Founder of A2M
Elia Mrak is a seeker on a spiritual journey. He is an innovator, passionate about creating opportunities for all people to better participate in movement and dance. And he is passionate that the body is the most powerful medium for personal and social transformation.
He grew up in Seattle, hiking, skiing, cycling, camping, playing baseball, basketball, and doing theater. He values the collaboration of team energy to build something bigger than oneself.
Elia’s practice fuses Dance, Qigong, and Somatic practice. He has performed, taught, and directed throughout the last decade in Europe, Central/South America, and the United States.
He includes in his list of mentors: David Zambrano (Dance/BELGIUM), Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (Body-Mind Centering/USA), Peter Shmock (Fitness/USA), Kathy Kain (Touch Therapy/Trauma), Daria Fain (Qigong/FRANCE), and Irene Lyon (Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing/CANADA).
He graduated from Pomona College in 2006 with a degree in Mathematical Economics and a Minor in Dance.
In 2007 he was awarded the Watson Fellowship, which began his career performing, creating and teaching in Europe. Elia has taught, and performed with David Zambrano, the creator of a movement technique called “Flying Low”, which incorporates floor work rooted in sports, running, and whole-body mobility.
From 2010-2014 and 2016-17, he led workshops for movement professionals and non-professionals at Club ZUM in Seattle, a boutique movement gym. He was a personal trainer, a professional development director (teaching trainers), workshop leader, manager, and directed projects combining community with fun and movement to make dance and fitness accessible to all.
From 2013-Present, Elia has collaborated with Irene Lyon in Vancouver, Canada to lead intensive movement retreats that blend Feldenkrais, dance, Somatic Experiencing, and playful movement in a safe and supportive environment. They offer their unique workshop “Up & Down" internationally.
In 2012 he created the evening length piece, “A Talk With Myself” with Martin Piliponsky and it premiered in Barcelona. They have since toured it in Argentina, Peru, USA, and have future tour dates planned.
In 2014, he formed an artistic collaboration with Nancy López Luna in México and the USA. They toured throughout Europe, USA, and México leading workshops and classes, and offering the dance and theater performances of “Seattle”, “Walkabout” and “Whimsical”.
In 2016 & 2019, he was invited to the National Association of Professional Chaplains to give a workshop on embodiment practices to help chaplains with patients and hospital workers.
In 2016 & 2017 he was selected as an Emerging Choreographer and Teacher for the Springboard Danse Montreal, an international platform hosting leaders in contemporary dance under the artistic direction of Alexandra Wells.
In 2018 & 2019 he has choreographed and taught at the Hubbard Street Professional Program under the direction of Alexander Wells.
In 2012, 2016, a&nd 2017 Elia designed and implemented the first community-building health/wellness/art program of its kind, called The 40/40™. This 40-day movement program helped people with lifestyle changes through movement classes, dance, and social bonding. The 40/40 was offered at Meadowbrook Community Housing in San Diego in 2016, and at a community of elderly and differently abled residents in Atlantic City in 2017.
In 2018, he completed the year-long course Touch Training for Trauma Therapists taught by Kathy Kain.
In 2019 he has continued his education in Body-Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen.
After years in the making, Elia has put his flag in the ground and launched amovementmovement™ in 2018.