Chagua Camacho-Olguín and Susan Osterhoff met while training Capoeira, and pursued studies in child development together at City College of San Francisco. Through their hands-on work experience with children with special needs and their families, and coursework exploring sensory processing and physical development, Chagua and Susan began to realize the developmental benefits of movement programs with children. Their passion for helping children, combined with an urgent need for physical development programs in the Bay Area's diverse communities, inspired them to develop Project Commotion.
Chagua has worked with children of diverse ages and abilities for over 15 years, including more than twenty children on the autism spectrum with whom she has seen overwhelmingly positive results in their abilities to understand their bodies and develop improved social skills. PCʼs curricula is influenced by her studies and training with renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Perry. She has led movement classes for severely emotionally disturbed children from San Francisco Burt's Children's Center and Oakes Childrenʼs Center.
Chagua brings her passion for sensory integration and a spirit of possibility to her work with children and families. She holds a Certificate in Child Development and Family Studies from City College of San Francisco and a BA in Somatic Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed the course of study in Economics in Mexico City, Mexico. Chagua may be reached via email here.
Susan has 16 years of experience with children of all ages and abilities in movement programs throughout the Bay Area. Susan was introduced to the art of Capoeira in 1998, which nourished her love of movement – primarily being upside-down! – and inspired her to combine this passion with the joy of working with children. With 18 years of training under world-renowned Mestre Urubu Malandro, she is a graduated student, known in the Capoeira world as “Professora Formiguinha.”
Susan is acting Director of Project Commotion. She is also a faculty member in the Child Development and Family Studies Department at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches classes for parents and caretakers of children ages 0 - 5 years. She holds a BS in Communications from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Child Development from CCSF. In April 2011, Susan graduated as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner TM from the Institute for the Study of Somatic Education in San Francisco.