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  • 16 Oct 2012 2:37 PM
    Message # 1105520
    Gloria J. Farrow (Administrator)
    Please list any workshops, seminars, or pertinent information.
  • 13 Mar 2014 8:14 PM
    Reply # 1517338 on 1105520

    Announcing the new, official American Dance Therapy Association page on Facebook!

    If you are on Facebook, please "like" the new page (link below) and be sure to check the "get notifications" option so that breaking news on dance/movement therapy appears in your newsfeed. A lot of wonderful information on dance/movement therapy will be shared via this medium.

    You may already be a member of the American Dance Therapy Association Group page on Facebook. That page shall remain as a wonderful venue for dialogue and sharing between group members and you are encouraged to use that group site as such. However, all official announcements from the ADTA will now source from the new page.

    Thank you for your support and for sharing this page with others.
  • 02 Jul 2014 8:42 AM
    Reply # 3036418 on 1105520

    This is an invitation to those of you who provide dance to people with dementia to join a network.

    I envision this network as a resource for keeping each other up-to-date on the latest happenings, resources, articles, links and events related to dance and dementia within the U.S. that any of us find most useful. It is my hope that we will use this network to inspire one another, thus improving the quality of life for people living with a dementia. This is a small network at present.

    I would like to better understand the state of the art of dancing with people with dementia in the U.S., whether done by dance/movement therapists, dance educators, or dancers. I would like to know how many strong we are and what we are actually doing. Again, my hope is that as we begin to share our resources, that we can also share our dreams for better advocacy and our dreams for greater support, i.e. through workshops, training, conferences and research opportunities.

    Since I began to work with older adults with neurological impairments in the early 1980's, I have come to believe that ALL older adults and especially those with dementia in care facilities, are best served by being offered the opportunity to dance and/or move expressively on a regular basis, preferably daily. I also believe that best practice for people with advanced dementia who can no longer use verbal language would involve at least 1 person on care staff who comes from an embodied perspective.

    My model for this network comes from Dr. Richard Coaten who has both a UK and international networks. Here is his contact info: Dr Richard Coaten <> .

    What I need to know from you at this moment is:

    Do you want your email addresses public to one another?
    If not, do you know of another way, other than email, that we can create an interest group? LinkedIn would be one potential way.
    Are you willing to send and receive emails directly from one another?

    What do you need and want relative to your interest in dancing with people with dementia? What are you willing to share?

    Thanks to all. May you have a most joyous July 4th celebration.

    Best wishes,

    Donna Newman-Bluestein, MEd, BC-DMT, CMA, LMHC
    Dance/Movement Therapist
    Octaband LLC
    Dance for Connection
    Senior Lecturer, Lesley University
  • 14 Aug 2014 11:38 AM
    Reply # 3074028 on 1105520

    The Body Hotel 2014-15 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    You time. Redefined.

    Back by popular demand!!

    The Body Hotel is a self-care personal and professional development series focusing on monthly movement sessions. Great CPD opportunity for creative arts therapists looking for spaces to move and gain new ideas of working in movement.

    Led by: Thania Acarón, BC-DMT R-DMP

    For testimonials of previous ‘lodgers’ and more information visit or email at: Booking essential.


    2014 2015

    September 27 January 31

    October 25 February 28

    November 22 March 28

    Times: 13:00h-17:00h

    Where: Studio G25, Edinburgh Palette, St. Margaret’s House

    151 London Road, Edinburgh EH7 6AE


    Single Session - £45/40 conc

    Pre-book and save! Three-session block: £125/ 110 conc

    Save even more by booking all six sessions: £250/£220 conc

    (Payment Plans and CPD Certificates available)

    Check-in to The Body Hotel and demand your space to move! Spaces are limited.

    Facebook event:

  • 16 Aug 2014 1:24 PM
    Reply # 3075832 on 1105520

    Arts in palliative care federal grant opportunity!

    The link below from UCLArts and Healing provides multiple resources to aid you in the application process with The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    Curious about the intersection of dance/movement therapy and palliative care?

    Here are two ADTA Talks that speak to the subject:

  • 17 Aug 2014 3:48 PM
    Reply # 3076205 on 1105520

    New ADTA Talk released: Dr. Suzi Tortora on Embodied Parenting!

