35th Annual North American Drama Therapy Conference that will be held at beautiful Yosemite National Park October 29th-November 2nd. This year our theme is “In Harmony with the Elements: Drama Therapy and Wellness” which is very important for any creative arts therapists. We hope you will consider presenting a workshop, performance, or presentation about your own growth, wellness, and balance through the creative art therapies.
The deadline for papers is approaching fast! All papers need to be submitted by March 2, 2014.
You can find more information about submitting proposals on nadta.org
Malerie Torres and Michelle Yadon
My Mentor, the brilliant, iconic trailblazer, Dr.Valerie V. Hunt passed on February 15, 2014. Dr. Hunt was an early champion and supporter of our evolving profession. Her humanistic and scientific background influenced generations of UCLA students in the dance and kinesiology fields. Dr. Hunt laid down a foundation for us in Dance Therapy that has allowed us to flourish and evolve with the greatest of professional standards. Her early influence upon the development of Dance Movement Therapy gave us an early respect among allied professions.
Dr. Hunt was a guiding force in my own development and I was privileged to have been her research assistant while a student at UCLA ; and in later years while s Professor at NYU I was an associate when she researched aspects of the Energy Field.
Because of Dr. Hunt's position as a respected and renowned Professor at UCLA, she was instrumental in helping shape my Master Thesis on the efficacy of Dance in changing the behavior of Schizophrenic children. A first for UCLA and the first Dance Therapy Master'sThesis ever.
Her creative vision did do much to move our profession forward and to assist many of my generation to evolve, thrive and move forward with strength and courage.
A great and iconic model, mentor and visionary will be remembered for many generations.
May we honor Dr. Hunt and remember her as one of our earliest and key theorists in helping to shape so much of what we have achieved these past 50 years.
Marcia B. Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, NCC
Former Associate Professor, Director, Graduate Dance Movement Therapy Program, New York University
Co-Founder/ Co-Director International Institute for Advanced Training in Dance Therapy
Gloria J. Farrow wrote:Please list any workshops, seminars, or pertinent information.
I'm writing to share exciting news with you. My book, Angelina's Prayer has just been published!
This book is a perfect gift for the children in your life (with a 3rd grade reading level and up) including your clients, family and friends. It's also a heart-warming read for the inner child that resides in every adult, including you, your adult clients, friends, family, and community members.
What is the story about?
Angelina's Prayer is a timeless, multicultural, universal, and inspirational chapter book set in the "land of enchantment." 9 year-old Angelina Martinez is moving from New York to New Mexico, leaving behind her friends and the life she knows. To complicate matters, when she was seven, Angelina's father abandoned her and her mom. Ever since then Angelina wants more than anything for her dad to come back home. But now that she's moving, she fears he'll never be able to find her . . . until she learns about the magic of the luminarias . . . an ancient means of lighting the way that has become a special Hispanic tradition for the winter holiday season. While learning something new about her heritage, Angelina makes special friendships, discovers the true meaning of family, and the importance of helping others in need.
Here's what readers are saying about Angelina's Prayer:
"Told with humor and sensitivity, Angelina's Prayer is a wonderful story. I loved it." Albert Garcia, Library Assistant, Contra Costa County Public Library
"Not just a great read for the entire family around the holidays, but a year-round MUST read! Cheryl Charlillo, Literacy Coordinator, Making Waves Academy
"Light jumps off the pages of Angelina's Prayer. The characters delight and open our hearts." Sister Lorita Moffatt, Program Coordinator and Spiritual Director, Mercy Center
The publication of Angelina's Prayer is the culmination of a dream. My prayer now is that children (and adults!) everywhere can access the book. and by reading it, be uplifted, inspired, and given hope to find the answers to their prayers and dreams. Please help support this vision by buying the book, reading it, and spreading the word to your friends and community. Please write your positive review on Amazon.com too!
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