Special Events
Unless otherwise noted, all Special Events will take place at the hotel.

Educators Meeting, Thursday Afternoon, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Approved Academic Program Educators, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alternate Route Educators, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Committee on Approval (Closed Meeting), Thursday Afternoon, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joint ADTA and NDEO Reception, Thursday Evening, 6:30 pm
We are kicking off this ADTA conference in a big way!  Two performances, including:
          -  NDEO/ADTA 4% 
          -  Billy Siegenfeld - Jump Rhythm Jazz Project from Northwestern University


Business Breakfast Meeting, Friday Morning, 7:15 am



Research and Thesis Project Poster Session, Friday Morning, 9:00 am

View confirmed presenters for the poster session here.



ADTA and NDEO Special Panel, Friday Morning, 10:00 am – 11:30 am 

Dancing (in)Difference(s)

Heidi Latsky, choreographer and director of Heidi Latsky Dance will join dancers, Kris Larsen and Maurice Sterling, from the Chicago community, along with Heidi Latsky Dance Company member, Jerron Herman, and dance/movement therapist, Lisa Goldman, in a conversation moderated by Susan Imus, about dance/movement therapy, dance making, and performing with mixed abilities.  Their dialogue will explore the concepts of “difference” and how it manifests itself in their work as dancers, choreographers, and dance/movement therapists. 



ADTA Regional Caucuses, Friday Afternoon, 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm Marian Chace Foundation of the ADTA Lecture, Friday Afternoon, 3:40 pm - 5:00 pm
Bindings, Boundaries and Pathways: Dancing on the Edge

Through a photographic artistic inquiry Dr. Hervey will share her thoughts about navigating complex relationships with colleagues and professional associations, and celebrating the varied trajectories of a career as a dance/movement therapist.

Dr. Lenore Hervey has authored publications on a variety of topics, including creativity, research, ethics and cultural competence within the field of dance/movement therapy. She has served on the Board of Directors of the ADTA as Chair of Education, Research & Practice and Chair of Standards & Ethics. In 2011 Dr. Hervey retired from her full-time position as an educator to become a fulltime traveler and witness to a modest slice of the world.
Military Panel, Friday Evening, 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm with Navy Captain Moira McGuire
Serving Those Who Serve: Dance/Movement Therapy for Veterans, Military Personnel and their Families   
Chapter Leaders Gathering, Friday Evening, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Discussion & Movement Session, Friday Evening, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm   
DANCE ARCHEOLOGY: “What did you find?” “Wonderful things!” 
A lively discussion and movement session about the decoding of the original Nijinsky choreography of Afternoon of a Faun. Key movements and motifs will be shared with time for those present to play an active part or just observe. 
*A $20 fee will be charged in support the OPDI program.

Performance, Friday Evening, 8:00 pm – tickets now available, click here to purchase
Solo Countersolo 
Heidi Latsky, a New York-based choreographer noted for her work with mixed ability dancers, will bring to The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago a new contemporary dance work, Solo Countersolo, which exploits the highest common denominator of attributes among performers who at first sight seem so different from one another. The Dance Center, Chicago’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, is generously offering discounted tickets to conference registrants for Heidi Latsky Dance’s performance on Friday, November 7 at 8:00pm.

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
1306 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

Film Showing, Friday Evening, 8:00 pm in the Regency Ballroom    
Musical Chairs 
A romance involving a couple that participate in wheelchair ballroom dancing.
Research Sub-Committee Meeting (Closed), Saturday Afternoon, 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm

International Panel, Saturday Afternoon, 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
HOW CULTURE SHAPES DMT EDUCATION: Unique Aspects Throughout the World
As this year the ADTA is sharing a joint conference with the NDEO (National Dance Education Organization), our focus will be on educational perspectives in DMT.  Our title is How Culture Shapes DMT Education: Unique Aspects Throughout the World. The panel participants will focus on one aspect of their DMT training program that they feel is its strongest component, that is the most unique, or that reflects what they feel are specific cultural elements in their country. For example: What does their program stress most strongly? What is the most important element? Panelists will provide a brief video which will serve to illustrate this one particular aspect regarding their theoretical approaches, practicums, psychological ideology, or learning styles of their individual DMT programs.

Miriam Roskin Berger, Chair
Tricia Capello, Associate Chair

     - Jeanette MacDonald/United Kingdom
     - Nicki Wentholt/Netherlands
     - Simone Kleinlooh/Netherlands    
     - Susanne Bender/Germany-China
     - Anaia Treefoot/New Zealand
     - Jacquelyn Wan/New Zealand
     - Yu Tairadate/Japan
     - Nayung Kim/Korea
     - Diana Fischman/Argentina
     - Joanabbey Sack/Canada
     - Dita Federman/Israel 

Banquet & Dance, Saturday Evening 7:30 pm       
Enjoy an evening filled with dancing.  Music by Audiomatic.  

Heidi Latsky first received recognition as a principal dancer for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993). Her experience there profoundly influenced her style and philosophy of dance as she developed a reputation as a choreographer for stage, theater and film. In 2001, she founded her own company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD). During the fall of 2006, Latsky began an intensive period of creation with bi-lateral amputee, Lisa Bufano. This marked a significant shift of focus for HLD and a period of immense growth, during which she more fully developed her company’s mission and vision.
Jerron Herman entered HLD Heidi Latsky Dance in the summer of 2011 never having danced before. Primarily a writer, Jerron now tells story through his body. He celebrates his third year with the company and braces for more extraordinary moments. He holds a B.A from The King's College and has written and produced two short musicals, a one-man show, and worked at several theater companies.
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Kris Larsen, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA- As a dance/movement therapist, teacher, performer, and Tourette’s Syndrome survivor, Kris believes in investigating how movement and the creative process links to brain organization and healing. A shift in his personal Tourette’s symptoms occurs as he moves. This assists Kris in exploring the world between linkage and differentiation, structure and non-structure. He questions how movement can better facilitate and illuminate conscious states of mindfulness.
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Maurice Sterling sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2004 due to a gunshot wound to the left side of his head. He received in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient rehabilitation, and twelve months of intensive/comprehensive day rehab services at New Focus; a community re-entry program specializing in dance/movement therapy for adults with brain injuries at Anixter Center. Because of his hard work and dedication to his recovery, Maurice successfully graduated from New Focus in 2009 with a job at Anixter Center as a respite worker. Maurice continues to work in this position and occasionally performs as a dancer.
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Lisa Goldman, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA, CBIS, has been a dance/movement therapist and counselor in the Chicagoland area for 20 years. Her area of expertise is with adults with brain injuries. She has worked since 1994 at the New Focus Program of Anixter Center; a comprehensive day rehabilitation program for adults with brain injuries. Lisa is also a part time faculty member in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago where she has taught for 15 years. She has a small private DMT practice, continues to choreograph and dance as an independent artist.
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Susan Imus, MA, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, (Moderator) Susan is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. She has worked at numerous hospitals across the United States and has been a consultant to universities, hospitals, and corporations worldwide. She co-founded the Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA) program in 2001 and founded the Shannon Hardy Making Connections Suicide Prevention Program at Columbia College Chicago in 2002. She is chair of the Education, Research, and Practice Committee of the ADTA. Susan also earned the first annual excellence in education award by the ADTA in 2006.

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