DMT in the News & Member Highlights
Congratulations to BC-DMT Rena Kornblum, director of Hancock Center for receiving the "Unsung Heroine Award" from the National Alliance on Mental Illness - Dane County at their annual banquet!
Heidi Ehreneich featured in Bamboo Magazine
Erica Hornthal, Chicago Deerfield-based North Shore Dance Therapy delivers ‘amazing’ results
Board Certified Dance/Movement
Therapist Christina Devereaux now
has a DMT blog on the Psychology Today
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
Marybeth Weinstock is interviewed about
eating disorders on Mental Health Matters
Congratulations to Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist
Heidi Fledderjohn for her recent presentation
TEDxIndianapolis Click here
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist,
Rena Kornblum, appears in Wisconsin online
lifestyle magazine, Curb. Click to view video
Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist Donna Newman-Bluestein
cited in Boston Globe coverage of creative arts therapies
Therapist Erica Hornthal's work covered
in Chicago's Daily Herald
Pamela Fairweather - 'Creative Life' explores therapy through arts Click here
Gina Demos - Chicago dance/movement therapist treats illness with music and movement
Dance/Movement Therapist Brigitta White featured in
Piedmont Family Magazine Click here
Deniz Oktay, BC-DMT featured in Catalysta Networks, Inc. Reaching Patients Through Dance
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist Danielle Fraenkel featured in City Newspaper Best of Rochester 2012: Critics' Picks
Donna Newman-Bluestein's work is featured in blog Succintly Science.
Megan Lortie, DMT student, conducts dance/movement therapy at
The Oaks, Menorah Park, Syracuse, New York. Click here
Wendy Elliott, BC-DMT featured in a local Santa Barbara magazine working with the elderly.
Any Movement Can be a Dancing Movement
Dance/Movement Therapist Suzi Tortora’s studio encourages children to tell their stories through dance
Click here for full article
United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets victims of human trafficking in Kolkata with ADTA member, Sohini Chakraborty, founder of Kolkata Sanved. Chakraborty told Secretary Clinton how dance/movement therapy helped the girls.
Click photo for article. Click to view Healing Pain through Dancing article.
Donna Newman-Bluestein, Public Relations Chair is featured in Preserving Your Memory Magazine by the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Spring 2012 By Cari Jackson Let Me See You Move. Click picture to read article starting on page 22.
Dance/movement therapists Suzy Rossol Matheson and Lynn Moon Schellenberg named in the Dallas Fort Worth Thrive. Click here. Dallas-based Dr. Carolyn Garver is a renowned researcher, international speaker on autism and director of the the Autism Treatment Centers of America. She works with the severely autistic and has observed the benefits of dance therapy. "It's calming and it gives another avenue for expression," she says. "The structure and movement can be very helpful.
Carol Kaminsky collaborates with music therapy. To fight the effects of Parkinson's disease, the ParkOptimists of Miami host weekly therapy sessions which include yoga, music, dance and art. See the video here. A little about DMT at the beginning, but go to 1:59 to view more.
In Washington DC on Memorial Day Weekend, four dance/ movement therapists, Jody Wager, Catherine Davidson, Brigitta White, and Hannah Whitley, led groups for grieving children of military families as part of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Annual Conference. TAPS officials expressed their belief that the adult survivors and more children could benefit from the deep feeling experience the groups provided throughout the year. Click photo
ADTA Student Member, Julie Brannen was inspired to become a DMT through her work with this program for patients with Parkinson's disease when she was an undergraduate. See more
ADTA Vice President Jody Wager is a featured speaker at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2012 Thursday Evening Welcome Event, Dancing With Your Brain. "In this lively event, body therapist Daniel Leven and dance/movement therapist Jody Wager use movement to engage your creativity and open new learning channels to prime you for a fuller, more exhilarating Symposium." Click here for more information on the Symposium.
Hear Donna Newman-Bluestein speak about the benefits of dance/movement therapy for people with dementia on Alzheimer's Speaks Radio at 64:24.
