Finished teaching for the school year, so I have time to glance at a few links about dance moments.
There were so many great links posted on the American Dance Therapy Association's FB page the past couple of days. If you want to know what's happening in dance/movement therapy, join the group.
I will share some of these links and some from Certified Movement Analyst colleagues as well.
The Incredible Power Of Concentration, Miyoko Shida's performance for the Spanish TV program "Tú Sí Que Vales" You guessed it. This was recommended by a CMA.
Derek Sivers: How to start a movement on TedTalks. Inspiring talk about not leadership, but following. "The first follower turns the first nut into a leader. . .The importance of nurturing the first few followers as equals, so It's clearly about the movement and not you. . . . If you really want to start a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow."
Psychology plus ballet: Meet 'Dr. Dancer' an article which touts the interface between mind and body by a psychologist and dancer, but erringly neglects to mention the hundreds of dance/movement therapists who have been doing this work for decades. Go to the American Dance Therapy Association website and check out profiles of a few dance/movement therapists and the amazing work that they are doing.
A beautful article 'Bodies of Work' is all about art and ability is in the May 9,, 2013 Aberdeen News. This quotation speaks volumes. Referenced is "Carrie Sandahl, an associate professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who also heads the university's Program on Disability Art, Culture, and Humanities".
Instead of seeing disability as a flaw, advocates like Sandahl argue that we should instead consider it "part of natural human variation." Through art, says Sandahl, an artist with a theater background who was born with sacral agenesis, a condition that requires her to walk with crutches or use a wheelchair, "we are expressing our perspectives on the world gained by having a unique body, a unique mind, sensory differences, mental health differences. We don't see these as obstacles to overcome, but as experiences to be explored."
There are many exciting dance/movement therapy workshops happening this summer some of which are graduate programs you can find out about here and some are workshops in California, Minneapolis, Boston area, New York city and Rochester, NY.
Creative arts therapist looking for coaching? I highly recommend Annie Kirschenmann of AKA Coach and Company.