dancers over 50, "Beauty is Experience" (2017).

Since 2007, Jamie has been exhibiting his award-winning fine art photography of the natural environment NatureBeingArt.

For more about Jamie McHugh, see his resume here, and the article A Personal Journey to Somatic Expression on the development of his work.

Photo by Dale Schweppe.