"I've always believed that having a life you treat with respect and joy is the only honorable way to live." - Norma Canner
It makes sense. Norma Canner, dance therapy pioneer, Lesley Professor Emerita and one of the original faculty members for Expressive Therapies, treated her own life and body the way that she treated others. Through her modeling, her students and mentees received and pass along the message that respect and joy begin with self.
"Norma embodied the foundations that expressive therapists celebrate - creativity, wisdom, empathy, relational connection, intuition, playfulness, embodied presence, respect, love of dance, music, nature and experiencing and celebrating life fully."
Norma will be remembered through performance, conversation and film at the American Dance Therapy Association 47th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM in a Memorial Celebration on Oct. 12, 5 - 6 P.M. You can see loads of information and pics on ADTA's FB page.
Lesley University will also be honoring Norma and celebrating her life and work at a Remembrance Celebration on October 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marran Theatre, Lesley University (Doble Campus) in Cambridge, MA. Following the memorial, Norma's Next Dance: Life After 80, an exhibit by Norma's daughter, artist Karen Moss. and reception will take place at Marran Gallary.