Listen to Jeanne Tolotti-Kirkpatrick as she speaks articulately and passionately about Dance/Movement Therapy iTunes - Podcasts - WMKV Your Holistic Health by drcathy@rxintegrativesolutions .com (Holistic Clinic
Carrie Ann Inaba, national celebrity and spokesperson for the Andrea Rizzo Foundation, discusses dance/movement therapy and her own experiences in a family caregiver role. in the September-October 2011 edition of Today's Caregiver Click here
"Dance therapy is growing - the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of therapists will increase by 15 percent by 2018," International Business Times reports. The article, Dance Therapy: A Profession with its Own Rhythm, features DMT professionals,Amber Elizabeth Gray, Christina Devereaux, Donna Newman-Bluestein, Nancy Koprak, and DMT student, Diana Seabra, speaking about the profession, benefits of DMT, and the expanding interest in the field.
Here, "Nancy Koprak, a dance therapist who worked at the Maimonides Medical Center for more than 20 years, and students at The New School in New York City practice dance therapy with the Octaband, a stretchy prop used in the profession."
In this video at 2:04 to 6:01 and again at 7:15 - 7:23, you can view Suzi Tortora using DMT and a multi-sensory pain management protocol she developed to address pain in children with cancer.
This video was funded in part by the Marian Chace Foundation.
Andrea Rizzo Foundation - A Dream Dances On
8 minutes, 23 second video about the Andrea Rizzo Foundation
August 2011 Articles
Dance/Movement Therapy and Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT are featured in Dance -- Hidden Language of the Soul, a blog article posted from NORMAL. "NORMAL is a national organization to build resilience and mindfulness through
arts-based learning programs."
See Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC and Toni-Cara featured on CCTV, China's biggest TV station. To view the video, click on the icon to the left. Dance Therapy receives great film coverage. CCTV broadcasts worldwide. Also, check out the radio interview about DMT in China.
Angela Tatum Fairfax, BC-DMT was featured in the article, Healing Depression..., published online in Associated Content Yahoo! Health.
Jody Wager, MA, BC-DMT, Vice President of the ADTA, speaks with Brandon Gillespie from Howard University about dance/movement therapy on a local cable TV show focused on healthy lifestyles. The interview aired on NBC Washington Non-Stop. See Jody's interview here.
El Nuevo Dia, the national newspaper in Puerto Rico, published a full page article on dance/movement therapy based on an interview with Thania Acaron, MA, BC-DMT, LCAT. The article, Sanacion de adentro hacia afuera (Healing from the inside out), is written in Spanish.
In the May/June issue of Feis America, a magazine for Irish Dance Fans, Lora Wilson-Mau explains the neurological basis for why dancing prevents dementia: "Lora Wilson-Mau, a Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) explains that certain human experiences can actually turn on genes that facilitate neurogenesis, the growth in the human brain. Wilson-Mau says, 'Novelty, physical exercise and enriching life experiences have all been shown to activate gene expression which then contributes to the growth of new neurons in the brain.'"
Dilshad Patel is featured in The Free Press Journal's article Dance to your well-being, which touches on what dance/movement therapy is, who is participating, and how it works. Patel describes, "this is not choreographed dance. It is an allied, supervised, alternative health profession, which involves connecting the client's movements with his/her thoughts." Today, even sports teams are investing in DMT, "The cricketing world, too, has had its share of DMT owing to unavoidable on-field stress, fatigue and game pressure." Picture on left: Cricket team, Team Canada, participates in DMT session.
"You can only get so much from riding the bike and lifting weights. Dance is different. It's not just physical, but has a social, emotional, and spiritual connection as well," Dance/Movement Therapist Danielle O'Brien said. "Those people for whom dance has been a significant part of life have a whole component of wellness that ties all those things together. That really shows in Floyd's well-being, his cognitive, spiritual and emotional health." Even at his 100th birthday, Floyd Crellin celebrated by dancing! O'Brien speaks about Floyd and the benefits of dance in both the Boston Globe and RadioBoston.
In Renfrew Connections, Susan Kleinman discusses how she uses dance/movement therapy to help women with eating disorders, as well as the benefits: "An element necessary for these women to recover is the vital connection with their inner self that is achieved by reconnecting to their bodies."
In the University of Alabama RESEARCH magazine's April 25th article, mother of a child with autism said that the autism program at Brewer Porch Children's Center "draws from a host of researched and accepted intervention techniques...Just this year, the center added dance and music therapy to the physical therapy and other interventions offered on site. "It has made a fantastic difference," McKnight says, "in helping the children excel in the autism -deficient areas." To read the full article, click here.
Dance/Movement Therapist recognized by DVF at the United Nations!
