G Hoffman Soto has been involved in the Movement Arts for over 48 years. This has included a wide range of post modern dance, African and Brazilian Dance, Japanese Butoh
and various movement disciplines. Additionally he has studied Martial Arts for 47 years including Tai Qi Chuan and Chinese Internal Arts, Capoiera, Aikido, and the Filipino Martial Arts.
(Please see the Martial Art section of this web site).
When we begin to have a relationship/
dialogue with our Kinesthetic selves
we open to the possibility of a new way
of seeing, perceiving, thinking, moving
and ultimately, being.
Somatics and Movement Awareness has been an on going study and practice. Soto has been teaching in the field since 1969 and has taught at a wide range of schools, studios, centers and institutes throughout the San Francisco bay area, as well as, internationally since 1979. Most profoundly his approach to movement has been influenced and shaped by Anna Halprin
with whom he studied and worked. His association with her goes back to the San Francisco Dancers' Workshop, since 1973, which later became the Tamalpa Institute. Soto was a member of the Tamalpa faculty from 1978 until 2016. Soto was responsible for important contributions of the Tamalpa Life/Art process including the Somatics, Performance and Coaching modules.
Another component to Soto?s work his hands on BodyWork. The Somatic and Awareness work through Movement has very much impacted, educated, and influenced his Hands On Body Work.
Soto has been educated and trained in Ideokinesis, CranioSacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy and Swedish Message.
He has a Manual on Ideokinesis entitled Ideokinesis: BodyMind Integrity and Integration.
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Additionally Soto is contributing writer to the The Body Can Speak, edited by Annelise Mertz, Southern Illinois University Press, with an article "A Male Dancer's Journey".
Soto has been teaching Performance Lab for over 20 years.
(See Performance Lab in the above directory.)
"I have always been a big subscriber to practicing one's art (discipline).
The more one practices the more information
and feedback one will get from that practice, the more insight, perspective and understanding.
This then gives one more possibilities
in translating the information from the practice into one's daily life, teaching,