Brenda Sorkin, GCFP
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, 
Bones for Life® Teacher and Senior Trainer,
Movement Intelligence Trainer
Child'Space Practitioner,
Certified Trager® Practitioner

Director, Movement Dialogues LLC
4805 Park Road, Suite 200,
Charlotte, NC 28209
704.527.5996 or email:

Brenda Sorkin has enjoyed a career in movement education since 1985. She has a background in counseling with a particular interest in dreams and mythology; modern dance, qigong and a lifelong interest in the embodiment of mind, body and spirit. Her career path has emphasized the value of movement education in every area of our lives. Beginning as a student of Trager Psychophysical Integration and certified as a practitioner in this discipline in 1987, she retired as a tutor for The Trager Institute after 27 years. In 1993 she embarked on a four-year training program in The Feldenkrais Method with its neurological aspects of using the brain in connecting to natural movement patterns that has amazing applications in diverse areas. She has continued to discover its benefits in the following decades through her own personal experience and teaching as well as in continuing education and networking with colleagues and Senior Feldenkrais Instructors. She is certified in both the passive (table work) and active (self-directed movements referred to as Awareness Through Movement) modalities of The Feldenkrais Method. Brenda has taught public Awareness Through Movement classes in Charlotte since 1994 and offers private Feldenkrais and Trager sessions.

Brenda is certified by Feldenkrais Instructor Ruthy Alon, Ph.D. as a Senior Trainer in her Movement Intelligence programs which include Bones for Life, Walk for Life, Chairs, Mindful Eating and Movement Intelligence Solutions for Optimal Mobility.  Ruthy is author of Mindful Spontaneity and the video Movement Nature Meant. Brenda offers classes in these  MI programs as well as instruction to participants wishing to become certified to teach them.  She has been teaching Bones for Life classes to the public since 2002 when she reversed her own osteoporosis after taking the course.

Integral to the Feldenkrais Method is its focus on developmental movements. Brenda began advanced study with Feldenkrais Instructor Chava Shelhav, Ph.D. in this area in 2001 and completed her Child'Space program in 2012. After experiencing how much touch and movement impacts a child's life, she is delighted to offer this program in Charlotte. 

She has also had the opportunity to work with mythologist Betty Smith, M.A. author of The Greek Dialogues, Loved by a God and Conversations in South Pasture. Betty is director-founder of Poiesis Seminars and and has led mythology seminars in Greece for over 30 years, her last one being in 2007.  Brenda was fortunate to have experienced two of these mythological journeys and continues her work with Betty. She is offering various workshops that include movement and the telling of the story to open our imaginations to the many perspectives that can emerge to help us in our daily lives.

Brenda works with a diverse group of clients, both infants and adults, including artists, musicians, dancers, and athletes.  Experiencing an autoimmune disease at an early age she has found the movement approaches to have enhanced her quality of life and well-being which has led to her experience of working with various health issues for whose who are looking for a more natural way to restore health and vitality.  Improving natural movement often provides relief from injuries and chronic pain, as well as back and neck pain. She has participated in medical research using Feldenkrais with people who have multiple sclerosis and also works in conjunction with psychotherapists to attend to the somatic experience in the psychotherapeutic process.

Allyson Sipple
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
Licensed Physical Therapist
704.965.7804 or email:

Providing services at the location of Movement Dialogues, LLC, Allyson is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practioner (’08), Bones for Life Teacher and a licensed physical therapist. She has worked with both adults and teens with neurological and orthopedic challenges. Allyson’s intention is on helping her clients move with ease and discover possibilities in movement – and in life. She teaches Feldenkrais and Bones for Life classes as well as offers individual sessions.  She is the mother of 3 children and enjoys swimming, hiking, and being in nature.

Paula Alonso

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner

704.905.8594 or email:

Providing services at the location of Movement Dialogues, LLC, Paula came to the Feldenkrais Method after a long journey looking for solutions for her own struggles with tendinitis and fibromyalgia.

Before taking the 4 year training to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, she was a Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement™ Practitioner, and stay-at-home mom to her two children, a middle school teacher in her native Brazil, and a sociologist. In all those different roles, Paula has been known for her caring personality, her desire to help others, and her continuous commitment to learning and going deep in her understanding of her work.

Cynthia Kopyar
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
Licensed Physical Therapist
Bones for Life Senior Trainer
614.499.7551 or

Visiting and providing services periodically at the location of Movement Dialogues, LLC  Cynthia Kopyar was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and a certificate in Allied Medicine in Physical Therapy in 1984. She continued her professional training, earning a certification by the American Massage Therapy Association. She completed her post-graduate studies Italy becoming an Internationally Guild Certified Feldenkrais teacher in 2000. In October, 2007, Cynthia completed the Bones For Life teacher training.

With over 22 years of clinical experience in outpatient practices, including three years in solo private practice, she specializes in cervical and lower back pain resulting from disc herniation, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, post-surgical, strains/sprains, TMJ, torticollis, rotator cuff tears, shoulder, hip, and knee replacements, bursitis, collateral ligament tear/reconstruction, carpal tunnel syndrome, painful posture and developmental disorders.  Her patient population ranges from pediatrics to geriatrics, and includes both dancers and athletes, amateur and professional. Cynthia's extensive training in neuromuscular reeducation, allows her to acutely identify and accurately treat  unique movement habits and patterns responsible for causing pain, muscular tension, and dysfunction in each individual.  A dancer and performer, Cynthia’s rich background in movement training complements her scientific education and allows her to analyze and retrain biomechanical and kinesthetic dysfunction. 

(704) 527-7226

Movement Dialogues is on the second floor of this 2 story building at the corner of Park Road and Seneca.  

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