Sohini Chakraborty, Founder Director of Kolkata Sanved, is pictured here with former president Bill Clinton at the Women in the World Summit. Chakraborty was at the U.N. to accept the prestigious DVF Award 2011 on behalf of Kolkata Sanved. The DVF Awards were created by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women. "Kolkata Sanved believes that all individuals, from marginalized and mainstream populations, can live with dignity and self-respect. This basic sense of empowerment and integrity can be achieved through dance/movement therapy."
Registered Dance/Movement Therapist Brigitta White's WholeMe! Programs are creating a buzz in Annandale, Virginia.
"White's programs are designed to support and nurture the social, emotional and movement development of infants and children using yoga and the expressive arts." Read the full article and view photos and video here.
Suzi Tortora holds an authentic movement workshop in her studio, allowing Alison Rooney to witness the session first-hand. Read about the structure and activities of the workshop in detail by clicking here.
Tortora's practice, Dancing Dialogue is "known to many local parents as the home of gentle, let it flow, creative dance classes for young children, as well as therapeutic dance movement therapy and social skills navigation classes for slightly older children..."
Total Wellness magazine includes an article encouraging individuals to participate in creative arts therapy. Giving an introduction to the multiple forms creative arts therapy can embody, viewers "read about what art can do for your health." In Healing the Mind through the Arts, dance/movement therapist Kathy Cass is featured in the explanation of dance/movement therapy. "Each client comes to dance/movement therapy (DMT) with their unique history, personality, strengths and challenges...The dance becomes about the relationship with the self and others."
Read Healing the Mind through the Arts (begins on page 31).
A local Chicago magazine, Contratiempo, recently featured an article by Isabel Martinez Mulcahy, a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, entitled La Danza, un Arte Curativo (Dance, a Curative Art). The article, located on page 7, is written in Spanish and discusses DMT and PTSD. This issue of Contratiempo was dedicated to disabilities.
Read up on one of the Five Women to Watch: Nancy Goldov and her work. Click here.
Dance/movement therapy for postpartum depression - new article by Gabrielle Kaufman. Click here.
Kimberly Garrison: 'Black Swan' highlights dancers' pressure to be thin; December 9, 2010
The Film "Black Swan" with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, which opens in Philadelphia tomorrow, has come under fire because of the dramatic 20 pounds lost by each of the already-thin performers so they could portray ballerinas.
With eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating on the rise, this movie concerns Susan Kleinman, the dance/movement therapist at Philadelphia-headquartered Renfrew Center.
"Our culture promotes eating disorders, and some experts estimate the increase has gone up as much as 117 percent," said Kleinman. She's particularly concerned about the young girls who look up to athletes and actors with eating disorders.
I second that motion. But these misperceptions are equally detrimental to the 30-, 40-, and 50-year-old women who suffer eating disorders at pretty much the same rate as younger women. According to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report, 75 percent of American women have an unhealthy relationship with food and their bodies.
With those statistics in mind, eating disorders and body-image problems are not just a "white girl" thing, as the stereotype would have us believe. No, eating disorders cut across racial, ethnic, and economoc lines.
The world of ballet can be particularly brutal. I know a few dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet who, despite impeccable talent, were told to lose 15 to 20 pounds if they ever hoped to be in the "A" company.
Likewise, I know dancers from Philadanco and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater who were given similar ultimatums.
As if it were yesterday, I can vividly remember taking a dance class at the Koresh studio when a young dancer had a sudden fall during a lesson. When the 21-year-old returned to class, both of her hips had been replaced. Yes, despite their outward appearance, many young and even teen dancers have the bones of an 80-year-old because of poor nutrition.
In regard to "Black Swan," I don't blame the actresses for their honest portrayal of the ballet world. After all, Robert De Niro gained a whopping 60 pounds (equally unhealthy and dangerous) for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull."
I do, however, blame the industry, dancer and - dare I say it - the American audience, which demands and pressures all woman, but particularly actresses and dancers, to be unnaturally thin and unhealthy.
To add insult to injury, a typical 98-pound dancer puts in a grueling five to eight hours of rigorous training daily, as these two actresses discovered during their year of training to prepare for their roles.
Both artist and athlete, elite ballet dancers apply forces to their bodies as extreme as football players. Except dancers must perform eight or nine times a week, instead of just on Sunday's, besides enduring daily grueling rehearsals.
