My Writings

Glenna’s writings range from books to trade articles. Seeing the art in science and the science in the arts, Glenna writes as much to unify concepts from these distant disciplines as to ignite interest in the crossing tributaries of knowledge. Below is a sampling of Glenna’s work for downloading. Each article represents a synthesis of somatic education, dance, neuroscience and human movement science. Here you can also find published results of Glenna’s research on the effects of Alexander Technique on balance in the elderly and the benefits of dance for people with Parkinson disease.

Latest Contact Quarterly interview

When my book Body and Mind in Motion first came out at the end of 2014, I was interviewed by Marlon Barrios Solano, an interdisciplinary artist, researcher based in Germany and the USA, as well as the and curator for a wonderful internet platform on dance called  That interview has been republished in Contact Quarterly, in the latest issue (2016; 41:2, pp.  31-27),

DANCE, SOMATICS AND NEUROSCIENCE: An Interview with Glenna Batson about her book Body and Mind in Motion, by Marlon Barrios Solano.

CQ is a ‘vehicle for moving ideas’ on dance and improvisation. Take a look for yourself, if you care not familiar with the expansive coverage that would appeal to all movement enthusiasts.  I thank Nancy Stark-Smith, Lisa Nelson, Melinda Buckwalter and the rest of the staff who saw the interview into the latest issue of CQ  with sensitivity. I also thank Marlon for his incredible zest for the topics discussed in the body, and Margaret Wilson, my co-pilot who helped steer the work and contributed her own chapter on vertical dance.

 Amazon Author page

Body & Mind in Motion: Dance & Neuroscience in Conversation

My tome of perspectives on dance and cognitive studies, with assistance from my dear colleague, Dr. Margaret Wilson, University of Wyoming,Theatre and Dance!

Dance, Somatics & Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives 

Co-editors and contributors are Amanda Williamson, Sarah Whatley, Rebecca Weber and myself, 20 other international experts in dance, bodymind disciplines and spiritual studies. Forward by Don Hanlon Johnson.

Both books are published by Intellect UK/ University of Chicago Press and available through Amazon.

Glenna’s chapter, Alexander Technique and the Science of Self-Regulation, was published in Alexander Technique in Context, by HITE, Health Integrated Technique and Training in 2015.


Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities:  An Anthology of Contemporary Sacred Narratives

This book breaks new ground by bringing academic visibility to the largely uncharted subject of spirituality within the field of dance and somatic movement studies. As a well-researched scholarly collection, this book delineates the territory of Contemporary Spirituality within the confluence of Somatic Movement Education and Dance, whose dialogue has spanned over five decades.  The content draws on the knowledge of twenty-five prominent international authors from diverse fields of Somatic Movement and Dance Education.  Editors – Amanda Williamson, Senior Lecturer: University of Central Lancashire: Course Leader: MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing;  Sarah Whatley, Director of Centre for Media Arts & Performance (CeMAP), Coventry University, Coventry, UK, Rebecca Weber, professional editor and Glenna Batson, Professor Emeritus, Physical Therapy, Winston-Salem State University, USA; Intellect Press, UK and University of Chicago Press, USA.

Body and Mind in Motion:

Dance and Cognitive Neuroscience in Conversation

Glenna Batson, PT, ScD & Margaret Wilson, PhD

This book tracks the development of embodied cognition within the emergent conversation between dance and cognitive neuroscience. The authors address the basic question – What is cognition in dance making? The book is designed to bring together key concepts and theories that helped spark the dialogue, and is a rich resource in the field of scientific embodiment and dance. Intellect Press, UK, and and University of Chicago Press, USA. 

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