    The ADTA Youtube channel is now “the” location to go to for videos on dance/movement therapy.  The ADTA Talks are successfully reaching their target audience: mental health consumers, their families and the general public. In just over four months, the channel has earned 17,698 views. Christina Devereaux’s video – the first one released in connection with World Autism Awareness Day – has been viewed 4,201 times! Following the model of TED talks, these short talks are meant to introduce the idea of DMT to those unfamiliar with the field, pique their curiosity and inspire them to want to learn more about the profession. The topics were chosen based on research into what topics are of greatest interest to the general public, based on social media numbers and traditional media reports. The length of the talks were intentionally limited due to the well-established marketing research that reveals the attention spans and free time of most viewers is very limited.  As a whole, the ADTA Talks are meant to be a basic, introductory volume revealing a fraction of our work and the videos will be further promoted as time goes on in coordination with awareness days and months.

    You may not know that, after Google, YouTube is the second most used search engine. People now type in their topic of interest into the YouTube search box when they want to learn more about a topic.  They don’t want to read about a topic, they want to watch a video about that topic. YOU can help ensure that the ADTA Channel videos are the first videos that pop up in their search results when they inquire about “dance therapy” and “dance/movement therapy.” How? Very simply.   Just click the “thumbs up” icon under each video – indicating your support for that video. If you have two minutes, also consider typing a comment under each video, using the term “dance/movement therapy” somewhere in your comment.   These little actions on your part will help us get to the top of the search engine results very quickly – where we rightfully should be – and will help reduce the impact of videos that incorrectly label themselves as dance therapy.

    Share with colleagues, friends, students via email, social media and at inservices. These talks were meant to be conversation starters - to appeal to consumers and allied professionals who know nothing/little about DMT. Open the door with these videos then walk through that door with your own services.

    Lora Wilson Mau

    ADTA Public Relations Chairperson

    Last modified: 17 Aug 2014 3:49 PM | Lora Wilson Mau
  • 05 Sep 2014 7:39 PM
    Reply # 3093748 on 1105520

    Future GRANT opportunities -

    This organization is not accepting applications for grants for 2015 but you may want to learn about them and keep them in mind for 2016.

    "BFI develops independent programs and offers funding to existing non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations around the world that are in line with our Core Values Curriculum. Our curriculum involves the use of vocational, educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs as a means to teach human values. Our hope is that participants will feel compelled to share these values with the world....

    • International and domestic community arts & educational programs that serve underserved and underprivileged children aged 5-17 to develop useful skills, as well as important values such as kindness and empathy through arts and educational enrichment programs.
    • A wide variety of public art programs. This will include workshops and small exhibitions, reading and discussion series, and lecture/ programs."

  • 22 Oct 2014 9:58 AM
    Reply # 3131176 on 1105520

    I'm delighted to let you know about a newly published book I co-edited, titled EMBODIED LIVES: Reflections on the Influence of Suprapto Suryodarmo and Amerta Movement.   


    In this intimate collection 30 movement practitioners from around the world describe the impact of the non-stylized Amerta Movement practice, showing how it inspired remarkable insights and changes.
    Their stories will be of enormous value to dance movement therapists and to all who are interested in cultivating an embodied approach to life and work.
    The authors explore themes and ideas as diverse as:
    Movement and… psychotherapy ~ babies ~ Buddhism ~ film ~ the law ~ archeology ~ joy ~ music ~  autism ~ performance ~ presence ~ hoping ~ etc.


    The book is available on Amazon:

    or from

    and will also be available at the conference.

    “Suprapto’s work with movement is radically inventive and his dancing a
    revelation.”   Anna Halprin

    With warmth and best Autumn wishes,


    Katya Bloom, PhD, BCDMT, CMA


  • 28 Oct 2014 3:35 PM
    Reply # 3135413 on 1105520

    Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services


    Possible funding opportunity for DMT's working in the education sector.

  • 30 Oct 2014 2:54 AM
    Reply # 3137122 on 1105520

    The recently published book linked here includes a chapter on Dance Movement Therapy:

    Dance/Movement Therapy with Refugee and Survivor Children: A Healing Pathway Is a Creative Process, Author Amber E.L. Gray.

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