The question is, are we and they paying too high a price? Looking at the facts, the answer seems fairly obvious.
But how do we change these attitudes? According to Kleinman, "mothers, parents need to accept their own body, not dieting, being happy in the body that they were given, eating in a way that is healthy and enjoyable. Recognize we come in different sizes and shapes and working for balance are the keys."
Sounds simple, right? With any luck, "Black Swan" will not only entertain, but perhaps open up a much needed dialogue about women's relationships with food and their bodies.
Let the healing begin.
The Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH) November Newsbrief featured the first ever dance therapy class in Chengdu, China taught by Joan Wittig, referencing November 20 Go Chengdu Online News Blog. "We laugh out loud when amused; we stamp our feet when angered. We express our feelings by moving our bodies. But can we use the movements of our body the other way around, to influence our emotions? Dance therapists would say yes."
A Fulbright Scholar grant was awarded to Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, BC-DMT, to lecture at the University of Tallinn in Estonia in the Spring 2011. "My intention and hope was to introduce Estonians to American Dance/Movement Therapy approaches and techniques and to help nurture the emerging sprouts of dance/movement therapy in Estonia," Barbara stated. Read about Barbara's experience in Estonia. Also, see the Fulbright Press Release.
"Dance movement therapist Rachelle Smith-Stallman uses a scarf with 4 year old Emil Bouget as a way for him to feel the boundaries of his body, during a session...Bouget is autistic," according to Paul Grondahl in the October 23, 2010 timesunion.com. See more photos and a video clip. Read the full article here.
"Kids form the Cite Soleil slum who have been traumatized by the January earthquake participate in a drum circle, singing and dancing, led by Amber Gray, a licensed mental health professional." See ongoing coverage of the work that Amber Elizabeth Gray is going in Haiti in the June 24th Palm Beach Post News aticle, Counselors struggle to save minds traumatized by the destruction, death in Haiti. In the accompanying video, Gray talks about the specific DMT techniques she is using and what makes them therapeutic.
Hear Robyne Stone-Davis in a May 7 interview by Rebecca Sheir in "Healing Children Through Music and Dance" on WAMU 88.5 FM, American University Radio.
Stone-Davis, DMT at DC's School for Arts in Learning, says, "'Children's first language is not English or French or Spanish: it's movement. They relate to the environment around them with their bodies.' That's why Stone-Davis uses dance, posture, and movement to connect with children who otherwise might not be able to communicate."
SAMHSA's study indicated that young children who enter kindergarden with effective social skills have an easier time developing relationships, and do better in school. Some local care providers are encouraging the parents of these children to consider music and dance therapy. Stone-Davis says, "dance/movement therapy can help young children express feelings."
PRESS RELEASE 3-29-10
Department of Veteran's Affairs Health Headlines features Dance/Movement Therapy and the work of Allison Winters, R-DMT
David Alan Harris uses dance movement therapy to treat soldiers with PTSD
Dance/movement therapist Danielle Fraenkel and her business, Kinections, was written up in the 11/27/09 Rochester Business Journal. "Fueled by Danielle Fraenkel's belief that there is something inherently healing about dance, Kinections is helping individuals connect through movement." The article, Studio helps clients move into a better place, can be found here.
June & July 2009
Very Special Arts Program performance features the work of Pattee Russell Curry in Merced Sun Star 6-27-09. Pattee Russell Curry has been "teaching dance" for about 11 years in a summer youth arts program, but is actually providing dance/movement therapy. As the month progresses, building on their discoveries these children with special needs choreograph dances. By the time they perform, the experience is a full production, cathartic, energizing and extremely therapeutic in building confidence, and discovering what they are made of. Those who return start at a different level from this experience, with confidence, finesse, and a willingness to take new risks. It is dance/movement therapy as Marian Chace did it, with choreography and stage craft as part of the therapeutic journey.
Naomi Arad, R-DMT, experienced dance/movement therapy first hand at a young age. "Recovering from a severe illness as an adolescent, she encountered a 'wonderful' dance therapist who helped her regain her strength and a positive sense of her own body."
Read about how Naomi uses dance/movement therapy today to help frail seniors at the Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey. Click here for the New Jersey Jewish News article.
There's a Movement Afoot in Pain Management - Chicago Tribune
Hear Lisa Goldman interviewed on ABC7 tv about a structured rehab program for people with traumatic brain injury.