Rachelle Tsachor

Assistant Professor of Movement

University of Illinois at Chicago

Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

Zinman College

522 Belleforte Avenu
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States
319 621 1803




Rachelle Palnick Tsachor, CMA, RSMT, teaches Theatre Movement at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  A Certified Movement Analyst and Teacher of the Alexander Technique, Tsachor is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist.  She teaches non-verbal communication, somatics, injury prevention, the mind-body connection, stress reduction and how to use movement in support of expression and performance technique. Tsachor’s research, scholarship and artistic creation focus on the connection between the mind and the body, and how function and expression work well together. Her work centers on how qualitative physical choices affect our emotional expression and physiological responses. She uses Laban Movement Studies and Alexander Technique as research tools to solve creative, stylistic and therapeutic problems. These systems allow identification of patterns of connection through the moving body and conscious choices in the details of what movement is, how it is generated and experienced, and how it fulfills our intentions to support expression and healthy function.  In her current research, Tsachor is co-investigator in a study Something in the Way She Moves:  Unique Sets of Movement Characterstics are Associated with and Enhance Specific Emotions with researchers from the the University of Haifa and the Technion. Their research is featured in the 2013 TEDx talk How Your Body Affects Your Happiness.  Her recent presentations include Arts Therapies, Vehicle for Personal Growth and Societal Change, at the Israel Arts Therapies Association International Conference; The Place of the Body in Brain Processes, a panel presentation at the conference Creativity, Therapy and The Brain at the University of Haifa, Israel; and a workshop and paper at the Healing Rhythms: Research Conference & Workshop on Music, Movement and Meditation, at Indiana State University’s Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality. Her creative work applies movement to making music, dance and theatre, in particular analysis of movement specific to time, place, culture, character and style. Recent Opera and Theatre productions including her work were: , Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Checkov’s Ivanov and The Cherry Orchard, and a new play Versailles. Her publications on period notations and styles include chapters in the Dover edition of Courtly Dance of the Renaissance, Gordon & Breach of London's Moving Notation and Terpsichore 1450-1900, published by the Institute for Historical Dance Practice in Belgium. Her reconstruction of Nido d'Amore was commissioned as the basis for the instructional video How to Dance through Time Volume III: The Majesty of Renaissance Dance for Dancetime Publications in California. As associate editor, Tsachor most recently published a scholarly facsimile edition of a French manuscript on English country dance, Dances for the Sun King: André Lorin’s Livre de Contredance, [c. 1685-1687] published by the Colonial Music Institute. Tsachor is a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. A Registered Somatic Movement Therapist since 2000, Tsachor is also certified in Mind-Body Medicine. She has taught classes in the use of Mind-Body skills for Global Trauma Relief in the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program, The Wingate Institute's Zinman College integrating her clinical experience as a movement therapist and group facilitator into the evidenced-based practices taught in the course. Tsachor was board certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a certified member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Alexander Technique International and ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Tsachor brings her research and clinical work to serve the public nationally and internationally. As senior faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, she established and coordinates Israel's first certification program in Laban Movement Studies, LIMS post-certification training program in Somatic Movement Therapy and teaches in the Certified Movement Analyst training programs, training artists, university professors and therapists.  She recently shared her expertise with professionals at The European University of Cyprus, Nicosia’s Music Conservatory, the Cyprus School for the Blind, Israel’s Wingate Institute, Jerusalem’s David Yellin College, The University of Haifa, and at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Tsachor earned her B.F.A. in Dance at the Juilliard School and her Masters in Dance/Movement Research and Reconstruction at the City College of New York where she also completed her Reconstructor and Advanced Notator training. As a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA, University of Quebec at Montreal and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies), she has been invited to give workshops and presentations in such diverse areas as Optimal Performance, Non-Verbal Communication, Kinesiology, Movement notations, Physical Characterization and Early Music, Dance & Movement at conferences in Berkeley, Chicago, Ottawa, New York City, San Antonio and Ghent, Belgium.

Movement Specialties:

Alexander Technique

Alignment/Release Work

Anatomy/Injury Prevention

Authentic Movement

Body Language







Movement and Dance Therapy

Movement for Singers

Movement for the Actor


Period Styles: Acting

Period Styles: Dance

Physical Characterization

Self Use

Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation

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